Blepharoplasty refers to surgery to remove under eye bags or correct sagging eyelids. Upper blepharoplasty is performed along the upper eyelid crease and lower blepharoplasty is accomplished by making an incision along the crease line beneath the lower lashes. Either way, the excess fat and tissue are removed to tighten up the area.
Under eye bags are usually associated with age but are by no means exclusive to older people. Eyes are surrounded by a layer of fat which can swell causing unsightly eye bags. The reasons the muscles begin to relax causing this baggy effect can be hereditary or due to excessive sun exposure or smoking. However, blepharoplasty will not remove dark under eye circles or wrinkles that may be developing around the eye area.
Like other forms of surgery, costs will vary depending entirely on the individual and the extent of work required. Some may only want upper or lower blepharoplasty performed, others will require both procedures. The average cost for this surgery in the UK begins somewhere in the region of £2,000 - £3,000. Finance to help with the cost is often available from the clinics providing the treatment.
With lower prices for cosmetic procedures abroad, medical tourism has become a major growth industry in recent years. The disparity in prices can be due to a different cost of living in some parts of the world or lower taxes, allowing prices to be set more competitively. Apart from the savings, some of the most cutting edge techniques are being developed overseas. As time is required after the procedure to allow for healing some people prefer combining a relaxing vacation with their surgery. When considering having surgery abroad, different laws covering a surgeon?s liability and possible difficulties in checking credentials should be thought about carefully.
Initial consultations are sometimes carried out by clinic staff or nurses but it is better to consult with the actual surgeon who will be performing the blepharoplasty. It's important to establish that he/she is well trained and fully competent. Initial consultations are a good time to talk over all aspects of the surgical procedure as well as benefits, risks, expectations and costs. The prospective patient needs to address any issues that are causing concern and ask to see 'before' and 'after ' pictures of procedures the surgeon has already performed.