Blepharoplasty in South Africa

Aging causes the eyelids to stretch and the eyelids to droop and look older. Besides aging, excessive skin sagging around the eyes may reduce your vision as it causes a restriction in the sight. 

Addressing this problem, Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin, muscle or fat and repairs droopy eyelids to give a younger, more alert and attractive appearance.

Symptoms to undergo Blepharoplasty

You might consider Blepharoplasty if you are struggling with restricted vision due to droopy or sagging eyelids that are preventing your eyes from opening completely or pull down your lower eyelids.

There can be multiple reasons for undergoing Blepharoplasty, here are some of the major ones:

  • Baggy or droopy eyelids
  • If excess skin of the upper eyelids is restricting your vision
  • Excess skin on the lower eyelids
  • Bags under your eyes

Factors Influencing the Cost of Blepharoplasty

  • The skills and expertise of the surgeon
  • The hospital or clinic facility
  • The type of surgery
  • The clinic location
  • Customized services
  • Only upper eyelid surgery needed or both upper as well as lower eyelid
  • Considering eyelid lift surgery along with other procedures like facelift, rhinoplasty, mentoplasty, etc.
Treatment and Cost

7

Total Days
In Country

2 No. Travelers

2 Day in Hospital

5 Days Outside Hospital

Treatment cost starts from

USD 2500

Hospitals

About the Blepharoplasty (Eyelids)

A beautiful pair of eyes coupled with shapely eyelids can say a lot. But drooping eyelids can make one look older than their age. This is the reason why blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery is considered by many to reduce those extra bags of fatigue around the eyes. Not only for cosmetic reasons but blepharoplasty may also be considered for improvement of eyesight and widening of vision.

Due to hereditary reasons, fat percentage pockets may develop that may bulge out around weakened muscles and loose eyelids skin around the eyes. It may also take place because of natural aging. There can be functional problems in the upper and lower lids that can prevent one from having a wider view and cause difficulty in wearing contact lenses or spectacles. All these problems can be rectified with the help of an eye plastic surgery or blepharoplasty.

For the same reason, blepharoplasty is also known as lower blepharoplasty, eye bag removal surgery, and sagging eyelids surgery. Blepharoplasty is usually done for cosmetic reasons. But sometimes this procedure can also be performed for functional reasons. Usually, a team of ophthalmologists and cosmetic surgeons perform such surgeries. An eye lift may be performed but basically, excess fat from both upper and lower lids are removed to make the eyelids look youthful. The skin is stretched in a required way to make it look agile and appealing.

Blepharoplasty can be conducted on a single eyelid or both the upper and the lower eyelids (bilateral), depending on the extent of bags and puffiness around the eyes.

How is Blepharoplasty (Eyelids) performed?

  • Local anaesthesia is administered in the regions around the eyes with the help of a series of systemic sedatives.
  • The patient will remain awake but the region around the eyes would feel numb for the total period of surgery. It can be administered orally or intravenously using a needle.
  • In case of blepharoplasty bilateral, general anaesthesia is administered.
  • The surgeon first makes incisions on the eyelids along the natural crease of the upper eyelid and beneath the eyelashes or behind the lower lid in case of the lower eyelids. These positions ensure that the cuts are not visible after the surgery.
  • The surgeon makes specific and well-defined markings to understand from which regions of the eye loose skin and baggy fat must be removed. In many cases, he would also mark the underlying muscles.
  • The amount of fat, skin, or underlying muscles that must be removed is decided during the preoperative visits where the facial structure, bone alignment in the face, muscle configuration, and eyebrow alignment and symmetry are studied.
  • The instruments or devices employed to remove extra skin, fats or muscles are a scalpel, radio frequency cutting device, surgical scissors and cutting lasers.
  • To reconfigure the areas of eyebrows and eyelids and make them smooth, tissue adhesive glue and sutures are used.
  • To resurface the skin and remove any remaining wrinkles around the eyes and the eyelids, the surgeon may take the aid of carbon dioxide laser. This makes the surface smooth.
  • Incisions in the scalp can also be made to lift the eyebrows simultaneously in case of drooping eyebrows.

Recovery from Blepharoplasty (Eyelids)

  • After the surgery, a topical antibiotic ointment must be applied.
  • Cold packs must be applied to the eyes every hour for 10 to 15 minutes as you are awake.
  • Next day, the frequency can be reduced to a few hours. This will keep the bruises and swelling to its minimum.
  • For faster healing, warm compresses must be applied after 48 hours.
  • Take medications to relieve pain or as advised by the doctor.
  • The sutures in the eyes will dissolve in a week. If not, then visit the surgeon who would have it removed.
  • As soon as the redness in the eyes subsides, one can resume a normal life. Till then rest is advised.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the health care infrastructure of South Africa / Why should opt for South Africa as a destination for your medical treatment?
Like most countries, hospitals in South Africa are based upon public and private healthcare systems. There are three main levels of healthcare based upon the payment method of the patient.
  • The full paying patients are those who usually prefer to be treated by a doctor working in the private sector. They can also be funded by an external source. Many non-South African citizens also prefer this treatment service.
  • Fully subsidized patients are those who have been referred from a Primary Healthcare Service Hospital.
  • Partially subsidized patients are patients whose costs are subsidized based on the amount of their income.
The public healthcare system has three main centers for health under its wing:
  • Clinics - These are run by trained professionals and nurses. They can serve as the first point of contact for a patient.
  • Community Healthcare Centre - This is a bigger setup, complete with full-fledged services and doctors and nurses.
  • Hospital - A patient usually gets here after a referral from a clinic or community health center. One can also go in for emergencies. A hospital provides various services like performing surgery and treating chronic illnesses.
Hospitals in South Africa are gearing up to tackle major illnesses and to provide better treatment options. The South African government is also working to introduce policies and towards accommodating more patients from all across the world. It is a great country to find affordable treatment options.
What are the conditions of the hospitals in South Africa? Are they JCI certified? What is the quality of the support staff in the hospitals
The Joint Commission International (JCI) accredits and certifies most health care organizations and programs all around the world. Joint Commission International Accreditation and Certification is recognized as the global leader for health care quality of care and patient safety.
Are the doctors/surgeons in South Africa of the best quality?
Doctors associated with Medigence are of the best quality. We hope to give our patients a pleasant experience and the best doctors we can find. Since South Africa has a lot of requirements in the field of healthcare, the country attracts doctors from all over the world to contribute their services. This can help to ensure that even you receive the best quality of doctors.
What is the process for obtaining a medical visa in South Africa?
One can apply for a visa to South Africa for a period of 90 days. The High Commission of India can then help one decide for how long a visa can be extended. This usually differs from person to person. The Medical Visa allows a person to stay for a maximum of six months with a valid visa. After this, one can go to the FRO office ( Foreigner’s Registration Office ) or FRRO (Foreigner's Regional Registration Office) and request for an extension. Do note that the validity of a visa begins on the day it is issued by the High Commission of India and not on the date of departure. Applications for visas will not be accepted more than 30 days prior to departure.
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Which are the best cities in South Africa for medical treatment?
While many cities are striving to create some of the best hospitals in South Africa, Durban, Lenasia, and Cape Town already have some very good hospitals for treatment in South Africa. Located in Durban, Ethekwini Hospital and Heart Centre is a reasonable and affordable hospital in South Africa. Life Kingsbury Hospital in Capetown provides a holistic healing environment for patients. One can also opt for the Ahmed Kathrada Private Hospital in Lenasia. This hospital has been running for nearly 30 years now and various medical facilities can be availed from here.

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