As we age, we lose our fresh, youthful appearance and can also lose our self-confidence. Our eye area can lose elasticity and fatty tissue can accumulate under the skin. This can give a tired, wrinkled, or puffy look that leaves us feeling unhappy. Even good skincare and eye care cannot always help, whether simply the effects of ageing. le. Eye lifts can restore a youthful and refreshed appearance to your eyes, and they can also open up the eyes by correcting sagging upper lids or puffy bags under your eyes. The latter is one of the reasons why this is such a popular procedure for Asian eyes.
The best candidate for an eyelift is someone who is:
- Noticing droopy and baggy eyes, both men and women
- Physically healthy, emotionally stable, and well-informed about the procedure
- Typically at least 35, but this can differ with individuals – there have been cases of older and younger clients so if you are unsure get in touch
If you suffer from the following conditions you may not be eligible for an eyelift: dry eye, glaucoma, Graves’ disease or high blood pressure, hypothyroidism, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
As with any cosmetic surgery procedure, it is important to remember that your surgery will not turn you into someone else and you should not rely on your procedure to change your life. If you are considering undergoing a procedure it is imperative you speak to someone you trust, are happy in your life and are simply seeking to enhance your appearance and confidence, rather than looking to completely change who you are. It is equally important you are psychologically ready.
Preparing for your Procedure:
It is important to discuss with your doctors and with us any:
- Medical conditions you have
- The medication you are taking - prescription, herbal and non-prescription
Once you arrive at your destination you will have a physical evaluation with your surgeon, where you will discuss your goals and concerns where you will finalise the plan for surgery. At this examination your surgeon will determine the best procedure for you and explain it to you in detail, including any limitations - after all, it is important that you head into surgery with realistic goals. It is during this examination that your surgeon will also make recommendations for other procedures.
In the lead-up to your surgery, it is important you do the following:
- Stop smoking. Smoking can cause problems with circulation and increase the possibility of complications
What to Expect:
Length of surgery:
Depending the extent of the procedure, surgery can take up to three hours. Some patients return home within hours of the surgery, however, others will be required to stay at least one night in the hospital.
Recovery and post-op care:
Eyes are often lubricated and covered with bandages after surgery and after a week stitches are removed, however, bruising and swelling will continue to subside for a little longer. After 10 days normal activity can be resumed, but strenuous activity, such as lifting and exercise must wait three weeks. For the first few weeks, sunblock and sunglasses are required.
Pain and discomfort can be managed with oral medications and you will also be prescribed antibiotics to prevent any infection. You will also be given a list of things that you should and shouldn't do following your surgery, such as:
- Using a cold compress to help bruising and swelling subside
- Using lubricating eye drops for itchiness or irritations
- Keeping your head elevation to prevent blood clots
- Not wearing makeup
- No drinking alcohol
- No watching television
- No wearing contact lenses
Length of Stay:
Most surgeons recommend spending 10 days, as you will have regular check-ups throughout your holiday. To get the most out of your recovery time we suggest you partake in gentle exercise, yoga classes and treat yourself to some pampering. If you are feeling up to it, there is plenty to see and do in Phuket, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur.
Other procedures to consider:
Many people who travel to Malaysia have more than one procedure because of the cost advantages and also for a more balanced look. Procedures including a facelift or a brow lift/forehead lift can give a more youthful appearance. Non-surgical treatments can also help, such as dermabrasion and chemical peels.
Preconditions and risks:
Risks and complications are minimised by using our highly-skilled, trusted doctors and nurses. However, with every precaution taken complications can still occur. These are rare and few patients experience any issues. If you have any concerns about your procedure and the possible preconditions and risks, discuss them with your doctor and nurses.
Potential risks include:
- Tearing, itchy, burning eyes or dry eyes
- Light sensitivity
- Blurred or double vision for several days.
- Scarring is another possible complication.
- Difficulty closing their eyes when asleep
- Lower lids that appear to be pulled down, this is a rare condition, called ectropion, and it may require additional surgery.
It is important to read the general preconditions and risks page before any surgery.