Where eyelid surgery is performed under local anaesthetic it is not necessary to stay overnight at the cosmetic surgery clinic whereas an overnight stay is required if surgery is performed under general anaesthetic and this is included in the price of your cosmetic surgery package. Normally upper eyelid surgery alone is performed under local anaesthetic with lower eyelid surgery being performed under either local or general depending on the chosen surgical method. After the surgery you are taken every 2–3 days for a free check up to the clinic. Recommended stay in Prague is 6–7 days after the surgery, so your Prague plastic surgeon can remove your stitches on the day of departure.
IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING EYELID COSMETIC SURGERY
Eyelid surgery (also known as eye bag removal or blepharoplasty) is a cosmetic eye surgery to remove fat usually along with excess skin and muscle from the upper and lower eyelids. Eyelid surgery can correct drooping upper lids and puffy bags below your eyes – features that make you look older and more tired than you feel, and may even interfere with your vision.
However, it won’t remove crow’s feet or other wrinkles, eliminate dark circles under your eyes, or lift sagging eyebrows. While it can add an upper eyelid crease to Asian eyes, it will not erase evidence of your ethnic or racial heritage.
First of all, we assess your eyesight and tear production, as well as your general state of health. The surgeon will then describe the treatment in detail, the anaesthetic used, and advise you as to how to prepare for your operation (for example, it is important to stop smoking at least a week before treatment).
Blepharoplasty can be done alone, or in conjunction with other facial surgery procedures such as a facelift or neck lift.
THE BEST CANDIDATES FOR EYELID COSMETIC SURGERY
Blepharoplasty can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence, but it won’t necessarily change your looks to match your ideal, or cause other people to treat you differently. Before you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with your Prague plastic surgeon.
The best candidates for eyelid surgery are men and women who are physically healthy, psychologically stable, and realistic in their expectations. Most are 35 or older, but if droopy, baggy eyelids run in your family, you may decide to have eyelid surgery at a younger age.
PREPARATION – EYELID SURGERY (BLEPHAROPLASTY)
You should come to the operation without make-up. Pharmaceuticals containing acetylsalicylic acid (Acylpirin, Aspirin, and Anopyrin etc.) should not be used for 3 weeks before the Eyelid Lift cosmetic surgery, as they decrease clotting time of blood.
If you are a smoker you are advised to stop smoking or at least to cut down on cigarettes. Smoking slows down the recovery process and it can also increase the risk of complications.
OPERATION – UPPER EYELIDS COSMETIC SURGERY
Upper Eyelids surgery itself lasts 1 hour, performed under local anaesthetic with a mild sedative. Firstly, incisions are made to the eyelid skin, initially to loosen the excess skin and muscle, then to remove it. The incisions are then closed using very fine sutures; any sign on the surgery tends to disappear within three months, because of the eyelid’s excellent healing capacity. Our Prague plastic surgeons use classical stitches, which need to be removed 6–7 days after the eye lid plastic surgery.
OPERATION – LOWER EYELID COSMETIC SURGERY
Our Prague plastic surgeons use two different methods to reduce excess skin and fat pads in the lower eyelids. At your free consultation the plastic surgeon will advise you which method is more suitable in your case.
- Firstly there is the traditional surgical method. The incision is made to the skin and muscle just one millimetre underneath the eyelashes. The excess skin is removed and the incision closed with very fine sutures. This incision heals very nicely almost without a trace. The plastic surgeon uses classical stitches, which need to be removed 6–7 days after the surgery.
- Secondly there is the transconjunctival method also called laser eyelid surgery. The incision is made inside the lower eyelids with a laser or radio scalpel and the fat pads are removed plus any excess skin is removed by the surgeon during the process. The greatest benefit of this method is because no stitches are required, then no visible scars remain and it is very suitable for younger clients with little or no excess skin below the eyes. The procedure is performed under general anaesthetic and takes approximately 1 hour, during the surgery the surgeon places metal lenses on your eyes to protect them from the laser. In order to enhance the results our Prague plastic surgeons might suggest some laser resurfacing of the area below your eyes to remove any tiny wrinkles, if so this will be incorporated at no extra charge provided it is undertaken at the time of the surgery.
The most common operations are performed on the upper or lower eyelid, on both areas together or combined with other facial, body or breast surgery.
POST-OPERATIONAL COURSE – EYELID SURGERY (BLEPHAROPLASTY)
After the operation, an ophthalmic cream is applied, along with a dressing soaked in a very cold saline solution, to reduce discomfort and inflammation. The principal swelling and bruises will vanish within a week, make-up can be worn 10 days after the surgery, and it is possible to go out with sun glasses on within 4–5 days, the stitches are removed 6–7 days after the eyelid lift surgery.
During the first few days after the operation sleeping on the back is recommended so as to prevent the appearance of swelling on one side of the operated lids. It is important to get as much rest as you can, this way your recovery will be faster.
At your Prague recovery apartment after the operation, sterile compresses (squares) with cool boric acid, or, as the case may be, boiled water (after cooling off) should be put on the lids every 3–6 hours. One day before the stitches are removed, the plasters on the lids should be greased with Opthalmo-septonex. They should be removed in the evening, and in the morning the stitches must be thoroughly greased once more.
Most patients are able to get back to everyday activities after 10–12 days.
HOW WILL I FEEL AFTER THE SURGERY?
You will probably feel tired and sleepy particularly during the first three days after the surgery. You will be given some painkillers and tablets to reduce the swelling.
You might also feel unhappy after a few days. This is normal and is caused due to the stress, general anaesthetic, lack of patience with the healing problems, more pain than you expected or the fact that because you underwent eyelid surgery abroad you miss your home and family.
IS THE EYELID SURGERY RECOVERY AFTER EYELID SURGERY PAINFUL?
Many of our clients report they feel little or no pain, however, when you leave the clinic you will be prescribed painkillers as a precaution. You are likely to feel some swelling and discomfort and perhaps some numbness in the areas where surgery has been performed.
POSSIBLE RISKS AND COMPLICATIONS – EYELID SURGERY (BLEPHAROPLASTY)
The specific risks and the suitability of cosmetic eyelid surgery for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are rare.
WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU TO PRAGUE?
- Cotton buds
- Bigger sunglasses
- Clothes that do not need to be pulled over your head. Cardigans or blouses/shirts that have front fastening buttons or zips are the best.
Before and After – Eyelid surgery
Look below to find some Eyelid surgery / Eye Bag Removal before and after pictures to give you an idea of what our plastic surgeons can achieve. More photos are available in Before and after section. As a part of free email consultation you will also receive telephone numbers on our previous clients from the UK so you can speak about their experience with us.
Anthony Elflain (Facelift, Eyelid surgery)
Margaret (Face Lift, Eyelid surgery)
We have tried to gather most often questions from our clients regarding Eyelid surgery, however, if you have not recieved answers to your questions we are more than happy to help, so please do not hesitate to contact us.
Which Eye Bag Removal is better for me - classical or the one with laser?
If you are over 45-50 and have more wrinkles then the classical technique will be more suitable for you. If you are younger and have less wrinkles but your main problem is fatty tissues below your lower eyelids then the laser (Transcojunctival) method. Please email us some photos if you would like to find out more.
Is the surgery abroad safe?
We have been specialising for treating clients from the UK and Ireland for over 20 years. As the Czech republic is a part of the European Union our plastic surgeons, medical staff and clinic have to follow the same rules as the clinics in the UK and Ireland. Every surgery caries some level of risk, so it is important for us to find out as much as we can about you prior to your arrival. We will ask you to fill in the Medical questionnaire which will be assessed by our plastic surgeons, head physician and head anaesthesiologist.
Why is surgery so cheaper compared to the prices in the UK and Ireland?
The difference in prices is mainly due to lower cost of living and wages of medical staff compared to the UK and Ireland.
Do you offer a consultation in the UK or Ireland?
No, we do not offer personal consultations with plastic surgeons in the UK. We offer a free email consultation. We will ask you to fill in our Medical Questionnaire online and send us some photos of the areas to be treated. All information will be reviewed with a plastic surgeon specialising in the treatment requested, head physician and head anaesthesiologist. We will respond to you within 1-2 working days with cosmetic surgery package which will include details about procedure, information about your surgeon, costs, available dates and phone numbers of our previous clients from the UK and Ireland. The final decision about the extent of cosmetic surgery procedure is made at your initial consultation with your plastic surgeon at the clinic in Prague before your surgery.
Do I choose a plastic surgeon?
If one of our plastic surgeons was recommended to you you can add her or his name when contacting us. We will confirm whether this plastic surgeons is specialising in the choosen procedures. In other cases your photos will be reviewed by a plastic surgeon who is specialising in the treatment you wish to undergo. We will also provide you with some telephone numbers from our previous clients from the UK and Ireland who are happy to speak to you about their experience with us.
Can I stay shorter time than advised by you?
In your cosmetic surgery package you will receive information from your plastic surgeon what is the minimum stay in Prague for your treatment. This stay is based on the time during which most of complications can occure. During this time you will have regular check-ups with a plastic surgeon (every 2-3 days or based on healing) to make sure you are healing fine and you can return back home safely. We take your health very seriously and expect you to stay in Prague for the correct recovery time. If you leave Prague against the advice of your surgeon then you will be asked to sign a legal document taking full responsibility for your recovery and the outcome of your surgery. In signing this document, you will forfeit any right to free corrective surgery, should any problems arise. Please understand the most beautiful results and your safety is our priority.
Can I have two or more surgeries at the same time?
It depends on the type and extent of the surgeries. You could combine Eyelid surgery with most of the surgeries except Rhinoplasty. Please apply for our Free email consultation to find out more.
What everything is included in the price of the surgery?
Our price of Eyelid surgery / Eye Bag removal includes:
- Consultation with a Prague Plastic Surgeon
- Full Examination and Pre-operative Tests by a Physician (if needed)
- Cosmetic Surgery on both eyelids
- Local anaesthesia for Traditional method or general anaesthesia for Laser method, all Medication
- after general anaesthesia 1 Night at the Clinic
- Post-operative Aftercare incl. check-ups with a plastic surgeon and Stitches Removal
How do I go about booking the surgery?
First step is to apply for our Free email consultation by filling in the Medical Questionnaire and emailing us the photos. You will receive a quote with available dates and contacts on our previous clients within 1-2 working days. If you decide to book a date we will ask you to pay the deposit of £300 by a credit or debit card online based on a Booking form prepared and emailed by you. Accommodation and airport pick-up will be organised by us. More details are available in How it works section.
What will happen from my arrival to Prague?
Our driver Stan will pick you up from the airport. Stan speaks English and will help you with luggage as well as putting you at ease upon your arrival to Prague. Prior to your arrival to Prague you will be provided with Stan´s mobile number, so you can contact him directly in case of any delays. Stan will also provide you with information what time you will be picked-up the following day by our drivers for the pre-operative tests and surgery. Please pack as little as possible as it is not advised to carry heavy items after the surgery.
Is the flight included in the price?
The flights are at additonal cost starting at £50 / 60 Eur for a return flight from most UK an Irish airports. The price depends on availablity, season etc. We will provide you the list of airlines which fly to Prague and would like to ask you to book it by yourself. The flights take around 1hr 30 min.
What about the accommodation?
The accommodation is organised by us. We will email you the list of available hotels and self-catering apartments next or close to the clinic. The accommodation for one person starts at £30/night or £45 for two people. However, these prices for accommodation are just a guide. The price can vary depending on availability, exchange rates and whether it is high or low season. We will do our best to get you the best price for your accommodation. The list of available accommodation is emailed after completing free email consultation and the deposit of £300 is paid.
How is post-operative care?
While you will be in Prague recovering you will be seen by a plastic surgeon for regular check-ups every 2-3 working days or depending on your healing. You will be also given 24/7 emergency number which you can call. After the minimum stay in Prague which will be advised to you it is safe to fly back home. You will be advised on further aftercare which is necesarry to follow to achieve the best possible outcome of your surgery. After your departure from Prague we will keep in touch and you can email us any questions you have, photos of how you heal and call us on our UK freenumber: 0800 023 2592. In an unlikely event of a correction needed the treatment is provided free of charge.