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Eyelid Surgery in South Africa


As most people know, your eyes are some of the most prominent features of the face, and ones towards which people are instinctively attracted. Eyes are also used in communication, and can say a lot about the personality and attitude of their owners. If the appearance of a person’s eyes is aesthetically unpleasant, then this can negatively affect people’s attitudes towards that person, while also decreasing self-confidence.

Fortunately, many cosmetic surgery procedures exist that can address issues relating to the eyes in different ways. Eyelid surgery, also known as an eye lift or blepharoplasty, is a popular procedure that is used by thousands of people around the world each year, with a high success rate that results in increased self-confidence and satisfaction with one’s appearance.

There are many good reasons to consider eyelid surgery as part of a cosmetic surgery procedure. These might include the following:

  • Having excess skin that hangs down from above the eye socket, covering the natural folds of the upper eyelids in a way that is undesirable
  • Having loose skin that hangs down from the upper eyelids, and especially that which covers the eyelashes
  • Having upper or lower eyelids that appear puffy or sagging, resulting in eyes that look more tired or older than they really are
  • Having grooves beneath your eyes that are noticeable deep in an aesthetically unpleasant way
  • Having upper eyelid skin that impairs your vision in some way
  • Having bags or dark circles under the eyes, resulting in a tired or sad appearance
  • Having an upper eye surface that (possibly as a result of one or more of the above issues) is too small or too wrinkled to apply makeup properly
  • Eyelid surgery procedures can be performed on the upper or lower eyelids, or a combination of both. Following an evaluation of factors such as the muscle and bone structure underlying your face, and the symmetry of your eyebrows, the surgeon will decide how much material (such as skin, muscle, or fat) needs to be removed in order to achieve the desired results.

    Eyelid surgery procedures generally target either the upper or lower eyelid (or sometimes both). In the case of the upper eyelid, the main incision line will usually be located at the natural eyelid crease. Lasers, rather than scalpels or similar cutting tools, are often used to remove excess tissue in an effort to reduce swelling and bruising. In the case of the lower eyelid, the traditional approach is to locate the main incision just below the eyelashes, or inside the lower eyelid itself (this approach is known as transconjunctival insicion). Most procedures are done under general anaesthetic and require around two weeks of recovery time.

    Cape Town, South Africa is one of the world’s most well-known destinations for medical tourism, and continues to grow in popularity due to the low costs involved and the high quality of the doctors and facilities on offer. Medical Tourism SA prides itself in facilitating medical holidays of all kinds, ensuring that your procedure and your visit to Cape Town is a happy and successful one.

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