Eyelid surgery


Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, treats upper and/or lower eyelids that have succumbed to the effects of aging or gravity.

Men and women who have had eyelid surgery enjoy a refreshed and well-rested appearance.

Time and costs

Blepharoplasty is an outpatient procedure that takes only a few hours in theater. We can arrange for you to arrive in South Africa during the week end, attend consultation with the surgeon on Monday and have surgery performed on a Wednesday.

After surgery it is normal to experience some discomfort and soreness in the first few days, during which you will be accommodated in a recovery facility and followed 24/7 by our nurses.

Week 2 of your stay you will be available to travel and enjoy some of the country best scenery while you recover. We recommend to recover for at least two weeks before you can be dismissed back to your normal routine by the surgeon.

The cost of the procedure may vary significantly, according to your choice of procedure and materials used, but you can have some very good liposuction done for as little as USD 1,800.


Preparing for eyelid surgery

First, you will need to meet with the plastic surgeon to discuss blepharoplasty and verify that you are a suitable candidate. They will review your medical history and ask about any pre-existing health conditions or prior surgeries. Be sure to reveal any cardiovascular or thyroid disorders and eye-related conditions or diseases, including glaucoma, dry eye or retinal problems.

After reviewing your health record, the surgeon will explain the procedure in detail, covering the benefits, potential risks and exact cost. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions and you will receive a list of pre-operative instructions. This list could include having some medical testing performed or ceasing to smoke or use certain medications, vitamins or supplements.

The Day of Surgery

Eyelid surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. After your anesthesia has been administered, the plastic surgeons will make an incision in either the natural crease of the upper eyelid or below the lash line.

Depending on the specific treatment plan, fat deposits are repositioned, the muscles and tissues are tightened and any excess skin is removed. Then, the incisions are closed with sutures.

Recovering from surgery

The first two days after surgery we will provide you with qualified nursing assistance. Your eye area will be swollen and bruised after surgery, but this will subside within a few weeks.

It’s important to rest as much as possible in the days following your procedure; avoid bending, lifting or any strenuous activities.

You will meet with the surgical team several times to check the progress of your healing, and they will advise you as to when you can return to your normal routine.

Other Considerations

Eyelid surgery does not affect creases or wrinkles around the eye area or on the forehead. Brow lift or facelift is more suitable to address facial wrinkles or sagging skin.

Please ask our surgical team for more details about combining eyelid surgery with another procedure for a more transformative makeover.