Are you self-conscious about the dark circles or how puffy your eyes look? Do you dream of having double eyelids? Do you want to make your eyes look bigger and brighter, or even your sclera whiter? Then, there is a cosmetic eye surgery readily available for you! Let us find out what cosmetic eye surgery procedures are already known in the market and what they can do to improve the look of your eyes.
Cosmetic eye surgery: Blepharoplasty
The most commonly known cosmetic eye surgery, blepharoplasty, is also called an eyelift in that it reduces the puffiness of the lower lids and removes unwanted excess skin on the upper eyelids. The results are youthful-looking eyes and an improved vision for older patients whose saggy eyelids get in their line of sight.
Cosmetic eye surgery: Cosmetic Asian eyelid surgery
This type of eye surgery makes the eyes look bigger and more alive by creating a double eyelid. Asians are known to have ‘chinky’ eyes, and with this cosmetic eye surgery, the double eyelid creates the illusion of having larger-looking and brighter eyes.
Cosmetic eye surgery: Nonsurgical Botox injection
If you do not want to see any wrinkle or fine lines to mark the sides of your eyes and forehead that makes you look older than your age, then botox injections may be the answer to that problem. This injection is placed into the muscle to stop the nerve impulses from contracting, allowing them to relax and make the wrinkles disappear.
Cosmetic eye surgery: Conjunctivoplasty or I-Brite
This is a cosmetic eye surgery that is solely for aesthetics only. This procedure resembles that of a pinguecula or pterygium removal, where the conjunctiva (the thin membrane that covers the eyes) is removed. This procedure makes the sclera or the white part of the eyes look whiter and cleaner. However, this elective surgery has been found to cause necrotising scleritis that is characterised by severe eye pain with or without vision loss.
Cosmetic eye surgery: Iris implant surgery or BrightOcular implant surgery
This is another aesthetic-only procedure that changes the colour of your eyes. Instead of using replaceable contact lenses, some patients want to go overboard and have their eye colour permanent changed. However, this cosmetic eye surgery has been found to cause a higher incidence of glaucoma and cataract to the patients. It can also cause blindness or reduced vision, as well as corneal injury.
Cosmetic eye surgery: The cost
Here are the rough price estimates of each cosmetic eye surgery procedures available on the market.
Blepharoplasty: $2500 to $4000 per lower or upper eyelid, or $4000 to $8000 for upper and lower eyelids.
Asian eyelid surgery: $775 to $6000
Nonsurgical Botox injections: $10 to $20 per unit; the eye area may need 10-15 units, so cost is between $100 to $300.
I-Brite: $3000 to $5000 per eye. This procedure may not be available in Australia yet since the Boxer Wachler Vision Institute may be the only one offering this procedure, and they are located in the US.
Iris Implant surgery: $5000 to $7000 for BrightOcular implant surgery; price is set in the US and may not be available in Australia.
Enhancing your physical appearance should not only improve your looks but also affect your self-confidence and overall outlook in life. More importantly, ensuring your safety and comfort while undergoing any cosmetic eye surgery, as well as any aesthetic surgery procedures, should always be put first above anything else.