When you first meet someone, you immediately notice their facial features, particularly their eyes. Unfortunately, eyes are often the first feature to show signs of aging as the eyebrows shift downwards, and the skin begins to sag. With blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, excess skin and fat around the eyes can be removed to give you a more youthful appearance. Individuals with baggy skin that hangs over their upper eyelids interfering with their field of vision, or those who have swelling under their eyes due to an inherited condition, may also benefit from blepharoplasty. See below for answers to your blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) questions.

 

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Upper & Lower (Blepharoplasty)

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Procedure and Recovery 

Blepharoplasty may be performed on the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids, or both. A local or general anaesthetic may be used, depending on the surgery. For upper eyelid surgery, an incision is made in the fold of skin above the eye. For lower eyelid surgery, the incision is made just under the eyelashes and into the crow’s foot. Both eyelid procedures leave an almost invisible scar. Swelling and bruising are the main complications associated with blepharoplasty, but these are only temporary. Recovery time depends upon the extent of the eyelid surgery, but generally takes approximately two weeks.

What is a Blepharoplasty?

A blepharoplasty is an operation performed to achieve a rejuvenated, more wide awake look around the eyes. It can be performed on upper and/or lower eyelids.

As we get older, our skin loses some of its shape and tone. This loss of elasticity allows the skin around the eyes to sag and fat around the eye appears to bulge out. In the lower eyelid this causes bags and in the upper eyelid it manifests as a saggy, tired appearance or “hoods”.

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What does the surgery involve?

In upper eyelid surgery, small incisions are made within the natural crease of your eyelids. Through the incisions, skin and sometimes fat is removed. The surgeon then closes the incision with fine stitches, hiding the scar in the natural fold of your eyelids.

In lower eyelid surgery, the incision is placed just underneath the eyelashes. The excess skin is excised and the fat can be removed or repositioned as necessary.

Eyelid surgery can be performed either with a general anaesthetic (when you are fully unconscious) or with a local anaesthetic and sedation (you are awake but drowsy).

What are the risks and side effects of surgery?

Having cosmetic surgery can be a very positive experience. Complications are infrequent and usually minor. However, no surgery is without risk and it is important that you fully understand any potential problems. These possible problems will be fully discussed at your consultation.

What is the estimated time for recovery, absence from work and return to usual activities?

After the operation, you will stay at the hospital for a few hours or overnight to recover from the anaesthetic.

Recovery times vary from one person to another. You can return to work from 2 to10 days. Many people can see a dramatic improvement in appearance within the first few weeks. However, the final result should not be judged for about 6 to 12 months.


Blepharoplasty post surgery time line

1 to 3 days

Bruising and swelling get worse the next day or two after surgery – you will have black eyes.

3 to 7 days

Fine stitches are removed. Bruising and swelling on the decline. You can wear your make up from about day 5.

7 – 14 days

Bruising turning yellowish now.

No contact lenses for two weeks.

Back to work from 10 days onwards.

6 months

Final result can be seen.

Fee range


Upper Lid Blepharoplasty   £2750

Lower Lid Blepharoplasty   £2995

Upper and Lower Lid Blepharoplasty   £4370

Brow Lift   £2995

 

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