Eye Bag Removal & Upper Eyelid Surgery – Blepharoplasty
Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is used to remove excess skin from the upper and lower eyelids to get rid of hooded eyelids or eye bags. Loose skin and excess fatty tissue around the eye area is removed, giving a fresher, more youthful appearance.
There are three types of blepharoplasty surgery:
- Upper blepharoplasty – performed along crease line of upper eyelid
- Lower blepharoplasty – performed along the crease line of the lower eyelash or through the conjunctiva if only fat bags and no skin removal is necessary
- Upper and lower blepharoplasty – both procedures performed together
The procedure takes about two hours and will be performed using a general anaesthetic. It is either as a day case or with an overnight stay. You may experience some pain and discomfort for between three and seven days. Suture strips are applied to support the eyelids after surgery. These are usually removed after three to five days. Strenuous exercise and heavy lifting should be avoided for four weeks.
Blepharoplasty will not remove dark circles under the eyes, crow’s feet or other wrinkles around the eyes. Visit our non-surgical pages for treatments to reduce these signs of ageing.
|Operation Time||1.25 2hrs|
|Nights in hospital||day case or 1|
|Common Risks||infection, bad scarring, asymmetry, bleeding, permanent numbness, double vision|
|Uncommon Risks||depressed lower eyelid, permanent blurred vision, cyst, tearing, photosensitivity|
|Pain and discomfort||3 – 7 days|
|Follow-up after surgery||1 week (stitches removed), 3 months|
|Time off work||1 – 2 weeks|
|Sports||2 weeks – walking|
|4 weeks – everything|
|Result||12 weeks until final result scars continue to improve over 18 months|
What happens at my first consultation?
During your consultation it is very important that you fully discuss the the pros and cons of your procedure. Your surgeon will discuss the procedure in full including any risks involved in addition to the likely outcome. Your surgeon will also discuss whether or not you are suitable for a blepharoplasty or if there is an alternative depending on your desired outcome.
Who is the most suitable for blepharoplasty surgery?
People who would benefit are those with bags or loose skin under the eyes or hanging skin over the eyes.
What should I look for when choosing a surgeon?
You should ensure that the surgeon has all the relevant qualifications and accreditation.It is also important to establish just how many procedures the surgeon has carried out. Our surgeon is UK accredited and is a fully-qualified GMC registered Consultant Plastic, Cosmetic Surgeon, he is a member of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) in addition to being a member of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS). Our surgeon is also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the Association of Breast Surgery (ABS) and the British Association of Surgical Oncology (BASO). Our surgeon has also been awarded prestigious fellowships including Royal College of Surgeons of England FRCS (Eng), Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh (FRCSEd) and a specialist fellowship in Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery. In addition our surgeon holds a substantive Consultant Plastic Surgeon Post in the NHS As well as the accreditation’s and qualifications it is also important that you develop a good rapport with your surgeon and that they understand fully what you hope to achieve from the operation and also your desired appearance following your blepharoplasty surgery.
What support can I expect when making the decision to have surgery?
You can expect ongoing support and access to our surgeon if you wish. Our partners The Wright Initiative can also offer psychological support.
What results should I expect?
See our before and after photos in this section.
Our cost for an upper blepharoplasty is from £3,095.
Our cost for a lower blepharoplasty is from £4,095.
The procedure is usually performed under local anaesthetic (upper eyelid only) or general anaesthetic (if lower eyelids) at one of our specialist clinics
This cost includes all your consultations before surgery and unlimited appointments following your procedure.
For a consultation please complete our contact form or telephone 0800 001 6688