Blepharoplasty and Eyelid Surgery - Clinics in London and the rest of the UK

A popular procedure for both men and women, Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery as it is more widely called, is the removal of excess fat and skin on the upper and/or lower eyelid area.

Blepharoplasty and Eyelid Surgery - Clinics in London and the rest of the UK

Blepharoplasty surgery removes the excess skin and fat on the upper and/or lower eyelids and restores a fresher, more youthful appearance.

Ageing of the skin is apparent earlier in the delicate eye area than most other parts of the body. With increasing age, the skin around your eyes loses its elasticity and the muscles become slacker.

The fat behind the eyelids can also bulge forwards creating “bags”. In some cases, this is worsened by hereditary factors.

The problem often seems worse in the morning and also during periods of prolonged stress and/or lack of sleep. In some cases, so much skin accumulates in the upper lids that it hangs over the eyelashes and can obstruct vision.

Having a Blepharoplasty procedure increases your confidence and self-esteem giving an overall improved appearance with less sign of ageing.

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What is blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is the removal of excess fat and skin on the upper and/or lower eyelid area.

The procedure is usually performed under heavy or “twilight” sedation, which generally means that an overnight stay in hospital is not necessary and that recovery time is decreased.

Incisions are made following the natural lines of your eyelids: in the creases of the upper lids and just below the lashes in the lower lids.

These incisions are extended a little way into the crow’s feet or laughter lines at the corner of the eye. Through this incision surplus, fat and skin are removed and sagging muscle tightened.

In the lower eyelid, the cutting of skin may not be necessary and fat may be removed from inside the eyelid.

The procedure aims to remove loose and baggy, excess skin from the upper eyelids and lower eyelids. In addition, fat pockets that are bulging out are removed as well.

Patients often want this treatment combined with a Browpexy to lift the eyebrow too. The procedures compliment each other well.

Having eyelid surgery increases your confidence and self-esteem giving an overall improved appearance with less sign of ageing.

What is upper blepharoplasty?

An upper blepharoplasty is a cosmetic surgery procedure that is performed on the upper eyelids and involves the removal of folds of bulging protruding fat and loose skin.

It is used to give patients a brighter, younger and more energised appearance.

What is lower blepharoplasty?

A lower eyelid blepharoplasty is another form of cosmetic procedure that is directed towards the lower lid and is performed to reduce the protruding skin folds and fat prolapse that can give you a tired look and eyebags.

Just as with the upper half of the eyelids, it gives you a youthful and refreshed look.

How much is blepharoplasty?

man after eyelid surgery

When it comes to the cost of having a blepharoplasty, like any other cosmetic procedures, it will depend on your own circumstances and preferences.

Each blepharoplasty and eyelids surgery are taken on an individual basis and a treatment plan is devised for the patient.

Other factors that can affect the price of blepharoplasty include the extent of the work required on the upper and lower eyelids and how much eyelid skin needs to be removed.

It could cost you as little as £2,044 or as much as £4,645, depending also on where you go.

The best idea to get an accurate price for the blepharoplasty you want is by contacting the team here at Linia Cosmetic Surgery and arrange for a consultation appointment to get an accurate price.

How long to ice after blepharoplasty?

Following your blepharoplasty, you will need to apply a cold compress to your eyelids regularly over the course of the first day.

The cold compress helps reduce the swelling and bruising and assists with your body’s natural healing process.

Although your surgeon may suggest a different timeframe, it is generally considered to be most beneficial to hold a cold compress on the eyelids that were working on during your blepharoplasty every 10 to 15 minutes for the first 24 hours.

You need to follow the pattern of 10 to 15 minutes on and then 10 to 15 minutes off.

While it may not be comfortable all of the time, you should make a concerted effort to do it as much as you can during those first 24 hours.

Beyond the first 24 hours though, as any cold compresses you use will be far less effective.

Is blepharoplasty safe?

Cosmetic Surgery, like any other surgery, involves a “trauma” to the human body and there are risks associated with any procedure.

Each person’s body is different, and your general health, level of fitness, age and genetic profile will all affect the speed of healing and also on the risk of side-effects.

  • If you smoke, drink alcohol, are overweight and/or take drugs for medical or other reasons, the risk of complication during and after surgery can be greatly increased.
  • Smoking, in particular, is discouraged because it increases the risk both of infection, wound breakdown and thrombosis (blood clots).
  • After eyelid surgery, it is normal for all patients to experience some pain and discomfort, swelling, numbness and bruising.
  • These symptoms can be controlled and reduced by taking regular prescribed medication. Occasionally a pool of blood (haematoma) can collect under the skin after the operation, but this usually disperses over two or three weeks. If very large, your surgeon will drain it.
  • Rarely, a lower eyelid may droop, a condition called ectropion. This can be corrected by further surgery.

If you are worried about incisions and cutting the skin, you can speak to our team here at Linia Skin Clinic about the possibility of eyelid surgery with laser.

Does blepharoplasty remove wrinkles?

No-one likes the appearance of wrinkles that comes with time.

Rather than paying for two different procedures, you may be thinking that you could cut the cost a little by having a blepharoplasty to deal with problems related to your upper and lower eyelids, while also eliminating your wrinkles.

As lower eyelid surgery or a lower blepharoplasty involves the removal of excess tissues and excess fat, the skin directly beneath your eyes will be tighter and smoother.

This will mean that any creases or wrinkles that have developed as a result of your undereye bags or loose skin will be removed. However, it will not solve the problem or treat other forms of common wrinkles around the eyes.

How long to recover from blepharoplasty?

Another huge concern that you will probably have when deciding whether or not to have a blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery, is how long it will take to recover from.

This will be on your mind, undoubtedly, because you will want to know how much time you will have to take off work and how your daily life will be affected.

pretty woman with blepharosty lines on eyelids

The majority of people who undergo upper eyelid treatments like blepharoplasty, tend to be able to go back to work within 7 to 10 days following the procedure.

As for lower eyelid surgery, it takes much longer, and you may need to be off work for anything from 10 to 14 days.

It generally takes around 8-12 weeks to fully recover from a blepharoplasty, but scarring will continue to slowly fade beyond the 12 weeks.

Post-Op

Your surgeon will see you when you have come round from the anaesthetic to check that all is well, and you will usually be discharged the same day.

You’ll be given medication and post-operative instructions along with appropriate telephone numbers in case you need to contact us at any time.

Week 1 – 2

For the first few days after the operation, you will be advised to keep your head elevated and use cold compresses to reduce swelling.

You will also be able to use a prescribed ointment for the first few days. After a week or so you will see our nurse who will remove the stitches, and if you use make-up you will be able to apply it soon afterwards.

Bruising and swelling will gradually subside although the eyes may remain watery for a few weeks afterwards. Occasionally you may experience dryness and itchiness.

Tightening of scars can make lids feel heavy or “different” for the first few weeks. Vision may be hazy for the first 1-2 weeks.

Weeks 8 – 12

Your surgeon will see you again, usually 8-10 weeks after the procedure for a full post-operative check. By this stage, all swelling should have disappeared and scars will gradually fade over a period of a few months.

When can I drink alcohol after blepharoplasty?

It is not uncommon for alcohol consumption to be restricted when you have had surgery performed or are going to and its no different when it comes to surgery, blepharoplasty involving the upper eyelids and lower eyelids.

Generally, depending on what resource you refer to, it can be as little as 48 hours after eyelid surgery like blepharoplasty that you need to wait before you drink alcoholic beverages of any kind to as long as a week or two, if at all possible.

You may wonder why. The reason is that it is best to allow the body to heal properly and stop your eyes from dehydrating, two things that drinking alcohol can problems with.

There is also the fact that if you are prescribed and encouraged to take medication or eye drops following your eyelid surgery.

You will probably need to take them and use them for at least a week, and it is advised that you avoid drinking alcohol while on medication.

Some may even suggest you hold off having alcoholic beverages for at least two weeks after your blepharoplasty eyelid procedure..

How to hide blepharoplasty scars?

Fortunately, because blepharoplasty is performed on your eyelids, any resulting scars are not easily seen due to their location.

There is no additional makeup work that you really need to use because only a thin and small, very faint white line will be seen when your eyes are closed at night and you will not be able to see anything when your eyes are fully open.

Who is a Good Candidate for Blepharoplasty?

Although we try to make all our surgery, including laser eyelid surgery, available for everyone, some individuals are better suited and will benefit more from eyelid surgery, laser or otherwise.

Generally, the best candidates are those who have realistic expectations and good overall health.

We find that it is mostly people who are 35 years or older who want a blepharoplasty, simply due to that being the average age when droopy eyelids and baggy eyelids start to develop more prominently.

However, that is not to say if those kinds of conditions run in your family, that you shouldn’t elect to have blepharoplasty done sooner.

Whether your upper eyelid or lower, we can remove excess skin from most healthy candidates but do insist on a consultation to ensure suitability. Patient safety is paramount to us.

At Linia Cosmetic Surgery Clinic, we know only too well the massive impact those conditions can have and how eyelid surgery can help to improve your outward appearance and in turn, your self-confidence.

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Will my consultation be with a surgeon?

All consultations take place with a surgeon. We believe that only a surgeon can help and advise you on the best procedure to achieve the results you would like.

During your initial consultation, we will ask you about the results you are looking for and explain the procedure so that you understand every stage of the process. The most important thing is that you feel completely at ease in our care and fully aware of the procedure and the resulting enhancement.

Are your consultations free?

All of our consultations are free with no obligation. You will be provided with advice and information relevant to achieve the results you desire.

What will happen after the Eyelid Surgery?

We explain in more detail over on the first tab but following your eyelid surgery, your surgeon will see you when you have recovered to check that all is well, and you will usually be discharged the same day.

You’ll be given medication and post-operative instructions along with appropriate telephone numbers in case you need to contact us at any time.

Week 1-2

For the first few days after eyelid surgery you will be advised to keep your head elevated and use cold compresses to reduce swelling. You will also be able to use a prescribed ointment for the first few days. After a week or so you will see our surgeon who will remove the stitches.

Bruising and swelling will gradually subside although the eyes may remain watery for a few weeks afterwards. With eyelid surgery occasionally you may experience dryness and itchiness. Tightening of scars can make the eyelids feel heavy or “different” for the first few weeks. Vision may also be hazy for first 1-2 weeks.

Weeks 8-10

Your surgeon will see you again, usually 8-10 weeks after your eyelid surgery for a full post-operative check. By this stage all swelling should have disappeared and scars will gradually fade over a period of a few months.

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