Upper Lid Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery under local anaesthetic is a very popular procedure.
The aim of the procedure is to remove excess skin and fat deposits to leave the upper lid skin tighter and fresher in appearance.
Extra skin and fat on the upper eyelid can cause the eyes to feel heavy and look tired. Taken to the extreme the skin can hang so much that it can block vision.
Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty or eyelid lift) is a cosmetic procedure, performed under local anaesthetic, designed to remove hooded, drooping eyelids and puffy bags.
Whether it is carried out for medical or aesthetic reasons, this effective procedure will restore the eye area, giving a less tired look and a wider eyed appearance.
Eyelid surgery will achieve a fresher look for you without it being obvious that you have had surgery.
Will I need a consultation for eyelid surgery?
All patients must have a consultation with a Consultant Plastic Surgeon.
Your initial consultation will take around 30 minutes. You will be asked questions about your general eye function and medical history. The whole procedure will be explained to you and you will have plenty of opportunity to ask questions. You will also be given an idea of the realistic outcome that can be achieved and the possibility of complications that could occur.
What happens during the eyelid surgery?
In a typical procedure the surgeon makes incisions following the natural lines of the eyelids. Through this incision surplus fat is removed and excess skin and sagging muscle is removed. The scars will be pink for a few months, but eventually they become almost invisible.
Patients undergoing eyelid surgery typically have stitches removed 3 to 4 days post treatment and the steri-strip (small pieces of tape) within 7 days. Most return to work within 8 to 10 days. Make-up can usually be applied by Day 8. With clearance from your Consultant, patients resume normal activity within 3 to 4 weeks.
Risks and complications are rare but can include the inability to close the upper lid if too much skin is taken, and dry eye. If patients currently have dry eyes, blepharoplasty surgery can make the eyes drier, which is why it is so important to see a recommended Consultant Plastic Surgeon.
Whilst this procedure is extremely effective and can lift years off the face, it is not a facelift, and only the bony margin or the orbit (eye sockets) will be treated. Wrinkles around the eyes (crow’s feet) will not be affected, nor will dark circles. For these areas, treatments such as Botox and chemical peeling can help treat residual or recurrent wrinkles.
How much does eyelid surgery cost?
Upper eyelid surgery costs can range depending on the complexity of the procedure, and experience of the surgeon. On average, it will cost around £2,400. Finance options are available and can be discussed at your consultation.
What do I need to consider before eyelid surgery?
When considering upper eye lid surgery, it is a very good time to go to the optician and have a general check-up and to have your vision tested so that any changes can be found before surgery and we strongly encourage this prior to your first consultation with us.
The steps involved in the process are:
- Optician review
- Consultation with Consultant Surgeon for opinion on suitability and discussion
- GP letter
- Time to think
- Second consultation if any further questions
- Early Follow up
- Recovery time
- Late follow up
What possible complications are associated with eyelid surgery?
Complications are rare but can occur. These will be discussed with you in full during your initial consultation. They include:
- Dry eyes
- Poor eye closure
- Eye swelling
- Visual disturbances