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What is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure which removes excess skin, muscle and fat to improve the appearance of the skin around your eyes and create a more youthful appearance.
What is the procedure used for?
Having excess skin around your eyes can be unsightly and make you look older. It can also impair your peripheral vision, making every day tasks such as driving hazardous. Blepharoplasty will remove the excess skin to make you look younger and help with your vision problems.
Who is the treatment suitable for?
The best candidates for eyelid surgery are men and women who are physically healthy. Most are 35 or older but if droopy, baggy eyelids run in your family, you may decide to have eyelid surgery at a younger age.
If you are looking to get dark circles, wrinkles or crows feet removed - eyelid surgery is not for you, we offer skin tightening, wrinkle reduction and dermal fillers which can help treat these conditions.
What happens during the procedure?
Blepharoplasty is usually done under general anaesthestic, although other anaesthesia options are available. Please talk to your surgeon for more information. Your surgeon will examine your eyes and take photographs, so that the results of surgery can be compared with your original appearance.
There are three types of eyelid surgery available:
- Upper eyelids (upper blepharoplasty) - Cuts are made into the natural lines and creases in your eyelids, and in the wrinkles at the corners of your eyes.
- Lower eyelids (lower blepharoplasty) - Cuts are made just below your eyelashes. This means your scars will run along the natural folds of your eyes.
- Combination of both upper and lower - Cuts are made into the natural line and creases, in addition to below your eyelashes.
Once the cuts have been made on all 3 of the above, excess fat, muscle and loose skin are then removed, and the cut is closed using fine stitches.
If only fat is removed and there is no excess skin, the cut may be made inside the lower eyelids, leaving no visible scar. Your surgeon will apply ointment to your eye area to stop it from drying out and use sterile paper tape to support your eyelids.
The procedure takes between one and two hours.
What are the side effects or risks?
You may notice that there is soreness, swelling and bruising around your eyes – this can last up to a month. You may have sticky, dry and itchy eyes – this usually clears after a week.
Other common side effects are:
- Watery eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- Double or blurred vision – this usually improves after a few days
- Occasionally tiny whiteheads appear along the line where the stitches were. Your surgeon can remove these for you.
Other risks that are rare but you need to be aware of are:
- Infection and bleeding
- Difficulty closing your eyes or other eyelid problems
- Injury to eye muscles
- Skin discoloration
- The possibility of needing further surgery
- Loss of eyesight (extremely rare)
What results can I typically expect?
Most patients say that their confidence improves dramatically once they have fully healed. Please view our [before and after pictures}, when you visit our clinic the surgeon will show you a number of before and after treatments and explain exactly how the procedure will work first hand.
Before your procedure
You will meet with your surgeon and patient coordinator before your surgery at a consultation to assess your suitability for the procedure and to discuss the possible risks and complications. The surgeon will confirm what is expected and you will sign a patient consent form.
You will need to attend a pre-operative assessment between 2-5 weeks prior to your surgery. This is where you will come and meet either our senior nurse or doctor and they will go though your medical history, take your measurements (height, weight, BMI) and perform a blood and MRSA test to ensure you are fit for surgery.
At Zenith Cosmetic Clinics, our patients are at the heart of everything we do. Having a surgical procedure is an extremely personal choice and only you can make the decision to go ahead. We encourage you to take away all of the information, digest it and spend some time really thinking about whether you want to go ahead with the procedure. We are there at every step to answer your questions and offer advice - we want you to be happy with your decision and delighted with your results.
On the day of your surgery, your surgeon may draw around your eyes to confirm the exact size and positioning of any incisions and to guide him during your procedure.
It is important that you stop smoking at least four weeks before your surgery and for four weeks afterwards.
You will not be able to drive so will need to arrange for transportation home from the clinic. You will need between 7 and 10 days off work, and will need to attend regular follow-up appointments at the clinic (Nottingham or London) with your surgeon. These are usually after 1, 2 and 6 weeks and then at 3, 6 and 12 months.
Eyelid surgery prices
The price for blepharoplasty surgery differs by patient. Typically our prices start at around £2100. We offer a wide range of payment options which you can find more about on our prices page.
We want to ensure we have a payment plan that suits you. Our patient care is second to none and we pride ourselves on offering the absolute best service. Book your consultation today.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does the operation hurt?
Most blepharoplasty operations are performed using a general anaesthetic, so you will not feel any pain. Most patients report that after their surgery they have mild to moderate discomfort or soreness which can be alleviated using ibuprofen (e.g. nurofen) and paracetamol.
What about scars?
The size of the scar will depend on which treatment is used and the size of the incision but will be minimal and should heal quickly. Bruising however is expected. Healing varies from one individual to the other.
How long does the treatment last?
Follow up surgery is very rarely necessary but this varies between patients and also depends on how well they care for their eye area after their operation.
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