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Medically reviewed by Lorcan Sheppard BSc MBBS FRCA, Chief Medical Officer for The Private Clinic of Harley Street, London.
Last Reviewed November 17th 2023
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Under Eye Bags Removal (Lower Blepharoplasty)
Under Eye Bags Removal is a surgical procedure that reduces the amount of excess fat and skin tissue from the lower eye area.
At The Private Clinic our Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons are highly experienced in lower blepharoplasty procedures with countless experience so you can ensure that you are in the best of hands.
They are also able to combine the procedure with an upper blepharoplasty or a facelift at the same time. Consultations are available in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and Northampton.
When addressing excess skin or fatty tissue during Lower or Combined Blepharoplasty, an incision is made below the lower eyelash line or inside the lower lid, making any scarring barely visible following surgery.
Blepharoplasty has one of the fastest recovery times of any plastic surgery procedure. After two weeks any swelling should be very subtle, and results can be quite dramatic giving a refreshed and younger appearance.
Eyebag Removal at a glance
1 – 2 weeks
Up & Mobile
Back To Work
1 – 2 weeks
Full Recovery Time
4 – 6 weeks
2 – 3 months
Elevated on back for 1-2 weeks
The Reasons for Choosing Blepharoplasty
Eyes are usually the initial focal point for any person’s face. Puffed eye bags can be the result of ageing or genetics. They are caused by fatty deposits that accumulate under your eyes.
Eyebags can become more pronounced as your skin ages and your collagen levels deplete. Many patients feel that they give the impression of being constantly tired, or ageing a bit more rapidly than they’d like.
Lower Blepharoplasty with a small fat transfer to the cheeks can take years off your age and leave you looking refreshed.
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What to Expect
The Private Clinic has been treating patients for over 40 years with thousands of people placing their trust in us each year. We pride ourselves on being able to offer a personalised service. We have a team of friendly nurses and expert surgeons who understand the importance of this decision and will support you throughout your journey with us.
At The Private Clinic, our Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons are highly experienced in lower blepharoplasty. In many cases, they combine the procedure with an upper blepharoplasty at the same time.
At your consultation, your surgeon will go through the lower blepharoplasty surgical procedure in detail. They will then examine your areas of concern and assess your suitability for Lower Blepharoplasty surgery.
Your surgeon will then discuss:
- Your medical history
- Your expectations from the surgery
- The risks and complications of Lower Blepharoplasty surgery
- The aftercare and recovery process of Lower Blepharoplasty surgery
After your consultation with the surgeon, you will be allocated a dedicated patient coordinator who will be your point of contact should you wish to proceed with a lower blepharoplasty procedure.
Eye Bag Removal treatment consultations are available in our London Harley Street, Birmingham, Leeds, Northampton, and Manchester clinics.
In the interests of patient safety, all our patients are assessed against our patient selection criteria. Following your consultation your medical history will be reviewed and the pre-operative nurse will choose which pre-operative tests to carry out which are going to be most appropriate to you. Most pre-operative assessments include a blood test, MRSA swabs, urine test and a blood pressure test.
They will also advise you of any precautions you need to take in the days or weeks leading up to your eye bag surgery procedure and let you know of any medication that you will need to stop taking ahead of your surgery.
Under Eye Bags Surgery
There are two types of Lower Blepharoplasty techniques;
- Transconjunctival Lower Blepharoplasty – Best for lower eye bag removal
- Transcutaneous Lower Blepharoplasty – Best for removing loose wrinkled skin
If the purpose of your lower blepharoplasty procedure is to reduce the appearance of lower lid bags then the transconjunctival approach could be suitable as the surgeon will be able to remove excess fat causing the bags by making an incision through the inside of the lower lid which means no visible scar on the exterior of the eye.
However, if you have excess loose wrinkled skin, then a transcutaneous technique would be better suited as it allows the surgeon to remove the skin.
Both blepharoplasty procedures are performed under general anaesthetic in theatre. The procedures take around 1 hour to perform but this will vary depending on the complexity of the case.
Transconjunctival Lower Blepharoplasty
A transconjunctival blepharoplasty involves a small incision (1-1.5 cm) being made on the inside of the eyelid.
The excess fat creating the eye bag is then removed via this incision. The lower eye area then may be sculpted and repositioned based on your needs. The incision does not require stitches and usually closes within 24 hours.
Transcutaneous Lower Blepharoplasty
A transcutaneous lower blepharoplasty involves an incision below the lower eyelash line.
Any excess fat that causes puffiness is removed, while any unwanted loose skin can also be addressed.
Our surgeons pay extreme attention to detail and make sure that their incisions follow your face’s natural lines and creases to avoid scarring and achieve aesthetically pleasing results. Your eye bags will be reduced so that you look refreshed, rejuvenated and more youthful.
After your lower blepharoplasty
We advise that a friend or family member chaperone you home following the procedure. All patients will be scheduled a 6 week follow-up appointment with their surgeon.
To ease your recovery and prevent scarring, if stitches are required, we use very fine sutures that will be taken out after 4-5 days.
You can usually expect a recovery time of 1-2 weeks. It is advisable to take a week off work.
Blepharoplasty surgery has one of the fastest recovery times of any plastic surgery procedure. After two weeks any swelling should be very subtle, and results can be quite dramatic giving a refreshed and younger appearance.
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Things to Consider
Our advice on what to consider when deciding to have a blepharoplasty procedure:
1. When choosing a clinic, you should always do your research, and only go to an established, reputable clinic.
The Private Clinic has been in the cosmetic surgery industry for over 40 years. We are here to answer all of your questions and give you peace of mind.
2. When choosing a surgeon, make sure you know who you’ll be seeing. Their expertise, qualifications and patient satisfaction rate are important factors to take into consideration.
At The Private Clinic, we only source the most experienced and specialised surgeons. Find out more about our plastic surgeons here.
3. Price should never be the deciding factor when choosing where to have your treatment. Safety should be your number one priority and feeling confident that they will look after you – not only before, but also after your procedure
4. When it sounds too good to be true, it often is. Always find out what your clinic’s reputation is.
Our excellent reputation for patient safety and satisfaction, honest advice and outstanding care means your journey with The Private Clinic will be an exciting experience to a newfound shape.