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Eyelid Reduction (upper and lower blepharoplasty)

Renowned Plastic Surgeons

Performed under local anaesthetic

Best Clinic Group UK and Trustpilot 5 star rating

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Renowned Plastic Surgeons

Performed under local anaesthetic

Best Clinic Group UK and Trustpilot 5 star rating

See our before and after photos

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Medically reviewed by Lorcan Sheppard BSc MBBS FRCA, Chief Medical Officer and the Medical Advisory Committee for The Private Clinic.

Last Reviewed July 16th 2020

Related Cosmetic Surgery
At The Private Clinic our Cosmetic Surgeons have been successfully carrying out upper and lower blepharoplasty for decades. The results often take 5 to 10 years off a person’s face.

Blepharoplasty, sometimes known as eyelid lift surgery or eye bag removal, is a simple, safe and quick procedure to remove excess fat and skin from around the eyes.

Upper eye lid and under eye surgery may be used to:

  • reduce drooping eyelids or hooded eyelids,
  • tighten any creases and folds in the upper or lower eyelids
  • lift skin under the eye or
  • remove eye bags and puffiness from under the eye
procedure time

Procedure Time

1 hour

washing

Washing

1 - 2 weeks

sexual activity

Sexual Activity

4 weeks

travel

Travel

6 weeks

anaesthetic type

Anaesthetic Type

Local anaesthetic, general for lower

hospital stay

Hospital Stay

Day case

driving

Driving

1 week

back to work

Back to Work

4 weeks

full recovery time

Full Recovery Time

4 - 6 weeks

sleeping

Sleeping

Elevated on back for 1-2 weeks

support garments

Support Garments

None

mobility

Up & Mobile

Immediately

exercise

Exercise

1 - 2 weeks

final results

Final Results

2 - 3 months

Types of Eyelid Surgery

We all have different needs and wants, which is why your eyelid surgery will always be tailored to you. Depending on the nature and severity of your excess eyelid skin, you may need either upper, lower, or combined blepharoplasty, and the procedures differ in terms of their process and recovery.

Upper Blepharoplasty
Upper blepharoplasty is a relatively short procedure that can take as little as 30 minutes. Usually performed under local anaesthetic, an upper blepharoplasty requires minimal downtime and has lessened risks making it one of the safest and most speedy invasive procedures available. Patients can return home swiftly after their procedure with a huge difference to their eyes and face.

Lower Blepharoplasty
More complex than the upper blepharoplasty but still relatively quick, procedures for the lower lids often require general anaesthetic and take between 1-2 hours to perform. Eye Bag Removal can be done as part of a lower or combined blepharoplasty, helping to reduce puffiness, without causing a hollowed out look.

Upper and Lower/ Combined Blepharoplasty
For those with more severe problems, a combination of both upper and lower can take place to restore a youthful and refreshed appearance, but the look you want and the best method to achieve it will always be discussed fully at the consultation stage.

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Before & After

Our Plastic Surgeons will work alongside you to help you achieve your goals whether it be to restore your confidence or for medical breathing issues.
Simply book a consultation today to hear about the best options available for you.

What to Expect

The Private Clinic has been treating patients for over 35 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.

  • Consultation
  • Pre-Operation
  • The Procedure
  • Aftercare

The Consultation

The first stage of your blepharoplasty treatment journey will be a consultation with one of our expert surgeons.
At your consultation, your surgeon will go through the blepharoplasty procedure in detail and examine the areas that you are concerned about to assess your suitability for blepharoplasty surgery.

Your surgeon will then discuss:

  • Your medical history
  • Your expectations from surgery
  • Risks and Complications of blepharoplasty Surgery
  • Aftercare

Following your consultation, you will be introduced to your dedicated patient coordinator who will be your point of contact should you wish to proceed with blepharoplasty surgery.

Pre-Operative Appointment

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.

Eyelid Surgery

Types of Eyelid Surgery

Blepharoplasty Eyelid Surgery Treatment Harley Street 1
Upper Blepharoplasty (Upper Eyelid)
  • A short procedure which can take only 30 minutes
  • Incisions are made in the eyelid crease
  • Typically performed using local anaesthetic
Lower Blepharoplasty* (Lower Eyelid)
  • Slightly more complex, the procedure can take between 1-2 hours
  • Incisions will be disguised under the eyelashes or inside the eye
  • Often requires general anaesthetic
Combined Blepharoplasty* (Upper and lower eyelid)
  • Approximately 2 hours
  • As above for each eyelid
  • Usually requires general anaesthetic
*Eye Bag Removal can also be performed in a lower or combined procedure, helping to reduce any puffiness, without creating a hollowed out appearance

After your blepharoplasty

Regardless of whether you are having an upper, lower, or combined blepharoplasty, our surgeons always use extreme precision along the natural folds of your eyes to prevent scarring and ensure a recovery that is as quick as possible. The result is a naturally rejuvenated and refreshed face with excess skin and fat from around the eyes removed.

With Upper Blepharoplasty (upper eyelid) there is minimal downtime and you can return home shortly after.
With Lower & Combined Blepharoplasty there is more downtime than upper blepharoplasty, the exact amount depending on the individual patient.

To prevent scarring, these procedures use very fine sutures to close incisions, which are removed after 4-5 days.

The Consultation

The first stage of your blepharoplasty treatment journey will be a consultation with one of our expert surgeons.
At your consultation, your surgeon will go through the blepharoplasty procedure in detail and examine the areas that you are concerned about to assess your suitability for blepharoplasty surgery.

Your surgeon will then discuss:

  • Your medical history
  • Your expectations from surgery
  • Risks and Complications of blepharoplasty Surgery
  • Aftercare

Following your consultation, you will be introduced to your dedicated patient coordinator who will be your point of contact should you wish to proceed with blepharoplasty surgery.

Pre-Operative Appointment

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.

Eyelid Surgery

Types of Eyelid Surgery

Blepharoplasty Eyelid Surgery Treatment Harley Street 1
Upper Blepharoplasty (Upper Eyelid)
  • A short procedure which can take only 30 minutes
  • Incisions are made in the eyelid crease
  • Typically performed using local anaesthetic
Lower Blepharoplasty* (Lower Eyelid)
  • Slightly more complex, the procedure can take between 1-2 hours
  • Incisions will be disguised under the eyelashes or inside the eye
  • Often requires general anaesthetic
Combined Blepharoplasty* (Upper and lower eyelid)
  • Approximately 2 hours
  • As above for each eyelid
  • Usually requires general anaesthetic
*Eye Bag Removal can also be performed in a lower or combined procedure, helping to reduce any puffiness, without creating a hollowed out appearance

After your blepharoplasty

Regardless of whether you are having an upper, lower, or combined blepharoplasty, our surgeons always use extreme precision along the natural folds of your eyes to prevent scarring and ensure a recovery that is as quick as possible. The result is a naturally rejuvenated and refreshed face with excess skin and fat from around the eyes removed.

With Upper Blepharoplasty (upper eyelid) there is minimal downtime and you can return home shortly after.
With Lower & Combined Blepharoplasty there is more downtime than upper blepharoplasty, the exact amount depending on the individual patient.

To prevent scarring, these procedures use very fine sutures to close incisions, which are removed after 4-5 days.

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FAQs

  • What is a blepharoplasty?

    A blepharoplasty is the medical term for eyelid or eyebag surgery to improve the appearance of drooping eyelids or large eyebags that also may be affecting the sight of the patient.

    The procedure involves reshaping the upper or lower eyelid by removing or repositioning of excess tissue, as well as reinforcing surrounding soft tissues.

    There are 3 types of blepharoplasty procedures;
    Upper Blepharoplasty which targets the eyelid and upper portion of the eye but not including the brows. Lower Blepharoplasty which targets the lower portion of the eye and a combined blepharoplasty which is when an upper and lower blepharoplasty are performed at the same time.

  • Can a blepharoplasty treat eye bags?

    Eye bags or sagging around the eyes can be corrected with blepharoplasty surgery. The procedure removes excess skin underneath the eye resulting in a fresher look.

  • What happens during a blepharoplasty procedure?

    During an upper blepharoplasty an incision is made within the natural eyelid crease. Excess skin and fatty pockets are then removed before the incision is then closed.

    A lower blepharoplasty procedure involves an incision usually below the lash line or inside of the bottom eyelid. Excess fatty tissue is then removed from the area and the incision is closed.

    Procedure Length

    Incisions

    Anaesthesia Used

    Downtime

    Upper Blepharoplasty (Upper Eyelid)

    A short procedure which can take only 30 minutes

    Incisions are made in the eyelid crease

    Typically performed using local anaesthetic

    Minimal downtime and you can return home shortly after

    Lower Blepharoplasty* (Lower Eyelid)

    Slightly more complex, the procedure can take between 1-2 hours

    Incisions will be disguised under the eyelashes or inside the eye

    Often requires general anaesthetic

    More downtime than upper blepharoplasty, the exact amount depending on the individual patient**

    Combined Blepharoplasty* (Upper and lower eyelid)

    Approximately 2 hours

    As above for each eyelid

    Usually requires general anaesthetic

    ** Same as above

    *Eye Bag Removal can also be performed in a lower or combined procedure, helping to reduce any puffiness, without creating a hollowed out appearance

  • How much does Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty (Eye Bag Removal and Eyelid Surgery) cost?

    The average price for blepharoplasty surgery for an upper eyelid procedure starts at £2,900 (under local anaesthetic) or £3,570 (under general anaesthetic) and the cost for a lower eyelid procedure starts at £4,360 (under general anaesthetic). If you require a full blepharoplasty (both upper and lower eyelids), prices start from £5,630. We don’t follow a one-price-fits-all policy and prices are quoted on a case by case basis. You will be given an accurate quote for your requirements following your consultation.

    Consultations with our plastic surgeons are £100 at our London Harley Street Clinic.

    Consultations with our plastic surgeons are £50 at our Bristol, Buckinghamshire, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Northampton clinics.

    We offer consultations with our highly experienced Patient Coordinators which require a £25 refundable deposit to secure your place.

    Patient coordinators are able to offer you all the information you require prior to meeting a surgeon.

    Please note all consultations at our Harley Street clinic are with a surgeon.

  • When will I see the results?

    Results are instant however everyone heals at a different rate. Most visual swelling should go down after a month and the majority see results within 2-3 months of their procedure.

  • Eyelid Reduction is Available in these Clinics

    Things to Consider

    Our advice on what to consider when deciding to have an eyelid reduction 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 35 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.

    Patient Stories

    Outstanding care, patient satisfaction and results mean everything to The Private Clinic Team

    “The Private Clinic took really good care of me and I have been very pleased with the results, I would certainly recommend them”

    Marina. M
    Marina. M
    2020-11-16
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    Dr Fallhadar did an exceptional job, he made me feel comfortable from start to finish. Fiona his assistant was also incredibly helpful and supportive throughout. They are so natural and I would highly recommend him to anyone, particularly if you want a natural and problem free result
    meryam
    meryam
    2020-11-15
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    The derma pen training was very intensive in terms of the theory and both practical i learnt so many different techniques Dr Farah was amazing in her teaching skill and was able to Answer all my concerns
    Ana
    Ana
    2020-11-13
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    I work with Mr Riaz Agha, a Harley Street Plastic Consultant Surgeon at one of his private clinics. I am impressed with not only his standard and quality of work but also the care and kindness that he shows to all of his patients and team. I have worked with a huge variety of different consultants over the years but Mr Argha really stands out and I would highly recommend him to friends and family, and of course if ever I consider to have any procedures in the future. Marie
    Joy Townsend
    Joy Townsend
    2020-11-10
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    I had laser treatment on face by Emma, the results are amazing I can actually go foundation free. All the team were friendly and approachable.
    Lena Hayward
    Lena Hayward
    2020-10-31
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    I had a breast reduction performed by Mr Navid Jallali. I am absolutely thrilled with the results. I have less backache and less neck ache. The size and shape are absolutely fabulous.The clinic was amazing. The nursing staff in the hospital were superb. I would not hesitate to recommend this clinic and Mr Jalalli to anyone wanting a breast reduction.
    Danielle
    Danielle
    2020-10-27
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    A really positive experience. Alex is a fantastic patient co-ordinator, so friendly and reassuring. After a few changes of plan due to Covid lockdown, I feel so grateful to have had the opportunity to have Dr Fattah performing my procedure. Extremely thorough and precise from the first consultation, I really trusted him. My main aim was to restore my figure after children/breastfeeding, with a really natural look that would work with my lifestyle, gym etc. Dr Fattah really “got” this and I trusted his judgement on size of implant and placement completely. I’m absolutely delighted with the result and the aftercare support has been great – surgery follow up and then annual check ups for reassurance. Thank you team, wouldn’t hesitate to recommend ?
    Allielle
    Allielle
    2020-10-27
    Verified review
    From the start to finish of my T-Lift procedure, I felt in good hands. The entire team at The Private Clinic were very caring and professional. Mr Falladah is an excellent surgeon, he explained everything clearly -before and during the procedure – and has a calm and reassuring manner. Because I was well-informed regarding what to expect after surgery, I was able to manage with minimal pain medication, but I’m glad I took a couple of days off work to recover. I’m really pleased with the results – a five star recommendation!
    EH
    EH
    2020-10-26
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    I had preservation rhinoplasty with Dr Rochira in December 2019. I couldn’t be happier with my results. The results are very natural-looking and I feel so much more confident with my side profile. Dr Rochira is an amazing surgeon and I instantly felt comfortable. He knew exactly what I wanted and was very realistic with the results in my consultation. Thank you!
    Lilly M A
    Lilly M A
    2020-10-25
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    Dr. Rochira performed a preservation rhinoplasty on me in December 2019. I trusted his suggestions for my nose and now, 9 months later, I couldn’t be happier with the results I’m seeing. I did not experience any bruising at all, only swelling around my eyes for the first couple of weeks — my nose itself took a few months to settle and I feel like it has really grown into the rest of my features. I entirely recommend this surgeon if you are looking for a natural result and an extremely pleasant experience.

    Why Choose The Private Clinic

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    We have a dedicated Plastic Surgeon and medical team who will be with you throughout your journey. At The Private Clinic eyelid surgery is performed by some of the UK’s top consultant plastic surgeons who have decades of experience.

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