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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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Eyelid Reduction (Upper Blepharoplasty)
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
- Remove eye bags and puffiness from under the eye
Eyelid Reduction at a glance
1 – 2 weeks
Up & Mobile
Back to Work
1 – 2 weeks
Full Recovery Time
4 – 6 weeks
2 – 3 months
Local anaesthetic, general for lower
Elevated on back for 1-2 weeks
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 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.
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. Find out more here.
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.
Patient Marina shares her Upper Blepharoplasty results after 3 months.
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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.
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
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.
In the interests of patient safety all our patients are assessed against our patient selection criteria. Following your blepharoplasty consultation and review of your past medical history, the physician or pre-operative nurse will select which pre-operative tests are required, most of which are routine blood tests.
They will also advise you of any precautions you need to take in the days or weeks leading up to your eyelid surgery procedure and advise on any medication that you should stop taking ahead of your procedure.
Types of Eyelid Surgery
We offer both Upper Blepharoplasty and Lower Blepharoplasty procedures. The proceure most suited to you to give you the best results will be decided during your consultation.
- A short procedure which can take only 30 minutes
- Incisions are made in the eyelid crease
- Typically performed using local anaesthetic
- 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
- Approximately 2 hours
- As above for each eyelid
- Usually requires general anaesthetic
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.
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 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.
Blepharoplasty 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”