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Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty (Eye Bag Removal and Eyelid Surgery)

The Problem

If you’re experiencing sagging eyelids or bags under your eyes, surgery can be a viable option to correct them.

 

Blepharoplasty, sometimes also 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.

The treatment is commonly used to correct hooded or drooping eyelids, and can take as little as 30 minutes depending on the complexity of the case.

Treatment procedures are available at our clinics in Manchester and Leeds

Consultations for Blepharoplasty procedures are available UK wide in  London Harley StreetGlasgowNorthampton, BristolBirmingham and Milton Keynes.

What is Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is a simple procedure to remove or re position excess skin and tissue around the eyelids. The treatment can be used to reduce drooping, tighten any creases and folds in the upper or lower eyelids, and lift skin surrounding eyes. Eyelid surgery may also benefit you if you suffer from hooded eyelids (when the upper eyelid folds over the eye) or if you want to reduce age-associated puffiness around the eyes such as eye bags, although blepharoplasty isn’t limited to those battling the years.  If you’re experiencing sagging eyelids in your 20s and 30s, surgery can be a viable option to correct them.

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The Problem

If you’re experiencing sagging eyelids or bags under your eyes, surgery can be a viable option to correct them.

 

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.

Types of Eyelid Surgery

Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty Incision Lines

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.

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

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

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The Results

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.

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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.

Am I suitable?

An experienced surgeon will need to assess you prior to any procedure, but blepharoplasty is suitable for most people who are suffering with hooded, drooping or puffy eyelids. The procedure will not be suitable for those looking to rid of crow’s feet or some fine wrinkles. Your surgeon will be able to advise on other options like wrinkle injections or fillers.

A blepharoplasty is suitable for both male and female patients.

How long will the procedure take?

Most of our patients are day cases, with simple procedures taking as little as 30 minutes and longer cases taking up to 2 hours.  The majority of patients return home after the procedure with no need for a hospital stay.

Where are the blepharoplasty incisions made?

Incisions for an upper blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery are made in the natural crease of the upper eyelid.  Incisions for a lower blepharoplasty or eyebag surgery are made underneath the eyelashes or alternatively inside the eye. Incisions for blepharoplasty procedures heal well.

Is a blepharoplasty painful?

Eyelid/Eyebag surgery is performed under local or general anaesthetic so you will not feel anything during the procedure. A few hours after the procedure your eyes may feel a little uncomfortable but you will be given painkillers to help with this and any discomfort usually settles after 48 hours.

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.

Will a blepharoplasty improve the wrinkles around my eyes?

Eyelid/Eyebag surgery is not designed to treat wrinkles around the eyes. Wrinkles around the eyes are best treated with wrinkle relaxing injects or laser rejuvenation treatments such as the Regenlite.

Can a drooping brow be corrected with eyelid surgery?

A blepharoplasty only targets the upper and lower eye lid areas. In order to improve the appearance of your brow you will need to have a brow lift.

Can a blepharoplasty be combined with another procedure?

Blepharoplasties are commonly performed alongside facelifts, brow lifts and also fat transfer.

Dermal fillers can also be used post-procedure to help retain the results of the procedure by improving the tear trough area.

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

What is the downtime?

You will experience some swelling and bruising for up to two weeks, but may return to your social activities within one week post-procedure. Your stitches will be removed 4-5 days post-procedure, and make-up can be used 7 days after the surgery. You may need pain relief to help with any discomfort while the eyelids heal, though your surgeon will discuss this fully with you.

It can take up to a few months for your eyelids to settle completely, but our medical team will offer you all the necessary advice and support for your healing process.

When will I be able to return to work after blepharoplasty surgery?

Depending on your case and procedure your surgeon may advise between 7-14 days off work, particularly for more complicated surgeries. You will need someone to take you home and we recommend that someone stays with you for the first 24 hours post-surgery.

Can I drive after a blepharoplasty?

You will not be able to drive immediately after a blepharoplasty this is due the after effects of the anaesthetic that may still be in your system and your vision may be temporarily impaired immediately after surgery. We would recommend that you avoid driving for a week or at least until you are off pain medication and feel comfortable to do so. We would advise against driving for long distances in the initial stages of healing too. If in doubt – do check with your surgeon.

When can I exercise after a blepharoplasty?

Light to moderate exercise may be resumed at 2-3 weeks but it may take at least 3-4 weeks before you can get back to higher impact activities. Swimming / diving should be avoided during the first 3-6 weeks after surgery.

Can I wear glasses or contact lenses after a blepharoplasty?

You will be able to wear glasses as normal after eyelid or eyebag surgery. We advise waiting 2-3 weeks before wearing contact lenses again.

When can I wear make-up after blepharoplasty surgery?

We recommend waiting at least 10 days before applying any type of eye make-up including eyeshadow, fake lashes, mascara and eyeliner.

Will there be any scarring?

Blepharoplasty is one of the safest plastic surgery procedures you can have. Our experienced surgeons will only make incisions along the natural folds and creases of your eyes, making the risk of scarring minimal.

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.

We offer FREE consultations with our highly experienced Patient Advisors who are able to offer you all the information your require prior to meeting a surgeon. Consultations with one of our Senior Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons for Blepharoplasty are £50.

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.

What is an Asian Blepharoplasty?

An Asian blepharoplasty is a modified procedure that creates or re-defines an upper eyelid crease.

What are the risks of eyelid/eyebag surgery?

A blepharoplasty procedure is a relatively safe procedure but it does carry risks just like any surgical procedure would do.

Risks and complications that are associated with blepharoplasty in particular are; bleeding, dry eyes, infection, slight asymmetry in healing or scarring, swelling at the corners of the eyelids, temporary blurred vision, and whiteheads.

Your surgeon will discuss these all in full at your consultation.

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