Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery is performed to repair drooping upper and lower eyelids and involves the removal of excess, skin, muscle and fat. The natural ageing process causes the skin on and around the eyelids to stretch and weakens the supporting muscles. This in turn means the eyelids begin to droop and creates sagging eyebrows and bags beneath the lower eyelid. Sometimes vision is affected, where the peripheral vision is distorted.
Lower eyelid surgery can be carried out from the age of 20 and procedures involving skin reduction can be carried out from the age of 35. Prior to any cosmetic procedure you will have a consultation with your surgeon who discuss your reasons for wanting to undertake the surgery and your desired aesthetic outcome.
Your surgery can be carried out under local or general anaesthetic depending on the procedure you have opted to have and you will have been told which is necessary during your consultation. For surgery involving your upper eyelids, incisions will be made along the natural crease of the eyelids and for surgery involving the lower eyelids, incisions will be made just below the eyelash line. Through these incisions the excess skin, muscle and fat are removed. Should you not need to have excess skin removed from your lower eyelids then an incision can be made on the inside of the lower eyelid.
Your blepharoplasty will most likely be performed under local anaesthetic and will takes between 1 and 3 hours. We recommend you take between 10 days and 2 weeks off from work to ensure a full recovery. Your surgeon will usually apply suture strips to your eyelids to support them immediately after surgery. They are required for up to 5 days for the upper eyelids and up to 7 days for the lower eyelids. Your follow up appointment with your nurse will advise you of how long you need to use them for. After 2 to 3 weeks any swelling and bruising will have subsided as well the swelling of the tear ducts meaning the wateriness ceases.
The price of your surgery will depend on the procedures you have elected to undergo and will be discussed with you at your consultation.
As with any surgery, there are potential risks and complications. These will be discussed with you before any surgery takes place, along with your medical history and you will be provided with comprehensive information in relation to your specific procedure that you can take away and reflect over after your consultation. Don’t forget our friendly team are here to answer any questions you may have.