- 2-lid Blepharoplasty costs £1,450
- 4-lid Blepharoplasty costs £1,650
Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the eyelids. The skin around your eyes can become loose and begin to sag due to aging and heredity factors.
Surgery can be performed on the upper lids, lower lids or both. The following conditions may indicate that you are a good candidate for blepharoplasty:
– Drooping and heavy upper eyelids with surplus skin obscuring the natural fold of the eyelid.
– Sagging lower eyelids and skin distension causing small horizontal wrinkles.
– Fatty deposits causing “baggy eyes” on the lower eyelids and “puffiness” on the upper eyelids.
Blepharoplasty corrects these conditions permanently, surgically removing excess skin, muscle and fat, while naturally preserving essentials functions of the eyelids.
Before your surgery
– A routine preoperative assessment is carried out as prescribed.
– The anaesthesiologist will be seen in consultation no later than 24 hours before the operation.
– Avoid taking medications containing aspirin within 10 days prior to your surgery.
– Stop smoking at least one month prior to surgery and until the incision has healed (usually 15 days following the procedure).
Day of Surgery
The type of anaesthesia used will depend on the number of eyelids to operate and the complexity of the surgery. The procedure takes from 30 minutes to 2 hours and you will need to stay overnight.
– The skin incisions in the upper eyelid are concealed in the natural creases of the eyelid, above the eyes.
– The skin incisions in the lower eyelids are made 1 to 2 mm beneath the lashes (lash line) and can extend slightly beyond the outside corner of the eye.
The incision lines are where the future scars will be, hidden within the natural folds.
Corrections: from theses incisions, the unsightly fat deposits, muscles and excess skin are removed.
Sutures are made of very thin threads and are usually nonabsorbable (stitches will be removed a few days later).
After your surgery:
– There is no real pain, but there may be some mild discomfort, such as eyelid tightness, mild eye irritation and temporary blurred vision.
– For the first 10 days following surgery, get plenty of rest and avoid all strenuous exertion.
– Swelling, bruising and tearing are common after blepharoplasty. The degree and duration of those symptoms varies from one patient to another.
– During the first few days, you might not be able to close your eyelids completely, or the outer angle of your eyelid may be slightly raised and no longer fit perfectly to the shape of the eye. These signs, which are usually easily reversible, should not be a cause of concern.
– Stiches will be removed 3 to 6 days following surgery.
– The swelling and bruising gradually subside. You will be able to return to your normal social and work activities after a few days (6 to 20 days depending on the individual case).
– Scars may remain a bit pink for the first few weeks, but you will soon be allowed to conceal them with makeup (usually after the 7th day).
– Most often, sagging eyelids and fat deposits will be corrected after this surgery, and you will look younger and more energetic.
– Blepharoplasty usually provides the longest lasting and most permanent results of all cosmetic surgeries*. The removal of “bags” under the eyes is almost always permanent, and they rarely reoccur. However, you will continue to age naturally and your skin will lose elasticity overtime, which could cause creases on the eyelids to reappear. Rest assured that a new procedure is rarely considered before a dozen years*.
– During the consultation, the anaesthesiologist will carefully explain the potential anaesthesia risks. Please note that anaesthesia of any kind can cause reactions in the body that are sometimes unpredictable, some of which are easier to control than others. The likelihood of these complications is greatly reduced in the hands of a competent anaesthesiologist experienced in a surgical context.
Techniques, anaesthetics and monitoring methods have enormously improved over the last thirty years, and are very safe, especially when the operation is performed in a nonemergency situation on a healthy person.
With regard to the surgery: Choosing a qualified and competent plastic surgeon that performs this type of surgery regularly limits the risk of complications, but does not eliminate them.
Fortunately, true complications after rhinoplasty are extremely rare in an approved surgical setting. Done carefully, the vast majority of procedures go smoothly and patients are very satisfied with the way the procedure turns out.
Although blepharoplasty complications are uncommon, they are possible, and may include:
• Haematomas: usually not serious; they will be drained if they are too large.
• Infection: easily treated with local treatments
.• Healing abnormalities
• Epidermal cysts: most disappear spontaneously.
• Tearing disorder
• Ptosis: (difficulty fully opening the upper eyelid): very rare, except after age 70
• Lagophthalmos: (incomplete upper eyelid closure): common the first few days following surgery
• Ectropion (lower eyelid is rolled outward): often a temporary condition and will disappear with regular massages to soften the eyelid for the first few weeks.
Disclaimer: Results may vary from one person to another depending on the patient’s body shape.