Blepharoplasty, eye bag removal, is a cosmetic surgery operation to remove the excess skin and fat from upper and or lower eyelids in order to achieve a fresh, more youthful appearance. Blepharoplasty is mainly a cosmetic procedure, but it is also an effective means of enhancing sight in those whose sagging upper eyelids hinder their vision.
What are the benefits?
As we age, loss of skin elasticity and muscle strength combined with fat displacement in the eyelids causes these to bulge, resulting in eye bags. These can cause many patients to look older or more tired than they are or feel. Belpharoplasty aims to give the eyes a fresh, rested more youthful appearance which can rejuvenate the whole face. Please note that this procedure will not correct the wrinkles around the eyes or improve drooping eyebrows.
Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure to refresh the eyes by removing excess skin and or fat to rejuvenate the eyes. In the upper eye and incision is made in the natural crease of the eye and in the lower eye, the incision runs underneath the lower eyelashes.
How long does the operation take?
Upper eyelid blepharoplasty takes approximately 45mins. Combined upper and lower blepharoplasty usually requires 1hr and 30mins.
How long do I stay in hospital?
Upper eyelid blepharoplasty can be undertaken on an outpatient basis and performed under a local anaesthetic. Combined upper and lower blepharoplasty requires an overnight stay in hospital and is performed under a general anaesthetic.
What can I expect afterwards?
Your eyes will be bruised and swollen, which usually resolves between 10-14 days. Your eyes will feel uncomfortable for the first week and eye drops or ointment may be prescribed for the first week. You should avoid bending for the first 5 days and for the first week you should sleep with extra pillows.
What are the long term results?
Blepharoplasty is a very popular cosmetic surgery procedure as it refreshes and rejuvenates not only the eyes but the whole face, reducing the tired appearance boosting your self-confidence and sense of wellbeing for years to come.
What are the risks?
As with all surgical procedures there are always associated risks. However, if your surgery is undertaken by a qualified plastic surgeon the risks are greatly reduced. Complications are infrequent and usually minor. Bruising is common and will resolve within 10-14 days Mild visual disturbance is common due to post-operative swelling and will resolve quickly. Irregularity of the lower eyelid can sometimes occur due to the pulling effect of the scar tissue and usually resolves with time, unfortunately this cannot be predicted and can occur in one or both eyes.
It is important for you to examine the reasons for undergoing a cosmetic surgery procedure as it is unlikely to resolve any life issues you may have. Having surgery for someone else is not the basis from which to make a decision. Cosmetic surgery will certainly boost your self esteem but you do need to be realistic about your expectations. Cosmetic surgery will lead to marked improvements but you also need to be aware that the end result of your surgery can and does take time and you need to allow your body time to recover.
Our aim is to fully understand your concerns and desires before agreeing on a treatment plan which is in your best interest. At consultation your consultant surgeon will explain your treatment fully including any potential risks and complications. Your surgeon will also advise you on the most appropriate procedure for you and will also explain all aspects of your post-operative care.
If you would like to speak to one of our consultant surgeons, Mr Alan Park or Mr Sudip Ghosh, please do not hesitate to telephone or fill out our online form.