Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Reasons for eyelid surgery
You may be feel that you look tired when you look in the mirror, even when you are well rested, or people may comment that you look fatigued. The effects of ageing are more apparent around the eyelid areas than any other are and you may therefore be seeking a more youthful appearance by addressing eye bag removal (blepharoplasty). As we age the facial muscles become slacker and the skin loosed elasticity, resulting in lose skin collecting in folds to the upper and lower lids. Lack of sleep and stress can enhance the appearance of bags due to fluid which is generally dispersed during the day, settling in the areas of lose skin such as eyelids during the night, which often looks worse in the morning. The blepharoplasty procedure does not address crows feet or dark circles and in some cases a Browlift procedure may be required as a combined procedure, to raise and re position brows which have drooped, to obtain the best surgical outcome.
The eyelid surgery operation
Liverpool Cosmetic Clinic offers the eyelid reduction procedure (blepharoplasty), which involves removing surplus skin and where necessary, fat from the eyes aiming to achieve a more refreshed look around the eye area. Eye bag removal is a lower eyelid operation which removes bulging fat from the lower eye area by making incisions just below the eyelashes through which the surplus fat, excess skin and sagging muscle are eliminated.
For the upper eyelid procedure, the incisions are made in the natural creases of the upper lids, extending slightly to the crows feet area at the corner of the eyes.
Initially the eyes will appear watery, lasting for up to several weeks and there will be some bruising and swelling, which normally settles in 7-10 days. Daily activities can normally be undertaken at 1-2 weeks post-surgery and any scarring should fade over several months, eventually becoming virtually invisible.
Eyelid Surgery FAQ
What are the options for eyelid surgery?
There are three types of blepharoplasty surgeries: 1) Upper blepharoplasty, where incisions are made along the crease line of the upper eyelid. 2) Lower blepharoplasty (eye bag surgery), which is performed along the crease of the lower eyelash. 3) Upper and lower blepharoplasty, where upper and lower blepharoplasty procedures are performed together. During the procedure, your surgeon will make incisions into either the creases in your eyelids or just below your eyelashes. The excess fat and skin is removed to tighten up the area.
How will I feel following the procedure?
After your eyelid surgery, you are likely to experience some initial pain plus bruising and swelling which should subside during the first 2-4 weeks. Your surgeon may advise you to keep your head elevated, including during the night. Your eyes may also be watery for the first few weeks.
When can I drive following eyelid surgery?
The procedure is normally performed under local anaesthetic or general anaesthetic, however, it is advisable not to drive immediately after surgery.
How long after surgery should I exercise?
You are advised to not to commence strenuous exercise or swimming until 2-3 weeks following your eyelid procedure.
Further benefits, risks and your expectations will be discussed and explained during your consultation with a fully registered Consultant Plastic Surgeon.
- Procedure Time: 1-2 hours (local or general anaesthetic)
- Hospital Stay: Day case or 1 night
- Recovery Time: 1-2 weeks off work