Eyelid surgery (Blepharoplasty), also known as eyelid lift or eye bag removal, is one of the most common facial plastic surgery procedures performed in the UK for both cosmetic and functional reasons.
As a low-risk procedure for the upper and lower eyelids, eyelid surgery is a common cosmetic procedure that results in a significant improvement to the patient’s appearance, and in relevant cases, an improvement to the patient’s lateral vision.
Surgery time45 minutes for lower & 75 minutes for upper
Hospital time3 hours
Stay home3 days
Full recovery2 weeks
Eyelid Surgery Before and After Photos
Typical Costs of Eyelid Surgery
You will discuss a bespoke solution and price with your chosen plastic surgeon. However, prices for blepharoplasty with our selected specialists usually start from £2,900 for the upper eyelids and £6,990 for the lower eyelids. Surgery on both the upper and the lower eyelids is typically priced at £8,990. Eyelid surgery can also be combined and benefit from other cosmetic treatments, priced separately.
Why Choose Our Recommended Surgeons for Your Blepharoplasty?
Facial plastic surgeon, Prof. Abu-Sittah, is considered a world-leading specialist in aesthetic surgery and facial reconstruction. As an experienced surgeon and published academic he also teaches his techniques to younger surgeons.
Prof. Ghanem specialises in an advanced technique which involves using a CO2 laser to make the incision to the eye, in order to achieve further precision, faster healing and to reduce scarring. In other words, incising the skin with the use of laser technology manifestly reduces one of the key concerns surrounding such a procedure, scarring. Due to the eye’s prominence in the face, the precision achieved through the use of the CO2 laser, as opposed to the usual surgical knife, is material. When it comes to the eye and its surrounding area, any and every mm is highly visible.
What Are the Different Types of Eyelid Surgery?
A blepharoplasty procedure concerns the removal of excess skin and muscle from around the eye area, rejuvenating and giving the eye a considerably more youthful appearance. It relates to both the upper and the lower eyelids. However, an upper eyelid surgery focuses on the region between the eyebrow and the eyelashes, while lower eyelid surgery attends to the area between the eyelashes and the cheek.
Upper eyelid surgery is a procedure whereby, through an incision, a small amount of skin, muscle and fat tissue are removed. Our recommended doctors use a CO2 laser to make the incision in order to achieve further precision, faster healing and to reduce scarring. Skin, muscle and fat tissues can also be repositioned in cases where the upper eyelid appears hollow. Results predominantly achieve a youthful appearance in the eye and an improvement in the patient’s visual field.
Lower eyelid surgery is a slightly more complicated procedure that requires an incision under the eyelash line that runs beyond the corner of the eye. The particulars of the procedure depend on the patient’s condition and desirable result. However, in general terms, lower eyelid surgery involves the removal and repositioning of excess skin, muscle and fat tissue. In the final stage of both procedures, the incision in the skin will be closed by dissolvable stitches that generally leave no scars.
How Ageing Affects the Skin Around the Eyes
As we age, we experience a gradual decline of underlying fat deposits responsible for plumping the thin layer of skin surrounding the eyes, as well as the continuous diminishing of collagen protein deposits responsible for the skin’s elasticity. This usually results in sagging in both the upper and lower eyelids and often in bags developing under the eyes.
These natural processes, alongside the effects of sun exposure, overall health and lifestyle choices, contribute to our skin’s loss of elasticity and muscular strength and further enhance skin ageing conditions such as fine lines, wrinkling, sagging and drooping.
Recovery Times for Blepharoplasty
Patients are advised to refrain from any activity for 48 hours after the procedure. Most patients find 7 days of downtime necessary at the least before resuming regular activity, including work. By this time, the post-surgical swelling will have significantly dissipated. However, it may take several more weeks for the residual swelling to completely subside.
Cosmetic Procedures Commonly Combined with Eyelid Surgery
Am I a suitable candidate for eyelid surgery?
Eyelid surgery is ideal for patients who suffer from lack of laxity in the skin around the eyes that result in droopiness in the upper eyelid, sagging and draping above or beneath the eye and excess tissue interfering with lateral vision.
During a consultation with Prof. Abu-Sittah, you will discuss whether a surgical procedure is the best option for achieving your desired result. A full medical history will be taken during your consultation to uncover any allergies, medication administration or other issues that might be unsuitable for any anaesthesia or surgical interventions.
If you are pregnant or currently breastfeeding you will not be suitable for eyelid surgery and will need to await the period of weaning your child before we can embark on a treatment plan.
What can I expect during a eyelid surgery?
Eyelid surgery, as all our plastic surgery operations, is performed in CQC-registered Hospitals. The procedure is carried out in a day-case and takes around 1-2 hours of operation. Patients will be asked to refrain from eating for 6 hours before the operation as well as avoid wearing eye makeup or eye creams on the day.
How many operations will I need?
Eyelid surgery is performed in one single operation. On occasion revision surgery may be required if the outcome or healing process is not as expected. In those instances, a further operation might be needed, however, this is not a commonplace outcome.
How long does the swelling last after eyelid surgery?
Any redness, swelling or bruising subsides in the weeks following your operation.