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Snapshot

COST: £2,000-£6,000
TREATMENT TIME: 2-3 HOURS
LONGEVITY: LONG LASTING
RECOVERY TIME: UP TO 2 WEEKS
POPULARITY: 1.3 MILLION GLOBAL PROCEDURES IN 2017
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Everything you need to know about Eyelid Surgery

What is Eyelid Surgery?

Eyelid Surgery, rejuvenates the upper and lower eyelids by removing excess fat, skin and muscle. It is also referred to as Blepharoplasty.

Why do people have Eyelid Surgery?

There are many reasons people choose to have eyelid surgery: to eliminate the bagginess under the lower lids and the excess skin on the upper lids, or to correct any vision problems due to overhanging eyelids.

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How much does it cost?

This procedure cost between £2,000-6,000 plus the cost of any consultations or follow-up care that may not be included in the price. 

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Because Eyelid surgery is an elective cosmetic surgery, you may not be able to get the surgery with NHS. We can help you find financing plans to make the procedure more affordable. 

However, if the excess skin is affecting vision and making the eyelids heavy and difficult to open, it may be carried out on the NHS. You should check with your 

General Practitioner (GP) who will undertake a full clinical assessment and advise whether you can have surgery at the NHS.

What are the key drivers for the cost of Eyelid Surgery?

Eyelid surgery costs can widely vary depending on the surgeon’s experience, the type of procedure used, the geographic location and operating room facilities.

Generally, higher surgeon experience and location in an area with a high cost of living, would generally mean higher costs. At the same time, higher experience may translate into lesser risks for you.

The cost of the surgery also varies depending on the type of surgery. In general, Lower eyelid surgery costs more than upper eyelid surgery and a full blepharoplasty costs more than an upper eyelid surgery and the lower eyelid surgery.

Am I a good candidate?

If you believe you have bagginess under the lower lids, excess skin on the upper eyelids or loose upper eyelid skin that impairs your vision, then you may want to consider eyelid surgery. However, it is very important that you are in good health, have a positive attitude and realistic expectations, before undergoing this procedure.

What are my options?

The surgeon will make the incisions, remove the excess skin, muscle and fat and apply sutures or tissue adhesive to smooth and reconfigure areas around the eyebrows and eyelids. 

In case of Upper eyelids, the surgeon places the incision line at the natural eyelid crease and in case of Lower eyelids, the surgeon places the incision just below the eyelashes.

Depending on your goals, there may be some alternatives for lower eyelid surgery:

  • Fat may be redistributed, without removing excess skin, in the lower lids to eliminate puffiness or bulges.
  • ‘Skin pinch’ blepharoplasty may be performed if you need only a little excess skin removed 
  • Laser resurfacing can both tighten excess skin and remove wrinkles.
  • HA fillers can be injected into the tear trough (crescent-shaped under-eye area) to rejuvenate the appearance of the under-eye area.

How long does the surgery take?

The surgery usually takes between 2-3 hours, depending on the procedure type and your personal situation. Eyelid surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis and an overnight stay is not required.

Is Eyelid surgery painful?

Eyelid surgery is not painful as it is performed under anesthesia (commonly local anesthesia or intravenous sedation and occasionally under general). You may experience some pain once the anesthetic wears off after your surgery. Pain is usually minimal however if you have any pain your doctor may subscribe you will painkillers to reduce any discomfort. If you have any long lasting pain, redness or  swelling after you surgery, you should contact your surgeon.

Are there any risks I should look out for?

All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Fortunately, significant complications from eyelid surgery are infrequent. Risks specific to eyelid surgery are outlined below:

  • Scarring
  • Changes in sensation
  • Damages to underlying structures

How do I find a surgeon I can trust for my Eyelid Surgery?

Eyelid Surgery should be done by a Plastic Surgeon who has a FRCS (Plast) or FRCS qualification and should be on the Uk’s General Medical Council (GMC) specialist register for plastic surgery. This ascertains that your cosmetic surgeon has received six years of training in plastic surgery on top of their general medical training.

Experience

Make sure your surgeon is experienced in Eyelid Surgery. The field of cosmetic medical treatments is rapidly advancing, whether it is the latest treatment techniques, products or services, an experienced surgeon is the best way to ensure comfort, safety, and satisfaction.

Connection

You are putting your trust in another individual and that means you need to find a practitioner that makes you feel in safe hands. Personality and respect is key, make sure you have a strong connection with your practitioner and that they listen to you and give honest, open advice in good measure.

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What does the initial consultation entail?

After finding a surgeon who is experienced in performing eyelid surgery, you will need to make an appointment for your consultation.

During your consultation, your surgeon will discuss your goals and medical condition, and evaluate you as a candidate for tummy tuck. Your plastic surgeon will evaluate the elasticity of your skin and discuss your medical history. Please go prepared and ask all your questions.

The session generally lasts between 30 to 60 minutes and at the end of the session your surgeon may recommendation a treatment plan and you may be able to book the surgery.

Make sure that the consultation you attend is with the Plastic Surgeon. This is to be distinguished with free consultations offered by many places with Nurses or Patient Advisors/ Coordinators whose consultations are actually a pre-consultation before you see a Plastic Surgeon. Generally, because of the in-depth nature of the consultation with a surgeon, there is a cost associated with this initial appointment.

What is Eyelid surgery Cooling off period?

Eyelid surgery is an important decision. It is essential that you are making the appropriate choice and understand all the implications of the surgery. If you are not offered a cooling-off period of around 2 weeks, or you are put under pressure to proceed, you should walk away and look elsewhere.

Would I be required to do anything prior to the surgery?

In advance of your procedure, your surgeon will ask you to:

  • Stop smoking at least six weeks before undergoing to promote better healing.
  • Avoid taking aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs: Advil, Motrin, Aleve), and vitamins/homeopathic regimens that can increase bleeding.
  • Regardless of the type of surgery to be performed, hydration is very important. Appropriate hydration before and after surgery is critical for safe recovery and optimal outcomes.

What is the recovery like?

Your surgeon will give you detailed care instructions, including normal symptoms you will experience, potential signs of complication, and the level and type of activity that is safe. The amount of time it takes for recovery varies greatly among individuals, but the below gives a broad idea:

Immediately

Your incisions will be red and visible at first, and your eyelids may be puffy and feel numb for several days. You may have swelling and bruising, which will last around 1 week or more. Your surgeon may suggest applying ice packs or cold compresses to your eyes to help reduce swelling.  You may experience excessive tearing, light sensitivity, and double vision just after the surgery. 

Long-Term 

You may notice that your eyes tire easily for the first several weeks of the recovery period. Take frequent naps. Avoid activities that may dry the eyes, including reading, watching television, wearing contacts, and using a computer. For the first two weeks after your surgery, wear dark sunglasses to protect the eyes from irritation caused by sun and wind.

How long do the results last?

Your eyelid surgery results should be long-lasting. For the most part, removal of hooding and upper eyelid skin is a procedure that is performed only once.