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The eyes are the window to the soul. So when your eyes show signs of aging; excess skin, bags or wrinkles, the perception is that of being tired or old. Eyelid rejuvenation therefore is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures to improve the appearance of the face. Formally known as Blepharoplasty, eye bag removal is a plastic surgical procedure to refresh the eyes by removing excess skin in the upper and lower eyelids. Eye bags caused by drooping fat can also be corrected either by excision of excess fat or repositioning the fat. The aim of surgery is to achieve a refreshed, rejuvenated, natural appearance.

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Your Questions

Q: What is Blepharoplasty, Eye Bag Surgery?
A: Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure to refresh the eyes by removing excess skin (hooding) and or fat (eye bags) to rejuvenate the eyes providing a youthful appearance.

Q: What are the benefits of Blepharoplasty, Eye Bag Surgery?
A: The eyes can give a tired appearance, hooded upper eyelids or puffy lower eyelids, even though you are well rested. Surgery aims to reverse or improve the appearance of the eyes to give a refreshed natural appearance. If the upper eyelids are very heavy, hooded, these can feel very tired and following surgery the eyelids feel more comfortable and refreshed.

Q: What is the cost of Blepharoplasty, Eye Bag Surgery?
A: The cost for Blepharoplasty, Eye Bag Surgery starts from £2550 which may vary depending on your individual case, and includes your pre-operative and post-operative care. You will be provided with a detailed quotation following your Consultation with your Surgeon. Please read more about our Fees at LBPS

Q: What are the risks of Blepharoplasty, Eye Bag Surgery?
A: Common to all surgical procedures there are always risks associated with surgery. However, complications are uncommon. Mild discomfort is expected for the first 3 – 5 days. Any severe pain must be reported to your surgeon without delay. Bruising is common and may take 2 weeks to resolve, while major bleeding is rare. Infection is infrequent (less than 0.5%) and will require a course of appropriate antibiotics. Hypertrophic or keloid scarring is also rare but will require specific treatments to reduce the scarring. Excessive bruising or bleeding is rare (less than 1: 100 000) and can damage eyesight. This will need urgent treatment. Drooping of the lower eyelid may occur and commonly resolves with conservative treatment after 2 – 3 weeks. Mild visual disturbance is common due to post operative swelling which resolves quickly. Very rarely, double vision is permanent due to scarring of the muscles around the eye. Assessment by an Eye Specialist will be required.

Q: What reassurance do I have with Blepharoplasty, Eye Bag Surgery?
A: At LBPS, we understand that your decision to have Blepharoplasty Surgery can be a daunting and anxious time for you. Our specialist Plastic Surgeons have over 20 years of expertise in Cosmetic eyelid surgery and our aim is to fully understand your concerns and desires, and assess your eyes accurately, before agreeing on a treatment plan which is in your best interest. If for any reason you are unsuitable for Blepharoplasty Surgery, you will be advised against this form of surgery. We will provide you with all the information you need and support before, during and after your surgery.

Q: Am I the ideal patient for Blepharoplasty, Eye Bag Surgery?
A: If you are concerned about the appearance of your eyes because of aging changes or family traits and are healthy with no significant eye problems, then Blepharoplasty, eye bag surgery is right for you. You should be realistic as to what can be achieved by Blepharoplasty surgery and understand the risks and side effects of this surgery.

Q: Does a Blepharoplasty require a general anaesthetic or hospitalisation?
A: A Blepharoplasty, eye bag surgery is performed under general anaesthetic as either a day case or overnight stay in hospital. Upper eyelid surgery is commonly performed under local anaesthetic as an out-patient procedure.

Q: How long is the Blepharoplasty procedure?
A: Upper eyelid surgery normally takes less than 30 minutes to perform, while lower eye bag surgery can take 45 – 60 mins depending on the complexity of the surgery. Combined upper and lower Blepharoplasty usually requires 1hr and 30 – 45 mins.

Q: How long is the recovery time following Blepharoplasty Surgery?
A: Patients can go back to their normal activities after 7 – 10 days. Avoid bending over for first 5 days and sleep with extra pillows for first week. The eyes may be uncomfortable for the several weeks. Eye drops or ointment may be prescribed for the first week. Full recovery can take 6 weeks to 3 months depending on the surgery performed.

Q: What about the scars following Blepharoplasty Surgery?
A: Scars in the upper eyelid are placed in the natural crease approximately 8 mm above eyelash margin. The scar in the lower lid is placed just below the eyelash margin and commonly extends out into the crow’s feet lines. These scars are expected to heal well and become inconspicuous after 6 weeks to 3 months. Uncommonly, hypertrophic scars develop in the upper eyelid which may require treatment.

Q: What about the results?
A: The results are first and foremost natural. The goals of Blepharoplasty surgery are to restore an aesthetically pleasing refreshed eye appearance which is in balance with your facial features – i.e. looks natural and does not appear abnormal. The eyes should look fresh, youthful and foremost natural. Remember that it can take up to 3 months before the final appearance of the eyes is achieved.

Q: Can Blepharoplasty, Eye Bag Surgery be performed at the same time as other procedures?
A: Yes, Blepharoplasty is commonly performed together with other face surgery; most commonly, BrowLift, Browpexy and Facelift. Other procedures which are commonly combined with Eyelid surgery includes, Rhinoplasty, Cheek Lift, or Neck Lift. It is important to discuss all of your concerns at the time of your consultation to ensure that the appropriate procedures are discussed and a plan is arranged which is in your best interest.

Q: How long do the results last?
A: The results of Blepharoplasty, Eye Bag Surgery will last from 5 – 10 years depending on your particular anatomy and aging.

Q: Is there an alternative to a traditional Blepharoplasty, Eye Bag Surgery?
A: Non surgical treatments can be used to improve the tired appearance or dark circles in the lower eyelids. SkinCeuticals AOX Eyegel is commonly recommended to improve the texture and tone of the skin. EndyMed iFine 3DEEP radiofrequency is the most advanced non-invasive treatment for the eye area and can delay the need for surgery or enhance the results achieved by surgery. Dermal Fillers (injectable) can rejuvenate the lower eyelids avoiding surgery in this area. Some patients have a relative excess of skin in the upper eyelids which is caused by eyebrow drooping (ptosis) which should be corrected either by a Brow Lift or Browpexy instead of excising the upper eyelid skin.

 

 

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Mr. Christopher Inglefield BSc, MBBS, FRCS(Plast) was born in Trinidad, West Indies, and obtained his Medical Degree from the University of the West Indies in Jamaica and Trinidad in 1985.

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