As we age, gravity pulls down on the soft tissue surrounding our eyes. Once youthful and alert, eyes can become droopy and undefined. Blepharoplasty is a procedure that works to tighten this soft tissue, resulting in bright and open eyes. This procedure can be carried out on the upper or lower eyelids or both.
One of the most important aspects of surgery is your consultation. Our surgeons are here to advise you, listen to your concerns and discuss what you want to achieve.
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This procedure is usually carried out under local anaesthetic with local sedation or general anaesthetic, which is injected in your eyelids.
Your surgeon will make a cut on the natural crease above your eyelid and then remove any excess skin or fat that is pushing through the muscle.
You should be able to go home a few hours after the operation but arrange someone to collect you and stay with you for at least 24 hours.
Your surgeon will make a small incision along the border of your eyelid below your lash line to just beyond the outside edge of your eye. Any excess fat that is pushing through the muscle will be removed or redistributed.
This procedure is usually performed under a general anaesthetic. When this has worn off you may need additional pain relief in the form of a local anaesthetic injection.
Your surgeon may recommend that you stay overnight but this is something that you will discuss together before-hand.
A full blepharoplasty takes between one and two hours. The procedure will take less time if you’re only having your upper or lower eyelid done.
As you are under sedation, there are always risks that come with any operation. There are some specific complications with this operation:
The effects of a blepharoplasty can last anytime between 5-10 years but for some, the effects may be permanent.
A blepharoplasty is the most effective way of reducing sagging, but Botox injections can smooth out any fine wrinkles.
As a blepharoplasty can be carried out at the same time as a facelift or eyebrow lift, if you have any other signs of aging that you are worried about, you could choose to have them done at the same time.
In preparation for your operation, we advise that you give up smoking six weeks beforehand. Smoking can seriously impede the healing process. The risk of chest infection and coughing is increased which can trigger unwanted bleeding. The blood supply to the skin is also affected which can delay the wound healing.
If you decide to have blepharoplasty surgery at The McIndoe Centre you can select your preferred consultant surgeon at any time that suits you. We have some of the most innovative and experienced surgeons who will discuss your options with you in a thorough and expert way.
Prices start from £2555. The cost of your surgery may change as everyone’s treatment plan is tailored to their specific needs. For more information, we’d be delighted if you wanted to arrange a consultation with us. Call the Helpline for free and professional advice on: 0800 917 4922.
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