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.
What does upper eyelid blepharoplasty involve?
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.
What does lower-eyelid blepharoplasty involve?
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.
How long does the procedure take?
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.
Recovery after surgery
- You may experience dry or itchy eyes, you’ll be prescribed eye drops or ointment to help this.
- Temporary sensitivity.
- Watery eyes and blurred vision.
- You may need eye pads or ice packs for a couple of days to help swelling or bruising.
- Do not wear make-up, or drink alcohol for a few weeks.
- Clean your eyes using water and wet gauze only.
- Keep your head upright as much as possible and sleep with extra pillows at night.
- Avoid bending down.
- Bruising may look quite bad at first, but after the second day this disappears quite quickly.
What are the possible complications?
As you are under sedation, there are always risks that come with any operation. There are some specific complications with this operation:
- Too much skin may be removed.
- There may be bleeding in your eye socket (risk: 1 in 2,500).
- The surface of your eye may be scratched (cornea abrasion).
- Double vision.
- Cosmetic problems- it’s difficult to predict how your wounds will heal.
- Less than 4 in 100 people need revision surgery to produce a satisfactory result.
- It’s important to note that, as with any surgery, results will vary from person to person. It’s essential that you review your expectations before you commit to having surgery.
How long will my blepharoplasty last?
The effects of a blepharoplasty can last anytime between 5-10 years but for some, the effects may be permanent.
Are there any alternatives to blepharoplasty?
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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