Blepharoplasty at Rae Clinic London
Eyelid surgery (Blepharoplasty), also known as eyelid lift or eye bag removal, is one of the most common facial plastic surgery procedures performed in London 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.
At the Rae Clinic, near Harley St. in London, we offer consultations with our Aesthetic Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Prof. Ghassan Abu-Sittah, MBchB, FRCS(Plast).
Surgery time45 minutes for lower & 75 minutes for upper
Hospital time3 hours
Stay home3 days
Full recovery2 weeks
Typical Costs of Eyelid Surgery in London
You will discuss a bespoke solution and price with our plastic surgeon, however, prices for blepharoplasty 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 priced at £8,990. Eyelid surgery can also be combined and benefit from other cosmetic treatments, priced separately.
Why Choose Rae Clinic for Your Blepharoplasty?
The Rae Clinic’s senior 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.
At the Rae Clinic, our doctors use 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.
In addition, importantly, in order to achieve the optimal results from all treatments we perform at our clinic located near Harley Street in London, our plastic surgeons combine the latest innovations in aesthetic medicine. With eyelid surgery, we sometimes use a component derived from the fat cells removed in the procedure. We then use it to enhance the prominence and the quality of the skin and boost the natural healing processes.
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. At the Rae Clinic, our 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 through the incision facilitated by the CO2 laser.
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.
Cosmetic Procedures Commonly Combined with 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.
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.
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.
Any redness, swelling or bruising subsides in the weeks following your operation.