What is Eyelid Surgery?
Eyelid surgery (Blepharoplasty), also known as an eyelid lift or eye bag removal, is one of the most common facial plastic surgery procedures performed in the UK for both cosmetic and functional reasons.
As we age the skin around the eyes loses its elasticity and the muscle surrounding the eye relaxes. This usually results in sagging in both the upper and lower eyelids and often in bags developing under the eyes. Excessive sun exposure and smoking are also contributing factors.
As a low-risk procedure for the upper and lower eyelids, eyelid surgery is an effective contouring approach 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, 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
How Much Does Eyelid Surgery Cost?
You will discuss a bespoke solution and price with our plastic surgeon, however, prices for this cosmetic surgery 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 Eyelid Surgery Procedure?
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.
How does Eyelid surgery work?
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, differing amounts 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 the generally leaves no scars.
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.
Eyelid surgery is performed under local anaesthesia. This means that you will feel no pain during the procedure, however you may experience some mild discomfort once any anaesthesia wears off. Your aftercare programme will be designed to treat any discomforts with the administration of medications, ointments or eyedrops when required.
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.
All surgical procedures carry risks which will be openly discussed during your consultation and once again before your operation. Risks and side effects from facial plastic surgery include scarring, infection, bleeding, bruising, pain, asymmetry and possibly requiring re-operating. The use of anaesthesia also carries its own risks which you will be made aware of. Our surgeons are experts in managing risks and reducing them to an absolute minimum.
Facial plastic surgery produces immediate results of tightening, reshaping or augmentation. However, the final outcome will truly be visible only after any redness, swelling or bruising subsides in the weeks following your operation. The results of your eyelid surgery will be best visible after 1-2 weeks.
Facial plastic surgery procedures last longer than minimally invasive non-surgical treatments, as they usually involve the removal of skin or fat to rejuvenate the face and reduce the signs of ageing. Although somewhat permanent, it is important to remember that our bodies, and skin, carrie on ageing. Lifestyle including diet, exercise levels, sun exposure and alcohol and smoking habits, all impact our continued ageing process and might serve as an indication of additional required maintenance treatments. You should expect the eyelid surgery results to last between ten to fifteen years, depending on the factors mentioned.