Eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty or eye bag removal, is a cosmetic procedure that helps correct loose skin, excess fat and wrinkles in the lower eye area and upper eyelids.
As we age, the muscles around the eyes relax and the skin surrounding them loses elasticity, allowing eyelids to form. This can make the eyelids look puffy, wrinkled, and baggy. Aside from aging, puffiness around your eyes can also be caused by general lifestyle, a hereditary gene, your sleep routine, and diet.
The main purpose of eye bag surgery is to get rid of excess fat and skin, and tighten up the eye area. Transform’s clinical and surgical teams guide thousands of men and women each year through their cosmetic surgery, so you can rest assured that you’re in expert hands.
At times, your eyes can give a tired appearance due to hooded upper eyelids or puffy lower lids. This can be especially frustrating when you’re well rested, and feel that there isn’t any reason that they should look that way. Surgery aims to reverse or improve the appearance of the eyes to give a refreshed and natural overall appearance.
After the surgery you can expect the ‘tired look’ to be taken away as well as the premature aging it had given your face. With this enhanced look, your overall self-confidence and self-esteem is likely to feel boosted. Generally, with tighter skin around your eyes, putting on make up becomes less of a challenge and gives a smoother overall look.
As with every surgical procedure, it’s important that you are aware of any potential risks that eyelid surgery may pose, however small, so that you can weigh these up against the benefits that surgery can bring.
Your surgeon and surgeon’s assistant will be happy to discuss any possible complications and give you detailed information, but, as a guide, they may include dry eye, red eye, optical changes and scarring.
If you have already tried getting more sleep and your usual make up just can’t seem to hide the eye bags any more, then it may be time discuss eyelid or eye lift surgery as a possible solution.
To qualify for this type of surgery, we’d recommend that you are aged 18 or older, are physically and psychologically healthy, have a healthy BMI and have no serious health conditions.
As a responsible provider of cosmetic surgery, we understand that each individual’s procedure is different, so our treatment plans are tailored specifically around your own unique needs. Because of this, the blepharoplasty cost can vary, depending on the area/s you’re having treated.
We place a great deal of importance on our free face to face, no obligation consultations, during which you can discuss your requirements with your surgeon assistant. They’ll provide a detailed overview of the surgery cost and the various payment plans we have available. As well as being able to pay for your procedure outright, you can choose to spread the cost over several years via our flexible finance plans. Please view our pricing and finance page to read more about these.
And if you join our Membership programme, Transform Me, you’ll have access to exclusive discounts and offers relating to your treatments with us.
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Behind the scenes care to help you take centre stage
Your first appointment
The initial stage in your journey is to talk to your surgeon assistant over the phone. You’ll be able to talk to them about why you’re considering eyelid surgery, the likely costs and finance options, how much time you’ll probably need to take off work, and when you’d like to have the surgery if you do go ahead. Whenever you decide to book a surgery date, you can secure it for a minimum refundable deposit of £500. If you feel ready, we’ll then book you in for your free consultation with one of our surgeons.
Your surgical consultation
At your free consultation, your surgeon will ask you about the results you want to achieve from your surgery. There are several eye alteration procedures, and they tackle the upper eyelid, beneath the eyes, or both. Your surgeon will discuss the right surgery method for you and let you know the results you can realistically expect. This surgical consultation can be carried out either over video chat or in person at your local clinic. Our surgeons are extremely knowledgeable, and they’re happy to answer any questions you have. Your general health will also be assessed, and the surgeon will recommend the best course of treatment for you.
If you feel that you’d like to go ahead and book your surgery, they’ll then refer you to a clinic nurse who’ll perform some pre-operative tests and procedures.
Eyelid surgery is a straightforward procedure that usually takes between one and three hours to complete, depending on the procedure(s) you choose. It is often carried out as a day case procedure, meaning that you won’t need to stay overnight. If you decide to have both and upper and lower lid surgery, then you may be kept overnight to recuperate.
You can opt for either upper eyelid, lower eyelid, or both:
Upper eyelid surgery
Your surgeon will let you know whether your upper eyelid surgery only requires the use of a local anaesthetic and a mild sedative, or if you’ll need general anaesthetic. During the operation, they will begin by making small incisions along the natural crease of the upper eyelid. Your skin will be very carefully separated from the underlying tissue, the fatty tissue will be removed, and the muscles tightened. Your skin will then be stretched appropriately to ensure result is smooth and free from lines and wrinkles. Finally, the surgeon will carefully close the incision with stitches.
Lower eyelid surgery
If you decide to go for a lower eyelid surgery, or a combination of both, this often be performed under general anaesthetic. Your surgeon will make an incision along the lower lash line before removing any excess fat, and your skin will be stretched to ensure a smooth finish. Excess skin will be removed, then the incision closed. You’ll be left with smoother, younger-looking skin underneath the eyes.
Once the surgery has finished, we’ll be here to guide you through the recovery process and to help you recuperate quickly and safely. Before you go home, your nurse will talk to you about how to take care of your stitches. It’s important that the wounds are kept dry and the dressings are left intact. We’ll give you our 24/7 patient helpline number in case you feel you need to speak to a member of our clinical team, day or night.
It’s better to keep your head up whenever possible in order to reduce swelling, and it’s particularly helpful to sleep with extra pillows to keep your head raised for the first few days after surgery. It could help to hold a cold pack to your eyes to reduce the swelling, and you should try to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun and wind.
We’d recommend you take about a week off work, so that you can fully recover before returning to your usual everyday life. You should leave several weeks before doing any lifting, swimming or driving. If you usually wear contact lenses, you should use your glasses instead until your eyes have fully healed. You should also avoid smoking while you recover, as it can irritate your eyes and slows down the healing process.
Providing the highest quality aftercare is just as important as the surgery itself, so we’re on hand to support you following your treatment. Your eyes may feel sore initially, and you’ll probably want to take a few days off work whilst they begin to heal.
If you’ve got any questions or concerns at all, you can contact our 24/7 helpline. For your peace of mind, all cosmetic surgery patients have access to our two-year aftercare programme.
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