Choosing eye-bag removal surgery
Losing skin elasticity and muscle tone around the eyes is common as we get older. The result is loose folds of skin on the upper eyelids and deep creases under your lower eyelids. The fat underneath your eyes may take on a ‘baggy’ appearance, and the effects can be made worse by excessive sun exposure, smoking and from hereditary factors.
This can give a tired appearance around the eyes that can make you look older than your years. If you’re unhappy about the appearance of your eye bags or sagging eyelids, blepharoplasty can correct these common conditions.
However, eye bag surgery and eyelift surgery will not remove dark circles, crow’s feet or other wrinkles from around the eyes. We offer a full range of line and wrinkle smoothing and skin tightening treatments which can tackle those concerns.
What is blepharoplasty?
There are three types of blepharoplasty:
- Upper blepharoplasty – treats sagging upper eyelids
- Lower blepharoplasty – eye bag removal
- Upper and lower blepharoplasty – combines the two
Before and after images
At your consultation with one of our Patient Care Co-ordinators, you'll be able to view a selection of before and after photographs.
Deciding to have blepharoplasty
If you’re deciding whether or not to have blepharoplasty to improve the appearance of eye bags or sagging upper eyelids, book a free consultation to discuss the procedure with us.
One of our Patient Care Co-ordinators will talk you through the whole process, from consultation to your aftercare. You’ll also discuss approximate costs at this stage.
Following this meeting we’ll invite you to have a free consultation with one of our blepharoplasty surgeons. You’ll talk in detail about what you hope to achieve and we will discuss what the procedure would involve for you. To ensure you’re suitable for eye-bag removal or eyelift surgery, your surgeon will ask about your general eye health and any eye problems you might have.
To see how blepharoplasty has had a positive impact on people’s confidence, read our patient stories. For an overview of the blepharoplasty process from first consultation to your aftercare, please take a look at our step-by-step guide.
What the procedure involves
At your surgical consultation you will have discussed the exact details of your procedure, so you’ll know in advance what to expect. If you have your procedure under local anaesthetic, you’ll leave one of our Transform hospitals the same day.
Your surgeon will make incisions along the natural lines in your eyelids or below your lower eyelashes, so any fine scars will be in the natural folds of your eyes. The excess fat and skin is then carefully removed and the incisions closed. Sometimes the incisions are made inside the eyelids, leaving no scars.
Your eyes will be swollen and bruised and you may have small strips of sterile tape (steri-strips) applied over your stitches. You surgeon will have applied ointment to help stop your eyes from drying out and to prevent infection.
Please read our blepharoplasty recovery page for more information about recovering from eye bag removal or eyelift surgery.
Side effects, risks and complications
Every surgical procedure does carry the very small risk of complications. Your surgeon will talk to you about the risks of blepharoplasty before you book your procedure. Before you leave hospital we’ll give your our 24/7 patient helpline number so you can speak to a member of our clinical team if you have any worries, day or night.
The price of your blepharoplasty will depend on whether you’re having upper eyelid surgery, eye bag removal surgery or both. For your guidance, our prices start from £2,950 and this includes all your pre-operative care and aftercare.
To help you manage the cost of eye bag removal surgery, we work in partnership with a specialist finance provider. You’ll find details of our loan and credit options on our cosmetic surgery finance page.
If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your eye bags or sagging upper eyelids, come and talk to us in complete confidence. Your first consultations are free of charge and you’ll be under no obligation to go ahead.