Eyelid surgery

Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery/ Eye Bag Removal

 

At Quaba Plastic Surgery, we have expertise in all aspects of eyelid surgery.

 

Cosmetic eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty is designed to improve the appearance of the eyelids. It gives a rejuvenated appearance to the area surrounding your eyes, making you look more rested and alert. The operation removes excess skin or fat (or both) from either the lower or upper eyelids or both.

Patients seeking eyelid surgery often complain of puffiness and loose or sagging skin causing folds or hooding of their upper eyelids. They may state that their upper eyelids feel heavy. The other common complaint is of eye bags and wrinkles affecting the lower eyelids.

What are the risks?

What are the possible complications of surgery?

Like all forms of cosmetic surgery, eyelid surgery has associated complications. These include:

Bleeding – It is not uncommon to have very minor bleeding immediately after surgery which stops with simple pressure.

Bruising – To be expected and varies between patients. Usually resolved by 10 days.

Unfavourable scarring – Uncommon.

Dry eyes – Usually short lived but can be worse in patients who already have dry eyes prior to their operation – often an indication not to perform surgery in the first place.

Grittiness and watering – Usually short lived.

Under correction – We never wish to overcorrect as this can cause pulling on the lower eyelid or difficulty closing the eyes – sometimes further surgery may be required to remove residual skin.

Ectropion – Where the lid no longer rests on the globe of the eye (results from removing too much skin) – uncommon and may require further surgery to correct.

Asymmetry – Minor degrees of eyelid asymmetry are very common in all the general population. This finding is no different following eyelid surgery.

Blindness – Extremely rare (1 in 30,000 patients) and results from bleeding behind the eye which is not treated promptly.

Unsatisfactory result – A very small number of patients may end up with a degree of dissatisfaction at the final outcome and further revisional surgery may be necessary.

Prices from

Upper eyelids (local) from £2500

Upper eyelids (general) from £3000

Lower eyelids (local) from £2500

Lower eyelids (general) from £3000

Upper and lower (general) from £4000

Consultation £150

All inclusive costs for 1 year following surgery

Finance

Finance is available (subject to application and vetting) by Zebra Health Finance (formerly First Medical Loans). They offer interest free loans up to a certain value. They can usually provide a decision online within 15 minutes.

 

Your care

You can be assured at every point during your journey, a level of professionalism, discretion and confidentiality expected of UK trained (FRCS Plast) NHS plastic surgeons practicing at reputable accredited private hospitals in Edinburgh.

Care that is Consultant led, Hospital based
Same Surgeon at Consultation, Surgery and Follow-up
Full Members of BAPRAS, GMC Specialist Register

 

Why do our eyelids age?

As we age our skin loses its elasticity and our muscles weaken. For our eyelids the loss of elasticity of the skin manifests itself as loose skin which can cause folds in the upper lids and deepening creases in the lower lids. The weakness of the muscles around the eye leads to protrusion of fat giving the appearance of eye bags.

Other factors that can age our eyelids include smoking, excessive sun exposure and a genetic predisposition. Some patients can develop bags under their eyes (due to fat protrusion) despite not having any skin changes.

Upper blepharoplasty

Upper blepharoplasty involves an incision which leaves a scar in the upper eyelid crease. Any protruding fat is removed through the incision and excess skin and sagging muscle is removed.

Lower blepharoplasty and eye bag removal

Lower blepharoplasty involves an incision just below the lashes in the lower lids. The skin is lifted up and any protruding fat is removed along with excess skin. Sometimes it is possible to make the incision on the inside of the eye to remove protruding fat when there is no skin excess.

Can I have my surgery under local anaesthesia?

Upper and lower blepharoplasty can be performed under local or general anaesthetic. A general anaesthetic is usually required when upper and lower eyelid surgery is being carried out at the same time.

Is there much swelling or bruising?

Most patients will experience a variable degree of swelling and bruising which can take between 7-14 days to settle down. Sutures are usually removed after 5-7 days. Generally speaking there is a very high satisfaction rate.

Can I combine surgery with other procedures

Eyelid surgery is often combined with other procedures such as facelift surgery, brow lift and fat injections to the cheek area.

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Before and after eyelid surgery (results will vary from patient to patient)

 

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Eye bag removal (results will vary from patient to patient)

 

Essentials
Eyelids


Type of Anaesthetic
Local (outpatient)
General


Length of Surgery
1-2 hours


Nights in Hospital
Day surgery unless combined with other procedures


Recovery
7-10 days off work
2-3 weeks before strenuous exercise

 

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