Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
They say the eyes are the windows to the soul and that’s why we want them to look their best but ageing and other factors can make them sag, create bags or puffiness and in some cases even impair our vision.
Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the eyelids and can be performed on the upper lids, lower lids or both. It can also help to improve your vision in extreme cases.
Eye surgery can get rid of loose and sagging skin that can change your natural eye contour by creating folds on the upper eyelid which sometimes also impairs vision.
It can also help those who want to get rid of fatty deposits that look like puffiness in the eyelid, as well eye bags and drooping lower eyelids that can reveal the whites of your eye as well as banishing fine wrinkles.
Here at Inspire Cosmetic Surgeons we are proud to have an expert plastic surgeon like Mr Netri, that will explain all the different options and find the procedure that suits your needs and expectations.
The procedure can take just a day with a 10 days to two-weeks recovery period before you can go back to work (depending on how physical your job is) and costs between £3,500 to £4,500. The good news is that results are long-lasting.
If you’re thinking of eyelid surgery, then here’s our checklist:
- You’re healthy and don’t have a medical condition that would stop you healing.
- You don’t smoke.
- You are positive and realistic.
In some cases, people have serious eye conditions that are caused by other facial factors as eyelids are of course part of the face. The appearance of a drooping upper lid could be due to relaxation of the forehead skin and eyebrow. Sometimes stretching out of the upper eyelid muscle may cause a drooping eyelid. This is called eyelid ptosis and requires a different surgical treatment. Mr Netri will evaluate your whole facial anatomy thoroughly and will discuss what procedures is needed.
Your eye surgery consultation with Mr Netri and our practice nurse will make you feel comfortable and relaxed.
It will last approximately one hour and means you can clearly chat through why you are considering eye surgery, what you’re expecting, any concerns you have and what you want the results to be.
Mr Netri will also speak to you about your family and your own medical history. He will also need your permission to contact your GP to get your medical records.
In some cases, a psychological assessment may be required as recommended by new guidelines for cosmetic surgery in the UK.
Based on a physical examination it is then the time to discuss what your options are and what the results will be. Mr Netri will also explain in details the operation, risks and possible associated complications.
Although we said an hour, you will have all the time that you need to ask questions and Mr Netri will do his best to answer these as clearly as possible.
You will be offered a second consultation to talk through the surgical plan again in detail and to ask any additional question that you might have forgotten during your first appointment.
We want to make sure this is the right decision for you, and we have a minimum 14 day cooling off period where you can change your mind. This is counted from your last consultation to the date of the procedure.
Eye surgery is surgery and there are always risks, however unlikely, involved in surgery. That’s why Inspire Cosmetic Surgeons only use the best, and highly skilled surgeons such as Mr Netri who has specialised in this field.
In the consultation process you will be guided through your decision for your eye surgery and then it’s your decision to compare the risks, however unlikely, against your desires and dreams.
Every patient must sign a consent form and it’s our duty to tell you all about the risks and any potential complications as well as the benefits.
Potential risks could include:
- Anaesthesia risks
- Swelling and bruising
- Bleeding from the incision lines
- Dry eyes
- Sensitivity to sun or other bright light
- Difﬁculty closing your eyes
- Ectropion, an outward rolling of the lower eyelid
- Lid lag, a pulling down of the lower eyelid, may occur and is often temporary
- Temporary or even permanent change in vision, and very rare chance of blindness
- Changes in skin sensation or numbness of the eyelashes
- Pain, which may persist
- Possible need for revision surgery
- Unfavourable outcome
You will be a given a local or general anaesthetic depending on what you have agreed in your consultation with Mr Netri.
He will then perform the surgery and it is Mr Netri’s skill that will choose the best place for any incision to minimise and hide any potential scarring.
For example, the incision lines for eyelid surgery are designed so any scar will be concealed within the natural structures of your eyelid. The upper eyelid can be corrected through an incision within the natural crease on the eyelid. This allows for removal or repositioning of fat deposits, tightening of muscles and removal of excess skin.
Any surgery is closed with stitches or skin glue and stitches are removed within a week. Mr Netri may also suggest using a laser or chemical peel to reduce discolouration of the lower eyelids.
The results of eyelid surgery will start to appear as any swelling and bruising goes away to reveal a smooth, better-deﬁned eyelid and surrounding region, and a more alert and youthful appearance.
You will be given advice and guidance on what to do after your eye surgery such as medication, ointments and cold compresses. Eyes may be covered in gauze for a while, depending on your procedure.
There may be some initial swelling, bruising, irritation, dry eyes and discomfort that can be controlled with medication, cold compresses and ointment.
You will also have to wear sunglasses while you recover fully.
The good news is that the results of eyelid surgery will be long-lasting and there is little pain but there may well be bruising and swelling.
Most patients look good enough to go out in public in 10-14 days after surgery, but it may take a few months before ﬁnal healing is completed.
You will need to look after your eyes to maintain the best results and although it will correct and give long lasting results, you will still age so you must heed Mr Netri’s advice to get the best results.
The average cost of cosmetic eyelid surgery is between £3500 to 4500 and may vary because of:
- Surgeon’s fee
- The type of procedure
- Hospital or surgical facility costs
- Anaesthesia fees
- Prescriptions for medication
- Medical tests