Eye Bag Removal

Eye bag removal or Blepharoplasty is a very popular surgical procedure to lift drooping skin and remove fat and excess skin on the upper and lower eyelids. It also removes under eye bags.

Having a Blepharoplasty will make the eyes look younger by smoothing and firming the lids and removing under eye bags. You will look less tired, more alert and the result should improve your self image. A Blepharoplasty will not, however, alter the colour of dark rings under the eyes or remove crows’ feet from around the eye.

Upper lid surgery only will be in the region of £1,500.00 to £2,500.00, lower lid surgery will be £2,000.00 to £3,000.00 and both lids will cost around £3,000.00 to £4,500.00.

The eyelids will be transformed from having drooping loose skin to firm smooth skin and reduced eye bags. It can also improve your field of vision if drooping skin was obstructing your vision prior to surgery. You can see examples of before and after pictures here.

This surgery is usually performed under local anaesthetic. For both the upper and lower lid an incision is made and excess skin, muscle and fat are removed. The incisions are closed with sutures which are removed after five days. Surgery lasts from one and a half to three hours. The eyes will remain swollen for at least two weeks.

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Procedure Guide

Blepharoplasty or eye bag removal as it is more commonly known is the surgery of the eyelids. During the surgical process fat, excess skin and muscle are removed from the upper and lower eyelids. This can help with hooded eyes and reduce puffy eye bags below the eyes.

What is the process?

On the upper eyelids an incision is made in the natural crease which starts about 1cm above the eyelashes and can extend to laughter lines or crows feet at the outer area of the eyes. The surgeon works the incision to remove excess fat and trim sagging muscle and then the skin is closed.
On the lower eyelids an incision is made about 1cm below the eyelashes and the skin is then lifted upwards and outwards to get the needed tension required for tighter and firmer skin.
Two types of blepharoplasty are performed by surgeons:

  1. Transconjunctival where an incision is made inside the lower lid to remove excess fat .
  2. Transcutaneous where an incision is made through the skin, where there is excess skin on the upper and lower eyelids.

How is it sealed?

Incisions are sealed with very fine sutures, which are removed approximately ten day after surgery or fall out automatically.

Is an anaesthetic required?

Yes, a general or local anaesthetic is required.

How long does the operation last?

The operation lasts between 1 ¾ and 3 hours. Generally an overnight stay in hospital is required.

Who is suitable?

Those suffering from hooded eyes, sagging eyes or lack of peripheral vision.

How old should I be?

Generally patients are aged 35 years or over.

Who is unsuitable?

You will not be eligible for the operation if you have any of the following eye conditions: detached retina, glaucoma, dry eye and any other problems with tear ducts. Those suffering from diabetes, heart disease, hyperthyroidism, Grave’s disease and hypertension are also ruled out.

How long is the recovery process?

The recovery period is approximately three weeks. The surgeon will put in some lubrication but you may suffer from dry eyes initially.

Will there be any bruising?

Yes, but most will go in the first week and will disappear completely after two weeks.

Will it scar?

There may be a small scar but you can help by applying scar reducing cream, petroleum jelly and moisturisers.

When can I go back to work?

After ten days

What are the risks?

As with any surgery there are risks and complications which can include:

  1. Infection
  2. Swelling at corners of eyelids
  3. Scarring
  4. Acne
  5. Adverse reaction to anaesthesia
  6. Uneven healing

What are the benefits?

Refreshed and healthier, livelier eyes. If vision has been impaired due to sagging skin then the operation can increase peripheral vision. There is also a strong psychological benefit, younger looking skin and better vision can greatly increase confidence.

What about smoking and drinking alcohol?

Smoking and drinking are not permitted in the period before an operation.

Is there anything I should avoid after surgery?

Yes, you should avoid anything which strains the eyes; this includes activities such as watching TV, reading or using a computer. You should also avoid strenuous activity in the first three weeks after the operation.

How do I go about organising it?

If you think you are a suitable candidate then you should meet with your surgeon for a full and frank discussion about the procedure and any associated risks.