Birmingham blepharoplasty overview
Medically reviewed May 2023, by Mr Sankar - Chief Medical Officer for The Harley Medical Group. Next review due May 2024.
The cosmetic procedure called blepharoplasty, which is sometimes referred to as eye bag removal, eyelid reshaping, or eyelid surgery, has the potential to rejuvenate the face and enhance the appearance of the eye region. Its primary objective is to correct hooded or drooping eyelids and eye bags. By eliminating loose and saggy skin, this technique can produce a more youthful and revitalised look, with only minor scarring
Blepharoplasty can be performed on both the upper and lower eyelids, and it can help to correct drooping or sagging eyelids, reduce puffiness and bags under the eyes, and improve vision that may have been impaired by sagging upper eyelids.
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Is eyelid surgery right for me?
In situations where a patient has an abundance of skin, under-eye bags, or sagging upper eyelids, blepharoplasty surgery is often the most efficient course of action. During your initial consultation, our nursing staff will assess your eligibility for eyelid surgery. This assessment will involve screening for underlying conditions such as diabetes, thyroid eye disease, and dry eyes, which could heighten your surgical risk.
The procedure for eyelid surgery in Birmingham
Upper blepharoplasty can be carried out with local anesthesia and a mild sedative for some patients, allowing for a quicker recovery time than if general anesthesia is used. The surgeon will begin by making small incisions along the natural crease of the upper eyelid, approximately 1cm above the lash line. Then, the surgeon will delicately separate the skin from the underlying tissue, remove or reposition the fatty tissue, and tighten the muscles. Before closing the incision with stitches or surgical glue, the skin will be stretched to create a smooth appearance.
Lower blepharoplasty, or a combination of upper and lower eyelid surgery, almost always requires general anesthesia. The surgeon will make an incision along the lower lash line, remove any excess fat, commonly referred to as ""eye bags,"" and stretch the skin to create a smooth finish.
After the incision has been closed with stitches, any extra skin will be removed, leaving you with smoother and more youthful-looking skin around the eyes.
Birmingham blepharoplasty recovery & aftercare
Recovery from blepharoplasty usually takes around one to two weeks, during which time you will experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort.
Your surgeon may provide you with pain medication and suggest using cold compresses to reduce swelling. You should also avoid activities that could increase blood flow to the eyes, such as bending over or lifting heavy objects. Your surgeon will give you specific aftercare instructions, which may include topical creams and keeping your head elevated while sleeping. It is important to attend all follow-up appointments with your surgeon to monitor your healing progress and ensure that there are no complications. You should also avoid wearing contact lenses or eye makeup for at least a week after surgery, and avoid strenuous exercise for several weeks. By following your surgeon's aftercare instructions, you can help to ensure a safe and speedy recovery from blepharoplasty.
Blepharoplasty costs vary depending on requirements. Fees at The Harley Medical Group include:
- your surgeon consultation appointment
- pre-operative assessment
- your procedure
- hospital stay and aftercare.
There are no hidden costs.
At The Harley Medical Group, we have a number of payment plans available to suit individual budgets, including a 0% finance loan paid over 12 months.
Choosing a surgeon
Choosing a Consultant can sometimes seem to be a daunting process, however, it doesn’t need to be. There are a number of things to keep in mind when making your decision
- Check their qualifications and experience
- Check expert and patient reviews
- Check their reputation
- Ask for more information – look at previous patients before and after pictures and speak to your Consultant about their experience and patient outcomes.
At The Harley Medical Group, we work in close partnership with world-class Plastic Surgeons, to ensure our patients receive the highest standards of treatment and care.
Meet the blepharoplasty team in Birmingham
We only work with consultants who are registered with the UK General Medical Council (GMC) and who have a wealth of surgical experience. Most of our Consultant Plastic Surgeons hold substantive posts within the NHS and all go through a comprehensive application process before practicing privileges are granted. Approval must be obtained from our Medical Advisory Committee, which is headed up by Chief Medical Officer Mr. T K Sankar. Our Cosmetic Surgery Consultants will also hold a number of memberships with appropriate organisations and associations such as the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS).
Frequently asked questions
No, we are unable to offer any surgery while you are pregnant or breast feeding. However, please contact us 6 months after giving birth or after breast feeding and talk to our friendly advisors to discuss next steps.
Eyelid surgery can be performed under either local or general anaesthesia. Immediately after surgery your surgeon will apply antibiotic ointment to your eye, which may cause you to have blurred vision, and experiencing dry eyes, numbness and surface irritation is also normal for a short time after the procedure. If you do experience any pain or discomfort after your surgery, this can be relieved by taking a non-prescription painkiller such as paracetamol.
During your initial consultation, one of our nurses will be able to assess whether you are suitable for Eyelid surgery. This will include evaluating you for diabetes, thyroid eye disease and dry eyes, which may increase your risk during surgery.
It normally takes around two weeks to recover after Eyelid surgery.
Our medically led team of surgeons have many years' experience in performing Eyelid procedures in our clinics nationwide. Although Eyelid surgery is a safe procedure, as with all surgery there are some risks and we will discuss these with you in more detail during your consultation.
Results from your Blepharoplasty surgery should be long-lasting for around 10 years however, this will depend on several factors such as the ageing process, medical conditions and your genetics.