Medically Reviewed May 2022, by Mr Sankar - Chief Medical Officer for The Harley Medical Group
Eye Bag and Eyelid Surgery
Getting older can take its toll on your appearance, particularly to the skin around the eyes which can become loose and wrinkled, start to sag, and make the eyes look tired, adding years to the face.
Blepharoplasty, also known as eye bag removal or eyelid surgery, helps to restore youthfulness to the face and despite the name, this procedure helps to improve the appearance of the overall eye area.
The benefits of eye bag surgery
- Increased overall self-confidence and self-esteem
- Take away that 'tired look'
- Easier application of make up
- Correct premature ageing
- Improved appearance/Look younger
- Improved vision in some cases
The procedure for eyelid surgery
Eye bag removal surgery, also known as Blepharoplasty, is a straightforward procedure which usually takes between one and three hours to complete and is often carried out as a day case procedure. The length of time you are in theatre for and your recovery time will depend on the specific surgery you decide to have – this could be surgery to the upper lids, lower lids, or together.
Upper eyelid surgery
For some patients, upper blepharoplasty only requires the use of a local anaesthesia and a mild sedative, meaning the recovery time should be quicker than if a general anaesthesia is used. Your surgeon will begin by making small incisions along the natural crease of the upper eye lid (approximately 1cm above the lash line).
He or she will then very carefully separate the skin from the underlying tissue before removing or repositioning the fatty tissue and tightening the muscles. Before stitching or gluing the incision using surgical glue, the skin will be stretched to ensure that the end result is smooth and free from lines and wrinkles.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
If you opt for lower blepharoplasty, or a combination of upper and lower eyelid surgery, this will almost always be performed under general anaesthesia.
Your surgeon will make an incision along the lower lash line before removing any excess fat (often known as eye bags) and stretching the skin to ensure a smooth finish. Once the incision has been stitched, any excess skin will be removed and you will be left with smoother, younger looking skin underneath the eyes.
We understand finance availability can sometimes be a barrier to undergoing a Cosmetic Surgery procedure, with manageable payments, we can provide a feasible solution to suits your needs. We have a range of finance options available to help you pay for your procedure, ask at your Free consultation and your counsellor will be happy to take you through these.
Please contact one of our Client Service Advisors or call 0800 288 4110 or discuss your financial options with one of our nurses during your consultation at your local clinic.
Frequently Asked Questions
Blepharoplasty is a type of cosmetic surgery that involves removing excess skin or fat from the eyelids (top, bottom or both).
Prices for Blepharoplasty start from £4,250, exact price will be confirmed in your consultation where we will discuss your individual requirements.
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.
Surgery to get rid of bags under eyes involves an incision being made in the lower eyelid area, removing or repositioning fat from the bags and also a small amount of skin in some cases. In addition, the muscles and tendon of the eyelid may also be supported before the incision is closed.
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.
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.
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.
Before your Eye Bag Removal surgery
You may be advised to undergo an eye test if you have any concerns about health issues in your eyes. You should also purchase a gel pack for when you get home from the hospital to act as an 'ice pack' to reduce swelling and bruising.
If you are a smoker, or take aspirin or any other medication, your Cosmetic Surgeon will wish to discuss this with you at your consultation. Your Cosmetic Surgeon will advise you when you are to discontinue and/or resume these activities.
The day of your Eye Bag Removal surgery
The Cosmetic Surgeon will visit you in your room and mark the eyes with a pen, in preparation for surgery. Your Cosmetic Surgeon will also obtain your final consent, and answer any last minute questions you may have. Immediately after your surgery you can expect to have ice packs over your eyes to keep bruising and swelling to a minimum. Painkillers will be available should you require them and eye ointment may be given to you.
Blepharoplasty aftercare instructions
- Your Cosmetic Surgeon will advise you in relation to how long to stay off work
- Usually between one and two weeks depending on the extent of the surgery
- You will need to rest and avoid bending down
- If eye ointment has been given to you, you will need to continue using this as recommended by your Cosmetic Surgeon.
- Continue to use your 'ice pack' to relieve bruising and keep the scars dry and clean until stitches are removed
- A pair of dark glasses will help to hide the bruising and swelling during this recovery period.
- You will need to rest with your head elevated on pillows or cushions for 4 nights after your surgery.
- You must avoid rubbing or towelling your eyes.
- It is very important that you attend the follow up post surgery appointment which has been made for you, to care for your wound and see your Cosmetic Surgeon post-operatively to make sure that you are healing well.
- You will have your own personal Nurse Counsellor both before and after your procedure to support you and answer any questions you may have.
The incisions made by your surgeon will be very carefully positioned along the lash line and in the natural creases of the eye to ensure that any minimal scarring will be hidden.
It is completely normal to experience swelling and bruising to the area but this tends to settle within the first few days of the recovery period and any pink scars will quickly fade to faint white lines.
Your stitches will usually be removed between three and seven days after surgery and you will be advised not to return to work for a week after the operation.
It is important that your decision to have a Cosmetic Surgery procedure is considered carefully. There are many points that should be considered before deciding to have any type of Cosmetic Treatment or Surgery.
There are also some possible risks, as with all surgical operations, which your Cosmetic Surgeon will talk through and explain to you at your consultation, answering any questions you may have. This is your opportunity to discuss your intended surgery in order that the Cosmetic Surgeon can ascertain your expectations as to what can realistically be achieved.
Every Cosmetic Surgeon who performs both surgical and non surgical blepharoplasty procedures for The Harley Medical Group belongs to a relevant professional organisation, is fully accredited to practice in the UK as a specialist in Plastic Surgery, and has specific training and experience in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
Our nurses advise you consider the following things before your surgery:
- Child care and post surgery activities including sleeping arrangements
- How long will the effects of treatment keep me away from my usual activities?
- At what stage will I be able to judge the results of treatment?
- How long do the results last?
- When can I return to work?
At The Harley Medical Group our aftercare is second to none. You will have your own specially trained cosmetic surgery nurse to guide you through your eye bag removal procedure and aftercare. In fact, with The Harley Medical Group you are patient for life.
Our Cosmetic Surgeons are among the most skilled, qualified and experienced in Eye Bag Removal surgery and our fully qualified Cosmetic Surgery Nurses are specially selected for their expertise and approachability.