Medically Reviewed May 2022, by Mr Sankar - Chief Medical Officer for The Harley Medical Group. Next review due May 2024.
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.
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.
Frequently asked questions
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.
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.
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, 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.