Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Lift)
The Upper Lid Blepharoplasty or Eyelid Lift is a procedure to remove excess skin from the upper eyelids that causes a hooded or tired looking appearance.
What is a Blepharoplasty?
An upper lid blepharoplasty is also known as an eyelid lift. This is a surgical procedure to remove excess or loose skin from the upper eyelids. As we age, the skin loses its elasticity and the skin becomes loose in the upper eyelid. This drooping skin can hang over the eyelid itself and interfere with the vision and cause a tired look. The medical term for loose upper eyelid skin is dermatochalasis. Alternative procedures that may help improve the appearance of skin laxity around the eyes include Morpheus8 Prime or CO2 lasers.
How is an upper eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) performed?
The blepharoplasty or eyelift lift is performed under a local anaesthetic in our clinic as a day case procedure. We provide the upper eyelid lift in Cheshire at our Knutsford clinic, CLNQ. You will have an initial consultation with the surgeon who will take a full history and perform examination of the area. You will discuss the possible treatment options for your specific concerns and highlight the risks and benefits of these options. If you are suitable for a blepharoplasty, a suitable appointment can be made for the procedure. Before the procedure, the surgeon will assess the amount of excess skin and fat in the eyelid. They will then mark the amount of skin to be removed from the eyelid. The surgeon will then use some local anaesthetic eyedrops and injections to numb the area. The skin is then removed along with any excess fat or muscle if required. The skin is then sutured using stitches to close the wound and dressings applied.
What are the risks of blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is usually performed under a local anaesthetic as a day case procedure. With all procedures there may be associated risks or complications. The potential risks and complications of blepharoplasty include:
Blepharoplasty Before and Afters
Frequently Asked Questions
The blepharoplasty removes excess skin from the upper eyelid. The ideal candidate would have some loose skin in the upper eyelid causing hooding. In some patients with drooping of the eyelid this may require further ptosis correction. This procedure can be performed in both male and female patients.
The upper lid blepharoplasty usually takes about 60-90 minutes to be performed under a local anaesthetic.
Brow ptosis is drooping of the forehead giving a heavy appearance to the brow. This usually requires a brow lift to help improve this. We would suggest you have the brow lift first to see if this improves the appearance of the eyelid. Following the brow lift, if there is still heaviness or hooding of the eyelids you may then need a blepharoplasty.
Some patients may have some swelling and bruising following their procedure. This can give the black eye appearance and usually improves within a week or two. In some patients, it may take a little longer for the swelling and bruising to fully settle. Initially the scars will appear red and with time these will fade and become less noticeable.
The cost of an upper eyelid blepharoplasty under local anaesthetic is £3250. The price would be more if you are considering the procedure under a general anaesthetic.
Following your procedure, you will usually have some dressing tapes applied over the incisions. Try to leave these in place until you are seen at about 7-10 days for your suture removal. We recommend that in the first 48 hours, you sleep with a few pillows under your head to help reduce swelling and bruising. Try and keep the incisions dry for the first week until you have the stitches removed. You should use some lubricant for the first few days following your blepharoplasty. You should avoid wearing contact lenses for the first 2-3 weeks. You will have an appointment to return to clinic for suture removal after 7-10 days. We would recommend using silicone scar gels after 2 weeks. Avoid any strenuous exercise for the first 4 weeks.