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BLEPHAROPLASTY

Blepharoplasty in London

Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery has been in practice for a long time. Mainly comprising skin and muscle, the main function of the eyelids is to protect the eyes. In the initial stages of life, the skin of the eyelids retains its elastic nature.
However, Factors like age, illness, stress and chronic conditions take their toll on collagen, the main component of the dermal surface of the eyelids. This results in loose, wrinkled, and saggy skin that can affect peripheral vision while looking unappealing aesthetically. In this regard, cosmetic surgery, especially Blepharoplasty, has been revered for a long time because of the following:

  • Technological advancements in medical infrastructure in London
  • The worldwide reputation of its surgeons
  • The unique surgical approach to Blepharoplasty by expert surgeons

Procedure time

1-2 hours

Support garments

None

Up & Mobile

1 day

Traveling

4-5 weeks

Sleeping

Elevated on back for
2 weeks to 2 months

Anaesthetic type

Local anaesthesia

Washing

1 -2 weeks

Sexual activity

3 weeks

Full recovery time

6 weeks

Exercise

3-10 weeks

Hospital stay

Day case

Driving

1 week

Back to work

1-2 weeks

Final results

6-12 monyhs

Who Are Suitable Candidates For Blepharoplasty?

The Ideal Candidates for Blepharoplasty would be those who have:

Sagging Skin
Excess or loose skin that covers the upper folds which can look aesthetically unpleasing, which can make you look tired or sleepy. Candidates with sagging skin are ideal candidates for Blepharoplasty which can correct the fold with ease.

Eye Bags
Eyebags result from the orbital fat of the underlying skin, protruding out of thinned skin. Candidates with eye bags or puffy eyelids can remove their bags through a lower eyelid Blepharoplasty procedure.

Drooping of Upper or Lower Eyelids
Drooping of upper eyelids can be due to puffy upper eyelids creating a drooping impression. Muscular weakness can also be a cause. You are an ideal candidate for the upper lid or lower eyelid blepharoplasty if you have these conditions.

Good Health
Systemic conditions delay the recovery period after Blepharoplasty with increased risk of complications during the procedure. Suitable candidates should be in good health with a moderately healthy lifestyle. When you go for the best eyelid surgeon in the UK, rest assured they will consider patients with good health for the procedure.

Realistic expectations from eyelid surgery in London
Whichever clinic you choose for your Blepharoplasty in London, you cannot change the overall shape of your eyes or provide them with an unnatural appearance. You should have realistic expectations for your surgery and should must be willing to abide by the surgeon’s treatment plan.

Pediatric Population
The drooping of the upper eyelid, also called Ptosis, can be congenital or present since birth. In these cases, early surgery can allow optimum vision in the eye and prevent the risk of a ‘lazy eye’ due to the condition.  Paediatric ophthalmic surgeons for Blepharoplasty in London whom specialise can perform eyelid surgery in infants as young as a year old.

What Are The Benefits of Blepharoplasty Surgery?

Blepharoplasty is a multi-step procedure that serves many functions. The main benefits of eyelid surgery are:

– Improves the sagging structure of the eyes and gives them a new look
– Peripheral vision issues due to skin sag are resolved after surgery
– Lower eyelid Blepharoplasty resolves the issue of Lagophthalmos, Ectropion, and Entropion that can potentially damage the eyes.
– Improves cosmetic appearance that improves self-confidence
– Reduces risk of lazy eyes after correction of Ptosis or droopy eyes.

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Eyelid Surgery Types

Eyelid surgery is a cosmetic or reconstructive surgery which improves the appearance and function of eyelids and, at times, the surrounding structure. The types of eyelid surgery are:

1) Eyelid Lift

An eyelid lift is meant to correct fatty deposits and sagging skin around the eyes for an improved and contoured appearance. An eyelid lift can be performed independently or combined with other facial procedures such brow lift or Botox. Depending on the area of eyelid surgery, it can be either

  • Removal of moles benign masses present on the lid
    Moles, chalazion, and other benign growths do not harm the eye but can be a reason for cosmetic impairment. Blepharoplasty removes them and provides the lids with a smooth, uniform surface.
  • Lower Blepharoplasty
    Lower Blepharoplasty corrects baggy, puffy eyelids, and loose eyebags of the lower top eyelids reversing the face’s-tired appearance.
  • Upper Blepharoplasty
    Upper Blepharoplasty corrects the baggy, loose, and overhanging skin of the upper eyelid and restores the shape of the upper lid.

2) Functional Blepharoplasty

Functional Blepharoplasty aims to improve the vision and structural components of the individual. It provides visual and symptomatic relief. The components of Functional Blepharoplasty are:

Ectropion and Entropion correction
Ectropion or outward turning of the lower lid can be age-related or trauma-induced. Similarly, Entropion or inward turning of the lower lid can be due to muscle imbalance. Both cause symptomatic discomfort of variable intensity to the patient. They can be treated through lower blepharoplasty.

Additional surgeries of structures on the lids
Glands of Zeis and Moll are present on the lid and help the tear film lubricate the eye. Cysts of these glands can result in symptomatic complaints and are removed through Blepharoplasty. Similarly, the lacrimal passage in the lower portion of the eye is repaired through lower blepharoplasty.

Ptosis correction
Ptosis or drooping lids can be acquired from childhood because of trauma or illness. The muscular or tissue imbalance causes the problem and is corrected through upper Blepharoplasty. The symmetry between the two eyes is obtained with vision recovery.

Lagophthalmos correction
Lagophthalmos or incorrect lid closure is another issue that if left uncorrected results in severely dry eyes with potential corneal damage. Blepharoplasty, in this case, is extremely important in preventing the risk of permanent blindness due to corneal damage caused by Lagophthalmos. We aim at providing you with the best experience of eye care and the best results in line with your requirements.

Why Choose London Surgical Suites for Blepharoplasty? 

  • London Surgical Suites is a state-of-the-art facility that, through its surgical efficiency, has turned out to be one of the leading centres for Blepharoplasty in London. Our advanced equipment and clinical facilities are suited to fulfil the requirements of every patient using of our services. 
  • Surgeries at LSS are performed by some of the best surgeons in the UK, medically certified with extensive experience in this field.
  • The efforts of our dedicated staff in the UK alongside our impeccable service have made us one of the top clinics offering the best cosmetic surgery in London.
  • Our customised approach to each case with holistic care has revolutionised cosmetic surgery in London. Our location in the city’s heart has made it possible for our customers to have a hassle-free blepharoplasty in London.

Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) Procedure Steps

Step 1
Your lids are marked before the eyelid surgery. 

Step 2
You are administered topical or general anesthetics

Step 3
The surgeons will make incisions based on whether your requirements

Step 4
They will remove the excess fat and modify the muscles if required. 

Step 5
The remaining tissue and fat will be corrected through eye lifting.

Step 6
The incised area will be closed through fine sutures placed strategically in hidden folds.   

Step 7
Your operated region will be treated with sterilising creams and lotions and patched with a pad and bandages. Post surgery you will be taken to a private room or ward and monitored till your anaesthetic effects wear off.

Step 8
Once the surgeon is happy that you are fit to leave you will be discharged the same day.   

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What To Expect Post Eyelid Blepharoplasty?

Before eyelid surgery, you should be physically fit to be eligible for surgery. During Surgery you will be under the effects of anaesthesia and sedatives and will not feel anything. Immediately after surgery, you may feel mild to moderate discomfort and swelling. You will not notice the results of your surgery immediately because of inflammation, sutures, and conjunctival congestion. Within a week, after your inflammation has completely subsided and your sutures are removed, you will notice the results of your surgery. The suture scars will gradually fade away in the course of time. The follow-up time varies from patient to patient. The surgeon in the UK will advise you of weekly follow-ups or at more regular intervals based on the patient’s recovery period. 

Recovery Time

Recovery Time is dependent on several factors, namely:

Suture

The suture types vary. In the case of upper eyelid Blepharoplasty, the sutures are external and removed by the surgeon after the incision wounds have healed. Dissolvable sutures are placed inside the eye in lower blepharoplasty to prevent scarring. This prolongs the internal inflammation period and affects the recovery period.

Inflammation

Inflammation after the surgery varies based on incision wounds, suture allergy, internal congestion, and overall healing capacity of the person. It usually takes two weeks for the inflammation to subside, but sometimes it can take longer.

Ecchymosis 

Ecchymosis is the discoloration under the skin because of a blood clot inside the skin. Ecchymosis takes the longest time to resolve and sometimes lasts for more than 3 weeks after surgery.

The recovery process can be quickened by:

  • Application of ice packs
  • Avoiding certain medications 
  • Avoiding smoking
  • Avoiding exercise and the sun until the sutures have dissolved or been removed

To promote safe surgery in London, surgeons at London Surgical Suites and other places provide a detailed list of pre-surgical and post-surgical guidelines to follow. This, along with educating the patient about the surgery, enables creating awareness in them regarding safety protocols. Moreover, you receive constant support in the UK to take corrective measures to quicken your healing process. 

The Effect of Ageing Around the Eyes

The eye with its orbital structures is housed inside the hollow orbital cavity. Subsequently, the skin of the lids and around the eyes is among the thinnest dermal layers of the body. It consists entirely of muscles and thin tissues that are the first ones to be affected by the ageing process.

Initially, the collagen network impairment and loss of elasticity results in wrinkles around the eyes called ‘crow’s feet’. The thinned-out skin results in the adipose tissue beneath it that serves as a cushion for orbit bulging out. This results in eyebags forming further skin thinning due to it forming dark circles under the eyes. Additionally, the skin’s loss of elasticity causes it to sag and droop over the eyes, creating aesthetic and visual impairments.

Along with the loss of skin elasticity, the muscles around the eyes can also be impacted due to aging. This affects the functioning of eyelids and the structures protected by them.

Blepharoplasty Cost in the UK

There are several factors affecting the Blepharoplasty cost in the UK. The most important ones are

Type of Blepharoplasty being performed
Either upper or lower blepharoplasty costs less than the combined procedure if both the procedures are opted for by the surgeon. Additionally, Blepharoplasty involving muscle and skin repair will cost more than a procedure on any one of the structures.

The extent of damage in Eyelids
A person with extensive eyelid drooping and eye bags formation will need more work than a patient on whom the damage is comparatively more minor. This will impact the cost of the surgery.

Skills of surgeon
The best surgeons in the UK with the skills and extensive experience in eyelid surgeries can ensure better results and be more expensive than others. 
There are a limited number of surgeons performing cosmetic surgeries in London. Because of this, they are in high demand and subsequently expensive. 

Scope of additional surgeries, if any
Sometimes surgeries are accompanied by additional treatments that add up to the final cost. Surgeons at LSS performing Blepharoplasty often combine surgery with dermal fillers to remove the dark circles around the eyes. This results in the overall aesthetic value but increases the eyebags surgery cost in the UK.

Location of clinic
We are located in the heart of the city, easily accessible and near to accommodation facilities. This will affect the cost subsequently.

Other factors
Apart from these factors mentioned above, an aesthetic cost, inpatient charges, cost of medications, and follow-up visits add up to the final expenses. 

Blepharoplasty FAQ

The procedure is performed under local or general anaesthesia. Once the effects of the anaesthetics wear off, you might feel discomfort. That will be reversed in a few days but you must adhere to the post-surgery protocols and follow the surgeon's treatment plan. 

The scar formation depends on undergoing upper or lower Blepharoplasty. In lower blepharoplasty, the surgeon performs incisions inside the eyelid where the scar is hidden. In upper Blepharoplasty, despite a hidden incision in the eyelid fold, the scars are evident after recovering. These gradually fade over time. The increasing demand for scar-free Blepharoplasty has led to surgeons advising a scar reduction laser a few months after surgery to quicken scar reduction.

The results of Blepharoplasty depend on the structure being modified during the surgery. In the case of the upper or lower blepharoplasty involving only the skin, the results last for more than seven years. After this, the effects of ageing are evident again. In the case of eyelid surgery involving ocular muscles, they tend to last for a relatively shorter time. Surgeons at London Surgical Suites, can advise an additional Botox injection in these conditions to prolong the result.

Minor complications associated with blepharoplasty are- bruising, inflammation, ecchymosis, temporary loss of vision. Rarely Do complications like suture infection, water retention near incision wounds, tissue necrosis, and Endophthalmitis due to accidental trauma with a surgical knife occur. These complications can be avoided or safely dealt with through an able and experienced surgeon. They aim at a safe surgery and monitor you throughout recovery to ensure you get the best care.

It is hard to ascertain any one name as many qualified surgeons operate in the UK. But, if you are looking for a highly experienced, heavily skilled, and proven track record of a successful career, Dr. Bizrah would be your ideal surgeon to choose.

Collagen impairment starts after 30, and the effects of ageing begin after 35. You can get a Blepharoplasty from 30-35 years of age to prevent significant age damage on the eyelid skin. Some reconstructive surgeries are performed for young children to prevent vision damage due to lid drooping. These paediatric procedures are performed by skilled surgeons with considerable experience in paediatric Blepharoplasty.

On average, it takes around two weeks to recover from lower blepharoplasty surgery and an additional week to recover from upper Blepharoplasty. Performed simultaneously, it takes about 3-4 weeks to recover from double blepharoplasty surgery and another extra week if it is done in combination with other surgeries.
Several clinics offering Blepharoplasty in London offer additional recovery measures for safe and quick recovery. Some of them are avoiding the sun, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and proper post-surgical protocol.

Blepharoplasty costs in the UK have a variable factor and are different in different centres throughout the UK. The cost of eyelid surgery in the UK depends on
- whether surgery is being performed monocularly or binocularly
- the structures of the eyelid being modified
- the extent of modifications
- skills and experience of the surgeon
- location of clinic

Blepharoplasty can be performed for cosmetic reasons to improve the aesthetic appearance. It is also recommended to improve vision and protect the eye from damage for reconstructive reasons. Either way, it is performed under general anaesthesi and considered major surgery. The advent of surgical advancements has made it possible to conduct the surgery under local anaesthesia with comparatively less downtime. But proper care and precautions are crucial for the safety of the patient with a successful outcome of surgery.

Non-surgical methods of eye bag removal are recommended by many and are of different types. But they produce variable results that are not permanent. Lower lid blepharoplasty enables surgical removal of eye bags. This also helps get rid of symptomatic conditions associated with eyebags and removes dark circles additionally. Once achieved, the results of eye bag surgery last for more than ten years and are considered semi-permanent.

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