Eyelid Lift Surgery
Our surgical team can banish hooded eyes and eye bags with an eyelid lift, sometimes called a blepharoplasty.Book a Consultation Today
This simple procedure tightens sagging skin and muscle and removes fat from the upper or lower eyelids, leaving the eye area looking smooth and refreshed.
Blepharoplasty will significantly improve your appearance, restoring a wide-eyed and youthful appearance to the eye area. It is often performed as part of a face-lift.
On this page, we look at:
- What is blepharoplasty surgery?
- Planning your eyelid lift surgery (blepharoplasty)
- Why choose North Bristol Hospital for your eyelid surgery?
What is blepharoplasty surgery?
Drooping upper eyelids can cause functional and cosmetic issues as the sagging skin can impede vision.
Blepharoplasty is a straightforward procedure during which your surgeon will trim and remove the stretched and sagging skin that is causing your eyelids to droop. It is also possible to tighten the skin under the eye, reducing eye bags and puffiness.
The procedure is not designed to smooth away ‘crow’s feet’ at the corner of the eyes, lines between the eyes, or the problem of a lowered brow. Separate procedures are offered to provide solutions to these issues.
Planning your eyelid lift surgery (blepharoplasty)
At North Bristol Private Hospital, we ensure that the surgery you choose will give you the desired result. Although it is a straightforward procedure, the eye area is structurally complicated, and your surgery will be carefully planned to ensure optimal results.
You will have an initial consultation when you discuss your options with your surgeon. Your second consultation will allow you to ask questions about the surgery and your recovery.
Once you are completely confident, we will schedule your surgery.
Why choose North Bristol Private Hospital for your eyelid surgery?
We offer world-class surgery to patients in Bristol and the South West. Our surgical teams possess unrivalled skills and experience and work in our state-of-the-art consultation and surgical facilities.
You won’t need to wait months for a consultation as we see all our patients within eight weeks of your first contact with us.
We know that surgery can be daunting, but we also believe that by developing a supportive relationship with you and providing you with as much information as possible, we can make you feel confident about your procedure.
If you stay overnight after surgery, you will be delighted with the care that you will receive from your own dedicated nurse in our luxurious in-patient ward.
We can accommodate any requirements that you may have regarding security or religious and cultural practices.
If your relatives or friends accompany you, they will be able to find high-quality overnight accommodation nearby.
Frequently asked questions
There are always risks with any surgery; in this case, these include bleeding, infection, scarring, a reaction to the general anaesthetic or to the materials used during or after the procedure, including surgical tape.
Rest assured that you are minimising these risks by choosing a premium provider like North Bristol Private Hospital.
We will provide you with full details of all the possible complications and provide you with a detailed consent form during your consultation. This will allow you to work with us to minimise the risks.
Your pre-surgery consultations will give you plenty of time to discuss your surgery. Your surgeon will ensure that you are fully informed about the procedure and recovery before asking you to sign a detailed consent form.
You will be checked by your surgeon before leaving and will have regular follow-up appointments. When you leave hospital, you will take all necessary medications with you and know how to care for your eyelids to avoid infection and promote healing.
You could consider this surgery if you are looking for a solution to droopy upper eyelids or bags under the eyes.
Most of the patients who approach us for consultation are over the age of 35. However, we also treat younger people who sometimes have the same issue.
Whatever your age, an eyelid lift can significantly impact your appearance and solve the functional issues caused by drooping eyelids.
All surgical interventions are likely to cause some swelling. As the eye area is particularly susceptible, there may be some puffiness for the first week to 10 days.
As with all surgeries, there may be some bruising – in fact, you may look as if you have black eyes for a few days. Don’t be alarmed if you experience some blurred or double vision in the days after surgery, as this is common. Your eyes may be extra sensitive to light and prone to watering, but wearing sunglasses outside may help.
These effects are temporary, but you can encourage the swelling to disappear and reduce it as quickly as possible by:
- Applying ice packs
- Reducing the salt in your diet as it can cause water retention
- Avoiding alcohol
- Wearing glasses instead of contact lenses for the first week
- Resting as much as possible and sleeping in an elevated position
It is fine to wear glasses after surgery, but you should avoid wearing contact lenses as they can irritate the incisions.
We suggest that our patients wear sunglasses after the procedure as this hides the bruising that results from surgery and protects the eyes from the bright light, which can cause watering.
This procedure usually takes about two and a half hours, but the duration can vary between individuals.