An eyelift or blepharoplasty is a simple cosmetic procedure that aims to make the eye area appear more youthful by removing excess skin, muscle or fat from the upper or lower eyelids. When concentrated on the area below the eye this procedure is sometimes known as eye bag removal.
Why choose blepharoplasty?
Age impacts on the eyes in many ways, giving the appearance of tiredness even when you feel fully alert, making you look older than you feel. While it won’t remove wrinkles or crows feet, blepharoplasty can open up the eye area, helping you to look and feel more your age.Back to face Surgery
What can blepharoplasty achieve?
- Correct drooping or hooded upper eyelids
- Remove puffy lower lids, known as eye bag removal
- Give the eye area a more fresh and youthful appearance
- Help you look more awake
Is there an eyelift alternative?
Blepharoplasty is often combined with other facial cosmetic surgery procedures such as a brow lift or facelift. For the correction of crow’s feet or wrinkles you may select non-surgical treatments in place of or alongside blepharoplasty, such as Botox or fillers. These are simple, non-invasive procedures. During your consultation Dr Cortufo will be able to advise which treatment(s) will be most appropriate for your specific aims.
What to expect before blepharoplasty
We want your cosmetic surgery experience to be as comfortable and relaxing as possible, which makes great communication between you and your surgeon essential. This starts with your personal consultation when you will be able to discuss your individual circumstances.
During your consultation you will:
- Explain your reasons for seeking eyelift surgery
- Be able to ask Dr Cotrufo questions about the blepharoplasty procedure
- Have a full health evaluation
- Undergo an assessment of your eyelids and surrounding area
- Discuss the surgical options open to you and talk about benefits and risks as well as timescales and costs
As your procedure approaches, you may be asked to make small alterations to your lifestyle or to avoid particular activities and medications, this is to ensure you are in the best possible health for surgery.
This may include:
- Taking a blood test or other medical tests
- Stopping smoking
- Adjusting or taking certain medications
- Avoiding aspirin, herbal supplements and anti-inflammatory drugs
- Refraining from drinking alcohol
- Avoiding sun overexposure
- Committing not to make stringent changes to your diet
Those undergoing general anaesthetic will be given fasting instructions to follow.
The blepharoplasty procedure
- Blepharoplasty surgery usually takes 1-2 hours depending on the extent of work being carried out and type of anaesthesia
- An incision is made into the natural lines of your upper and lower eyelids, these may extend into the outer corners of your eyes
- Excess fatty tissue, skin and muscle is then removed
- The incisions are closed with very fine sutures
After your blepharoplasty
Following your surgery, you will usually be able to return home the same or very next day
- Start walking around as soon as possible
- Your eyes will need lubricating with ointment and will have Steristrips applied around them
- In the first 24 hours after surgery your eyes will feel puffy with tight eyelids
- You should be able to shower with warm water on the second day after your procedure
- Swelling and bruising will peak about 2-3 days after surgery and then begin to subside
- Most bruising and swelling will be gone 7-14 days after surgery
- You will need to keep your head elevated for the first few days after surgery and use cold compresses to relieve discomfort
- You will clean your eyes as directed by the nursing staff and may need eye drops
- The Steristrips and stitches will usually be removed 5-7 days after surgery
- You should not wear contact lenses until advised
- You should avoid steam baths, saunas and sunbathing for several months and be gentle washing your face
- You will need to avoid all strenuous activities for up to 1 month
- You should be able to resume normal activities after 7-10 days
- Full recovery can take 6 weeks to 3 months
- You will need to attend aftercare appointments with Dr Cotrufo who will monitor your progress and answer any questions you may have
Still have questions about eyelift surgery?
Deciding whether blepharoplasty is right for you is a very personal decision. If you would like more information about the procedure and whether you are suitable for this type of surgery you can book a personal consultation with our clinic’s surgeon, Dr Cotrufo. Dr Cortrufo is an expert cosmetic surgeon who specialises in facial surgical procedures such as eyelifts. To organise appointment with Dr Cortrufo at our Harley Street clinic, please call 0207 873 2330. Should you have any questions about brachioplasty, your suitability for the surgery or the treatment and aftercare you can expect to receive with us, please call 0207 873 2330 to organise a consultation.