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Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty is the surgical operation to remove the excess skin or fat from the eyelids. The aim is to improve the drooping of the eyelid or the hooded appearance of these excess tissues that appear with time.

What is the average cost for a blepharoplasty?

The cost of the eyelid surgery to remove the excess skin and fat on the upper eyelids ranges from about £3000 pounds upwards depending on what additional procedures may be required. There are additional fees depending on whether just the upper eyelids are done or if the lower lids are treated as well. The lower eyelids tend to cost more as fat repositioning is commonly performed and this may require a general anaesthetic.

How long does the blepharoplasty last?

The results of blepharoplasty eyelid surgery are usually long lasting. The amount of time it lasts between varies from patient to patient but you can expect the results of upper eyelid surgery to last for five years upwards and lower eyelid surgery is usually permanent in most cases.

What is a good age for blepharoplasty?

Most people get eyelid surgery in their 30s or older as the skin starts to sag. There is no real age requirement for blepharoplasty and it can be performed on younger patients if it is the suitable procedure. Patients who are under the age of 18 are generally not treated with blepharoplasty. A psychologist assessment may be required before considering any surgery.

Is blepharoplasty major surgery?

Blepharoplasty can reduce the sagging and tired appearance of the eyelids and create a more rested look. It can also remove the eye-bags. Doctors recommend eyelid surgery for medical reasons to improve the vision if it is obstructed. Eyelid Surgery is a common operation, but is with significant risks and complications that one should be aware of before considering the procedure.

Does insurance cover blepharoplasty?

In general, insurance companies may cover the cost of blepharoplasty surgery if it causes a visually significant obstruction to the field defect and affects your daily activities of living. As lower lid eye-bags or sagging genuinely do not block vision. This tends not to be covered by your insurance. One must check their policy to see if they qualify and check their terms and conditions.

Are you awake during blepharoplasty?

Patients are completely conscious during the procedure if it is performed under local anaesthetic alone. It is commonly performed under local anaesthetic in the upper eyelids. Some patients may want a sedative to soothe them during the surgery and make them more relaxed. This is also possible for lower eyelid surgery with factory positioning or for those who are unable to tolerate local anaesthetic and sedation. General anaesthesia may be used and this would require an anaesthetist.

What are the risks of blepharoplasty?

The risks of eyelid surgery include infection and bleeding, dry or irritated eyes. scarring that is usually within the skin crease but maybe more noticeable. Injury to the muscles over the eye discolouration of the skin difficulty difficulty closing the eyes or eyelid problems and temporarily blurred vision sight loss is very rare.

How bad does blepharoplasty hurt?

There is usually some discomfort following the blepharoplasty procedure, but it should not be painful during the operation due to the anaesthetic. The pain and discomfort tends to peak at four hours following the surgery and this can usually be treated with some mild painkillers such as paracetamol.

Does blepharoplasty make you look younger?

How blepharoplasty makes you look younger is by removing the stretched out skin and tightening the muscles above and below the eyes to turn back the clock and give a more refreshed look.

Who is a good candidate for blepharoplasty?

Ideal candidates for eyelid surgery include include those who suffer from droopy lower eyelids that has caused an increase in the eyebags or those with sagging upper eyelids, where the excess skin or fatty tissue beneath has resulted in an obstruction in their vision.

How long after blepharoplasty will I look normal?

For most people, there will be significant swelling after the surgery which can last for one to two weeks. After that there is some residual swelling that most people will not notice. That can last for around six weeks. The results vary from person to person.

Can blepharoplasty be done twice?

Fortunately, lower eyelid surgery rarely needs to be repeated. Your eyes will of course still age following any surgery. And as your eyelids age with time, there may be the need for an additional procedure in the in the future.

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