Tired looking eyes can make us appear older than we actually are, and often getting plenty of sleep and a good skincare routine doesn’t help. Puffy bags under the eyes are caused by excess fluid and fat collecting around the loose skin. They appear to be more prominent in the morning and are worsened by lack of sleep and stress.
Both men and women can develop sagging, stretching and drooping eyelids, excess folds and wrinkles, and even bulges in the upper and lower eyelids. These are all signs of ageing and can affect those from the age of 40, but can also be hereditary in younger people. In older people the loose skin on the upper eyelid can protrude over the eyelashes which can cause peripheral vision, making reading and driving difficult.
Is Eyelid Surgery The Right Choice For Me?
Eye bag removal and eyelid surgery (medical term blepharoplasty) is a popular procedure for women and men in their forties, fifties and sixties. Upper eyelid and lower eyelid (eye bag) can be done together or independently. It is not recommended for people with glaucoma or dry eyes, and is not suitable for removing crow’s feet and laughter lines or to lift eyebrows. Eye bag removal and eye lid surgery is often combined with other procedures such as a face or brow lift. Like any cosmetic surgery you will be required to attend a personal consultation with your surgeon to assess if blepharoplasty is the right choice for you.
How Much Will My Eye Bag Removal Or Eyelid Surgery Cost?
The cost of eye lid surgery and eye bag removal will vary between clinics and will depend on your individual requirements. You can expect to pay within the region of £2,500 - £5,000 and many clinics offer payment plans for those on a budget.
What Will Happen During My Eyelid Surgery?
The length of stay in hospital will depend on the individual and whether you are having both upper and lower lid procedures, but most people go home on the same day or stay overnight. You will be given a general aesthetic but a local aesthetic and sedation may be used in some circumstances. The operation itself will take between 1 and 3 hours. In upper eye lid surgery small incisions are made in the natural crease of the eye where scars are well hidden. For eye bag removal the incision is made on the outside of the lower lid with scars being disguised just below the eyelashes. Loose skin, muscle, and excess fat are then removed and the cut is closed using fine stitches. After blepharoplasty surgery your eyes will be lubricated with ointment to stop them from drying out and your surgeon will apply small strips of sterile paper tape on your eyelids to aid healing.
How Long Will It Take For Me To Recover?
Everybody recovers at a different rate and your surgeon will give you personal instructions on how to look after your eyes. Sleeping with your head elevated and cold compresses can ease recovery, and you will probably need to avoid using make up, drinking alcohol, using contact lenses, and watching television for a while. The strips of surgical tape will need to be worn for approximately one week and then the stitches will be removed, or dissolvable stitches will disappear between a week and ten days. Bruising and swelling will improve and you can expect to return to work in about two weeks, resuming exercise in roughly three weeks.