How Much Does Eye Bag Removal (Blepharoplasty) Cost?

What Is Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty refers to surgery to remove under eye bags or correct sagging eyelids. Upper blepharoplasty is performed along the upper eyelid crease and lower blepharoplasty is accomplished by making an incision along the crease line beneath the lower lashes. Either way, the excess fat and tissue are removed to tighten up the area.

Who Is Eligible?

Under eye bags are usually associated with age but are by no means exclusive to older people. Eyes are surrounded by a layer of fat which can swell causing unsightly eye bags. The reasons the muscles begin to relax causing this baggy effect can be hereditary or due to excessive sun exposure or smoking. However, blepharoplasty will not remove dark under eye circles or wrinkles that may be developing around the eye area.

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How Much Does It Cost?

Like other forms of surgery, costs will vary depending entirely on the individual and the extent of work required. Some may only want upper or lower blepharoplasty performed, others will require both procedures. The average cost for this surgery in the UK begins somewhere in the region of £2,000 - £3,000. Finance to help with the cost is often available from the clinics providing the treatment.

Cheaper Deals Abroad

With lower prices for cosmetic procedures abroad, medical tourism has become a major growth industry in recent years. The disparity in prices can be due to a different cost of living in some parts of the world or lower taxes, allowing prices to be set more competitively. Apart from the savings, some of the most cutting edge techniques are being developed overseas. As time is required after the procedure to allow for healing some people prefer combining a relaxing vacation with their surgery. When considering having surgery abroad, different laws covering a surgeon?s liability and possible difficulties in checking credentials should be thought about carefully.

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What Is Oculoplastic Surgery?

Ocuplasty covers a range of surgeries that involve the eyes and surrounding areas. Procedures to treat the eye socket, eyelids, tear ducts and other nearby areas of the forehead and cheeks are considered to be oculoplastic surgery, as are reconstructive treatments around the eyes. These procedures can be carried out for aesthetic and medical reasons, and should be done so at the hands of an experienced eye plastic surgeon (sometimes called oculo-facial surgeons).

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Types Of Oculoplastic Surgery

There are a number of oculoplastic surgeries, but perhaps the most common is a Blepharoplasty. Also known as an eyelift, this type of cosmetic surgery lifts the eyelids to remove excess skin and/or fat.

A browlift is another common type of cosmetic procedure carried out by an oculo-facial surgeon. There are cosmetic treatments available to treat other eye and orbital conditions as well; when the lower eyelid turns outwards (ectropion) or turn inwards (entropion), reparative ocuplastic surgery can take place to correct this. The canthus is the corner area of the eye where the eyelids meet, and cosmetic procedures may be carried out to treat any issues with this area. Fillers can also be used around the eyes and eyelids to restore a more youthful look, and to treat conditions such as hollow tear troughs, or large baggy dark circles underneath the eye.

While many types of oculoplastic surgery are carried out to achieve cosmetic results, a number of procedures can also be done to treat medical conditions. For example, patients suffering with eyelid tumors or cysts, Thyroid Eye Disease and other conditions will commonly undergo eyelid surgery for treatment. Patients suffering with either watering or dry eyes may also have corrective oculoplastic surgery carried out. Perhaps one of the most common forms of corrective oculoplasty is surgery carried out to treat ptosis, or a drooping eyelid. When the upper eyelid begins to droop, it can cause difficulty with vision and discomfort. If left untreated, there is the potential for conditions such as astigmatism or amblyopia to develop. As such, surgeons will normally be quick to correct the condition with eyelid surgery.

Other Things To Consider

Initial consultations are sometimes carried out by clinic staff or nurses but it is better to consult with the actual surgeon who will be performing the procedure. It's important to establish that he/she is well trained and fully competent. Initial consultations are a good time to talk over all aspects of the surgical procedure as well as benefits, risks, expectations and costs. The prospective patient needs to address any issues that are causing concern and ask to see 'before' and 'after ' pictures of procedures the surgeon has already performed.

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