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Upper and Lower Eye Lid Reduction (Blepharoplasy)

This eye lid surgery can give one of the most dramatic results, plastic surgeons usually recommend having both upper and lower eye lid reduction at the same time. They compare having one without the other as painting one wall of a room. Having one done will make the other look twice as bad. Upper and lower eye lid reduction can take away a very tired look and make you look younger. However, if you don’t have big eyes prior to cosmetic surgery you won’t have big eyes after it. Have realistic expectations and you won’t be disappointed.

Upper eye lid reduction

Upper eye lid reduction involves removing excess skin on the upper eye lid. An incision is made along the crease of the upper eye lid and the excess skin and fat is removed. Care has to be taken not to take too much skin away which will cause the eye to look pulled. The lid is then stitched back in to place.

Lower eye lid reduction

Lower eye lid reduction involves taken excess skin and fat from the lower eye lid. Tightening the skin and removing under eye bags. An incision is made along the bottom lid  along the eye lash line. The scar becomes almost invisible after the healing process has taken place. It is important not to take too much fat out otherwise the eye will have a sunken look as you age.

General Information on eye lid reduction

Although upper eye lid reduction can be done under local anaesthetic it is normal, especially when having both upper and lower eye lid reduction done together, to have a general anaesthetic. You can expect to stay in hospital overnight. Most surgeons like to be able to have you in hospital in order to replace cold compresses on the eyes which can help reduce swelling.  Complete recovery takes around 6 weeks.

Some of the side effects of this type of surgery are small white dots along the scar lines, these can be removed by the surgeon later, sticky eye, excessive watering, blurred vision, all will disappear after a short period of time. Long term affects can be damage to the eye ball and muscles, inability to close the eye, partial blindness, sunken or uneven appearance (eyes may not look identical), these conditions are rare.

Cost of Upper and Lower Eye Lid Reduction

The two procedures are normally done together and cost in the region of £3,500. This is dependent on the surgeon and the hospital.  


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