What is a lower blepharoplasty?
Lower blepharoplasty, also known as a lower eyelid lift, is a facial rejuvenation procedure designed to tighten and improve the appearance of the lower eyelids to get rid of bags under the eyes. The procedure is technically straightforward to carry out and is designed to remove under eye bags. Although it can be carried out under a local anaesthetic, it is most commonly performed with general anaesthesia, especially when combined with upper eyelid surgery.
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As part of the natural ageing process, the eyelid skin begins to lose its elasticity and becomes soft and wrinkly. Fat under the eyes may start to bulge resulting in the development of eye bags. Puffy lower eyelids that begin to sag may result in patients appearing much older than they actually are.
Lower eyelid lift surgery can effectively address signs of ageing affecting the lower eyelids. The best way to get rid of bags under the eyes and lift the lower eyelids is with lower eyelid surgery. Hence its alternative name of “eye bags removal surgery” or “eye bags surgery”. Many patients choose to combine a lower blepharoplasty with an upper blepharoplasty, also known as an upper eyelid lift, to get the best results.
What are the benefits of lower eyelid surgery?
For patients who may be thinking about getting eye bag removal surgery, it is important to be aware that the procedure can achieve more than simply remove the bags from under your eyes. Lower blepharoplasty surgery can achieve the following benefits:
- Tightening and flattening of the lower eyelids
- Get rid of excessively wrinkled skin affecting the lower eyelids
- A lower bleph is the best procedure to get rid of bags under the eyes
- The procedure can lift the lower eyelids to treat ectropion
- Lower eyelid surgery can help you appear more alert and youthful
- It can make you appear much younger than you actually are.
- The procedure is quick to perform and takes no more than 45 minutes per eyelid.
- Lower blepharoplasty is commonly combined with other facial rejuvenation procedures, including upper blepharoplasty, facelift or brow lift surgery.
The vast majority of patients who have the procedure tell us the benefits of having surgery to remove bags under the eyes has been a worthwhile investment. People can look forward to a significant boost in self-confidence with a more refreshed and younger look. Patients no longer have to experience people telling them how tired and sleepy they look.
Am I suitable for eyebag removal?
As with any type of cosmetic surgery, deciding to have a lower blepharoplasty will involve having an in-person consultation to determine your suitability for eye bag removal surgery. Ideal candidates for a lower eyelid lift include:
- People experiencing droopy or saggy lower eyelids
- Significant puffiness affecting the lower eyelids.
- The lower eyelids are sagging so much that the inner part of the eyelids begins to show.
- Wrinkled skin under the eyes
- Excessive skin folds affecting the lower eyelids
- People keep getting told how tired and sleepy they look despite feeling fine.
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If any of these concerns affect you, the lower eyelid surgery could be the ideal treatment option. This procedure is considered the gold standard treatment to address tired-looking eyes and baggy eyes.
What does eye bag surgery involve?
Eyebag removal surgery is performed on an outpatient basis which means you can go home later the same day once you have recovered from the effects of the anaesthesia. In most cases, eyebags surgery is performed under general anaesthesia, which means you’ll be asleep throughout the procedure. Some patients may be suitable to have a lower bleph with local anaesthesia alone, particularly if it is not combined with any other procedure.
Once you have been admitted for the procedure, you will be taken through to the operating theatre, where you will be asked to live comfortably on the operating table. You will then be anaesthetised by your consultant anaesthetist. Your head like comfortably in a specialised gel head support. The surgeon will begin by cleaning the area around your eyes with a skin antiseptic, followed by applying sterile drapes to maintain a clean environment. The surgeon will then accurately mark the areas of the lower eyelid skin that need to be removed. A local anaesthetic will then be injected into the marked incision lines.
The surgeon will make the incision for the lower blepharoplasty with a surgical scalpel along the lower eyelid from one side to the other. The surgeon will then remove bulging fat pads from under the eyes. This is the eye bag removal part of the procedure. Weakened eyelid muscles will be surgically tightened with stitches to lift the eyelid upwards. Using stitches, the lower eyelid skin is tightened and suspended in a higher position. Excess sagging eyelid skin will then be surgically removed to tighten and flatten the lower eyelids. The incision lines will be closed with very fine sutures. What’s the procedure is complete, the surgeon will irrigate your eyes with a sterile saline solution to clean them. The procedure takes approximately 45 minutes per eyelid. Once you have recovered from the anaesthetic effects, you can go home accompanied by an adult escort. You will not be able to drive after having a lower blepharoplasty as you may have blurred vision which can last for up to 24 hours after the procedure. Patients often develop temporary grittiness and irritation of the eyes, which will improve over the first 24-48 hours after surgery.
Recovery after lower eyebag removal surgery
Lower blepharoplasty is a skin-deep procedure which does not involve significant surgical dissection. This means the recovery after the procedure is relatively short with minimal risks. It is normal to expect certain side effects after eye bag surgery, including:
- Irritation of the eyes
- Watery eyes
- Itchiness affecting the eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- Blurred or double vision
- Mild discomfort
Most people can restart light physical activity the day after the procedure. This includes mobilising around the house and carrying out easy household chores. Most patients can return to desk-based work 2 to 3 days after lower eyelid lift surgery. It is important to remember that bruising and swelling will be noticeable after the procedure for up to 2 weeks before beginning to disappear. There is minimal discomfort associated with eye bag removal. Simple over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol are often sufficient to control any symptoms. We would recommend wearing sunglasses for the first week after the lower eyelid lift to protect your eyes from the harmful effects of UV radiation from the sun and to hide any obvious bruising and swelling.
What procedures can be combined with a lower blepharoplasty?
Lower blepharoplasty surgery is commonly combined with other facial rejuvenation treatments to achieve synergistic results. The most common treatments that are combined with a lower eyelid lift include:
- Upper blepharoplasty – to lift droopy and saggy upper eyelids
- Brow lift – the brow begins to descend with age, particularly the outer third. A surgical browlift can correct this.
- Facelift – a mini facelift can address many signs of facial ageing without the risks or invasiveness of a traditional full facelift.
- Neck lift – necklace surgery can help eliminate a double chin and loose neck skin that commonly develops as part of the ageing process.
- Facial fat transfer – fat grafting to the face is highly effective in restoring volume loss in the eyelids, cheeks, temples and chin.
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Most patients who have eyebag removal surgery combined with other facial procedures can look over ten years younger with a significant improvement in appearance.
Lower blepharoplasty cost London - how much is a lower blepharoplasty in London?
The extent of surgical correction required will determine the cost of lower blepharoplasty and whether any additional procedures are required to achieve optimum results. The type of anaesthesia will also add to the cost if a general anaesthetic option is chosen. How much you will need to pay to get the bags under your eyes removed can be determined once you have had an in-person consultation with a consultant plastic surgeon at Centre for Surgery in London. Your dedicated patient coordinator will give you a detailed quotation, including the surgeons, anaesthetist, and facility fees. The cost of postoperative after-care visits is included in your package price. You can call us today on 020 7993 4849 to get a price estimate for lower eyelid lift surgery. When considering lower blepharoplasty price in London, you should be aware that cost alone should not be used as the only method of choosing the best surgeon for eyelid surgery.
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How to finance lower blepharoplasty
Centre for Surgery partners with Chrysalis finance, the leading provider of specialist medical finance in the UK. We are proud to offer the full range of flexible finance options to suit various budgets, including 0% finance for eligible applicants.
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Is lower eyebag surgery worth it?
The vast majority of patients who have lower blepharoplasty at Centre for Surgery consider it to be well worth the time and financial investment they put into it. More than 97% of patients would recommend us to their friends and family for eyelid surgery. Most patients tell us this procedure significantly improved their facial appearance with no longer having to feel stressed by people telling them how tired or sleepy they look. The recovery after surgery is generally smooth and hassle-free, with minimal risks involved. This is why lower eyelid surgery is well worth it because of the results it can produce.
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What are the potential risks of lower blepharoplasty surgery?
As with any type of surgery, eyelid surgery involves certain risks. As with upper eyelid surgery, complications are considered rare after lower blepharoplasty. Recognised risks of eye bag removal include:
- Minor bleeding
- Wound infection
- Eye irritation
- Dry eyes
- Unable to close the eyes fully due to excessive skin removal
- Visual impairment in very rare cases
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The risks of lower blepharoplasty can be minimised by choosing an appropriately experienced consultant plastic surgeon with many years of experience in carrying out all types of cosmetic eyelid surgery. Our surgeons carry out many eyelid lift procedures each year and have refined their techniques to optimise results and minimise risks.
Eyebag removal at Centre for Surgery
Centre for Surgery is the leading cosmetic surgery clinic in London. We are considered one of the best places for eyebag removal surgery in the UK. If you have been considering eyelid surgery, the first step is to have an in-person consultation at our state-of-the-art Baker Street clinic in Marylebone. We have designed the patient journey to make it as smooth as possible for you. Our patient coordinators are always available to answer any questions you have about the procedure. Your surgeon will help you decide which treatment would be best once they have conducted a detailed clinical assessment. Every patient has different expectations for Surgery and unique facial anatomy, which will determine the type of eyebag removal procedure required. There is no one size fits all approach at Centre for Surgery. Your surgeon will provide customised recommendations on the best treatment to help you achieve ideal results. Our surgeons continue their professional development to ensure they can achieve natural-looking results. This can help you to regain your self-confidence.
Achieving excellence in outcomes after lower blepharoplasty is due to having significant expertise in facial anatomy and adapting surgical techniques to each and every patient. I will surgeons attend national and international conferences to keep abreast of the latest changes and advances in cosmetic eyelid surgery. Patients benefit from this expertise daily at our purpose-built day surgery unit. Call us today on 020 7993 4849 to schedule a consultation with an eyelid surgeon at our Baker Street clinic in London.
What causes bags under the eyes?Bags under the eyes can develop due to several reasons. As part of the natural aging process, the fat under, the eyes begins to bulge resulting in saggy and puffy lower eyelids. These are also known as eyebags. The best way to get rid of eye bags under the eyes is with a lower blepharoplasty.
Is it possible to get rid of eyebags without surgery?The only way to get rid of eyebags is with eyebag removal surgery to surgically remove excess skin and bulging fat. There is no non-surgical way to do this.
Is lower blepharoplasty painful?A lower eyelid lift is a well-tolerated procedure with very little postoperative discomfort. Any mild discomfort can be easily controlled with over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol.
How long do the results of lower blepharoplasty last?Results of lower blepharoplasty Surgery can last up to 10 years. The procedure does not stop the natural ageing process. With time, the skin of the eyelids may become puffy and loose again. If required, a revision lower blepharoplasty procedure can be performed to re-tighten the eyelids.
Can a lower blepharoplasty get rid of crow's feet?Lower eyelid surgery cannot get rid of crow's feet. It is designed to get rid of eye bags under the eyes. Crow's feet affecting the outer eyes are best treated with wrinkle relaxing injections, dermal fillers or a surgical brow lift.
How many times can a lower blepharoplasty be carried out?Lower eyelid lift surgery can be performed as many times as required. Most people will find they begin to develop repeat bulging and looseness of the lower eyelids after seven or eight years. This may necessitate having a second blepharoplasty procedure to extend anti-ageing benefits for longer.