Eyelid surgery (BLEPHAROPLASTY)

With a progressing age our muscles slacken and the skin looses its elasticity. This will make the eyelids have extra folds with excess skin and eyebrows to droop. The fat under the skin might protrude outwards and form bags around the eyes.

A blepharoplasty aims to reshape the eyelids by reducing the excess skin. Both the upper as well and the lower eyelids can be operated on and will achieve different results. Some patients opt for a blepharoplasty and a facelift during the same operation.

WHAT HAPPENS BEFORE MY OPERATION?

The first meeting with your surgeon constitutes a consultation where you will be asked about your medical history, previous operations and any medications that you might take. Your surgeon will ascertain why you desire to undergo this procedure and what your main aesthetic goals are to ensure that any other possibly more suitable treatments have been considered.

During this kind of procedure it is useful to share information such as whether you have had any treatments for eye problems in the past and if you suffer from thyroid disease, detached retina or glaucoma.

HOW IS THE PROCEDURE PERFORMED?

Blepharoplasties are carried out with incisions in the natural creases of the upper and lower lids. The excess skin and fat pads are removed and stitches applied.

IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN DO BEFORE MY OPERATION TO ENSURE THE BEST OUTCOME?

As with any operation it is important to be healthy and lead a lifestyle with a good diet and regular exercise. Our dietitian can help you review your diet and help advising a good diet plan before your operation.

We will give you a checklist with all the dos and don’ts and also advise you to see your GP if that is required to review any regular medications that might have an influence on your operation.

We suggest an overall healthy lifestyle and if you do smoke we advise stopping as this will help reduce the risk of complications.

ARE THERE ANY ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS?

During your consultation it is important that you express your goals with this procedure as there might be alternative or complementary treatments that would suit better or optimize your results.

A thorough examination by your surgeon will reveal the best alternative treatments. Occasionally an eyebrow lift might be the better option or even a combination of a facelift with a blepharoplasty.

Some clients opt for laser resurfacing of the eyelids and Botulinum toxin treatment to other areas of the face. All of these treatments will have a varying outcome on the final results.

WHAT POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS ARE THERE?

All operations have risks, however it is important to remember that they will vary depending on your general medical state. During your consultation the surgeon will discuss any particular complications in detail so that you understand them and make an informed decision. Overall the risks are unlikely and some are even negligible but ensure that you do speak about any concerns that you might have.

The more common complications might be bruising, swelling and conjunctivitis. The more uncommon risks include bleeding, haematoma, damage to deeper structures, longer healing times and scars. In some care rare cases patients have reported issues with their vision.

At Hvit Clinic we keep a close eye on all our clients and you will be monitored to make sure the healing process is progressing well and that any potential complications are detected sooner.

WHAT IF I AM NOT COMPLETELY SATISFIED?

In some rare circumstances some clients might not be entirely pleased with their results. It is important to remember that it takes some time for the final results to be evident due to swelling and potential bruising.

Make sure that you discuss your aesthetic goals with your surgeon as your expectations can then be addressed and planned for better.

WHERE WILL MY OPERATION TAKE PLACE?

You will be admitted to a private hospital in London on the day of your surgery and discharged home the same day. You might need to get some help during the immediate instance of discharge home.

WHAT ANAESTHETIC WILL I HAVE?

For this surgery you will either have a general anaesthetic or have the procedure under local anaesthetic. During your consultation this will be explained to you further and your anesthetist will meet you and discuss any concerns or requests you may have.

HOW LONG DOES THE SURGERY TAKE?

The operation might take one to two hours, which is depending on the amount of work that is needed and if you combine this with any other procedures.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER THE SURGERY?

After the operation you might experience some discomfort, however you will be given medications to lessen or even eliminate this. You might experience some swelling which is normal. We will give you advise on how to clean your eyelids and use eye drops or ointments and sleeping propped up to reduce swelling.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR ME TO HEAL?

You will most probably be discharge home the same day of your operation. We suggest that you take it easy for one week and avoid any strenuous activities for two weeks. We advise our clients to avoid exercise for at least two weeks to ensure adequate healing. It can take a few weeks to months for the swelling to settle completely and for the final results to be visible.

We will provide you with an aftercare pack and keep you under monitoring even after discharge home to ensure you are healing well and that we are addressing any questions you might have.

With a progressing age our muscles slacken and the skin looses its elasticity. This will make the eyelids have extra folds with excess skin and eyebrows to droop. The fat under the skin might protrude outwards and form bags around the eyes.

A blepharoplasty aims to reshape the eyelids by reducing the excess skin. Both the upper as well and the lower eyelids can be operated on and will achieve different results. Some patients opt for a blepharoplasty and a facelift during the same operation.

The first meeting with your surgeon constitutes a consultation where you will be asked about your medical history, previous operations and any medications that you might take. Your surgeon will ascertain why you desire to undergo this procedure and what your main aesthetic goals are to ensure that any other possibly more suitable treatments have been considered.

Blepharoplasties are carried out with incisions in the natural creases of the upper and lower lids. The excess skin and fat pads are removed and stitches applied.

As with any operation it is important to be healthy and lead a lifestyle with a good diet and regular exercise. Our dietitian can help you review your diet and help advising a good diet plan before your operation.

We will give you a checklist with all the dos and don’ts and also advise you to see your GP if that is required to review any regular medications that might have an influence on your operation.

We suggest an overall healthy lifestyle and if you do smoke we advise stopping as this will help reduce the risk of complications.

During your consultation it is important that you express your goals with this procedure as there might be alternative or complementary treatments that would suit better or optimize your results.

A thorough examination by your surgeon will reveal the best alternative treatments. Occasionally an eyebrow lift might be the better option or even a combination of a facelift with a blepharoplasty.

Some clients opt for laser resurfacing of the eyelids and Botulinum toxin treatment to other areas of the face. All of these treatments will have a varying outcome on the final results.

All operations have risks, however it is important to remember that they will vary depending on your general medical state. During your consultation the surgeon will discuss any particular complications in detail so that you understand them and make an informed decision. Overall the risks are unlikely and some are even negligible but ensure that you do speak about any concerns that you might have.

The more common complications might be bruising, swelling and conjunctivitis. The more uncommon risks include bleeding, haematoma, damage to deeper structures, longer healing times and scars. In some care rare cases patients have reported issues with their vision.

At Hvit Clinic we keep a close eye on all our clients and you will be monitored to make sure the healing process is progressing well and that any potential complications are detected sooner.

In some rare circumstances some clients might not be entirely pleased with their results. It is important to remember that it takes some time for the final results to be evident due to swelling and potential bruising.

Make sure that you discuss your aesthetic goals with your surgeon as your expectations can then be addressed and planned for better.

You will be admitted to a private hospital in London on the day of your surgery and discharged home the same day. You might need to get some help during the immediate instance of discharge home.

For this surgery you will either have a general anaesthetic or have the procedure under local anaesthetic. During your consultation this will be explained to you further and your anesthetist will meet you and discuss any concerns or requests you may have.

The operation might take one to two hours, which is depending on the amount of work that is needed and if you combine this with any other procedures.

After the operation you might experience some discomfort, however you will be given medications to lessen or even eliminate this. You might experience some swelling which is normal. We will give you advise on how to clean your eyelids and use eye drops or ointments and sleeping propped up to reduce swelling.

You will most probably be discharge home the same day of your operation. We suggest that you take it easy for one week and avoid any strenuous activities for two weeks. We advise our clients to avoid exercise for at least two weeks to ensure adequate healing. It can take a few weeks to months for the swelling to settle completely and for the final results to be visible.

We will provide you with an aftercare pack and keep you under monitoring even after discharge home to ensure you are healing well and that we are addressing any questions you might have.