Eye bag removal explained
Eye bag removal surgery, also known as Blepharoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure carried out to remove skin from around the eyes that have become loose, wrinkled and lost its youthfulness.
Our facial features begin to change as we get older. The area around eyes in particular begin to lose elasticity, potentially adding years to your face. Eye bag removal surgery can be used to give your face a more youthful appearance by removing fatty tissue that develops around the eye. The outcome of this procedure is generally positive, with patients achieving a much tighter and youthful appearance.
If you’re concerned with eye bags because you’ve start to notice the build-up of excess fat and skin around the eyes and wrinkles, eye bag removal surgery could be an option for you.
Why have eye bag removal surgery?
Here are some benefits of eye bag removal surgery:
- Improve confidence and self-esteem
- Gain a more youthful appearance
- Appear less tired
- Improve the balance of facial features.
Here are some reasons for having eye bag removal surgery:
- Loose skin around the eyes
- Excess fat and tissue build-up
- Wrinkles in the corner, or around, the eyes
- Excess tissue effecting eyesight
- Having a tired expression
- Appearing older than your years.
How much does eye bag removal surgery cost?
The cost of eye bag removal surgery will vary depending on number of factors including, but not limited to, the type of surgery you need, the extent of the surgery and where the surgery is carried out. The bigger and more complicated the procedure the more it’ll cost.
Our research of online sources indicates the cost of eye bag removal in the UK range from £1,900 to £4,900 with a median average cost of £2,900.
How to choose where to go for eye bag removal surgery?
Typically, when looking for a hospital or clinic in the UK you may want to check to see if they’re registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The CQC are the independent regulator of all health and social care services in England, responsible for monitoring and regulating hospital and care services. There you will be able to access reports and ratings to help you make the best choice
At Mhc, we have developed a user-friendly healthcare directory portal for people looking for treatments, like arm and thigh lift surgery, to easily search for, find and contact hospitals and clinics in the UK.
In addition to finding a place to have eye bag removal surgery, you should also research and consider the doctor who is going to carry out the surgery. All doctors must be registered with the General Medical Council (GMC). There you can access the surgeon’s work history.
Although Mhc can help you find a clinic, hospital or doctor, we recommend you thoroughly assess and research the care providers you choose before moving forward.
What’s involved in eye bag removal surgery?
Eye bag removal surgery, also known as Blepharoplasty, usually takes one to three hours to complete and can be done using general or local anaesthetic.
You should be able to return home on the day of the procedure, which your surgeon will discuss with you.
The length of time the surgery takes depends on the type of surgery you’re having, above the eye, below the eye or both together.
Upper Blepharoplasty surgery involves the following:
- May be done with local anaesthetic for some people -surgeon will advise on this
- A small incision is made along the crease of the upper eyelids
- Skin is separated from tissue below
- Excess skin and fat is removed or repositioned
- Muscles are tightened
- Skin stretched to achieve a smooth appearance
- The cut is glued or stitched back together.
Lower Blepharoplasty surgery involves the following:
- Usually carried out under general anaesthetic
- Incision is made just below the eye
- Excess fat and tissue removed or repositioned
- Skin stretched to give a smooth more youthful appearance
- Cut is stitched or glued back together.
After eye bag removal surgery and recover
If the procedure was carried out under local anaesthetic you can expect to be discharged from the clinic or hospital on the day of the procedure. Procedures performed under general anaesthetic may require an overnight stay to start the recovery process. Your surgeon should discuss this with you before surgery.
Immediately after surgery you may feel some tightness in the treated area. Experiencing some pain isn’t unusual either, but you will be given pain relief medication to deal with any discomfort.
You can also expect to see some swelling and bruising around the treated area. Using an ice pack will help to reduce the swelling and bruising.
Once at home you will be required to rest. This will include taking some time off work, typically one or two weeks or as advised by your surgeon.
If medication has been provided to aid your recovery you will need to take them as prescribed.
Follow up appointments should be made and attended to keep an eye on your progression and make sure the treated areas are healing as expected.
Side effects of eye bag removal surgery
It is common to experience some of the following effects after surgery:
- Mild discomfort around the treatment
- Tightness around the eyes
If, after the procedure, you feel you have encountered a serious problem or the outcome is not what you were promised, and the results are not what you expected, reach out to your surgeon.
Contact the clinic that performed the procedure and explain the situation, especially if you’re experiencing discomfort or any unusual symptoms that were not explained to you during the consultation.
If you suspect the procedure was not carried out in the correct manor and you’re not satisfied with result or the level of care you have received, you should contact the CQC.
Things to consider before your eye bag removal procedure
Deciding to have cosmetic surgery requires a lot of careful thought and consideration. You need to really understand the reasons for choosing the procedure you want and set realistic expectations of the outcome.
Once your mind is made up, are you confident that you are fully prepared for the treatment?
Here are some things you should think about:
- How long is the recovery time for your treatment?
- How long do you need to take off work?
- When will you start to see the results you expect?
- When will you fully recover and resume your usual activity?
- Are the results of the surgery permanent?
Start your search
You may or may not be ready to go for eye bag removal surgery, but it’s never too soon to reach out to a clinic or hospital, or a doctor, to start a conversation. A major part of your research into the procedure you’re looking for should include direct communication, and a consultation, with an expert. Feel free to contact multiple care providers and experts. The more information you can gather about your procedure and surgeon the better decision you’re likely to make.