What is Blepharoplasty
Blepharoplasty is the medical term used for cosmetic surgery on the eyelids. During the aging process, the skin loses its elasticity. The result of this loss of elasticity around the eyes is the development of lower eyelids sagging, and skin folds round the upper eyelids. The surgery is not a treatment for crows feet or under eye darkness. The procedure is performed under a general anaesthetic, and can take one to three hours. If the surgery is being carried out on the upper eyelids incisions, these are made by the surgeon in the natural creases in the eyelids. If the surgery is performed on the lower eyelids, the cuts are made just under the eyelashes. Through the incision, excess tissue, fat, and skin are removed. The area is covered in ointment to keep it moist, and paper tape is applied to hold the stitches in place.
Costs in the UK
As eyelid surgery is a cosmetic procedure, it is not available on the NHS. The cost of Blepharoplasty on both eyelids in the UK is typically £2,000 to £6,000 depending on the patients requirements. For upper lid surgery, alone the costs are generally £1,500 to £3.000. The cost for lower eyelid surgery is typically £2,000 to £3,500. The cost will include the surgery, the anaesthetic required and any follow up appointments needed. The price for the patients treatment will be given by the clinic at the initial consultation. Many clinics offer payment plans for cosmetic surgery allowing monthly payments however these costs of payment plans will vary between clinics.
Blepharoplasty abroad can be significantly cheaper than in the UK. In Europe prices can be half that of the UK, with prices in Eastern Europe dropping even further. In Belgium prices can start from £2,500 and in the Czech Republic from £1,000. When a clinic abroad gives a quote it is essential to remember this does not include costs of travel and accommodation which must be factored in. Additionally specialist insurance must be purchased as standard travel insurance will not cover travelling abroad for cosmetic surgery.
After eyelid surgery patients can expect some discomfort, but this can be treated with paracetamol. It is not recommended that patients take aspirin as this can increase bleeding. Stitches will need to be removed after five days but the supporting paper tape may need to be worn for after a week. After surgery, the patient will need to keep their head raised and refrain from wearing eye make up or contact lenses for several days. Patients, typically can watch television after four or five days and most people return to work within ten days. As with all surgery Blepharoplasty carries risks and these will be explained by the surgeon at the initial consultation.