The aim of the procedure is to remove any excess skin from the upper lid that is causing hooding of the lid and giving the eyes a tired appearance.
This is often combined with modifying the appearance any fat that is protruding through from behind the eye (this is done by either tightening the layer separating the fat surrounding the eye within the orbit from the lid, or by removing the protruding fat).
If the mechanism responsible for holding the upper lids open is slack and is causing the lids to droop (ptosis) this can also be repaired in conjunction with an upper lid blepharoplasty. Overall the aim is rejuvenate the appearance of the upper lid.
Eyelid surgery will give you a fresher look without it being obvious that you have had surgery. Friends and acquaintances will often comment on how well you look without being able to work out what has changed! This surgery can be carried out in Bristol, London or Newport.
Frequently asked questions
What does eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) involve?
Upper lid blepharoplasty (an eye lid lift) can be performed under local anaesthetic (often patients request a small amount of sedation in combination with local anaesthetic) or general anaesthetic. The excess skin on the upper lid is marked out and removed. Often, there is herniation (protrusion) of the fat that cushions the eye, out of the socket, into the upper lid (making the lid look puffy). This is addressed by either re-tightening the soft tissues holding the fat in place or removing some of the fat. The wound is closed where the natural eyelid crease should be, giving the lid back its youthful appearance. Fine dissolving sutures are used for this and you will be given eye drops to take regularly for 2 weeks following the surgery.
What happens when I come into hospital?
You will come into hospital on the day of your blepharoplasty and be admitted to your room. You will be seen by Mr. MacQuillan in your room, and he will run over the surgical plan with you one final time. You will be reviewed by the consultant anaesthetist who will be putting you to sleep (if this is applicable to you), and given the opportunity to ask any questions you may have regarding the anaesthetic. When you are ready you will be taken down to theatres for your operation.
How quickly will I recover?
Following your blepharoplasty you will need to sleep sitting up for the first 2 to 3 nights. You will have some swelling of the lids and there may well be some bruising. The bruising should resolve completely within 1 to 2 weeks. The swelling will start to resolve quite quickly following the procedure however the portion of the lid above the incision can remain slightly swollen for 6 to 9 months following the operation and hence you have to wait to see the full benefits of the operation, though you will notice an immediate post operative improvement.