Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is where surplus skin and/or excess fat are removed from the eyelids to create a younger, more alert appearance. Eyelid surgery aims to correct drooping upper eyelids and puffy bags. The surgery is often combined with a facelift or brow lift for even greater effect.
Eyelid surgery is performed with general anesthetic or occasionally with a local anesthetic and sedative. The surgery lasts between 1-3 hours. After surgery the patient should be able to return home the same day. You can return to work after 7 to 10 days. Contact lenses can be worn after two weeks or more.
Risks and side effects
Side effects of eyelid surgery include Temporary discomfort, tightness of lids, swelling, bruising and dryness. Occasionally eyelid patients ill suffer from Temporary blurred or double vision. Complications of eyelid surgery include infection, bleeding, swelling at the corners of the eyelids, and possible asymmetry in healing.
Cost and prices
The price of eyelid surgery in the UK is approximately £3000 - £4000. If you choose to have eyelid surgery abroad you cab save over 50%. For example in Belgium the operation will cost around £1700. The Czech Republic is even cheaper with prices less than £1000.
NHS, private or abroad
Eyelid surgery is not available on the NHS because it is a purely cosmetic treatment. However, eyelid surgery is widely available at most private cosmetic clinics in the UK and abroad.
Is medical treatment abroad a good idea or is it less safe than in the UK?