Lower eyelid blepharoplasty

Waterfront Hospital Edinburgh, Scotland

Lower Blepharoplasty, commonly known as lower eyelid surgery, is a specialised cosmetic procedure to rejuvenate the area beneath the eyes. This surgery addresses under-eye bags, puffiness, and fine lines that often emerge with ageing or due to genetic factors. Its popularity stems from its effectiveness in enhancing facial aesthetics and overall eye appearance.

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Lower blepharoplasty Edinburgh

    General or local with sedation
    2 hours
    Day surgery
    1 week off work, 4 weeks before strenuous exercise

What the procedure involves

  1. Initial Consultation: Tailoring the procedure to individual needs and expectations.
  2. Anaesthesia: Performed primarily under general anaesthesia for patient comfort and safety.
  3. Surgical Technique: Involves precise incisions along the lash line or within the lower eyelid to remove excess fat and skin and tighten the underlying muscles and tissues. We combine most of our lower eyelid surgery with facial fat transfer to the cheek area, giving superior results to other techniques.
  4. Combination with Upper Eyelid Surgery: Often performed alongside upper blepharoplasty for a balanced and comprehensive rejuvenation.
  5. Advanced Surgical Expertise: Our experienced surgeons specialise in this highly technical procedure, ensuring precision and optimal aesthetic outcomes.

Benefits and expected outcomes

  • Reduced Under-Eye Bags and Puffiness: Creates a smoother, more youthful under-eye appearance.
  • Minimisation of Wrinkles: Softens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the lower eyelids.
  • Enhanced Facial Aesthetics: Contributes to a refreshed and revitalised overall facial appearance. Look less tired.
  • Long-Lasting Results: The improvements are generally durable, with many patients enjoying the benefits for years.

Ideal candidates

  • Individuals with Prominent Under-Eye Concerns: Ideal for those with significant bags, puffiness, or wrinkles beneath the eyes.
  • Good Overall Health: Candidates should be in good physical health and non-smokers.
  • Realistic Expectations: Understanding the potential outcomes and limitations of lower eyelid surgery.

Risks and considerations

  • Bleeding: Minor post-surgery bleeding is common, typically resolved with simple pressure.
  • Bruising: Temporary bruising around the eyes.
  • Unfavorable Scarring: Scars are a natural outcome, though typically well-concealed.
  • Dry Eyes: Temporary dryness, grittiness, or watering of the eyes.
  • Under or Over Correction: Risk of pulling down the lower eyelid (ectropion).
  • Asymmetry: Minor differences in the appearance of each eyelid.
  • Unsatisfactory Result: In some cases, results may not fully meet expectations.

Further reading – British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS)

Aftercare and recovery

  • Post-Operative Care: Detailed instructions will be provided to ensure proper care of the eye area.
  • Recovery Time: Most patients can resume normal activities within two weeks, with full recovery varying between individuals.
  • Supportive Follow-Up: We offer comprehensive post-operative support and follow-up appointments to monitor recovery and address any concerns.
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Frequently asked questions about lower eyelid surgery

How Much Does Lower Eyelid Surgery Cost in Scotland?

The guide price for lower blepharoplasty at Waterfront Private Hospital in Edinburgh is £5250. Please note we focus on providing unparalleled quality and care and do not offer price matching.

What Makes Lower Eyelid Surgery Unique at Your Hospital?

Our surgeons are among the few in Scotland who uniquely combine lower eyelid surgery with fat transfer to the cheek area. This approach provides superior results by enhancing facial contours and rejuvenating the under-eye area.

How Does Lower Eyelid Surgery Differ from Upper Eyelid Surgery?

Lower eyelid surgery is much more intricate than upper eyelid surgery. It requires higher expertise to achieve excellent results while minimising complications. Our surgeons are skilled in these complex techniques, ensuring the best outcomes.

Can I Expect Natural-Looking Results from the Surgery?

Absolutely. We aim to provide natural-looking rejuvenation that compliments your overall facial aesthetics, avoiding an over-corrected appearance.

How Long Is the Recovery Period After Lower Blepharoplasty?

Recovery time varies, but most patients can resume normal activities within two weeks. Complete healing and final results may take a few weeks to develop fully.

Will the Surgery Leave Any Visible Scars?

We strive to minimise scarring by making incisions along the natural contours of the eyelids. Any scarring that does occur is typically well-concealed and fades over time.

Is Lower Blepharoplasty Suitable for Both Men and Women?

Yes, this procedure is effective and popular among men and women seeking to address ageing signs around the lower eyes.

How Does Fat Transfer Enhance Lower Eyelid Surgery Results?

Our unique approach of combining lower eyelid surgery with fat transfer to the cheek area creates a more holistic rejuvenation. This technique addresses under-eye issues, and restores lost volume in the cheeks, providing a balanced and youthful appearance. The technique helps to blend the cheek/ eyelid junction and smooth the tear trough area.

Is Lower Blepharoplasty a Solution for Dark Circles?

While lower blepharoplasty is effective for physical issues like bags and puffiness, it may not fully resolve dark circles, which can be due to pigmentation or vascular issues.

What Should I Consider Before Deciding on Lower Blepharoplasty?

Consider your overall health, the specific concerns you wish to address, and your expectations. A consultation with our specialists can clarify how this surgery can meet your aesthetic goals.

How Does Age Impact the Results of Lower Eyelid Surgery?

Results can vary depending on skin elasticity and overall facial structure, which change with age. Our surgeons assess these factors to tailor the surgery to each individual, regardless of age.

Can Lower Blepharoplasty Be Repeated If Needed in the Future?

While the results are long-lasting, changes due to ageing may necessitate further treatment. Repeat procedures, if needed, require careful consideration due to the intricate nature of the area.

Will I Require Special Care After the Surgery?

Post-operative care includes managing swelling and bruising, ensuring proper wound care, and possibly using cold compresses. Detailed aftercare instructions will be provided.

Are There Non-Surgical Alternatives to Lower Blepharoplasty?

While there are non-surgical treatments for mild under-eye issues, they may not offer the same level of correction as surgical options. Our consultation will cover all available options suitable for your needs.

Dr Quaba has now done 3 surgeries for myself breast augmentation, Rhinoplasty and blepharoplasty over the past 10 years.

All my surgeries have been fantastic from start to Finish. Very professional and the most immaculate scarring I have ever seen. Hands down the best surgeon in UK. I recently undergone my blepharoplasty 9 days ago and already the results are amazing and scaring is pretty much none existent. Very happy with outcome. THE BEST IN THE BUSINESS. Thank you.

Nov 2023

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