Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty

Waterfront Hospital Edinburgh, Scotland

Upper Blepharoplasty, or upper eyelid surgery, is a transformative cosmetic procedure designed to rejuvenate the area around the eyes. Performed for both aesthetic enhancement and functional improvement, it effectively addresses issues like sagging or drooping eyelids, which can impair vision and contribute to an appearance of tiredness or ageing. The popularity of this procedure lies in its ability to offer a refreshed, more youthful look.

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Upper eyelid surgery Edinburgh

    1 hour
    Walk in walkout
    1 week off work, 4 weeks before strenuous exercise
waiting area warterfront private hospital edinburgh

What the procedure involves

Upper eyelid surgery is one of our most commonly performed procedures with a very high satisfaction rate.

  1. Pre-Surgical Consultation: Tailoring the procedure to individual needs and discussing expectations.
  2. Anaesthesia: Typically performed under local anaesthesia as a walk-in walk-out procedure.
  3. Surgical Process: Involves precise incisions along the natural lines of the upper eyelids to remove excess skin (and fat and muscle when required).
  4. Advanced Techniques: Utilising the latest surgical techniques and technology for precision and minimal scarring.
  5. Closure: The incisions are closed with fine sutures, aiming for a seamless healing process.

The procedure can be combined with lower eyelid surgery as well as other procedures such as brow lifting and facelifts.

Benefits and expected outcomes

  • Cosmetic: Offers a more alert and rejuvenated eye appearance.
  • Functional: In cases where droopy eyelids obstruct vision, the surgery can significantly improve the field of vision.
  • Natural-looking Results: Aimed at achieving subtle yet effective rejuvenation.
  • Quick Visible Changes: Post-procedure results are apparent as swelling and bruising subside.

Ideal Candidates

  • Experiencing Droopy Eyelids: Often due to ageing, genetics, or lifestyle factors.
  • In Good Overall Health: To ensure optimal healing and results.
  • Realistic Expectations: Understanding the achievable outcomes of the 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
  • 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 guidance on care for the eye area to promote healing.
  • Recovery Time: Most patients resume normal activities within a few days to a week, with full recovery taking a few weeks.
  • Follow-Up Appointments: Ensuring proper healing and addressing any concerns.
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Frequently asked questions about upper eyelid surgery

What Is Upper Eyelid Surgery?

Upper eyelid surgery, or upper blepharoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the upper eyelids, resulting in a more alert and rejuvenated appearance.

How Much Does Upper Eyelid Surgery Cost at Waterfront Private Hospital?

The guide price for upper eyelid surgery under local anaesthesia at Waterfront Private Hospital starts from £3250.

How Long Does the Procedure Take?

Typically, the surgery takes about 1 hour to complete.

Will I Be Awake During the Procedure?

If performed under local anaesthesia, you will be awake without discomfort in the treatment area.

Can Upper Eyelid Surgery Improve My Vision?

If sagging eyelids obstruct your vision, this surgery can improve your field of view by removing the excess skin.

Is Upper Eyelid Surgery Permanent?

The results are long-lasting, but it does not halt the natural ageing process. Lifestyle and genetic factors can influence the longevity of the results.

What Are the Risks Associated with Upper Eyelid Surgery?

Risks include minor bleeding, bruising, dry eyes and potential asymmetry.

How Long is the Recovery Period?

Most patients return to normal activities within a week, with complete healing taking a few weeks.

Will I Have Visible Scars After the Surgery?

Scars from the incisions are usually well-concealed within the natural folds of the eyelids and fade significantly over time.

Can Upper Eyelid Surgery Be Combined with Other Procedures?

Yes, it’s often combined with lower eyelid surgery or other facial cosmetic procedures for a more comprehensive rejuvenation.

How Does Upper Eyelid Surgery Differ from a Brow Lift?

While both procedures aim to rejuvenate the eye area, upper eyelid surgery specifically targets excess skin in the eyelids, whereas a brow lift addresses the sagging of the eyebrows.

Caring, skilled and professional service

Caring, skilled and professional service. Mr Quaba helped me feel relaxed and in very safe hands. His team were kind and helpful when I had problems after surgery with dry eyes and a bad reaction to eye creme. I’m looking forward to seeing the results when I fully recover from surgery. Thanks to Mr Quaba and everyone on the team

Mrs Baybutt
Nov 2023

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