Before the surgery can go ahead, you will have a consultation to discuss the procedure in detail. The cost of the consultation is £90. In the meeting you will have the opportunity to ask questions and express your ideal outcome of the surgery.
You will also be asked about your current eye and general health and any previous issues you may have had.
Once the surgeon has obtained all the relevant information he can then recommend a suitable treatment plan. When you are happy to proceed, you can be booked in for treatment at a convenient time at one of our clinics in London, Cardiff or Newton Abbot.
Once you have checked in you will be taken to the operating room. Then you will be given a local anaesthetic.
The surgeon will make a small incision along the natural line of your eyelid or just below your eye lashes on your lower lid. The excess skin and fat is then removed, along with any sagging muscle.
The operation usually takes between 1-2 hours. During the procedure you may feel a little pressure on your eyes. However, you should feel calm and comfortable throughout the surgery.
At the end of the procedure the incision is carefully sutured to close the wound.
Most patients take about a week off work to help them recover. Also you will be unable to drive for a number of days after the operation.
Immediately after the surgery your eyes will probably look bruised and feel tender. Some inflammation should be expected, which may take several days to clear.
The post-operative scars may seem very visible immediately after surgery, but will fade in time. Also as the scars are on the natural fold of your eyelids they will be very subtle and not unsightly.
It is also important to note that having this type of surgery will not remove wrinkles or dark circles from around the eye.
Once you are at home recovering it is important to follow all the guidelines and advice given to you by the consultant. It may help to prop your head up with pillows as this can help reduce the swelling. A cold compress (e.g. pack of frozen peas or ice cubes wrapped in a towel) applied to your eyes can also be beneficial.
You will be prescribed with ointments or eye drops so it is essential to take them as directed. If you are also in any pain you can take paracetamol or another prescribed painkiller.
You should avoid any heavy lifting or strenuous activities for the first 10 days. Also you should try and avoid watching television, reading or using a computer, as this may dry your eyes out.
When you go outside you should also wear dark sunglasses for the first two weeks. This will help protect your eyes from the sun or wind which could irritate your eyes.
You may have tiny fine scars but these will be in the natural folds of your eyes and so very difficult to notice. Also after surgery it is common to initially have puffy or numb eyelids which can feel very sensitive. However, these symptoms only usually last a few weeks.