Blepharoplasty or cosmetic eyelid surgery

In addition to carrying out facial reconstructive surgery to rebuild the tissues of the eyes after accidents or cancer surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgeons at The London Clinic offer aesthetic surgery to solve specific eye problems such as eye bags, droopy eyelids and loose skin around the eyes.


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What is it for?

Solve specific eye problems such as eye bags, droopy eyelids and loose skin around the eyes

Treatment overview

Blepharoplasty can be done either alone, or combined with brow-lifting techniques to lift the top part of the face.

Although done for cosmetic reasons, a blepharoplasty can sometimes be done to improve vision.

If you have excess skin that hangs down over your eyes, this can make seeing difficult, probably more than you realise.

Patients who have the procedure report afterwards that they are no longer troubled by headaches or symptoms of heaviness and discomfort.

Before surgery you will have a full ophthalmic examination to make sure you do not have dry eye conditions, blepharitis or any other eye problem that could be exacerbated by surgery.

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Why choose The London Clinic

Excellence in one place

We operate as teams of experts with world-class resources dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of medical care. You are surrounded by the latest treatments and advice with everything you need to get back to your best health.

Personal care, every time

Exceptional patient care is a way of life for us. Our nurses, clinicians and support teams are dedicated to the care of a very small number of patients, so have more time for you. They’ll be with you every step of the way, tailoring your care around you and giving the peace-of-mind that comes with knowing you’re in the best hands.

Effortlessly simple

We work together as one to guide you through each step of your experience, with complexities unravelled and answers readily to hand. Your personal treatment plan will be laid out for you, with all the details taken care of so you can focus on you.

What's included in your package?

Choosing The London Clinic means your treatment plan will be laid out for you, with all the details taken care of so you can focus on you.


Your treatment package will include:

  • Enhanced pre-admission assessment
  • Your treatment with our complete care team at your fingertips
  • Personalised aftercare and follow-up

We want you to be in control of your health. That’s why we also offer optional services such as comprehensive recovery packages and extra touches for you to choose from during your stay with us.

How to pay

  • You can use private medical insurance (PMI) to access this treatment. We work with all major PMI providers in the UK and many internationally
  • You can pay for yourself (self-pay)
  • If you’re paying for yourself, we have finance options available with Chrysalis


Whether your operation will be done under a local or general anaesthetic depends on each individual procedure.

Eye drops will be used to anaesthetise your eyes and protective contact lenses will be placed over your eyes during surgery.

Blepharoplasty involves the removal of excess skin, muscle and fat from the upper and sometimes the lower lids.

This may be combined with ptosis surgery to treat droopy eyelids if the eyelid height is low. Brow lifting techniques, either endoscopic or direct, can be performed simultaneously if necessary.

Upper eyelid surgery

The incisions are generally made along the natural crease of the skin using either a scalpel or surgical laser.

Excess skin and fatty tissue is then removed together with a thin strip of muscle to give the eyelid more contour. The scar is hidden in the crease of the eyelid.

Lower eyelid surgery

Incisions are generally made just below the lower eyelashes. The skin and muscle is lifted allowing the surgeon to remove excess fat. The skin and muscle are then trimmed.

You will feel bruised after surgery and your vision may be blurred for a couple of days.

You will be able to read and watch television again about three to four days later. Your overall recovery time will depend on the extent of the surgical work you have undergone.

As a guide you can expect to be back at work in two weeks and back to normal activities including exercise within a month.

In some cases, patients may benefit from follow-up non-surgical treatments such as anti-wrinkle injections to further improve their facial aesthetics.


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