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BLEPHAROPLASTY

At Private Health Professionals in Devon we offer Blepharoplasty (Eyelid surgery) a cosmetic eye surgery which deals with the contours of the upper and lower eyelid space.

It is one of the most commonly undertaken cosmetic surgical procedures done. Eyelid surgery is used for both functional and aesthetic reasons, it is an excellent way to improve fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles, and under-eye bags or hooded heaviness.

Our team is ready to assist you in exploring the possibilities, Private Health Professionals is located in Barnstaple at the Tarka Leisure Centre in our newly fitted consultation rooms which have been CQC regulated for private general practice and minor surgery procedures.

Why do people get eyelid surgery?

There are many reasons to consider an eye lift procedure including;

  • Improve the “tired look” and removal of “eye bags” giving the skin around the eyes a refreshed and youthful look
  • Ptosis or Saggy upper eyelid skin, can cause visual obstruction and you may find it difficult to see in all visual fields. Surgery can remove the obstruction and improve your vision
  • Remove excess skin, muscle and fat in the lower lid which can also give a congested look and cause visual obstruction.
    The appearance of the eyelids may be asymmetrical, and blepharoplasty may be performed to improve symmetry

The procedure for all of the above can have the benefit of easier application of make-up, which can boost your confidence and general wellbeing.

Why choose Private Health Professionals Ltd at the new Tarka Leisure Centre Barnstaple?

Private Health Professionals is regulated by the Care Quality Commission and we work to the highest standards in treating all of our patients.

Your wellbeing is at the centre of our clinic. Our surgical team is highly trained and well qualified. Our surgeons have many years of experience delivering high quality care to their patients in both the NHS and private practice.

Ms Morag Ashdown specialises in blepharoplasty and worked as a Fellow in Oculoplastics, Lacrimal and Orbital Surgery at the Bristol Eye Hospital, as well as an international fellowship in Melbourne Australia. She is a member of the British Oculoplastic surgery Society and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

We at Private Health Professionals will oversee every aspect of your care from start to finish. This ensures you can enjoy excellent service with complete continuity, so you feel calm, confident and cared for throughout every step of your eyelid surgery.

Who is suitable for eyelid lift surgery?

You will be fully assessed during your initial consultation for your suitability of proceeding with eyelid surgery. Your goals will be assessed as well as any medical risks you may have (such as thyroid disease, diabetes and dry eyes to name a few). If you and the surgeon are happy with this discussion you can book in for the procedure with our team.

What happens at the first appointment?

When you arrive at PHP, within the leisure centre, you will be greeted by our reception staff. They will bring you through to a private and passcode protected waiting area, where you will be offered tea and coffee.

A brief form will be given to get some personal details, which are all kept in complete confidence.

You are then brought through to the surgeon who will take a full medical history to ensure that the consultant is aware of any medical conditions that may affect your ability to undergo surgery. Your surgeon will also need to know about any medications that may increase your risk, including medication which reduces your risk of blood clots, such as warfarin or aspirin.

A detailed examination of the eye, eyelids, facial skin and underlying tissues will be undertaken by the surgeon in our specially designed state of the art examination and surgical procedure room. The surgeon will ensure they understand your expected outcomes of the surgery and that these are realistic and achievable.

You may be asked to bring older photographs with you, which will help to ensure that surgery is planned to suit your facial features and history, so that you still look like you afterwards.

If you wish, you may book the procedure with our team at that time, although a second consultation may be offered, up to 2 weeks later, to check you fully understand the procedure and discuss any concerns you may have. This is often called a “cooling off” period.

What does blepharoplasty surgery involve?

With your surgeon you will confirm consent for the procedure, including risks and benefits. This will give you another chance to discuss any concerns you may have.

The highly specialised surgeon will then mark areas of excess fat and skin to identify the extent of removal required and ensure symmetry. This will make certain that both practical as well as aesthetic outcomes are optimal. A local anaesthetic will be given to comfortably proceed with the surgery. The incision is then closed with fine skin sutures and the line falls within the natural fold of the eyes.

Where needed various treatments and dressings are used to guarantee the best outcome. The whole team will be on hand to ensure that this safe and effective procedure has an optimal outcome for you.

How painful is eyelid surgery?

The surgical procedure is done under local anaesthetic so you are unlikely to feel any pain during the process. You may feel some pressure but if you feel any pain, then let your surgeon know and they can apply more local anaesthetic.

You may have some blurry vision following the procedure as the surgeon will normally apply antibiotic ointment immediately after the surgery.

Following the procedure you may require a few days of non-prescription pain relief, generally paracetamol for any discomfort.

How long does eyelid surgery take?

You can expect the surgery to last between 45 minutes and 1 ½ hours depending on a number of variables. You should always ensure you have someone to bring you home following the procedure. It is best if they also stay with you for a few hours to ensure you are fully recovered following the procedure.

What eyelid surgery results can I expect?

This is fully discussed with your surgeon at the first consultation. The expectations for each person will be different and the surgeon will ensure that your own expected results are achievable.

This discussion will help the surgeon plan a procedure that suits you and enables an optimal outcome. Most patients report a high satisfaction with the procedure, with improved practical aspects (improved visual fields) as well as good aesthetic outcomes.

Blepharoplasty recovery and aftercare

After the procedure the surgeon will apply dressings to aid post-op recovery.
Remember that directly after the procedure, you may have some blurred vision due to the antibiotic ointment as well as possibly dry eyes. There may also be some ongoing numbness for a few hours due to the local anaesthetic.

You will be advised to avoid any strenuous activity and take it easy for 2 weeks. In the first few days, keeping the head in an elevated position and the regular use of ice packs is recommended to minimise any bruising and swelling.

Skin sutures will be removed 1 week later, at your post-op visit.

Please be aware that the level of bruising varies between individuals. Typically, you will have the most bruising in the first week, which will subside over the next 2-4 weeks. Most people feel ready to go out in public and back to work in 7 to10 days. If you have more complicated or double eyelid procedures (top and bottom) your recovery may take longer.

You will receive aftercare information from your surgeon, which will include keeping your eyes clean and using any prescribed eye drops or ointment. You will be advised to avoid smoking and asked not to use contact lenses during the healing process.
It is also recommended to use protective eyewear to shade the eyes from the sun or wind.

Are there any risks with eyelid surgery?

The procedure offers significant aesthetic and practical benefits, in experienced hands it is safe with predictable outcomes. However, there are always risks involved with any surgery and these will be fully discussed with your surgeon during the consultation.

How much does eyelid surgery cost?

Blepharoplasty can vary in cost, depending on many factors. One side or two, as well as whether you have both top and bottom done at the same time.

You will find that the initial consultation fee is £195, and the full cost will be discussed after the detailed consultation with your surgeon. The total costs for a single eye lift is from £1995.

There are, very rare, times when further scans/test might be required that are outside this package price. This will be discussed with you at the time of the initial consultation.

Private health insurance may cover a proportion of the costs if this is deemed to be corrective for visual field impairment. You will need to discuss this with your insurance company, prior to having the procedure.

What are the next steps?

Firstly, you will need to book an appointment to meet one of our consultants. Please telephone Private Health Professionals reception team on 01271316015 or email info@phpdevon.co.uk to book your appointment to meet one of our consultants
you can also look on our website to find out more on our Blepharoplasty and dry eye clinic as well as other cosmetic procedures which are on offer.

You will then have a “cooling off period” to think things over. If you are still keen to proceed after that, we will book a date for your treatment.

Following treatment, you are able to return home on the same day. But you will need someone to drive you home.

Around 7-10 days after your treatment, you will return for a follow-up appointment with your surgeon to check how your eyes are recovering and to have your sutures removed.

Two to three months after your treatment, you will return for a final check-up.