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Bournemouth Hospital

67 Lansdowne Road, Bournemouth, BH1 1RW

01202 291866
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Why choose Nuffield Health Bournemouth Hospital for your eyelid reshaping surgery?

At Nuffield Health Bournemouth Hospital our experienced facial cosmetic surgeons are experts in eyelid reshaping surgery. With a treatment plan completely tailored to you, our consultants will be there to provide the individual care you need and deserve. All of our cosmetic surgeons at Nuffield Health Bournemouth Hospital have an exceptional track record for achieving consistently excellent patient outcomes.

Did you know Nuffield Health Bournemouth Hospital was the first Nuffield facility to open in the UK? It's legacy, customer service and exemplary patient satisfaction ratings have set the bar high for the other Nuffield Health Hospitals across the country to follow.

We know that making such a personal and potentially life-enhancing decision isn’t easy and undertaking cosmetic surgery is a big step. Therefore we insist all patients engage fully with one of our consultants, ensuring they are well informed before making a decision.

Alternatively, if you are unsure about the cosmetic benefits of eyelid reshaping surgery, you are welcome to come to one of our free cosmetic open events to find out if blepharoplasty is right for you.

What happens during eyelid reshaping surgery at Nuffield Health Bournemouth Hospital?

  • A blepharoplasty can be done under a local anaesthetic injected into the eyelids or under general anaesthetic
  • The operation take up to 1.5 hour
  • Your surgeon in Bournemouth will make a cut in the natural skin crease of your upper eyelid or below your eyelashes in your lower lid
  • They will remove any excess skin and fat and close the wound using very fine stitches.

Going home after your blepharoplasty surgery in Bournemouth

  • If you have local anaesthetic you should be able to go home a few hours after the operation
  • If you have general anaesthetic you will need to wait until all the affects have worn off
  • You may need pain relief when the anaesthetic wears off
  • You may experience swelling and bruising following this procedure
  • To control this your surgeon may recommend using cold compresses
  • Other symptoms you might experience are dry or itchy eyes, temporary sensitivity to light or wind, watery eyes and blurred vision
  • After 3-5 days you will need to come back to have any stitches removed.

Your surgeon may recommend:

  • Keeping your head upright for a few days (including sleeping upright)
  • Do not use eye makeup until you are released to do so
  • Use any medications you are given
  • Avoid bending down
  • Clean your eyes with plain water only.

Key post-surgery points:

  • Some patients experience blurred vision. This should improve after a few days
  • Do not drive until your vision is totally clear
  • The bruising and swelling can get worse during the first and second day after eye surgery
  • The black eyes may make you look pretty bad at first. However, the bruising and swelling begin to disappear rapidly after this time, with bruising turning yellowish after 10 to 14 days
  • Make up can be applied from about 5 days after surgery and most people feel confident enough to return to normal activities after 10 to 20 days
  • Impact exercise is best avoided in the first month
  • Contact lenses should not be worn for 2 weeks after surgery
  • Avoid applying eye make up on the day you have your stitches removed.

The below is only a guide as to the stages of recovery post blepharoplasty. Please note all patients heal differently.

1-3 days

  • Bruising and swelling get worse a day or two after surgery - you will have black eyes

3-7 days

  • Fine stitches are removed
  • Bruising and swelling on the decline
  • You can wear your make up from about day 5.

7-14 days

  • Bruising turning yellowish now
  • No contact lenses for two weeks
  • Back to work from 10 days onwards.

6 Months

  • You can begin to judge the final result.

Specific complications of eye lift surgery

Although very unlikely, possible complications after blepharoplasty include:

  • Too much skin is removed
  • Bleeding into your eye socket
  • Corneal abrasion
  • Double vision
  • Cosmetic problems.

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