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Newcastle upon Tyne Hospital

Clayton Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE2 1JP

0191 281 6131
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Why choose Nuffield Health Newcastle Hospital for your blepharoplasty procedure?

If you are considering blepharoplasty, (more commonly known as 'eyelid reshaping'), then our experienced cosmetic consultants can provide you with the expertise and care you require. Our expert surgeons possess a wealth of experience in practicing a wide range of facial treatments, including eyelid reshaping. Whilst our matron-led nursing team ensure you receive unrivalled patient care throughout your stay in our spotlessly clean hospital setting.

Our hospital has been leading the way for cosmetic surgery in the North East for decades. Since opening in 1973, our cosmetic surgeons have continued to build an outstanding reputation in Northumberland and now practice out of The Jesmond Centre - a dedicated centre of excellence for both cosmetic and weight loss surgery, which opened in 2010.

Deciding whether to undertake cosmetic surgery or not is a big decision to make, that's why we insist that all patients meet with one of our consultants first, to discuss the eyelid reshaping procedure and any possible risks involved. By meeting with one of our experts in Newcastle and assessing your options, we are confident that you will make an informed decision on whether or not to proceed with surgery.

How to book a private consultation with one of our cosmetic experts in Newcastle upon Tyne

If your sagging eyelids are concerning you and you want to discuss your treatment options with an expert in Newcastle, you will need to book an initial consultation. To book simply call our dedicated hospital enquiry team on 0191 281 6131.

If you are unsure on whether you are a suitable candidate for blepharoplasty and want advice from an expert before committing to a consultation, you are more than welcome to attend one of our free cosmetic open events. To book, please either give us a call or book online.

What happens during your eyelid reshaping procedure?

  • 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 Newcastle 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

  • 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 a guide as to the stages of recovery following blepharoplasty. Please note all patients heal at different rates.

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.

Every surgical procedure has a risk of complications. Be sure and discuss any concerns you might have about these risks with your surgeon.

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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