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Eyelid Surgery

Blepharoplasty

Upper Blepharoplasty is one of the commonest procedures that Mr Banwell performs and it is associated with high patient satisfaction, rapid recovery and excellent results.

The aim of blepharoplasty, or reconstructive eyelid surgery, is to provide a more youthful, fresh (but natural) appearance to the upper and lower eyelids of male and female patients, assist in improving the drooping, sagging tired eye look and to remove redundant upper eyelid skin and fat that may be obscuring vision. In lower eyelid surgery we are able and to tighten any laxity of the lower lid, remove eyebags and remove any excess skin. Transconjunctival Blepharoplasty is another type of lower eye lid surgery that has been described.

Blepharoplasty surgery is usually performed as an inpatient uder a general anaesthetic for those who are not so squeamish, then the operation can be performed under a local anaesthetic. For upper eyelid (blepharoplasty) surgery an ellipse of skin and/or muscle and/or underlying fat is excised on average by external incisional means and the skin is stitched back together. For lower eyelids the skin is lifted from the lower lid by the surgeon and the fat removed.

The skin, following lifting, is then re-draped and the appropriate amount of excess skin removed. Any laxity within the lower lid can also be corrected by a tightening procedure (canthopexy).

The post-operative recovery is fairly straight-forward although swelling can persist for some weeks (more so with lower blepharoplasty). It is recommended to sleep on your back on pillows and avoid bending and lifting. We also recommend using witch-hazel eye pads to help reduce swelling and brusing; as the eyes may be sensitive after such operations, wearing sunglasses indoors and out can help reduce sensitivity.

If you are interested in upper eyelid surgery then please do phone the office on 01342 330302 for further information and to book an appointment.

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Eyelid Surgery
At a Glance

1 - 2 hours

SURGERY TIME

Eyelid Surgery
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Daycase/inpatient 1 night

HOSPITAL STAY

Eyelid Surgery
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Possible

ANAESTHETIC ASSESSMENT

Eyelid Surgery
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No

PRE ADMISSION TESTS

Eyelid Surgery
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Sleeping on back recommended for 4 weeks. Sleep high on pillows for 2 weeks.

SLEEPING POSITION

Eyelid Surgery
At a Glance

Immediately

REASONABLY MOBILE

Eyelid Surgery
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Shower after 1 day. Bath after 2 weeks.

WASHING

Eyelid Surgery
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1 weeks

DRIVING

Eyelid Surgery
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8 weeks

EXERCISE INCLUDING GYM

Eyelid Surgery
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Restricted activity after 4 weeks

SEXUAL ACTIVITY

Eyelid Surgery
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2 weeks

FULL RECOVERY

Eyelid Surgery
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None

TIME OFF WORK

Mr Banwell recommends lower eyelid surgeries are best performed under a general anaesthetic undertaken by a specialist anaesthetist. Patients may choose between a local or general anaesthetic for upper eyelid surgery.

Post-operatively it is expected that you will have significant bruising and swelling, but it wont be permanent. We encourage the use of cold packs to minimise this. It may take a couple of weeks to resolve. Our practice nurse will contact you daily after the operation for review, to ensure that you have no problems during your convalescence. Stitches will be removed after five days.

There are both general and specific risks and Mr Banwell will talk to you in detail regarding these possible complications and pass on tips. General risks include bruising and swelling, bleeding, wound infection, problems with general anaesthetics, abnormal scarring and keloid scarring. Specific risks include ectropion (eyelid pulled out), thickening of the scar beyond the outer corner of the eye, lagophthalmos (inability to fully close the upper eyelid), ptosis, scleral show, ‘wide-eye’ appearance, scarring of the cornea, blindness (extremely rare) diplopia (double vision-very rare), dry eye problems and eyelash hair loss, conjunctivits, grittiness and epiphora (watering).

  • Surgical fees
  • Hospital fees
  • Specialist anaesthetist fee (only if having a general anaesthetic)

Mr Paul Banwell performed a wider excision for me in April 2008 following a diagnosis of melanoma. The care and support provided by him has been second to none and I would have no hesitation in recommending him. Paul’s approach to surgery and post-surgery is one of honesty and excellence in his field of expertise. I feel safe in his care.


Sarah B.

I asked around and was told that Mr Banwell was the best in his field. I don’t know what my expectations were but the result was great, all my friends think my eyes look brighter and more open. I had no bruising which I was told I might have. Mr Banwell and his team excelled in making my life very easy for me, with arrangements and liaising with the hospital which didn’t always have my details correct, they were very helpful and answered all my questions, nothing was too much trouble. Mr Banwell put me at ease and I was not worried about the operation at all.


Wendy B.

The team at the McIndoe Surgical Centre who looked after me were very friendly and helpful. They calmed me down and put to rest any last minute concerns. I love the outcome of the surgery and would definitely recommend Mr Banwell to other people.


Francesca L.

Now that I have been ‘signed off’ I just want to thank you so much for all your care, expertise and advice. I am so happy with the result of my surgery; it has bought back a confidence which I had lost, and enabled me to wear clothes which previously wouldn’t have suited me. I will know where to come if I decide I need anything else improved!


Catriona S.

The consultation was conducted quickly, professionally but Mr Banwell also made me feel as if any question I may have wouldn’t not be too small or insignificant for him to take the time to answer. He left me feeling fully informed with both the pros and cons of any form of elective surgery but also that my worries were normal and that he would be able to assist me with my desired outcomes. His team were caring and professional making me feel that they were actually interested and were able to accommodate my dates when making the initial consultation booking. Prompt returning of calls, flexibility in booking of appointments friendliness, informative, caring and professional from the initial telephone call, the surgery, follow up appointments right through to my final appointment made me feel that my care, personal views and worries were important to them at all times. You can trust him to always be honest with you about the possible problems and outcomes. Overall experience with Mr Banwell and his team? Amazing! I just wish I’d not waited so many years to have this procedure done; I have my life back and it’s amazing to be able to walk into any shop and buy clothes that fit in my actual size and not 5 dress sizes larger just to fit my bust in. With the Upper Blepharoplasty everyone in my family says that I now look so much brighter and not tired, others I meet just tell me I look really great and ask if I’ve just had a holiday. Mr Banwell Thank You for all that you did for me.


Anne G.

The results of the surgery were excellent. Four months after the surgery there is hardly any evidence of scarring. Mr Banwell was also very good at explaining the nature of the problem and the treatment.


Stephen L.

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