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

After deciding to go down the surgery route I contact Mr Banwell’s team and was dealt with quickly and efficiently but most of all everyone was so friendly and helpful which put me at ease. The care from start to finish and still on-going was 110% and everyone who I dealt with was fantastic. Mr Banwell was always professional and friendly and put me at ease from the very beginning. I am so pleased with my results and putting myself in Mr Banwell’s care was the best thing I could have done. It has completely changed my life and I can’t thank you all enough. I have already recommended you to my aunty! Thanks again.


Ruth G.

I decided to have treatment with Mr Banwell as I had been seeing him on several occasions regarding stomach irregularities due to a disastrous lipo operation abroad a few years ago. We discussed various options together and I always felt comfortable talking with Mr Banwell and trust him completely to give me the correct advice when considering surgery. I felt my expectations were realistic as Mr Banwell had advised me of the possible downside of the procedure. However, all my expectations were exceeded tenfold! My stomach is looking so much better aesthetically and my breasts look amazing! Mr Banwell and his team excelled at making me feel comfortable and relaxed. I felt I was able to discuss matters with friendly people who cared. I feel Mr Banwell takes time to cover all aspects of the procedure in a friendly, caring and informative manner. I feel happy to say one couldn’t be in safer hands. My overall experience with Mr Banwell and his team has been very positive in all aspects culminating in amazing results. I couldn’t be happier.


Karen D.

I consider myself blessed when I came across you Mr Banwell. You performed my operation almost a year ago which I am pleased to say was a GREAT success. I am more than pleased with the results, my whole shape is so much more defined and I love it. From the first time I met you at my initial consultation, you put me at ease immediately and never pressured me at any point to undertake the operation, you also never tired of my questions and you offered me only professional sound guidance and advice. You as a surgeon I have found to be completely transparent, knowledgeable, educated beyond most surgeons (that I came across) and totally professional, your skills and attention to detail are second to none.


Susan C.

It is hard for me to find the right words to thank you enough for everything you have done for me. I am sure that my speedy recovery is the result of the amazing job you have done. You are such a remarkable man and a great surgeon. Thank you for everything.


Jesma D.

…the care I received was expert, professional and totally honest.

Dear Mr Banwell I am writing to thank you, Kim and the rest of the lovely staff at the McIndoe. I was very nervous when I first met you, about having surgery but realised that it was a necessary evil. I need not have been worried, as from our initial consultation to surgery to full recovery, you have all been amazing.  You have changed my life – for the first time ever I have had some photos taken of me and my children. I stand taller and feel so much happier with life. I have even started my own business. I never realised that it would have had such a profound effect – and it didn’t hurt!! Thank you again.  I wish you and your team lots of health, luck and happiness.


Pamela C.

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