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

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Nicky S.

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Claire T.

I have been treated by Mr Banwell for excision of a nasal Squamous Cell Carcinoma and approximately 20 forehead solar keratoses by Photodynamic Therapy (PDT). During this period I have received outstanding care and attention. He and his team are very friendly and efficient. His surgical skills are exceptional.

I am totally content with the outcome of the surgery and treatment of my conditions and would wholly recommend him and his team to others. In fact, I already have!


John H.

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.

I was delighted with my care, it was faultless in all aspects. Everyone was highly professional and they all conducted themselves in an exemplary manner throughout. Not only was my treatment successful but the cosmetic result was incredible in that it is hardly visible. Mr Banwell and his team offer a truly exceptional service which I am confident could not be matched elsewhere.


Thomas W.

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