We’re continuing our ‘Guide To’ series, giving you the knowledge and information you need to make an empowered decision that’s right for you.

This week we’re delving into the world of facial surgery with a focus on Blepharoplasty, the popular eyelid treatment.

What is blepharoplasty?
Often more commonly known as ‘eye lid surgery’ or ‘eye bag removal’, blepharoplasty involves the removal of excess skin and tissue around the eyelid area. The procedure helps to eliminate puffiness, reduce drooping, tighten creases and ultimately lift the skin. It can be used for both cosmetic and corrective purposes.

How many people have blepharoplasty?
According to ISAPS, 1.3 million people underwent blepharoplasty globally in 2017. Of these, 78% surgeries were undertaken by women. 

Why do people have it?
The reasons both women and men undergo blepharoplasty are wide ranging.

For some, it is a corrective treatment to help with overhanging eyelids which can impact peripheral vision.

For others, it is for cosmetic purposes to revitalise and revive the eye area. As we age, our skin begins to lose elasticity. When it comes to the eyes, this means sagging can collect underneath to form what are commonly termed ‘eye bags’. This age associated puffiness can make one look permanently tired, irrespective of the sleep and rest they are getting!

Am I a good candidate?
Whilst blepharoplasty can help to revive the eyes with a more youthful feel, it shouldn’t be considered as a fountain of youth. Results are subtle and help to improve your appearance, rather than completely change your face. Having realistic expectations of what you want to achieve is incredibly important.

If you believe you have bagginess under the lower lids, excess skin on the upper eyelids or loose upper eyelid skin that impairs your vision, then you may want to consider eyelid surgery.

As with all cosmetic surgery, you will need to be in good health. You should avoid smoking in the run up to your treatment. Eye conditions such as dry eyes, issues with tear ducts, detached retina or glaucoma could make you unsuitable for surgery. So it is advisable to discuss options with an ophthalmologist first should you, suffer from one of these concerns.

How much does it cost?
Blepharoplasty can cost anywhere from £2,000 – £6,000 depending on your surgeon and location.

So to discover more about this revitalising eye treatment, be sure to speak to Naomi – our clever chat bot. Head over to https://services.nowme.co.uk/chat where you will find Naomi ready to answer all your questions. And if you think you are ready for the treatment, head over to https://services.nowme.co.uk/search and find top plastic surgeons in the UK. Remember NowMe only works with highly qualified, trained and experienced surgeons who are registered with the General Medical Council.