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Blepharoplasty Eyelid Surgery

    • For treatment of sagging eyebrows and upper and lower eyelids
    • Advice and surgery provided by leading ophthalmology consultants
    • Cutting edge solutions. Modern hospital. State of the art facilities
    • Dedicated and professional post surgery care team
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As you age, the skin around your eyes naturally loses its elasticity and the muscles become looser. Your skin can develop into loose folds on your upper eyelids and deep creases under your lower lids making you appear tired and more aged depending on the severity.

Upper and lower eyebag correction (blepharoplasty) is one of the most frequently performed cosmetic procedures for men and women. Whatever the circumstances, the fatty tissue pouches below the eye or sagging skin on the upper eyes can make the face appear weary and tired. These conditions cannot be rectified by any amount of sleep or expensive beauty treatments.

The Best Candidates for Eyelid Surgery

Blepharoplasty can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence, but it won’t necessarily change your looks to match your ideal, or cause other people to treat you differently. Before you decide to have surgery think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with the Surgeon.

The best candidates for eyelid surgery are men and women who are physically healthy, psychologically stable and realistic in their expectations. Most are aged 35 or older, but if droopy, baggy eyelids run in your family you may decide to have eyelid surgery at a much younger age.

Types of Anaesthesia

Eyelid surgery can be performed either under local or general anaesthetic. With local anaesthetic you will be awake during the surgery, but relaxed and insensitive to pain. (However you may feel some tugging or occasional discomfort).

The Surgery

Blepharoplasty usually takes 1-2 hours, depending on the extent of the surgery. If you are having all four eyelids done the Surgeon will probably work on the upper lids first, then the lower ones.

In a typical procedure the Surgeon makes incisions following the natural lines of your eyelids, in the creases of your upper lids and just below the lashes in the outer corners of your eyes.

Working through these incisions the Surgeon separates the skin from the underlying fatty tissue and muscle, removes excess fat and often trims sagging skin or muscle. The incisions are then closed with very fine stitches.

After Your Surgery

After surgery the Surgeon will probably lubricate your eyes with ointment and may apply a dressing. Your eyelids may feel tight and sore as the anaesthesia wears off, but you can control any discomfort with pain medication prescribed by your Surgeon.

Your Surgeon will instruct you to keep your head elevated for several days and to use cold compresses to reduce swelling and bruising.

Bruising varies from person to person; it reaches its peak during the first week and generally lasts anywhere from two weeks to a month.

You will be shown how to clean your eyes. Many Surgeons recommend eye drops as your eyelids may feel dry at first and your eyes may burn or itch.

The stitches, if not soluble, will be removed approximately one week after surgery. Once they are taken out the swelling and discoloration around your eyes will gradually subside and you will start to look and feel much better.

Getting Back to Normal

You should be able to read or watch television after 24 hours, although cream may have been put in your eyes during the procedure and your vision may be blurred. However, you will not be able to wear contact lenses for about two weeks, and even then they may feel uncomfortable for a while.

Most patients are ready to return to work within 3 days of surgery, however if you deal with the public or do not want your co-workers to know about your surgery plan to miss 1-2 weeks off work.

Most patients can hide bruising and swelling with make-up after 7 days. After 24 hours there are no restrictions on walking or driving as long as you use common sense and as long as your vision is not blurred.

If you would like to book an appointment or require further information to set up your consultation or for further information about Eyelid Surgery, please do not hesitate to contact our private patient booking team via our online enquiry form.

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Kingsbridge North West

Church Hill House Main Street Ballykelly BT49 9HS

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Patient Testimonials

"I had surgery here at the weekend and I can't recommend this place highly enough. They took great care of me and kept me at ease throughout my stay. The staff were brilliant, really friendly and chatted away and the food was top class. This hospital was better than any hotel I wonder could I book a weekend away in it when I fully recover?" Mr McGinnity, Kingsbridge Patient
"EXCELLENT - Had surgery today under the very caring Dr Stewart and her team. I cannot thank her enough for all she’s done for me over the past few months. Everything was explained to me in detail and all my care was considerate, professional and compassionate. Everyone I’ve met today has been beyond kind from Will the Anaesthetist, the Nurses and theatre staff, the catering staff - there has been no exception. Thank you all for taking care of me so well today - look forward to getting home tomorrow x" Mrs McAleavey, Kingsbridge Patient
"Hospital spotless and clean.   Staff were so caring couldn’t do enough for me and made sure I was comfortable. Give the place 10 out of 10. Had surgery yesterday and treatment was first class" Ms Demirtas, Kingsbridge Patient
"Their service was excellent and convenient location!" Ms Kneale, Kingsbridge Patient
"Just received surgery at this hospital and I couldn't have been made to feel any more comfortable from the minute I stepped in until the minute I left. All the staff are wonderful and so friendly I will highly recommend this hospital to everyone" Ms McGivern, Kingsbridge Patient
"Had eye surgery here twice for cataracts and lens replacement. Super smooth service from start to finish. Very happy" Ms Jones, Kingsbridge Patient
"As hospitals go this one is pretty amazing! Had surgery with Mr Molloy at the end of October and have another one the end of this month. Mr Molloy is a gentleman who puts you at ease right away and ensured my last procedure went smoothly! From start to finish all the hospital staff go above and beyond to make your stay as comfortable and stress free as possible. The facilities are brilliant with the rooms spacious and modern to recover in. Keep up the good work!" Ms Roulston, Kingsbridge Patient
"My mother had a total hip replacement surgery. We stayed for three days and were discharged today. Honestly, words can't describe the quality of the job and care they do. The doctors Roger Wilson, Sherman, David, the nurses Susan, Sinead, Siobhan, Andrea, the catering staff who provided customised halal food, and the remaining team whose names I cannot remember were the kindest, nicest, politest, the most caring, professional and pleasant people we have ever come across in healthcare environment. These are true gems and real stars. We are indebted to their treatment.
They are 7 star people. We love you!" Mr Yourish, Kingsbridge Patient
"Great friendly staff the nurses go way and beyond.  The hospital is spotless, and the service is second to none." Ms Croke, Kingsbridge Patient
"Currently just back from recovery on the ward. I have just had ACL reconstructive surgery on my left knee. What can I say? This place is brilliant. I arrived at 8.35am, taken to the ward at 8.45am (my admission time was 9am). Tended to by a lovely Nurse. Dr Roger Wilson spoke to me around 9.45am, in Theatre for 10am, recovery for 11.10am and now currently back on ward. These guys are awesome. From the consultant to anaesthetist to nurses to cater assistants. Absolutely brilliant. Thank you so much. I am so grateful to everyone at Kingsbridge for the service." Mr McNicholl, Kingsbridge Patient
"I just had a total hip replacement done by Mr Molloy.  He made me feel totally at ease (a real gentleman). I had 1st class treatment and as for the staff they couldn’t do enough for me. My experience was excellent from the time I arrived until the day I left for home. Thanks a million to all involved." Miss Bennett, Kingsbridge Patient
"Excellent experience with Kingsbridge Hospital, my dad had a day procedure here recently and not only did he receive fantastic care, but so did myself and my mum. The staff were so understanding and without saying anything could see I was looking after my mum also who has dementia, they went above and beyond to make the time spent waiting on my Dad as pleasant and stress free as possible, I will never forget the extra mile they went to, to support us. Many thanks x" Ms Forde, Kingsbridge Patient
"I have just been discharged from Kingsbridge today after surgery and was in for 3 days. From start to finish my experience was excellent. From catering staff up to senior nurses and doctors they were all fantastic and made my stay a positive experience. As a nurse myself I probably have high expectations of care and I certainly experienced the best of care in Kingsbridge who have staff they should be proud off.  Great teamwork." Ms Armstrong, Kingsbridge Patient
"I recently had my gall bladder removed. All of the staff I had to deal with were excellent and professional. It was the best treatment I have ever received." Ms Burrows, Kingsbridge Patient
"I got my tonsils out yesterday, all the staff were so pleasant and nothing was too much for them. I really did receive one to one care. They just had so much time for me. The food was lovely and the staff from the kitchen where first class. Glad I received my surgery here." Miss Wright, Kingsbridge Patient
"The service and staff are first class.  Had my cataract operation done on the 20th of January and I would like to thank all the staff of this fantastic hospital for giving me my life back.  You are all a credit to your profession.  Excellent service and I would highly recommend you.  Once again thank you so much and I am truly grateful to you all." Mr Doolan, Kingsbridge Patient
"Amazing 5-star hospital.  Have had other surgery here before on my back.
Yesterday's was a neck disc replacement operation.  I would highly recommend this hospital like a hotel manner. Thanks again guys." Mr Phillips, Kingsbridge Patient
"I recently got an MRI scan at Kingsbridge and was very impressed with how simple the process was and how little time I had to wait. The staff were friendly, and it was an all-round pleasant experience." Mr Sharkey, Kingsbridge Patient
"Can’t praise Kingsbridge Private Hospital enough!! I had an operation a couple of weeks ago and I was so well looked after. My surgeon Mr Rashid was fantastic, and the nursing staff was also fabulous. I found they communicated very well to each other, so everyone knew when my meds were due, my allergies etc. They were so kind, so lovely, constantly checked to see how I was i.e. my temperature etc. The food was fabulous and the catering staff very helpful having had an operation were very happy to accommodate ... Thank you to all!" Ms Cheong, Kingsbridge Patient
"Staff very friendly and very efficient. Surgeon and surgery top class. Big thanks to the Nurses for all their care and patience" Mr Howard, Kingsbridge Patient
"I was in your facility yesterday for a day procedure (operation on my left arm). I wanted to write and express how impressed I was with the facilities and more importantly the staff on the Ward.

Everyone was excellent, and I mean excellent, i don't normally write congratulatory e-mails so this is high praise in my view. The Senior nurse was excellent, as was the Theatre nurse and the anaesthetist. Even the assistants that helped with catering and other duties. All came together to form a great impression of the establishment." Jason Carpal Tunnel Surgery, Kingsbridge Patient

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