Blepharoplasty

(Eyelid Surgery)

Summary As you grow older, it’s normal for the skin around the eye to become looser as its elasticity reduces. This can make people self conscious and also cause sight problems as upper eyelids can droop over the eye. The lower lid can also be affected, often causing puffiness and wrinkles. Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the eye.

  • Arranging your Treatment

    Before going ahead with this treatment, you will need to have an initial consultation with a specialist Consultant to go through your medical history and diagnosis. At this appointment, your consultant will confirm the exact treatment you require. If you would like to have an initial consultation, you can call us and we can help you find the best consultant for you to see. For more information, call our Reservations team on +44 (0) 1622 237 727 or email reservations@kims.org.uk. .

  • Paying for your Treatment

    You can be treated at KIMS by using your private medical insurance or by paying for yourself. If you have private medical insurance, you will need to contact your insurer to ensure you are covered for the initial consultation prior to making an appointment and obtain an authorisation number. The insurance company will then need to be advised if you require further treatment. The insurance company usually settles bills on your behalf. If you are paying for your own treatment, you will need to pay for an initial consultation. This will be confirmed at the time of booking but is typically £150-£250. You will also need to pay for any associated diagnostic tests your consultant recommends (for example x-rays and blood tests). Following this consultation, if you don’t need any further treatment or if you decide paying for yourself isn’t the right option, there is no commitment to proceed further. If you require the operation or procedure to be carried out, you will receive a quote for your treatment. This quote is also subject to pre-assessment checks prior to your admission to hospital. Payment is required 7 days prior to admission.

  • Prices

    The table below shows the approximate price for this treatment, which may vary depending on your individual case (see what’s included below).

    Eyelid surgery (upper and lower lids)

    Patient pathway Diagnostic investigations Main treatment Post-discharge care Guide Price
    Hospital fees n\a £4,650 Included £4,650
    Guide price Nil £4,650 Nil £4,650

    Eyelid surgery (lower lids, general anaesthetic)

    Patient pathway Diagnostic investigations Main treatment Post-discharge care Total
    Hospital fees n\a £3,950 Included £3,950
    Guide price Nil £3,950 Nil £3,950

    Eyelid surgery (upper lids, general anaesthetic)

    Patient pathway Diagnostic investigations Main treatment Post-discharge care Total
    Hospital fees n\a £3,400 Included £3,400
    Guide price Nil £3,400 Nil £3,400
  • What’s Included

    The fixed price package above includes all the costs associated with this treatment at KIMS Hospital. You will be given a quote prior to admission to confirm this cost. The amount you are quoted may differ from the published price for a number of reasons:

    • The Consultant you choose
    • Your medical history and whether you have any associated medical conditions which may impact this treatment
    • The type of anaesthetic your Consultant advises is best for you
    • The type of implant or drug you choose or your Consultant advises is best for you
    • The price includes all of the follow up consultations with your surgeon for a year post operatively
    • The price includes any medically necessary revision surgery free of charge for a year.  Please note, this is not for any aesthetic adjustments as these will be chargeable.

    In some cases, if you have certain pre-existing medical conditions, it may not be possible to provide you with a fixed price for your Main Treatment. If this is the case, the hospital will discuss the available options with you. Your quote is also subject to pre-assessment checks prior to your admission to hospital.

Upper eyelid blepharoplasty – a local anaesthetic is usually injected into the eyelid. The surgeon will make a cut along the natural crease above the eyelid, and then remove any excess tissue around the muscle. Lower eyelid blepharoplasty – this is usually carried out under general anaesthetic. The surgeon will make a cut below your eyelashes, and remove or redistribute any excess tissue around the muscle. Both operations usually take between one hour and 90 minutes. Once completed you will be transferred to your room. For upper eyelid procedures you may be able to go home on the same day. For lower eyelid patients, it is likely that an overnight stay will be needed. You may need to use ice-packs on your eyes for the first couple of days to help reduce any swelling, and you can also use eye drops to relieve any discomfort. You should not drive or operate machinery for at least 24 hours after the operation. Other things to avoid during the first few weeks:

  • strenuous exercise
  • bending over
  • bright sunshine
  • alcohol

You will benefit from sleeping with your head raised on a pillow. Improvements are usually clear after a few weeks when any swelling has gone down and the skin has settled. To find out more: If you would like to come to KIMS, contact our reservations team on +44 (0)1622 237 727 or email reservations@kims.org.uk.  

Our Consultants

  • Miss Mahboub Hawkes

    DO (Dublin, London), MD, FRCS, FRCOphth

    • Age-related Macular Degeneration Treatment (ARMD)
    • Blepharoplasty
    • Cataract Surgery
    • Dermal fillers
    • Wrinkle relaxing injections