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Blepharoplasty / Eyelid Lift Surgery

Blepharoplasty / Eyelid Lift Surgery

Blepharoplasty, commonly referred to as eyelid surgery, is a procedure that aims to enhance the appearance of the eyelids. This surgical intervention can be performed on the upper lids, lower lids, or both. Its popularity stems from its ability to address a variety of concerns, ranging from aesthetic improvements to functional benefits. Consultant Plastic Surgeon Anca Breahna, a distinguished plastic surgeon based in the UK, offers her expertise in performing this delicate procedure, utilising her extensive experience to achieve natural-looking and rejuvenating results.

The eyes are often the first feature noticed about a person and are a central aspect of facial expression. However, over time, the eyelids may sag or become puffy due to factors such as ageing, genetics, or environmental influences, leading to a tired or aged appearance. Blepharoplasty offers a solution to these issues by removing excess skin, eliminating bags, and restoring the eyelids to a more youthful state. This procedure not only improves the aesthetic appeal and balance of one’s facial features but can also enhance visual function by removing obstructions caused by overhanging eyelids.

Anca performs blepharoplasty combining precision, artistry and the latest surgical techniques to customise the procedure to each individual’s unique facial structure and cosmetic goals. Her approach ensures that patients receive the most effective results while experiencing minimal discomfort and downtime

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At a glance

Length of Surgery
1-2 Hours
Local / General anaesthetic
Length of stay
Day surgery / Overnight stay
7-10 days
6 Weeks

Table of Contents

Who Needs Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty is suited for individuals who are experiencing signs of ageing around the eyes or those who have hereditary conditions that cause them to have baggy or droopy eyelids. While the procedure is commonly performed on people in their 30s to 60s, there is no definitive age limit for who can undergo eyelid surgery; suitability is more significantly determined by overall health and specific eye conditions.

Signs You Might Need Blepharoplasty:

  • Excessive Skin on the Upper Eyelids: This can create a hooded appearance and sometimes impair your vision. Eyelid surgery can remove this excess skin and restore a more open, awake eye profile.
  • Puffy Eyes: Caused by herniated fat pads under the eyes, puffiness can be corrected by removing or repositioning fat to smooth out the under-eye area.
  • Under Eye Bags and Dark Circles: Often a result of ageing or genetics, these can be alleviated through blepharoplasty if they are caused by bulging fat that is visible as under eye bags.
  • Wrinkles and Fine Lines: While not a replacement for treatments specifically targeting fine lines (such as anti-wrinkle injections or fillers), blepharoplasty can tighten loose skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes.
  • Functional Problems: For some, droopy eyelids can be more than just a cosmetic issue; they can also impair vision by physically obstructing it. Blepharoplasty can help by lifting the eyelid and reducing the obstruction.

Anca also recommends a consultation for individuals who feel that their eyelids interfere with their peripheral vision or for those who simply wish to rejuvenate their overall appearance. During the consultation, Anca evaluates your facial anatomy, discusses your aesthetic goals and explains what results you can realistically expect from the procedure. She also assesses your medical history to ensure you are a good candidate for surgery, which includes being in good general health, not smoking, and having realistic expectations about the outcomes.

By choosing a skilled surgeon like Anca, you can enhance not only their physical appearance but also potentially improve the visual function.

Benefits of Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty offers numerous aesthetic and functional benefits that contribute significantly to an individual’s quality of life and self-confidence. Anca carefully outlines these benefits to her patients, helping them understand how eyelid surgery can rejuvenate their appearance and, in some cases, improve eye function.

Aesthetic Improvements:

  • Refreshed Appearance: One of the most noticeable benefits of blepharoplasty is the refreshed and rejuvenated appearance that it provides. By removing excess skin and fat from around the eyes, Anca helps patients achieve a more youthful and alert look. This surgery can dramatically reduce the look of tiredness and age, which are often exacerbated by droopy or baggy eyelids.
  • Reduction of Wrinkles: While primarily focused on the eyelids, the procedure also contributes to a reduction in crow’s feet and other fine wrinkles around the eyes by tightening the surrounding skin.
  • Improved Facial Balance: By reshaping the eyelids, blepharoplasty can help restore balance to facial features, enhancing the overall symmetry and attractiveness of the face.

Functional Benefits:

  • Improved Vision: For many patients, blepharoplasty goes beyond cosmetic enhancement. Excess skin on the upper eyelids can sag and hinder peripheral vision, particularly the upper and outer parts of the field of view. By removing this skin, Anca can help improve the vision, making daily activities such as driving or reading easier and safer.
  • Long-Lasting Results: Unlike non-surgical treatments that need to be repeated to maintain results, the outcomes of blepharoplasty are enduring. Many patients will not require additional surgery in the future, as the effects of this procedure can last for many years.

Emotional and Psychological Benefits:

  • Increased Self-Esteem: Improving the most visible aspects of ageing can significantly boost self-confidence. Patients often report feeling more vibrant and vigorous post-surgery, which can translate into a more positive self-image and outlook on life.
  • Reduced Anxiety about Appearance: Knowing that they look refreshed and more alert helps many patients feel less self-conscious in social or professional situations where they might previously have felt uneasy about their appearance.


Before & After

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Types of Procedure

Upper Blepharoplasty

Upper blepharoplasty can be performed under local anaesthetic and as a day case treatment. The incision is made in the natural crease above the eyelashes and extends at the side of the eye. Excess skin is removed from the upper eyelid, with repositioning of the fat deposits and tightening of the muscle.

Lower Blepharoplasty

For lower blepharoplasty, general anaesthetic is recommended as an inpatient. Through an incision made just below the lash line, the skin is lifted from the lower lid and the excess fat is redistributed or removed. The skin is then re-draped and the excess removed. The surgery may sometimes require a tightening of the lower eyelid (canthopexy).

How is the Procedure Performed

Blepharoplasty is meticulously performed by Anca who utilises a combination of advanced surgical techniques tailored to meet the individual needs and aesthetic goals of her patients. The procedure usually takes place under local anaesthesia with sedation, ensuring that you are comfortable and pain-free throughout the surgery.

  • Upper Eyelid Surgery: This procedure is designed to remove excess skin and fat from the upper eyelids. Anca begins by making precise incisions along the natural lines of the eyelids, which helps to minimise visible scarring post-surgery. Through these incisions, she can remove or reposition fat deposits, tighten muscles, and excise surplus skin to create a more alert and rejuvenated eye appearance.
  • Lower Eyelid Surgery: Lower eyelid surgery is often sought by patients looking to eliminate under-eye bags and reduce wrinkling. Anca’s technique involves an incision just below the lash line or inside the eyelid (a transconjunctival approach), depending on the extent of the correction and the patient’s structure. Excess skin and fat are removed or redistributed from the lower eyelids, which effectively diminishes puffiness and shadows, offering a fresher and more youthful look.

For patients requiring both upper and lower eyelid surgeries, Anca performs these procedures simultaneously to reduce overall recovery time and to enhance the facial harmony.

Depending on the specific needs of the patient, Anca might employ additional techniques such as fat redistribution to fill in depressions, laser resurfacing to improve skin texture, or canthoplasty to elevate the corners of the eyes. Each technique is chosen based on its ability to achieve the best outcome for the patient, ensuring results that are not only effective but also natural-looking.

Post-surgery, the incisions are carefully sutured and usually heal very well. The duration of the procedure can vary but generally lasts between one to three hours, depending on the extent of the surgery.

Recovery and Aftercare

Recovery from blepharoplasty is relatively quick compared to other cosmetic procedures, but it is important that you follow Anca’s aftercare instructions to ensure the best results and the smoothest healing process.

Immediate Post-Op Care:

  • Rest and Protection: You are advised to rest with your head elevated for the first few days to reduce swelling. Ice packs can be applied periodically to help diminish bruising and inflammation.
  • Eye Care: Anca recommends using lubricating eye drops and ointment to keep the eye area moist, which helps in healing. You must avoid rubbing the eyes, which could disrupt the healing process.
  • Follow-Up Visits: Anca schedules regular follow-up appointments to monitor the healing process, remove stitches if necessary, and address any concerns that may arise. These check-ups are crucial for assessing the progress of recovery and ensuring that the eyelids are healing correctly.

Long-Term Care and Results:

  • Sun Protection: To protect the delicate skin of the eyelids and to prevent premature ageing, you are advised to wear sunglasses and apply sunscreen when outdoors. Prolonged sun exposure can lead to skin damage and may affect the long-term outcomes of the surgery.
  • Healthy Lifestyle: Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet and proper hydration, can enhance and prolong the results of blepharoplasty. Smoking, in particular, can impede the healing process and is strongly discouraged.
  • Final Results: While the initial recovery period may last a few weeks, the final results of the surgery typically become fully apparent after several months as the swelling completely subsides and the tissues settle into their new contours.

Patients who carefully follow these aftercare instructions are usually able to return to normal activities within a week or two, although they may be advised to avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting for a bit longer. By adhering to Anca’s guidance, you can enjoy the effects of blepharoplasty with minimal discomfort and optimal healing.


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How Much Is Blepharoplasty in the UK?

The cost of blepharoplasty in the UK can vary widely depending on several factors including the complexity of the surgery, the type of procedure required, the surgeon’s expertise, and the location of the clinic. Anca provides a detailed consultation to discuss the individual needs and goals of each patient, which allows her to offer a personalised estimate for the procedure.

Cost Breakdown:

  • Surgeon’s Fees: One of the most significant components of the cost is the surgeon’s fee, which reflects their experience and expertise in performing blepharoplasty. Anca’s reputation and skills as a leading plastic surgeon mean that her fees are a direct reflection of her high standards and extensive experience.
  • Clinic Location: The geographical location of the clinic plays a crucial role in determining the overall cost. Clinics located in major cities like London usually charge more due to higher overhead costs compared to those in less populous areas.
  • Type of Anaesthesia: The choice between local anaesthesia with sedation or general anaesthesia can also affect the cost. Procedures done under local anaesthesia tend to be less expensive than those requiring general anaesthesia.
  • Additional Treatments: Some patients may opt for additional procedures such as laser resurfacing or a brow lift, which would increase the total cost of surgery.

On average, the cost for upper eyelid surgery in the UK ranges from £2,500 to £4,000, while lower eyelid surgery may cost between £3,000 and £5,000. Combined procedures, where both the upper and lower eyelids are addressed, can range from £4,500 to £7,000.

It’s important for potential patients to consider that whilst cost is an important factor, the quality of care, the surgeon’s expertise, and the safety of the clinic should also play important roles in their decision-making process. Anca ensures that all patients receive complete pre-operative and post-operative care, which is included in the cost, providing value and reassurance throughout their aesthetic journey.

Cost of Surgery Guide

Cost of Surgery Guide



Further Reading



Frequently asked questions

You may be a suitable candidate for a blepharoplasty  if you are experiencing drooping, tired looking eyelids. Schedule a consultation with Consultant Plastic Surgeon Anca Breahna now to discuss your candidacy for this procedure.

Common risks are swelling and bruising which will subside in a matter of weeks.

Swelling and bruising to the eye area can be significant and may take up to 2 weeks to resolve. Use of cold packs postoperatively can help with swelling and bruising.

About Anca Breahna – Consultant Plastic Surgeon

top UK cosmetic surgeon anca breahnaMs Anca Breahna, PhD, MSc, FEBOPRAS, FRCS (Plast) is a highly regarded Consultant Plastic Surgeon specialising in the field of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. Anca performs a range of breast, body and face surgery and minor skin procedures.

As one of the very few female Plastic Surgeons in her region, she is able to offer that unique female perspective, with empathy, attention to detail and personalised care.

Anca Breahna’s surgical training has been largely undertaken within the United Kingdom. She began a rigorous training programme in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 1999, after achieving her medical degree from the University of Bucharest. Miss Breahna attained her PhD degree at the same university in 2007 for her medical research. She then relocated to the UK to further extend her qualifications and training.

Anca’s NHS practice is now focused on Breast Reconstructive Surgery, Skin Cancer Surgery, Hand Surgery and soft tissue reconstruction. Over the last 15 years, through her pursuit of further training and education, Anca has developed a special interest and expert practical experience in a range of Aesthetic Breast and Body Surgery.

It is Anca’s true dedication and commitment to her field, that sets her aside from her peers. Her extensive surgical training means that you are in safe hands. She is renowned for providing exceptional care, support and helping achieve realistic goals for her patients.

Anca will treat you in a straightforward manner, with respect, consideration and empathy to ensure you are comfortable with your choice.



Your Next Steps

Do your Research

  • Please read our website pages and blogs to learn more about your intended procedure.
  • All Surgery has risks and potential complications. Please read more about the risks of your surgery.

Making The Most Of Your Consultation

  • A Medical Referral from your Doctor before your consultation is not compulsory however  it is recommended.
  • Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation with Anca – Car parking is available on-site at all hospitals.
  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options.
  • Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes.
  • Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly read all the documents provided.

Want more information before scheduling your consultation?

Please call to find out more about availability, pricing and medical payment plans or to request more information about the procedure, contact us.

How to Book your Consultation with Anca Breahna – Plastic Surgeon

You can book your consultation with Anca by paying the £150 cosmetic consultation fee when you make your appointment. This fee covers further consultations about the same concern.

Contact Anca’s Team

Call Claire on 0800 080 6026 or Joedy on 03332 244111 to arrange your consultation or email us for more information.

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