Cosmetic Eye Surgery

For decades, surgery has been used to enhance the physical appearance of a person. There have been cosmetic surgeries performed on several parts of the body including the nose, the lips and the stomach. The eyes are not exempt from this type of surgery. Although eye surgery is usually used to correct defects in the eye and to treat eye ailments, there is no shortage of cosmetic eye surgery for various parts of the eye.

Cosmetic Eye Surgery

What is Cosmetic Eye Surgery?

Cosmetic eye surgery is surgery to improve or change the appearance of the eye.  It is also referred to as plastic surgery of the eye.  The most common sort is Blepharoplasty, which is surgery on the eyelids.  It is usually done on a patient to correct sagging eyelids and remove the bulges of fat around the eye.

Eyelid Laxity is another form of plastic surgery which is carried out on the eye. It involves the correction of eyes that have sagging and inverted eyelids.  This phenomenon, where the eyelids and eyelashes turn inwards can be very uncomfortable for a patient, causing rubbing which in turn can lead to serious irritation of the eye.

Cosmetic Eye Surgery Procedure

This procedure is usually undertaken when the effects of age begin to show around the eyes.  This could be terrible eye bags, drooping eye lids or excess skin, fat and muscles around the eyes.  These are normally as a result of laxity in the muscles around the skin and though it is generally associated with old age, it is not limited to aging and could be as a result of genetics.

Whatever the reason, when cosmetic eye surgery has been decided upon, an examination by the surgeon is scheduled.  This examination will be of the eyes, eyelids and general vision.  The whole eye is examined as well as the skin on the face.  Necessary measurements are taken to be used during the surgery.

A mandatory consent form will be provided to provide a legal record that the patient has a clear understanding of what the process entails and any possible risks or side effects.  A patient is expected to ask questions where there is no clear understanding and the surgeon is obliged to patiently answer those questions and also to furnish the patient with an explanation of the entire procedure.

The patient is put under general anaesthetic before the eye surgery begins.  Then the operation on the affected part of the eye will begin and this takes an average of one to three hours.  General cosmetic eye surgery is an outpatient operation, which means that the patient is usually free to go home that very day.  However, to avoid the risk of complication, the surgeon might recommend an overnight stay in order to monitor the progress of the patient.

Although recovery is not instantaneous, it does not take too long and in a few weeks, the patient is almost as good as new.  Very specific instructions are given about the post operation cosmetic eye surgery care including diet, lifestyle and general care instructions.

Costs of Cosmetic Eye Surgery

The NHS will cover plastic eye surgery that is done to prevent loss of vision, and none other.  However, NHS provider clinics usually conduct this form of eye surgery though they charge for it.  In private clinics, Blepharoplasty costs from a little under £3,000 to about £4,000.  The costs will depend on the surgeon and the location of the clinic.