Blepharoplasty (‘eyelift’ for upper and/or lower eyelids)
Blepharoplasty [blef-uh-roe-plar-stee] is Richard Scawn’s signature plastic surgery procedure: to open up the eyes, and tailored to balance your natural profile with your ethnicity.
The eyes are often the first facial area to show ageing. Blepharoplasty surgery is designed to create or restore a smooth eyelid crease, which is usually lost with time. An upper blepharoplasty treats drooping, heavy or fatty eyelids to ‘open up’ the eye area; a lower blepharoplasty tackles under-eye bags for a more youthful effect. You can have either or both, as required: treatment is aimed at those who have noticed excessive or sagging skin in their upper-eyelid area and/or lower-eyelid ageing (such as eyebags or fat pads), which have led to a tired or prematurely aged appearance.
As one of the UK’s most experienced and highly-regarded Oculoplastic Surgeons, Richard Scawn has performed thousands of eyelift reshaping treatments and has honed his craft to make the process minimally invasive, with a rapid recovery timeframe — the surgical element taking as little as 1 hour, with just 1 week of downtime. The effect will be natural: all incisions are closed up with self-dissolving sutures; any tiny scars will be hidden in the new eyelid crease.
An upper blepharoplasty only takes an hour and can be done under local anaesthetic in our purpose-built operating theatres at The Clinic. You will be able to recuperate in one of our discreet post-op recovery pods, before your final dressing checks and a clinic-concierge service to chauffeur you home. Downtime for upper blepharoplasties is approximately 1 week, after which there will be minimal bruising and you can resume wearing makeup and your normal activities.
Lower blepharoplasties, or combined upper and lower blepharoplasties, are usually performed under general anaesthetic or intravenous sedation, and Mr Scawn conducts these at St John’s & St Elizabeth’s Hospital, London NW8 9NH. A lower blepharoplasty will take 2 hours; a combined procedure 2.5 hours. The recovery period for both lower blepharoplasties and combination procedures is usually 2 weeks.
After surgery, you will be given an antibiotic ointment to treat the area for the following week; and be advised to apply a cold compress to the area every few hours to help lessen post-operative swelling and bruising. A follow-up appointment with Mr Scawn to review your results and recovery takes place around 14 days after surgery at The Clinic Holland Park.