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Medically reviewed by Dr Kam Singh Bsc(Hons), MRCGP, MBCAM

Medical Advisory Committee for Nu Cosmetic Clinic

Last Reviewed February 20th 2024

What is Eye Bag Removal & Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty Surgery)?

Blepharoplasty Surgery is a term used to describe Eyebag & Eyelid Surgery or Eyebag Removal Surgery:

There are many signs of ageing, one area many people are concerned with is the eye area. Excess skin in the upper eyelid can create folds and wrinkles, excess skin in the lower eyelid can create the appearance of bags under the eyes and look of permanent tiredness. There are many creams and lotions available which claim to temporarily relieve these symptoms, however a more permanent option is to consider a surgical correction procedure.

Upper eyelid surgery and lower eyelid surgery are known as blepharoplasty and involve the removal of excess skin from the eyelid area or eyebag area respectively.

Why Choose Eyelid Surgery?

Blepharoplasty or eyelid/eye bag removal surgery is a popular procedure for rejuvenating the appearance of your eyes by reducing sagging skin and puffiness around the lower lids and wrinkles and excess skin on the upper eyelids. Females and males opt for this surgical procedure for multiple reasons. These include the following:

Get Rid of Persistent Puffiness

Chronic swelling and puffiness under the eyelids that can’t improve with topical treatments or rest means that you are dealing with skin laxity or excess deposits of fat. The best way to deal with them is surgical intervention.

Bulging Deposits of Fat

The bulging fat deposits caused by herniated fat pads result in an aged and tired appearance. They can be effectively dealt with through Blepharoplasty.

Obstructed Vision

Severe or prominent eye bags can often block peripheral vision, causing eye closure difficulty. This particularly happens when the upper eyelids’ severe ptosis (drooping) is present. It further necessitates surgical correction for functional as well as cosmetic reasons.

Sagging or Drooping Skin

Similarly, sagging and loose skin around the eyelid can be improved via eyelid surgery. This procedure tightens the skin and gives a more rejuvenated look.

Feeling Self-Conscious

Individuals who feel self-conscious and unhappy with the appearance of their eye bags, despite attempts to conceal them with makeup or skincare products, may consider Blepharoplasty to achieve a more refreshed and youthful look.

Genetic Predisposition

Some people are genetically predisposed to developing prominent eye bags or fat deposits beneath the eyes, which may become more pronounced with age and require surgical intervention for correction.

So, no matter the cause for your eye bags, it is best to consult an experienced and certified surgeon to discuss your case. They will evaluate your medical health to determine if the procedure is suitable for you.

Surgery ( Eye Bag & Eyelid Surgery or Eye bag Removal Surgery)

Eye Bag & Eyelid Surgery or Eye bag Removal Surgery or Blepharoplasty Surgery can be performed on the upper or lower eyelids, or both if necessary. Your eyesight will be assessed before surgery along with your ability to produce tears. During blepharoplasty surgery a local anaesthetic is usually used along with a sedative.

During surgery, incisions are made around the skin of the eyelid which loosens the skin and muscle. This is then removed with further cutting. Fine sutures are used to close the incisions leaving fine lines across the eyelid. These normally heal and fade to very fine, almost indistinguishable marks within three months. The surgery usually lasts between one to two hours. In order to reduce inflammation and discomfort an ophthalmic cream is applied to the eyelid area underneath dressings which are soaked in a cold saline solution.

Later Progress

The area around your eye will be swollen for around a week and you may find your eyes are sensitive to light for a few weeks. Other side effects include watering eyes and visual fluctuations which should pass within a few weeks. After this time you should be able to see the results of your surgery, with your younger fresher appearance.

You will usually be able to return to your day to day life within eight to ten days. After your blepharoplasty surgery it is vital that you follow the aftercare instructions given to you by the clinic and make sure that you attend all follow up appointments.


Recovery from eye bag removal, whether on the lower or upper eyelids, typically requires some time off from work. It is needed to facilitate the healing process. Therefore, expect your surgeon to create a personalized guidance plan related to your recovery and the duration you will require from work to ensure you are on the path to recovery.

But here are some general guidelines that patients who undergo eyelid/ eye bag removal surgery should follow:

  • Refrain from driving for at least three to five days following the operation.
  • Avoid strenuous activities like intense fitness training, heavy lifting and swimming, at least during the early stages of your recovery.
  • Avoid Smoking or wearing contact lenses. This is needed to promote optimal healing.
  • Some people after Blepharoplasty may experience bruising and redness around their eyes for nearly two to three weeks following the surgery. Scars may be noticeable initially, but they fade and heal over time.
  • Furthermore, to ensure healing, it is advisable to avoid rubbing your eyes to prevent irritation. If you adhere to these guidelines, you will recover comfortably and smoothly.


Here are the aftercare protocols to follow once you undergo the eye bag removal surgery:

  • Make sure to use drops or ointment to clean your eyes.
  • Wear your sunglasses to protect your eyes from wind, dust, and sunlight. This will promote the healing process.
  • Take prescribed pain medication, like paracetamol, for managing pain or discomfort.
  • If you have swelling, it is best to use cold packs. This will alleviate discomfort and reduce swelling. Also, maintain a raised head position while resting to minimize swelling and promote optimal healing.

By following these aftercare instructions, you can enjoy a smooth and comfortable recovery experience. More importantly, it facilitates healing and helps achieve desired results.

Risks & Complications

As with any surgery, there is the small risk of complications with blepharoplasty surgery. At the time of your consultation, the expert we refer you to will take you through the risks in detail so that you can take an informed decision.
They will not push you for surgery and will give you all the time and guidance you need to take a decision. You will be given you a comprehensive Blepharoplasty Surgery Patient Guide to take home with you. This will answer most of your queries and concerns. If you have any further questions, you can give them a call and they will provide their expert advice. You will love them for their honesty, integrity and professionalism.


The Clinics we refer you to are situated in Belfast, Birmingham, Bolton, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Liverpool, London, Leeds, Leamington Spa, Leicester, Preston and Sheffield.

Jocelyn Ward

Jocelyn underwent eyebag removal surgery at Nu Cosmetic Clinic. Firstly she talks about why she decided to go for the surgery and what impact the surgery had in her personal life. Then talks about her interactions with the Patient Coordinator and Surgeon and gives a detailed account of her experience at Nu Cosmetic Clinic beginning with her free consultation, followed by the surgery and finally the aftercare received.

Blepharoplasty Finance Options

At Nu Cosmetic Clinic, we want eye bag and eyelid surgery to be accessible for everyone regardless of budget. Therefore, we provide various flexible financing solutions to ease the financial burden of Blepharoplasty on patients. Among these financing solutions are our:

Zero percent interest-free credit plan empowers individuals to borrow money for the treatment and repay it over ten months without interest charges. Likewise, we have partnered with Zebra Health Finance to provide patients undergoing Blepharoplasty with flexible packages. Under these loan repayment plans, you can repay the loan over 12, 24, 36, 48, and 60, whatever suits you the best and aligns with your budget. To learn more about our loan program and financing options, contact us. Schedule a free consultation now.

Remember, we often have offers & can sometimes price match other providers, so call us on 0800 007 5860 with any queries.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Depending on the complexity of the procedure, the surgery normally takes about 90 minutes, not including time in recovery.

The results of eye bag correction normally last for about five years. After this, the skin will begin to sag again, however, they will always have a better appearance than if you had never had the surgery.

We recommend that people take a week off work following the procedure (more if your job is particularly physical). Strenuous activities, heavy lifting and intense exercise should be avoided for about 6 weeks after your surgery. Bruising may remain for a few weeks after surgery, so you may wish to consider this when booking time off work.

The only way to fully remove upper or lower eye bags is by surgery. Some forms of non surgical procedures may help to lift the eye area (for example wrinkle smoothing around the eyes) however the effect will not be substantial enough to remove eye bags.

Yes, you can combine this procedure with other facial procedures. You can discuss this in full at your free consultation.

Whenever skin is cut, nerves are also cut; this may result in
altered sensation to the area, particularly at the incision site. All care will be taken to maintain sensation as much as possible.

No, your eyesight will not be affected by eye bag reduction surgery.

For the best aesthetic results, we recommend that you are at your ideal weight at the time of surgery as further weight loss or gain can change the results of your surgery.

All clients must be at least 18 years of age to have surgery. There is no upper age limit for our procedures, suitability for surgery will be discussed at your free consultation with your surgeon.

Yes, if you are at all unsure about what your surgeon has told you, we will be more than happy to refer you for a second free consultation with another surgeon.

All of the surgeons we refer you to are registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) and all relevant specialist bodies. Please feel free to ask the surgeon about his experience and qualifications at your consultation; they understand and support that this is vital information to your decision making process.

Nu Cosmetic Clinic offers referrals to a range of locations across the UK.

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