I have heard that blindness is a recognised complication of blepharoplasty. Have you seen this?

I have never experienced this in my practice. It has been described but it is very rare. We do need to consent you that this may occur as it is considered to be a major complication but it is very uncommon.

I have bags in my lower eyelids – Can these be removed?

Yes a lower lid blepharoplasty can improve the appearance of bags in the lower lids. Often the fat that causes the bags needs to be repositioned rather than removed. The pros and cons of removal and repositioning of the fat bags can be discussed at a consultation.

How much does a blepharoplasty cost?

The cost of a blepharoplasty depends on what result you wish to achieve and the extent of the fat and skin excess. A consultation will help to determine what type of blepharoplasty is best for you. You will always be able to discuss the cost of surgery after a consultation.

Can I have blepharoplasty under local anaesthetic?

Upper blepharoplasty can be performed under local anaesthetic although lower blepharoplasty is best performed under general anaesthetic. Skin only can be removed from the lower lids under local anaesthetic although often patients require more than just removal of skin.

Can I have a brow lift at the same time as a blepharoplasty?

Yes both can be combined at the same time and the pros and cons of what can be achieved by both needs to be discussed at a consultation.

Can I drive following a blepharoplasty?

Driving is an insurance related question and if you are able to perform an emergency stop then you are able to drive. In my practice I would always review patients after one week to determine whether they could drive. The extent of surgery will ultimately determine your recovery. Presuming all your wounds are healing satisfactorily most patients are able to drive after 1-2 weeks – although this is variable depending on the individual and the wound healing.