Eyelid surgery or eyebag removal 

Smooths out the skin around your eyes for a more youthful appearance.


As we get older, for many people the skin around our eyes is the first to show signs of ageing. Excess skin and fat can create a heavy looking eyelid - giving the area around the eyes a puffy, aged appearance. Sometimes these effects, particularly eyebags, are made worse by an inherited condition.

Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is a common cosmetic procedure during which a skilled cosmetic surgeon removes skin, fat and muscle from the eyelids (including removing the ‘bags’). It can also improve vision for some people if the excess tissue was impairing it.

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Why you might need Blepharoplasty treatment?

For most people, the skin around the eyes is the first to show signs of ageing. As you get older, your eyelids can become droopy or ‘bags’ might develop under your eyes. Excess skin or fat on the upper eyelid can also impair your vision. Some people’s genes can mean they develop bags under the eyes from a very early age too.

When you look in the mirror you might feel that your appearance, thanks to droopy eyes or bags, does not fit with the vigour or general good health of your mind and body. That can affect your confidence, and you may feel that people don't see the real you.

Eyelid surgery aims to smooth these out to give you a more alert and youthful appearance. People who have had this procedure done with us have said they feel more confident and relaxed about their appearance afterwards.

Some people with the genetic tendency towards early development of bags under the eyes might decide to have surgery in their 20s.

During eyelid surgery, one of our expert consultants will remove skin, fat and muscle from around your eyes. This could mean treating either the upper or lower eyelid or both.

This surgery can't however remove crow’s feet or change the colour of dark shadows under the eyes. If you are worried about the appearance of crow’s feet and other wrinkles around the eye socket, you should speak with one of our skilled cosmetic surgeons. They might recommend another procedure - such as anti-wrinkle treatment by injection or brow lifts - which can be done at the same time as eyelid surgery.

Who will do it?

KYDOLCE patients are at the heart of what we do and we want you to be in control of your care. To us, that means you can choose the consultant you want to see that specialises in Blepharoplasty, and when you want. They'll be with you every step of the way.

All of our consultants are of the highest calibre and benefit from working in our modern, well-equipped clinic based in Manchester.

Our consultants have high standards to meet, often holding specialist NHS posts and delivering expertise in complex sub-specialty surgeries. Many of our consultants have international reputations for their research in their specialised field.

Before your treatment...

Cosmetic surgery can be a life enhancing decision and we’re here to help you make the right one. Our experienced cosmetic surgeons will guide you through every step of the way.

It’s important to meet with your chosen consultant before treatment so that you are entirely comfortable with them and they know what you want to achieve. This is a chance to discuss just what your eyelid or eyebag treatment can - and can’t - achieve. For example, your operation won’t remove crow’s feet. You can talk to us about anti-wrinkle injections or brow lifts to tackle crow’s feet and improve the appearance of other areas around your eyes. Your consultant can talk you through the potential benefits and risks of eyelid surgery.

It’s helpful to bring some pictures and a friend or relative to your initial meeting to make sure you raise all the things you want to talk about and as a sounding board later. You should also ask to see some of the surgeon's recent before and after pictures of similar operations they've performed.

This is an important decision and we're here to listen and to help you achieve your goals.

If you decide to go ahead with eyelid surgery, we'll allow at least two weeks between your consultation and the date for surgery. This is because we want you to be really happy and confident with your decision.

Preparing for your treatment...

We've tried to make your experience with us as easy and relaxed as possible. Everything during your consultation shall be explained prior to your treatment going ahead, we have free parking and offer a private one to one service in the beautiful old 'Hope Mill', once a cotton mill from the 18th Century, over 200 years old, we have a beautiful studio clinic with an urban rustic industrial interior.

The procedure

We understand that having a procedure can cause you anxiety and worry - even if the procedure is as common and relatively straightforward as this is a non-surgical treatment medically carried out. Our experienced and caring clinical staff will be there with you every step of the way. As well as delivering excellent care and treatment, they’ll answer your questions and provide reassurance if you are worried at any point.

During eyelid surgery, our cosmetic skin specialist aesthetician or nurse will correct either an upper eyelid, lower eyelid (including eye bag removal) - or both.

Your surgeon is likely to recommend that you have a general anaesthetic for the procedure - which generally takes one hour. It can be shorter than that if you're just having one eyelid done. You can talk to your aesthetician/nurse about possibly having a local anaesthetic. This means you'll be awake during the procedure but only the area around your eyes will be numb or the area of the face or neck, where ever you decide to have work done.


If your procedure has been planned as a day-case, you will be able to go home once you have made a full recovery from the anaesthesia.

Pain relief

You will probably experience some pain around your eyes immediately after the procedure.

We will provide you with a list of all the medicines your consultant feels you need to take after you've left our clinic. This may be at an additional cost to some patients.

Recovery time

Your consultant will advise you on how to make your recovery as quick as possible.

When you get home you’ll need to take things easy at first. Arrange at least a couple of days off work. Most people go back to work after 3 to 5 days. You must not try to drive if there is swelling and pain around your eyes, everyone responds differantly to treatment but most cases any swelling and discomfort goes down within 48 hours.

You'll also find:

your eyes will appear watery for a few weeks cleaning the eye area and eye drops recommended by your surgeon can help if the eyes feel sticky, dry and itchy - which can last for around ten days bruising around the eyes should disappear after around three weeks - elevating your head and using a cold compress can help.

End results

You should be able to see the final results of your surgery once swelling and bruising have disappeared after about three weeks.

How your loved ones can help

Once you’re ready to leve the clinic, you’ll need to arrange a taxi, friend or family member to take you home as you won’t be able to drive. We strongly recommend you discuss this with friends and relatives in advance. You should also ask them if they can run some light errands such as shopping as you won’t be feeling up for it.

Looking after you

Our aesthetician/nurse will give you a contact telephone number for direct communication if you feel you need to ask any questions or if anything concernse you post treatment, we are also available on whatsapp if you wish to send photos of your progression so that we can see how it is healing for you, we will give you a date for a follow-up appointment to check everything is going well with recovery.

On rare occasions, complications can occur following eyelid blepharoplasty. If you experience any of these symptoms – increasing pain; bleeding that doesn’t stop within 10 to 15 minutes; blurred vision that lasts more than three or four days – don’t hesitate to call us.

Your consultant will talk to you about the possible risks and complications of having this procedure and how they apply to you.

But everybody is different. If you have any questions or concerns about your recovery and the appearance of your eyelids, you can return for a follow-up appointment with your consultant.

How much does it cost?

A fixed price for this treatment may be available on enquiry and following an initial consultation although you can simply see our prices on our website on the page named 'AVAILABILITY', scrole down towards the bottom of our price list to find Blepharoplasty.

We are committed to delivering excellent individual care and customer service and specialist care here in the UK. Our dedicated and highly trained team aim to achieve consistently excellent results. For us it's more than just treating patients, it's about looking after people.