Renowned surgeon, Elena Prousskaia, offers eye bag surgery in Bristol that can improve the signs of ageing around the eyes.
As we age, the skin and muscles around the eye area become slacker, causing our eyelids to lose their firmness and allowing puffiness to develop. Weakened muscles under the eyes allow fat pads to protrude, causing pouches or bags under the eyes.
Sometimes lifestyle changes may help with under-eye bags. Puffiness can sometimes be caused by allergies to medications or irritants in the environment. Smoking, a diet high in salt, and lack of sleep can all worsen under-eye bags
The Elena Prousskaia Clinic offers blepharoplasty, a surgical solution to the problem of under-eye bags. Contact the clinic today to find out more about plastic surgery in Bristol.
Sometimes lifestyle changes may help with under-eye bags. Puffiness can sometimes be caused by allergies to medications or irritants in the environment. Smoking, a diet high in salt, and lack of sleep can all worsen under-eye bags. It may be possible to reduce existing puffiness by sleeping in a slightly elevated position or by holding cold compresses to the eye area. However, if you find that simple lifestyle changes have no impact on your under-eye bags and they concern you, book a consultation at our Bristol clinic to see if blepharoplasty is right for you.
Your surgeon will make a small slit along your lower lid below the eyelashes. If possible, the cut will follow the line of your natural eye crease or could be inside the lower lid. Any excess fat, skin, or muscle is removed, and the cut closed again. Blepharoplasty will give your eye area a much smoother and refreshed appearance. It can also be performed on your upper lid to improve the appearance of ‘hooded’ eyes.
In common with all surgical procedures, blepharoplasty carries the risk of swelling. The eye area is particularly susceptible to puffiness, and your eye area may be puffy for up to ten days post-surgery. You can encourage the swelling to go down as quickly as possible by taking a few precautions. Sleeping propped up with pillows will help drain the fluid from the area. Gently applying a cold compress or ice pack will also help. Make sure that whatever you use in covered in a soft material that will not stick to your skin. Avoid alcohol and salty foods as both can make fluid retention worse. Contact lenses could irritate your eyes, so glasses are better for the first week. Pain is not usually a big problem, but pain killers can be used if necessary.
Your surgeon will see you a week after surgery, and then follow-up will continue for a year. After 12 weeks, all the post-surgical bruising and puffiness should have settled, and your under-eye area will be rejuvenated!
All patients coming to the Elena Prousskaia clinic have an initial consultation with their surgeon. This consultation is a crucial opportunity to discuss your hopes for the operation and for your surgeon to explain what will happen during surgery. This first meeting will cost between £200 to £250 depending on location. The cost of the surgery itself starts at £4620. Your hospital fees, the surgery, and all post-operative consultations are included in this cost.
Elena Prousskaia is one of the most renowned aesthetic surgeons in the UK. She has worked in the NHS as a consultant and has developed several successful private clinics across the UK. Many patients choose Elena for her calm and friendly manner as well as her expertise. Her Bristol Clinic is based in the ultra-modern Spire Hospital and welcomes patients from across the South West.
Spire Bristol Hospital,
Bristol, BS6 6UT
Tel 0117 453 4074
From M5 Junction 17
Follow the A4018 for Bristol West and Bristol Zoo for approximately four miles. With the Downs and water tower on the right, you will come to a roundabout on this road. Take the left hand turn into Redland Hill and immediately turn left into Spire Bristol Hospital.
From M4 Junction 19
Follow the M32 leading into Bristol. Take the M32 into the city centre and then follow the signs for Clifton and the A4018. At the top of Whiteladies Road, bear right for Redland to find the hospital.
Bristol Spire Hospital has 100 free car parking spaces.
Take the train to either Bristol Parkway or Bristol Temple Meads stations. Bristol Parkway station is approximately four miles from Spire Bristol Hospital (20-30 minutes by taxi) on the outskirts of Bristol. Temple Meads station is close to the city centre and only 10-15 minutes from Spire Bristol Hospital by taxi.
Any surgical procedure comes with some risks. Like any operation, blepharoplasty poses a risk of bleeding, infection, scarring and an adverse reaction to anaesthesia. It’s also possible to have an allergic reaction to the surgical tape or other materials used during or after the procedure. Elena will provide you with further information about the risks and provide you with a detailed consent form during your consultations. This will help you to minimise the risks.
Following your initial consultation It is normal to have a second consultation, for you to ask any further questions, once you have had time to consider the different surgical options. After the decision is made, we will carefully prepare for your surgery. During this consultation, you will have a fully informed consent form instructing what to do before and after surgery for the best outcome. The Elena Prousskaia Clinic prides itself on the quality of its aftercare so we will make absolutely sure you know what to expect, and how much rest is needed. We will give you specific instructions that may include how to care for your eyes following surgery, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection, and when to follow-up with Elena.
Most of our blepharoplasty patients are over 35 years old, however ultimately age does not matter. Elena will look at the condition of your skin regardless of age. Eyelid surgery is typically for those patients who are seeking to reduce droopy eyelids, or “bags” under the eyes, for a younger, more open-eyed look. However, the surgery has also a functional purpose in that some people’s eyelids are sagging to such a degree that it actually interferes with their vision. In these cases, the procedure can make a huge improvement to their daily life.
In this first week there will be some puffiness or swelling around the eyes. This is completely normal and part of the post op healing process, and should subside within 7-10 days. The incisions around your eyes may be pink and quite visible, and your eyelids may feel numb for several days. Your eyes may also be watery, dry, and sensitive to light. You may also experience some tenderness and bruising around the eyes resulting in a “black eyed” appearance.
Some recommended tips for reducing the swelling around your eyes include:
• Sleep elevated on two pillows.
• Use cold compresses – especially in first few days.
• Avoid wearing contacts for this first week but glasses are okay.
• Drink plenty of water and fluids, but avoid alcohol.
• Eat a light healthy food that is low in salt.
• Rest, rest, and more rest. You may also experience some double vision or blurriness a few days post op. Wear dark sunglasses during this period particularly if you’re going outdoors.
If you wear contact lenses, you will not be able to wear these in the first days after surgery. As glasses make no direct contact with the eyes, they are safe to use. A patient’s focus will be on resting in those early days of recovery, which means avoiding strenuous physical activities as well as activities that may result in eyestrain. However if you go outdoors, be sure to wear sunglasses. This will hide your eyes from view after surgery has been performed and will also protect your eyelids from direct sun exposure.
Generally speaking this surgery takes around 2.5 hours, although this varies depending on the nature of the procedure.
The total cost of the surgery will be confirmed after the first consultation.
The cost includes the hospital, surgeon and anaesthetic fees. It also covers all post-operative visits. The initial consultation fee will be invoiced separately. The prices apply only at the time of publication and are subject to changes without notification.VIEW ALL PRICES
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