Upper Eyelid Reduction | Blepharoplasty | Belfast Skin Clinic

Eye rejuvenation doesn’t have to be difficult when you choose Belfast Skin Clinic. Following a comprehensive consultation with one of our highly experienced surgeons, we can provide you with natural-looking results with expert-led blepharoplasty surgery.

Our blepharoplasty service includes:

  • Highly experienced surgeons

  • Use of local anaesthetic so you can go home on the same day

  • Full post-operative aftercare and advice

  • On call for any post-op concerns

Duration: 45 minutes to 2 hours Cost: From £3850

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Upper and lower blepharoplasty overview

At Belfast Skin Clinic, we perform upper and lower blepharoplasties, which are a type of surgery that removes loose skin or excess fatty tissue from your upper or lower eyelid. Sometimes these are called ‘eyelid reductions’.

As you get older, you may notice changes to your eyelids as your skin begins to stretch and muscles weaken. This can lead to drooping of your upper eyelids, giving the eyes an older, tired appearance. Drooping or hooded eyelids can also affect your vision.

Lifestyle factors such as smoking and excessive sun exposure may also increase your risk of drooping eyelids.

Lower blepharoplasties can reduce puffiness and wrinkling under your eye. Upper blepharoplasties can lift your eye area, eradicating droopiness and hooded appearances.

Belfast Skin Clinic is fully RQIA (The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority) accredited. We offer access to some of the best consultants in the field of blepharoplasty, as well as modern, comfortable facilities.

What to expect from your initial consultation

Before you undergo a blepharoplasty, you will have a consultation with your surgeon. 

During your consultation, your surgeon will discuss your wishes and expectations to ensure your desired results are achievable and realistic.

Your surgeon will discuss all potential post-operative complications at length at your consultation. 

We advise our patients to fully research their procedure so that they can ask any relevant questions at their consultation and have a realistic expectation of the outcome.

The upper blepharoplasty procedure

We carry out blepharoplasties using local anaesthetic, which means you will be awake throughout the procedure. However, you won’t feel any pain as we will numb your eyelid and the area around it.

At the Belfast Skin Clinic, your blepharoplasty will be carried out by our expert, GMC-accredited consultant plastic surgeons.

To perform the procedure, a small incision will be made in the natural crease of your eyelid. A small crescent-shaped piece of excess skin can then be removed and the incision closed up.

Sometimes, any excess fat or muscle may be removed from the area to help improve the overall result.

The lower blepharoplasty procedure

Lower blepharoplasties are carried out under local anaesthetic too. Once your eye area is numb, your surgeon will cut the natural crease of your lower eyelid, close to your eyelashes.

The surgeon can then remove or reposition excess tissue before closing the incision with stitches.

Benefits of blepharoplasty

Undergoing a blepharoplasty with Belfast Skin Clinic can offer a number of benefits, including: 

  • Improved vision if your upper eyelid is currently obscuring it
  • A restored youthful, fresh appearance
  • Lifted sagging skin around the upper eyelid to eradicate a ‘tired’ look
  • Removed excess skin causing puffiness under your eye
  • Fine lines and wrinkles around your eye area can be minimised

Recovering from a blepharoplasty

We carry out blepharoplasty under local anaesthetic which means you can be discharged from the clinic on the same day as your procedure. Your surgeon will give you advice on how to take care of your wound and dressings to reduce the risk of infection.

You may experience slight discomfort in the first 24 to 48 hours after your procedure, but over-the-counter pain relief should help to alleviate any discomfort.

You can expect some swelling and bruising around your eyes, which may take several weeks to disappear completely.


If you would like to know more about having blepharoplasty, we have collated a list below of our most commonly asked questions. 

Who will carry out your procedure?

At Belfast Skin Clinic, our team of highly experienced and GMC-accredited consultant plastic surgeons will carry out this surgery.

Will I have to stay overnight in the clinic?

The procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic, so you will be discharged on the same day as your procedure with the appropriate aftercare advice. Out of hours aftercare is available

Appointments for aftercare and follow-up will be arranged as required.

What are the risks of blepharoplasty?

Some of the potential risks that having a blepharoplasty can be associated with include: 

  • Infection 
  • Dry, irritated eyes
  • Temporary vision changes

All surgical procedures carry potential risks, but our highly skilled team works efficiently and carefully to greatly reduce these as much as possible.

What do I need to avoid after blepharoplasty?

There are certain activities and things you should avoid after a blepharoplasty. These include:

  • Exercising immediately afterwards – your surgeon will confirm when it’s safe for you to resume
  • Straining and heavy lifting
  • Sleeping on your face or flat on your back – instead, you will need to sleep propped up
  • Direct sun exposure – protect your face (especially eyelids) from the sun

Will I be left with scars?

At first, you will have some scars from the incisions which can take several months to fully heal. 

The incisions used in upper blepharoplasty surgery are carried out on the natural folds of the skin to minimise the risk of scarring; however, they may still occur depending on factors like your skin type.

Be sure to talk to your consultant if you have any concerns regarding scarring. Our team of plastic surgeons are very experienced at carrying out meticulous surgery techniques making them the first choice for any cosmetic surgeries to the head, face and neck area.

How much does blepharoplasty cost?

Bilateral blepharoplasty at Belfast Skin Clinic costs from £3,850. 

We welcome all Republic of Ireland patients, both self-funded and privately insured. We also accept patients using the Northern Ireland Planned Healthcare Scheme (NIPHS).

About Belfast Skin Clinic

At Belfast Skin Clinic, we’re dedicated to providing you with access to highly skilled consultants who are recognised experts in their specialities. Our experienced medical team (made up of consultant dermatologists, plastic surgeons, vascular surgeons, and rheumatologists) use the latest technology (where appropriate) to provide you with an accurate diagnosis to ensure you receive the right treatment for your needs. They are aided by our dedicated team of nurses. Our aesthetic team of practitioners complement medical and surgical services so we can offer treatment for every skin concern. 

We welcome all patients, both self-funded and privately insured, as well as patients from the Republic of Ireland using the Northern Ireland Planned Healthcare Scheme (NIPHS)

Our team of consultants

Dr Pamela McHenry

Medical Director

Mr Declan Lannon

Plastic Surgeon

Ms Claire Black

Plastic Surgeon

Mr Gareth Price

Plastic Surgeon

Miss Sandra McAllister

Plastic Surgeon

Dr Serena Martin

Consultant Plastic Surgeon

Dr Andrew Moorehead

Consultant Plastic Surgeon