Eyelid Surgery in Bristol

Cosmetic eyelid surgery – called Blepharoplasty – is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the eyelids to give a  rejuvenated appearance to the surrounding area of the eyes, helping the patient to look more rested and alert.

Why you might need eyelid surgery

For the majority of people, one of the first signs of ageing is a change in the skin around the eyes. Many patients opt for this surgery because they are unhappy with the appearance around their eyes, caused by droopy eyes or bags.

This happens because the skin loses its elasticity and our muscles slacken with age. For the eyelids this results in an accumulation of loose skin, which collects as folds in the upper lids and forms deepening creases in the lower lids. At the same time there is slackening of the muscle beneath the skin allowing the fat – which cushions the eyes in their sockets – to protrude forward to give the appearance of bagginess.

In some families there is an inherited tendency for bags to develop during early adulthood before any skin changes. When this is the case, surgery may be recommended during the patient’s 20s.

Assessment for this surgery

Like any cosmetic surgery, going ahead with eyelid rejuvenation surgery is a big decision so it’s important as a patient that you understand exactly what can – and can’t  – be achieved during your procedure.

Mr Sherif Wilson MB, ChB, MS, FRCS (Plastic Surgery) will meet with personally in a private consultation to assess your specific case and answer any questions you may have. Following an assessment, he will then make recommendations for your surgery and talk you through the procedure itself.

Mr Wilson will also make you aware of the risks with the surgery. Whilst complications are rare, they can include:

  • Bleeding under your skin (haematoma) which may result in another operation to stop the bleeding and drain the area
  • Swelling that pulls the lower lid away from your eyes – this usually settles on its own after few days
  • Tightness of the eyelids that means it is more difficult for you to close your eyes, which usually improves after time
  • Bleeding behind the eye which can press on the optic nerve and cause partial or complete blindness – although this is very rare, don’t ignore any severe pain you have as it can be a sign of bleeding behind the eye
  • Uneven appearance – your eyes may not look identical
  • Excess watery or dry eyes, which usually improves after time.

What does Upper Blepharoplasty procedure involve?

Please note: There are two types of eyelid surgery, Upper Blepharoplasty and Lower Blepharoplasty. Mr Wilson only performs Upper Blepharoplasty.

Eyelid surgery can be carried out under local anaesthetic or under general anaesthetic. In a typical procedure incisions are made following the natural lines of your eyelids; in the creases of upper lids and just below the lashes in the lower lids. These incisions are extended a little way into the crow’s feet or laughter lines at the corner of the eyes. Through this incision, surplus fat is removed and excess sagging skin is removed.

Before and after gallery

Mr Wilson is able to go through before and after photos of this procedure with you during your consultation if required.

Going home after surgery

It’s common for this surgery to be performed as a day case, meaning you will be able to return home the same day as the operation. However, some patients may need to stay in hospital overnight.

When returning home, you won’t be able to drive initially so will need to arrange transport when leaving the hospital. It is recommended to take some time off from work to allow for the best possible recovery. Most patients return to work after a week to ten days.

You will need to take it easy at home initially, and will likely find that your eyes appear watery for the first couple of weeks. Your eyes may also feel sticky and itchy, but this should subside after a week to ten days.

You will have bruising around your eyes and some swelling. This will disappear after around three weeks, when you will be able to see the full impact of the surgery.

How much does this surgery cost?

Depending on the type of procedure you require, the cost of surgery can vary.

These are guide prices and are subject to change following an initial consultation with Mr Wilson, where a bespoke quote will be provided, specific to each patient.

The prices include one Covid swab at the hospital of your procedure. This Covid swab will need to be performed 72 hours prior to your admission and the hospital will book this with you directly upon receipt of your surgery booking. You will be required to completely self-isolate between the time of the Covid swab to the time of your admission to the hospital.

At Nuffield Bristol Hospital
From £5,500

At BMI Bath Clinic
From £4,200

At Winfield Hospital (Gloucester)
From £4,800

At St Josephs Newport
From £2,300


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Jen MooreJen Moore
10:12 01 Jun 23
I recently underwent a surgical procedure at Spire Clinic on 21st March 2023, under the expert care of Mr Wilson, and I am delighted to share my overwhelmingly positive experience. From the moment I walked through the doors of the clinic until my complete recovery, the service I received was nothing short of exceptional.First and foremost, I must express my sincere gratitude to Mr Wilson. His professionalism, expertise, and compassionate approach were evident from our very first meeting. He took the time to thoroughly explain the procedure, addressing all my concerns and ensuring I had a complete understanding of what to expect. His calm and reassuring demeanor put me at ease, instilling confidence in his abilities as a surgeon.The facilities at Spire Clinic were outstanding. The clinic's clean and welcoming environment helped alleviate any pre-operative anxieties I had. The staff members were friendly, approachable, and always ready to assist me with any questions or requests. From the receptionists to the nurses and support staff, everyone demonstrated a high level of competence and professionalism.Throughout my stay, the nursing team provided attentive care, ensuring my comfort and well-being at all times. They were highly knowledgeable, offering post-operative support and guidance that played a crucial role in my smooth recovery process. Their commitment to patient care was evident in their prompt response to any concerns or discomforts I experienced, making me feel valued and reassured.The post-operative follow-up care I received was exceptional. Mr Wilson regularly checked in on my progress and provided detailed explanations about the healing process. His willingness to address any post-surgery concerns, no matter how minor, further underscored his dedication to ensuring my complete recovery and satisfaction.The administrative staff at Spire Clinic also deserve commendation. They efficiently handled all aspects of my stay, including scheduling appointments, coordinating with my insurance provider, and addressing any billing inquiries. Their professionalism and attention to detail contributed to a seamless and hassle-free experience.In summary, my experience at Spire Clinic, under the care of Mr. Wilson, was exemplary. The clinic's commitment to excellence, paired with Mr. Wilson's expertise and compassionate care, made a significant impact on my overall satisfaction with the service I received. I would highly recommend Spire Clinic and Mr. Wilson to anyone in need of surgical care, confident that they will provide the same exceptional level of service that I was fortunate enough to experience.Thank you, Spire Clinic and Mr. Wilson, for your unwavering commitment to patient well-being and for exceeding my expectations at every step of my journey!!
Millie TaylorMillie Taylor
09:06 17 May 23
There are so many options when considering surgery, it can be a bit overwhelming as it's such a huge decision. Sherif was recommended to me by a friend of a friend, who talked very highly of him and his work. My first consultation with Sherif was informative and relaxed, there was no pressure to progress with the surgery and I felt I was in good hands. I was given time and space to make my decision, and felt comfortable asking any further questions. The surgery itself went smoothly, I felt safe and well looked after. My recovery went better than I'd imagined and I was comfortably back at work within 2 weeks. I'm now 11 weeks post op and I'm loving the results - it really is life changing, and I'm so glad I did it, and chose Sherif to do it. Huge thanks to him and his team.
lauren priestleylauren priestley
21:56 01 Aug 22
At my first consultation with Mr Wilson he made me feel comfortable and after explaining how specific I wanted my surgery to look, he took so much time explaining the procedure and answered all my questions and advised me on what my best option was.I am so pleased with the results.Him and all his lovely team were highly professional, helpful and very supportive during my surgery and during my post surgery follow up appointments.I cannot express enough how talented Mr Wilson is and I would highly recommend him.
Charmaine GriffinCharmaine Griffin
11:16 28 Jul 22
The service received from Mr Wilson and his secretary has been amazing. Kim has always been prompt and professional with all of our contact. At the initial consultation with Mr Wilson, he made me comfortable and at ease. Mr Wilson has always been so kind and considerate and made sure that he explained the options available to me and what each option would include. Mr Wilson was clear about what the results of each option would likely provide and the risks involved. On the day of my surgery Mr Wilson came to see me prior to the surgery to check that I was happy. The results of the surgery were better than I could ever have imagined. I got a small infection a couple of weeks after surgery and Mr Wilson got me in to see him the same day, provided me with antibiotics and it cleared up right away. I'm now 7 weeks post surgery and feeling right back to normal.
Ashleigh GoodwinAshleigh Goodwin
22:12 04 May 22
Wow, I honestly don’t even know where to start. I guess a MASSIVE thank you to Mr Wilson, he has quite frankly changed my life. From the moment I met him I knew that he was the surgeon for me, he listened to what I wanted, was very understanding and caring, he was honest with the outcome and explained everything perfectly. I knew that I had to have him as my surgeon for my Breast Reduction, the minute I left the consultation I booked my surgery, I only had 7 weeks to wait, I was beyond excited. About a week before the surgery I came to see Mr Wilson again just to settle my nerves, and he did just that. My surgery went incredibly well, I felt amazing and just so excited to see the results, I had no complications whatsoever and pain was minimal, the heeling process was so so smooth too. One year on and I am still on cloud nine, the scars are basically non existent and my new breasts are PERFECT. I’m not over exaggerating when I say Mr Wilson has changed my life, he really has done just that, and I will be forever grateful. Will recommend Mr Wilson over and over again to anyone wanting ANY surgery with him. He is incredible!