Eyelid Surgery FAQs

Eyelid Surgery FAQs

Do I need a GP referral for eyelid surgery?

BAAPS/BAPRAS surgeons will see you for an initial consultation without a referral from your GP. If you then plan to continue with the surgery, your surgeon will ask for your permission to contact your GP practice so they can obtain your medical records.

There are some medical conditions that may need to be signed off by your GP before eyelid surgery, your Patient Care Adviser will let you know if this applies to you.

What effect does smoking have on eyelid surgery?

Smoking can greatly increase the risk of complications occurring after surgery. Therefore, most surgeons recommend that you are smoke and nicotine-free for at least six weeks before and after the procedure. Furthermore, some drugs and herbal remedies can affect the way your body heals. This is why it is important to tell your surgeon the full list of drugs and medications that you take.

Will the NHS pay for my eyelid surgery?

As blepharoplasty is generally considered to be a cosmetic procedure, it does not qualify for NHS funding. However, if the reason that you want the surgery is due to excess skin on your eyelids, which is affecting your vision you may wish to speak to your GP to see if this could qualify you for NHS funding.

Published: Monday 3 January 2022

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