If you are bothered about hooding of your upper eyelids, and/or the appearance of lower eyelid ‘bags’, cosmetic eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) may make all the difference. Our aim from this surgery is an improved fresher look, not an operated look. Preliminary video consultations are now available, followed by a shorter face to face consultation after an appropriate period of reflection about the options. We want our patients to be fully informed about the surgical options, and where appropriate, the alternative or supplementary non-surgical options. Join the blepharoplasty group on Facebook ( to learn more from actual patients.

Click here to download a list of questions you should ask about cosmetic eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty)


Following the latest government update, we wanted to confirm what this means for our new and existing patients at Face & Eye.

We will be able to offer our full range of treatments from Monday 12th April 2021. All our staff have received their COVID-19 vaccinations.

As always, we put your safety and of that of our members of staff at the heart of everything we do. We continually review our COVID Safety Policy, team training and clinic auditing and we follow the safety protocols stringently and maintain very high standards to provide a safe environment to protect you and us.


Mr Leatherbarrow gave a webinar teaching session on eyelid problems in general practice on 8 February 2021. Although a return to face to face presentations will be very welcome, this format has proved to be extremely popular and well received. Many different eyelid problems were discussed with an emphasis on being able to differentiate benign from malignant eyelid lesions.

A benign upper lid cyst

A lower lid basal cell carcinoma (rodent ulcer)

Click on the link below to see the feedback received

Feedback for Brian Leatherbarrow – 8th January 2021 Eyelid Problems


We remain open for our patients with all the appropriate PPE precautions and swab testing of patients who are due to undergo surgery at our clinic. Below is our most recent Google review:
‘I’ve had two cataract operations at Face & Eye Clinic: the first in 2011 undertaken by Mr Brian Leatherbarrow and the second in October 2020 by Mr Khalid Ikram. On both occasions my treatment was delivered in a very professional, efficient and courteous manner and I would have no hesitation in recommending both consultants. I’d also like to thank the ultra-efficient Ingrid who undertook my eye test prior to my latest operation, Jenny the nurse who prepared me for the operation and the friendly & efficient staff that I dealt with on reception (Janet and Grace)’.
(Mr Leatherbarrow no longer performs cataract surgery, concentrating on his specialist expertise in eyelid, orbital and lacrimal surgery – he now recommends his colleagues Mr Ikram, Mr Cannon, Mr Au, and Mr de Klerk for cataract surgery at the Face & Eye Clinic).

When seeking an opinion about cosmetic eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) or droopy eyelid surgery (ptosis), a virtual consultation provides an opportunity to gain an initial opinion and advice about your suitability for the procedure. This can then be followed by a shorter face to face consultation after a period of reflection about the pros and cons. A virtual consultation is also ideal for patients who live a long distance away from the Face & Eye Clinic.

A patient with lower lid bags and dark circles seen before and 4 months after a bilateral lower lid scarless blepharoplasty (the surgery was performed via the inside of the eyelid) with fat repositioning

The surgery is most commonly performed under local anaesthesia with sedation (‘twilight anaesthesia’)

Click here to see the Google review posted by this patient (Sian) and many others following this very specialist surgery

Click here to download the top 10 questions about cosmetic eyelid surgery


It is important that eyelid lumps and bumps are correctly diagnosed so that the appropriate treatment is provided. The patient below has a chalazion (meibomian cyst). Hot compresses and massage are appropriate early measures to treat the chalazion when it is small. Failure of conservative treatment means that an incision and curettage is required (this is a quick procedure requiring a local anaesthetic).

The patient below has a cyst of Moll that was misdiagnosed as a chalazion. He was told to apply hot compresses which he did for several months to no avail. This was not appropriate. Removal of the cyst requires minor surgery.

The patient below complained of a red irritable eye for months. He had been given eyedrops by his GP and at an eye hospital clinic with no improvement. The cause of the red eye was the eyelid lump that had been missed. This was a molluscum contagiosum. Removal of the eyelid lesion resolves the eye problem.

If you have concerns about facial / eyelid lumps and bumps, we can help.


As lockdown restrictions begin to ease, we want to update you on how busy our Face & Eye team has been behind the scenes preparing for our reopening on 6 July 2020 in line with Government guidelines.

Our team has all the appropriate PPE and is fully equipped to welcome you back to Face & Eye at the appropriate time. The clinic has always prided itself on the cleanliness of its facilities, and our cleaning regime reflects the revised infection control guidance from Public Health England for the prevention of transmission of Covid-19. The number of patients present within the clinic at any one time will be reduced, with longer gaps between appointments so that our staff can clean areas properly before the next patient is brought through to see the consultants or nurses.

Our return will be a gradual process to ensure that our new protocols are working well. In line with the guidelines of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists, we will start with clinic consultations and low risk surgical procedures for our patients.

We are introducing video consultations and video follow up appointments where appropriate so that you can stay in the safety of your home whilst still having access to your consultant.

When you visit our clinic, it will look a little different from any previous visits. We have had to removed leaflets and our before and after portfolios. We have created signage to ensure you are well informed of our social distancing measures and our practices that we have put in place to protect you and our team.

Please rest assured that you and our new patients continue to be at the heart of everything we do and we look forward to welcoming you back as soon as Government guidance allows. As always, if you have any questions please contact us at

Our warmest wishes to you.

The Face & Eye Team

Specialist Treatment

Contact us now to find out how we can help you with your eye, eyelid, facial or skincare needs. You will find our website contains a great deal of helpful information about what we do. We welcome email enquiries.

Opening Hours

Monday – Friday: 8:00-18.00

Saturday: CLOSED

Sunday: CLOSED


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2 Gibwood Road
Northenden, Manchester
M22 4BT

Tel: 0161 947 2720


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