Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is cosmetic surgery to remove excess skin or fat from the eyelids.
The aim is to improve hooded or droopy eyelids or eye bags.
Before you go ahead, be sure about your reasons for wanting eyelid surgery. Bear in mind the cost, the risks, and the fact the results can’t be guaranteed.
It’s a good idea to discuss your plans with your GP first. There might be a medical condition affecting your eyelids or a reason why the operation isn’t appropriate for you.
A blepharoplasty can be done under local anaesthetic with sedation or under general anaesthetic.
The surgeon would need to know about any medicine you may be taking to reduce your risk of blood clots, such as aspirin or warfarin.
Surgery on the upper eyelids generally involves:
Surgery on the lower eyelids generally involves:
The surgeon will normally apply thin, sticky strips called suture strips to support the eyelids after surgery. These are usually removed up to a week later.
An upper blepharoplasty may take about one hour. Surgery on the lower lid may take up to two hours. Most patients can go home the same day.
It’s advisable to take about a week off work to recover from eyelid surgery.
It may be obvious for a little longer than a week that you’ve just had eyelid surgery.
You won’t be able to drive for a number of days after the operation. Bruises, scars and redness may take several weeks to fade.
You probably need to:
It’s common after eyelid surgery to temporarily have:
Eyelid surgery can occasionally result in:
Rarely, it can result in more serious problems, including:
Also, any type of operation carries a small risk of:
The surgeon should explain how likely these risks and complications are, and how they would be treated if they occurred.
Occasionally, patients find the desired effect wasn’t achieved and feel they need another operation.