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Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure to remove some of the excess skin or fat from the upper or lower eyelids to reshape them. An upper blepharoplasty can improve hooded, droopy or sagging eyelids and lower eyelid surgery can reduce wrinkles, puffiness and eye bags.
With age, our muscles slacken and the skin loses its elasticity. For the eyelids, this results in folds in the upper lids and deepening creases in the lower lids. Also, the slackening of muscle beneath the skin allows the fat which cushions the eyes in their sockets to bulge forwards to give the appearance of eye bags.
Blepharoplasty is most commonly performed to improve the 'tired' look associated with heavy, drooping eyelids. Eye lift surgery can help to refresh the appearance of your eyes and improve the constantly exhausted and tired appearance of undereye bags.
For some patients, blepharoplasty can also improve the symmetry of the eyes. Another issue some people face is sagging upper eyelid skin that obstructs the visual field, impacting your lateral vision. Blepharoplasty eyelid surgery can remove this obstruction and help to improve vision.
Blepharoplasty surgery is typically performed under local anaesthetic, but can also be performed under twilight anaesthetic. For upper blepharoplasty, incisions are made in the natural folds of the upper eyelid; in the creases of the upper lids, and extend into the corner of the eyes. These are positioned so that they are well concealed within the natural structures of the eyelid region. Next, fat deposits can be repositioned, the muscles can be tightened and excess skin can be removed.
For lower blepharoplasty, the incision is made just below the lower lash line, allowing excess skin to be removed, and excess fat to be repositioned or removed.
1 - 1.5 hours
3 - 7 days
Infection, bad scarring, asymmetry, bleeding, permanent numbness, double vision
Depressed lower eyelid, permanent blurred vision, cyst, tearing, photosensitivity
1 week (stitches removed), 3 months
1 - 2 weeks
2 weeks post-op - walking, 4 weeks post-op - everything
4 weeks until final result scars continue to improve over 18 months
Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty
If you are a prospective patient, please download the informed consent form below. This includes information about the treatment, potential risks and contraindications.
You should typically expect to need around 1-2 weeks off work after surgery to recover from the operation. You will also not be able to drive for a few days following surgery.