Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

Excess skin and/or fat can be surgically removed from your upper and/or lower eyelids to give your skin a less wrinkled and puffy appearance.
The procedure typically involves making a cut (incision) in the fold of the eyelid (for the upper lid) or just below the eyelashes (for the lower lid) and removing any excess skin and/or fat. The surgery will take about 1.5 to 2 hours for the upper lids alone and 2 to 2.5 hours for the lower lids alone. Doing uppers and lowers together takes about 3.5 to 4 hours depending on complexity. In patients with big fat bags in the lower lids and deep grooves or 'tear troughs' below them we use a fat redistribution technique to fill in the grooves with fat from underneath the lower lid.

Blepharoplasty is usually performed under local anaesthetic (the area being treated is numbed by injections) together with a sedative to make you feel drowsy (this can be by tablet or intravenously). General anaesthetic is available but this adds more cost. You will be able to go home the same day. It is recommended that you have complete rest and keep cold eye pads on for a couple of days after surgery. You should be able to return to work within 1 week, but be prepared to wear dark glasses for 2 weeks! (until the bruising settles).

This page was last updated at 3:28PM on July 23, 2021.