Eyelid Surgery

About Blepharoplasty

Eyelid surgery involves the removal of fat and excess skin from the upper and lower eyelids. It can also correct drooping upper lids and puffy bags below the eyes.

Many people feel that their eyes in particular can affect the look and perceived age of their face as a whole. You may be considering eyelid surgery if you feel bags under your eyes make you look permanently tired; if drooping lids are making it difficult to see, apply make-up; or if you are unhappy with the signs of ageing around your eyes.

Whatever your reason for considering eyelid surgery, it can help to tighten and firm the skin around the eyes, decreasing the visible signs of ageing. Many people find this helps to improve their confidence and self-esteem. However, it is important that you are realistic about what you expect from this surgery and understand that results can vary significantly from patient to patient for a number of reasons.

Your Procedure

Usually, your surgeon will make incisions following the natural lines of your eyelids. Working through these incisions, he will separate the skin from underlying fatty tissue and muscle, remove excess fat and, if necessary, trim any sagging skin and muscle. The incisions are then closed with very fine sutures.

The surgery is performed under twilight sedation, local or general anaesthetic, depending on the nature of your procedure. Your surgeon will discuss this with you during your consultation. Eyelid surgery usually takes one to three hours, depending on the extent of the procedure.

After Your Procedure

  • Some pain or discomfort can be expected. This will eventually settle and can generally be managed with regular oral pain medication.
  • You may notice some initial bruising and swelling. You may apply cold packs around your eyes to decrease this. It is also important to rest with your head elevated on pillows following your procedure to decrease excessive bleeding or swelling.
  • It is normal to have a small amount of bleeding/weeping from the wounds around your eyes. You may also experience temporary blurred vision and excessive tear production.
  • You will have sutures in your eyelids, with dressings (Steri-strips) covering the wound sites and excess suture material. It is IMPORTANT to leave this dressing intact. If it becomes dislodged or is causing you irritation, please contact the clinic and our nurses will attend to your care. These dressings should be left intact until your post-operative review, five days after your procedure.

At Home

Things To Look Out For

Surgery is not without its risks and we encourage all patients to be mindful of the warning signs that a complication may be developing. If you experience any of the following symptoms during your recovery, please contact us immediately.

  • Signs of infection such as; high temperature, heavy discharge from your wound site, an increase in redness or heat around your wound site, or a dramatic increase in pain that is not relieved by oral pain medication.
  • Increased swelling around your wound.
  • Nausea or vomiting which does not settle.

Outside of clinic hours, please contact your GP or closest emergency department.