Blepharoplasty -Eyelid surgery

Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure to correct premature ageing of the eyelids by removing fat or excess skin of heavy hooded eyelids or droopy eyes.

The eyes are the most important feature on the face as they are always the first feature looked at by others. Their beauty can be obscured by excess skin causing hoods over the upper lids or prominent folds in the lower lids. Excess fat can also give the appearance of puffiness and bags.

When these problems are corrected by eyelid surgery it is usual for others not to notice that you have had an operation; more commonly they will comment how well you look.

The normal ageing process includes stretching of the eyelid skin which in this area is especially thin. Fine lines and creases develop due to the activity of facial muscles in smiling and squinting. Exposure to sunlight and smoking are other factors in premature ageing and some people have an inherited tendency for their skin to age more quickly than others. Excess fat deposits around the eyes are another inherited characteristic and with age these become more obvious with loosening of the soft tissues.

At the consultation, you will be asked about your general medical history and any medical problems relating to your eyes. The features of your eyes which are correctable will be pointed out as well as any features which will remain unchanged. Slight differences in facial symmetry such as the height of the eyebrow, lid fold or eyelid itself may be pointed out as they are often unnoticed by the patient. Mr Chana will describe the positioning of any scars, the recovery period and indicate the likely post¬operative results from the eyelid surgery.

It is important to realise that fine eyelid creases will not be eradicated. To try to do so would produce an over¬correction, a staring appearance and potentially a change in shape of the eye. The crow’s feet cannot be eradicated either.

Often eyelid surgery is carried out together with a brow lift or facelift to enhance the overall rejuvenation effect. These procedures complement each other.

You can read more about how the surgery is performed and the recovery below.

The video diary below is of one of Mr Chana's patients undergoing upper and lower blepharoplasty as well as a facelift. 

Local or general
Surgery time
1 to 1.5 hours
Hospital stay
Day or 1 night
Time off work
2 weeks
Full recovery
4 to 6 weeks
Best results
3 to 6 months
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