Eye Lid Surgery

Why do eyes start looking tired?

As we all age, the skin loses its elasticity and the muscles of the eye weaken. This results in the brows dropping, in excess skin in the upper eyelid, in weakness of the lower eyelid comparments causing fat to protrude. General face laxity can also impact the way we look. 

Eyelid surgery is usually the last resort to many patients, as there are many steps before to help with many of these problems around the eye. 

What is blepharoplasty?

The term blepharoplasty can refer to any surgery around the eyes, upper or lower, to reshape the eye. An upper eyelid blepharoplasty removes the excess skin, and can ve combined with a browlift. A lower eyelid blepharoplasty involves working on the fat compartments to reduce the protrusion. The procedure can be combined with tightening the eye (canthopexy).

There are some risk factors to  a blepharoplasty. These include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Asymmetry 
  • Over correction
  • Unfavrouble scarring
  • Dry or watery eyes
  • Blindness

Who is a good candidate to have eyelid surgery?

What is eyelid surgery

Blepharoplasty, is the operation to correct droopy eyelids and remove excess skin and fat. It can be combined with a canthopexy, a tightening of the lower eyelid, lacrimal gland repositioning and muscle repairs. It also combined with a browlift or a facelift on many occasions.  Post surgery addition of anti-wrinkle injections can help give a final touch.

Benefits of eyelid surgery

Blepharoplasty procedures are done for aesthetic or functional reasons. The procedure will remove the excess skin and fat, and if needed the muscle can be tightened to restore the youthful look of the eyes. If there is severe hooding this can result in vision restriction and reduced peripheral vision. Lower blepharoplasty addresses the lower eyelids excess of skin and fat herniation. Patient feedback afterwards that they look fresher and less tired.

blepharoplasty procedure

The procedure is very safe and is done under a local anaesthetic or general anaesthetic. It takes around 45 minutes to do the upper blepharopplasty and around 1 hour to do the lower blepharoplasty. The scars are well placed to be hidden in the long term. Afterwards cool compressions are applied. It can be a daycase procedure. It takes at least a week to recover and 10 days as a hide away period. Final results take up to 4 months to allow all the scars to settle. 

Watch how a blepharoplasty is preformed

"The blepharoplasty procedure is extremely effective is giving is giving long lasting youthful eyes, especially if combined with anti-wrinkle treatments."
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Dr Ali Soueid
Consultant Plastic Surgeon

Potential Patient Benefits of Eyelid Surgery