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Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin, fat and/or muscle from around the eyes to correct drooping upper eyelids and lower eyelid bags. Surgery gives a rejuvenated, more rested and alert appearance to the eyes.

What does surgery involve?

Blepharoplasty can be carried out under a general anaesthetic and either requires a one night stay in hospital or in some cases, can be performed on a day case basis. Alternatively, Upper Blepharoplasty can be carried out under local anaesthetic on a day case or outpatient basis. Your surgeon will advise which anaesthetic is the most appropriate in your case. For surgery on the upper eyelids, an incision is made in the natural line/crease in the eyelid. For surgery on the lower eyelids, an incision is made just below the eyelash line. In both cases, the resulting scars will run along the eye’s natural folds, concealing them as much as possible. Excess skin, fat and/or muscle is removed and when surgery is complete, the incisions are closed using very fine sutures.

When will I recover?

After Blepharoplasty you are likely to have some pain/discomfort, swelling and bruising. Your eyes may feel tight and difficult to close when you go to sleep. These are temporary and should subside after the first few weeks. Avoid applying eye make-up until advised by your surgeon – this is usually a few days after the removal of your sutures. Contact lenses must not be worn for at least two weeks following surgery, and initially, they may feel uncomfortable when you resume wearing them.
You will receive a post-operative telephone call from the Specialist Nurse one to two days after your discharge home to ascertain your progress and well-being. You will also receive a follow-up appointment at which your surgeon will assess your progress and give advice on when you can resume your normal activities. You must avoid strenuous exercise, heavy lifting and swimming for approximately four weeks after surgery. You should only resume driving when you are confident that your vision is completely back to normal. The length of time you will need to take off work will depend on your type of employment but is usually a minimum of one week.

What risks should I know about?

Blepharoplasty is a commonly performed and generally safe procedure. However, all surgery carries an element of risk. The possible complications of any surgery can include an unexpected reaction to a general anaesthetic, excessive bleeding, infection and developing a blood clot (usually in a vein in the lower leg, known as a deep vein thrombosis). You will be left with visible scars following your surgery. Initially, they will be red and slightly raised, but they should gradually soften and fade over the following months. In some cases, the eyes can feel sticky or dry and itchy for the first week or so. Occasionally the eyes can become watery and/or sensitive to light for a few weeks. Some patients can experience blurred or double vision for a few days. There is a small possibility that swelling of the lower eyelid can cause it to be pulled away from the eye – an ectropion. This usually settles on its own but occasionally requires further surgery.

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Our teams of world-class experts are dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of medical care. Our highly-skilled consultant surgeons will take their time to listen and talk to you about what to expect from surgery. They use the most up-to-date technology and minimally invasive surgical techniques to keep scarring to a minimum and achieve natural results.
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