Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is used to remove excess skin from the upper and lower eyelids to get rid of hooded eyelids or eye bags. Loose skin and excess fatty tissue around the eye area is removed, giving a fresher, more youthful appearance.
There are three types of blepharoplasty surgery:
Upper blepharoplasty – performed along the crease line of the upper eyelid.
Lower blepharoplasty – performed along the crease line of the lower eyelash or through the conjunctiva if only fat bags and no skin removal is necessary.
Upper and lower blepharoplasty – both procedures performed together.
Blepharoplasty will not remove dark circles under the eyes, crow’s feet or other wrinkles around the eyes. Visit our non-surgical pages for treatments to reduce these signs of ageing.
The procedure takes about two hours and will be performed using general anaesthetic. It is either as a day case or with an overnight stay. You may experience some pain and discomfort for between three to seven days. Suture strips are applied to support the eyelids after surgery. These are usually removed after three to five days. Strenuous exercise and heavy lifting should be avoided for four weeks.
Removal of the sutures put in place during an eye bag removal surgery will happen on six to seven days after surgery. Individuals who have undergone the surgery need to take adequate care post surgery to avoid lifting heavy objects.