Eyelid surgery (technically called blepharoplasty) is a procedure to remove fat usually along with excess skin and muscle from the upper and lower eyelids. Blepharoplasty can be done alone or in conjunction with other facial surgery procedures such as a facelift or a brow lift.

An incision is made on the upper eyelid in the natural crease. This may extend into the laughter line (crows feet) area. The excess skin muscle and any fat are trimmed and the incision is closed with fine sutures.

Quick Reference


30 mins upper, 40 mins lower

Anaesthesia Used

General anaesthetic

Hospital Stay

Day case

Pre Admission Tests

Blood tests, MRSA, +/- ECG


1 - 2 weeks


1 week


6 weeks

Final Result

6 - 9 months


Eyelid puffiness / hooding

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FAQs for Cosmetic Eye Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

Blepharoplasty surgery usually addresses any overt hooding or puffiness of the tissues around the eye. It can effectively reduce or remove any bagginess or looseness in the eyelid region.

It can also help dark circles in situations where these are caused by shadowing due to excess fat in the eyelids. Moreover, it will also help to increase the amount of eyelid showing in the upper eyelid region where this has been reduced due to excess skin folds.

It won’t, however, remove or reduce crow’s feet or laughter lines at the side of the eyes or change the position of your eyebrows. Furthermore, it will not improve any puffiness or bagginess on the cheek or cheekbone area(called Malar bags).

Indeed you can combine other procedures with a blepharoplasty. As the ageing process usually affects the entire face, many patients opt to have their face, neck or brow lifted at the same time as well. This way you will be able to make more efficient use of your recovery period by recovering from a number of procedures at the same time.

All surgery carries some uncertainty and risk. When a blepharoplasty is performed by a qualified Plastic Surgeon, complications are infrequent and usually minor. Still, individuals vary greatly in their anatomy, their physical reactions, and their healing abilities, and the outcome is never completely predictable.

Complications are not common however can include: Haematoma (a collection of blood under the skin), minor infections, scar lumpiness. Some patients will experience some minor ocular inflammation (chemosis) for a short period of time following surgery. This often resolves quickly without the need for intervention.

It is always useful to allow yourself plenty of time to recover and organise sufficient time off work. 2 weeks should give you sufficient time to allow any obvious bruising and swelling to subside. A little makeup may be required at that point to cover any remaining bruising. Ensure any blood tests or other tests that are required are undertaken well in advance to avoid any potential delays.

Blepharoplasty is one of the most popular aesthetic surgery procedures. The chances are excellent that you’ll be happy with your surgery, especially if you realise that the results may not be immediately apparent.

The combined positive results of a fresher look to your eyes whilst reducing their tired appearance will benefit your self-esteem and confidence and should last for years. But always remember the procedure can never halt the ageing process. The clock can be turned back but you cannot stop it ticking altogether.

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Tips from the Top

Senior Nurse Suzi says:

A balanced healthy diet, rich in protein will help you heal from surgery – try drinking a fresh green juice every morning.

Write down any questions and take them into your consultation with Mr Karidis – that way you won’t forget anything.

Prepare your body for surgery by keeping it soft and supple by moisturising skin twice daily (avoid vitamin E containing products).

Always wear sun block (SPF 50+) over surgery scars to stop pigmentation.

Stock up on comfy lounge wear for after your surgery – front opening tops are ideal.

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