What is blepharoplasty?

Upper blepharoplasty is the term used for facial rejuvenation of the upper eyelids and lower blepharoplasty similarly for the lower eyelids. The term blepharoplasty is also used to describe surgery to create eyelid creases and eliminate the fold of skin near the inner corner of the oriental eye. Treatments which improve the fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes can also be very rejuvenating.

The upper and lower eyelids age differently. Upper eyelid blepharoplasty frequently involves removal of excess drooping skin and/or muscle on the upper eyelid, although some people complain also of puffy upper eyelids due to excess fatty pockets which can also be removed. Often, the position of the outer eyebrow (which droops as one ages) must be considered at the same time.

Lower blepharoplasty is usually performed for patients who develop baggyness or puffiness of the lower eyelid. However, traditional lower eyelid blepharoplasty techniques may not be fully rejuvenating if the midface has aged significantly and a midface lift, which addresses both the lower eyelids and cheek, may be more appropriate.

How long will I need to stay in hospital?

Although some people will prefer to stay overnight after surgery, many patients are able to go home the same day as surgery after blepharoplasty surgery. Mr Kirkpatrick will guide you depending on your own particular circumstances.

How long does it take to recover from blepharoplasty?

People are unique and just as they age differently, so recovery times also differ. The time taken before returning to work very much depends on what surgery you’ve had and what work you do. In general, after blepharoplasty surgery it is wise to allow two weeks recovery time for the majority of the bruising to settle.

How long does blepharoplasty surgery last?

The rate at which ageing occurs, and continues, varies from one person to another. In general, however, blepharoplasty surgery should provide an improvement that lasts for about 10 years.