Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) Guide

Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), is a very common cosmetic procedure, used to improve the appearance of the eye area and/or improve vision, which has been obstructed by an overhanging eyelid.

What is Blepharoplasty?

Medically termed "Blepharoplasty" (BLEF-uh-ro-plas-te), eyelid surgery is amongst the most common types of plastic surgery in the UK. The treatment involves the removal of excess skin, protruding fat and muscle in the upper and/or lower eyelids. The treatment is often completed for aesthetic reasons to give tired looking eyes a more youthful and alert appearance and reduce swelling, but may also be indicated when excessive skin in the upper eyelid hangs over eyelashes and impairs vision. The ageing effect of skin is often prevalent around the eye area before other parts of the body.  Skin around the eyes looses its elasticity, stretches and muscles weaken.  In the upper eyelid, this creates new folds of loose skin and in the lower eyelid, deep creases can appear.  The weaker muscles cause fat to protrude, giving eyes a puffy appearance.  Age is not always a determining factor and droopy eyelids and puffy eyes may be hereditary.   

The dramatic improvement eyelid surgery can have, often gives patients a boost in confidence and an improved quality of life. Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) is often accompanied with eyebrow surgery, forehead surgery and a face-lift, to rejuvenate the whole face and give a healthy, youthful appearance.

Deciding whether to have eyelid surgery is an important decision and there are numerous factors to consider.  It is often helpful to carry out your own research and prepare for an initial consultation.  This will help you make an informed decision.  In this guide, you may find the anwsers to a lot of your questions, but this is not a substitute for professional medical advice. To find your local clinic/eye surgeon, visit the Find page.

Questions which you may be asking, include: 

  • Am I suitable for eyelid surgery?
  • What type of blepharoplasty is recommended for me?
  • What will be the benefits of surgery?
  • What happens during the operation?
  • Will I experience much pain before and after the procedure and what options do have for anaesthetic?
  • Will I be required to stay overnight?
  • What complications may occur during and after blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) and what are the side effects and risks?
  • When will I recover from eyelid surgery and see the benefits?
  • When can I resume normal life activity?
  • How do I prepare for the surgery?
  • Who will be present during surgery?
  • How much will the blepharoplasty cost?
  • Are finance options available at the clinic?
  • Will my personal insurance cover the surgery?
  • How long will the results last?
  • Which other procedures may I benefit from? 

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