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Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)

Eyelid surgery corrects excess, sagging skin around the eyelids. The eyelids are a prominent part of the face and often begin showing signs of aging first.

The skin loses elasticity with age and the eyelids form excess skin. Other influencing factors include heredity, skin type, lifestyle, allergies, kidney disease, etc. This is not merely a cosmetic defect, but a functional one as well that can cause feelings of fatigue and eye strain.

Quick information

  • The upper and lower eyelids can be operated on separately or at the same time
  • Outpatient procedure performed under local anesthesia
  • We recommend applying ice to the eyes for the first three days after the operation
  • Limit TV and computer use for the first week after the operation
  • The stitches are removed 5-7 days after the operation

How does blepharoplasty work?

Depending on the patient’s needs, we can either operate on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both in the same operation. Blepharoplasty involves removing excess skin from the eyelids and if necessary eliminating bags under the eyes.

The procedure leaves a scar in the crease of the upper eyelid where the skin folds when the eyes open. The scar on the lower eyelid sits just under the eyelashes. The procedure is performed under local anesthetic as an outpatient procedure or with an overnight stay.

Before/after gallery

eyelid surgery photos before and after blepharoplasty before/after photo

Blepharoplasty aftercare

After the procedure is over the wounds are covered with a thin bandage and sterile dressing taped to the skin. Your eyes will not be covered up and you will still be able to see. In most cases you can go home right after the procedure, but you should not drive yourself.

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Before blepharoplasty After blepharoplasty

For the first 24 hours you will need to put cold compresses over the dressings (ice in a plastic bag, cooling gels) and avoid physical activity. We recommend that you not lie horizontally, but prop yourself up with pillows. Two days after the operation you can remove the dressing covering your eyelids, but keep the bandage taped to the skin. You should keep this dry and do not get the area wet for seven days. After the operation you will experience swelling and bruising in the eyelids and face that can last for up to 2-3 weeks.

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Before blepharoplasty After blepharoplasty

You can come in to the clinic for the operating surgeon to remove your stitches seven days after the operation, or if you wish you can remove them yourself at home. Pull the tape off your face with tweezers and then give the thread on the outside of the eyelid a smooth pull to remove the whole stitch. After that you can wash your eyelids and apply cream.

Scar care

  • You should start massaging the scar area 10 days after blepharoplasty. First press down on the scar with the tip of your finger. Hold the pressure for 30 seconds, then move to the next spot along the scar. Repeat along the entire length of the scar several times a day. You can use cream for the massage if desired. Make sure not to pull on the scar or the wound might reopen.
  • Avoid exposing the scars to direct sunlight for at least two months after the operation or they might turn darker in color. If you do expose the scars to sunlight, we recommend putting sun cream with a high UV filter on first.
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Before blepharoplasty After blepharoplasty

You can resume office work three days after the operation, but keep in mind that you will still be wearing the bandages and you will have some bruising and swelling. We recommend avoiding sports and physical exertion for two weeks after the procedure.

After the operation the scar will gradually fade from red to nearly invisible, hidden in the upper eyelid crease and under the lower eyelashes. The final results of the operation can be assessed after four to eight weeks.

What about blepharoplasty for men?

  • Drooping eyelids with extra skin are not exclusive to women. More and more men are realizing how much blepharoplasty can help relieve eye pain, burning and fatigue.