If you are striving for a more youthful appearance, then eyelid surgery – more formally known as blepharoplasty – is a popular option to correct ‘eye bags’. You generally have two options:  whether you want to have the procedure on your upper lids or lower lids.

What does it mean to have surgery on my upper eyelids?

If you choose to have this surgery on your upper lids, then the procedure will involve removing excess or redundant upper eyelid skin as well as a portion of excess underlying muscle and fat. The scars for this procedure are hidden in the natural creases at the top of your upper eyelid for a natural finish, with the operation performed under a local anaesthetic and sedation or a short general anaesthetic depending on your preference. It can be treated as a day case too.

What does it mean to have surgery on my lower eyelids?

A lower lid blepharoplasty utilises a number of techniques which work to smooth the lid-cheek interface as well as improve the contour of the lower eyelid, cheek and mid-face area. The procedure will usually involve repositioning fat and muscle in the lower lid area as well as removing small amounts of excess skin and fat if need be. Cheek tissue may also need to be repositioned if it will help improve the contour of the lower eyelid and cheek areas.

You won’t notice the scars for this procedure as they are tucked below the eyelashes of your lower eyelid and tend to heal very nicely. This operation can be performed as a simple day case, requiring just general anaesthetic.

Can I have this procedure in combination with another treatment?

Often linked to eyelid surgeries are brow procedures. If you are having this operation due to the results of ageing, then there may also be a component of brow descent or sagging, therefore an endoscopic brow lift will be recommended as an alternative or in addition to an upper lid blepharoplasty. This will produce a well-rounded aesthetic result. Other options to consider would be a facelift – these three treatments work nicely in conjunction with each other to produce a natural result.

What recovery times shall I expect?

After your operation, you may experience some mild swelling or bruising, although this normally settles down well. Your stitches will be removed after around five to seven days and you will also be able to return to work after 10 to 14 days.

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