Blepharoplasty [Eyelid Lift]

Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure where the upper and lower eyelids are lifted and loose or excess skin and fat tissue are removed from the eye area. It is often combined with methods to improve other areas of the face, such as forehead or brow lifts, which raise the eyebrows or keep them from sagging over the eyes.



There are several types of blepharoplasty depending on the exact nature of the problem.

Excess skin from either the upper or lower lid as well as the underlying fat pad.

  1. An incision is made along the crease in the eyelid, to access the underlying tissue and remove the fat pad.
  2. The pad is then cauterized and any loose skin removed from the exterior before the incision is sutured.

Protruding fat under the eye and not too much extra skin.

By entering just inside the lining of the lower eyelids, this approach eliminates the visible scar but does not remove excess skin.

The procedure takes about two hours and can be performed with local anaesthetic as an outpatient basis.


Laser Assisted Blepharoplasty

The laser causes blood to coagulate, which may diminish bleeding and swelling during and after the operation. This is a relatively new approach that is gaining widespread acceptance.



The post-operative effects are minimal and temporary. Cold compresses will help alleviate any swelling, bruising or discomfort.

Stitches are usually removed after five days.

Minor swelling, bruising and discomfort should disappear within two weeks


Possible Complications

A "too tight" or uneven appearance can be caused by the removal of too much skin or uneven amounts of fat. Additional surgeries can usually reverse this problem.

On very rare occasions, bleeding behind the eye can impose pressure on the eye, pushing it forward in the socket. If not corrected by the surgeon, vision loss could result.

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