eyelid Surgery

Length of surgery

2-3 Hours


General or Local anaesthetic

Hospital stay

Home the same day

Time off work

1-2 weeks

Time off exercise

3-4 weeks

Time to fully settle

6 months

Post-op care


eyelid surgery (Upper/lower eyelid blepharoplasty)

Eyelid surgery can be a powerful and effective way of rejuvenating the face.  Cosmetic plastic surgery of the eyelids can involve the upper, lower or both sets of the eyelids at the same time.

 Upper eyelid blepharoplasty involves an incision in the upper lid crease and removal of the excess skin (excess upper eyelid skin is termed dermatochalasis).  A very small amount of excess fat can also be removed as well as addressing any prolapse of the lacrimal (tear) gland and droopiness (ptosis) of the eyelid itself.

 Lower eyelid blepharoplasty can be performed with either an incision just below the eyelashes (transcutaneous or sub-ciliary) or from the inside of the eyelid (transconjunctival).  Patients who have prominent eyebags or tear troughs need the orbital fat redistributing to help correct this.  Some patient who have decent of the midface may require a midface lift and correction of lid laxity at the same time.  This means that overall, lower eyelid blepharoplasty is a much more complicated procedure.

 The wounds are closed with non-dissolving sutures and padded dressings are applied.  Patient are usually allowed to go home on the same day, but some patients may choose to spend one night in hospital.  An overnight stay is more common after a lower eyelid procedure. 

Patients return to the office after one week to have sutures removed.  At this point they can gently wash their face and eyelids.


Monday – Friday
9 am – 5 pm





5 Devonshire Place
London W1G 6HL