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Eyelid surgery or Blepharoplasty ('Eye lift or Eye bag removal')

With age the skin around the eyes can become loose and wrinkled. Dark circles may appear beneath the eyes. Pockets of fat might become prominent underneath the eyes giving the impression of 'bags'. Sometimes the soft tissues in the cheek drop and drag down the skin beneath the eyes, making the lower eyelid look longer.

All of these changes can make you look tired or sad. The eyes may look smaller and it can be difficult to apply makeup. In some cases, people find that their vision is obscured by loose skin.

Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, can significantly improve the appearance and function of ageing eyelids. However, surgery can be complex. Mr Adamthwaite carefully assesses every patient to determine their needs and understand their goals.

Length of Surgery
45 mins to 1.5 hours

Local or General

Length of Hospital Stay
Day Case or 1 night


Time off work
1 - 2 weeks

Full recovery time
6 weeks

Will eyelid surgery get rid of wrinkles?

Upper eyelid surgery involves the removal of soft tissue and skin.

It gives patients a more refreshed look but it will not get rid of wrinkles that are caused by sun damage and contraction of underlying muscles.

Botox and strong sun protection can help with wrinkles.

Will I have any scarring?

In eyelid surgery, the skin is closed with very fine stitches and the scar is placed in the eyelid's natural fold.

What is recovery like?

The skin around the eyelids is very delicate and therefore it will be swollen for the first week to 10 days after surgery and there will be some bruising.

Some patients are prescribed antibiotic cream and artificial tears (eye drops) to help with their recovery.

If you normally wear contact lenses you may not be able to wear them until you have fully recovered.

If you have any questions about eyelid surgery and whether it is right for you, please don't hesitate to contact us.

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