Eyelid Reduction (also known as a Blepharoplasty)

Eyelid reduction (upper, lower or both) can make the eyes look wider and more youthful. Some patients feel it makes them look more alert.

As your body ages, the skin loses its elasticity and muscles slacken. This can result in an accumulation of loose skin which collects as folds in the upper and lower eyelids. Blepharoplasty removes the surplus skin, muscle and protruding fat (it may also redistribute the fat) to produce a more ‘attractive’ appearance and can reduce swelling around the eyes or a tired ‘half asleep’ look.

During your consultation, it is important to carefully define exactly what your goals are and to understand any potential changes in relation to the whole face (i.e. the balance between your forehead, eyebrows, eyelids, cheek-pads, mouth and chin). Proportions and balance in the face are important. Changing one area of the face may affect another and any complications may be difficult to completely correct.

There are a number of approaches and appropriate techniques will be discussed. Careful surgery should avoid both over and under-reduction (which come with their own associated risks). Scars are usually well hidden in skin creases.


The operation and post-op information

Surgery can be performed under local anaesthetic as a day case, or under general anaesthetic. Sutures are removed after seven days. Bruising and swelling generally lasts around two weeks.

Click here to read more about eyelid reduction on the BAAPS website.