Eyelid surgery

Eyelid surgery – Blepharoplasty

Eyelid surgery serves to rejuvenate the upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both by removing excess skin and fat, as well as reshaping the eye.

1. How long is the recovery?
You should be able to go home the following day. You should be able to return to your normal activities after one week. Depending on your type of work, you should be able to return after a week. Vigorious activities such as going to the gym, can be resumed after approximately four weeks.

2. I’m worried about pain.
There is slight pain or discomfort following a eyelid surgery but for most, swelling and bruising reduces within a week.

3. Will I look natural?
Every effort will be made to give you a natural end result.

4. Can I avoid general anaesthetic?
These procedures can be performed under local or general anasthesic.

5. What is the cost?
If you would like a tailored quote, please book an initial consultation to discuss your condition and treatment options with your chosen consultant. Once the initial consultation is complete, you will receive your a tailored quote for your treatment.  Please call us on 01709 464200 or email enquiries@kinvarahospital.co.uk if you wish to receive a guide price for any specific treatments.


Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, rejuvenates the upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both, by removing excess skin, muscle and fat, as well as reshaping the eye.

A youthful eye typically has smooth, wrinkle-free skin on the upper and lower eyelids, as well as an absence of puffiness. With increasing age, the eyelid skin can become lax and wrinkled, which combined with puffiness, can give the eyes a tired look. The lax and sagging upper eyelid skin can also fold over the eyelashes causing ‘hooding’, which in severe cases, can compromise vision.

Lower blepharoplasty is suited for patients who develop puffiness of the lower eyelid. If there is significant ageing of the midface aswell, lower blepharoplasty alone may not achieve the rejuvenating effect that is desired. For such patients a combination of lower blepharoplasty and a midface lift is more suitable.

Upper blepharoplasty may be combined with a brow lift or brow fat grafting to further enhance the upper eyelid rejuvenation.

Am I A Good Candidate For Eyelid Surgery?

The best candidates for eyelid surgery are those;

  • Who have healthy eyes with no serious conditions,
  • Who are generally healthy and do not have a medical condition that could impede healing,
  • Who do not smoke,
  • Who have realistic expectations of the results and willing to follow all pre-op and post-op instructions.


Upper blepharoplasty is performed under local anaesthetic with the incision placed in the natural eyelid crease. Post-operative discomfort is minimal and most patients can expect to return to normal activities after one week. Sutures are removed at one week and most patients can resume wearing makeup and contact lenses at that time.

Lower blepharoplasty is performed under local or general anaesthetic and the incision placed just under the eyelashes. Through this incision, fat can be removed or repositioned. If required, a midface lift can also be performed at the same time to address midface ageing. Excess skin of the lower eyelid is then trimmed and the incision closed with fine sutures.

If the lower eyelid does not have excess skin, your Surgeon may perform a transconjunctival blepharoplasty. With this approach the incision is made inside the lower eyelid to remove the fat, leaving no visible scars.

Recovery From Eyelid Surgery
Swelling, bruising and a sense of tightness in the eyelids are common after eyelid surgery. These usually resolve within two to four weeks. Sutures are removed after seven days. In some patients the eyes can be slightly irritated and sensitive to light for a short time. Your Surgeon may prescribe lubricating eyedrops to ease any discomfort. After two months, you should see the final results of your eyelid surgery.

Prior to your surgery, our team will give you detailed aftercare instructions. This will include how to care for the incisions, pain relief and when you may resume normal activity.

Speak to a member of our team for further information or to arrange a consultation

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Before & Afters

Possible Risks

Risks of blepharoplasty include;

Scar / poor scarring

Infection – very rarely an infection can arise which may require treatment with antibiotics or further surgery.

Asymmetry of scars

Dry eyes

Overcorrection (removing too much skin)/ undercorrection (not removing enough of the excess skin)

Numbness of the eyelids

Blurred vision for a few days

Temporary swelling of the eyelids

Ectropion (pulling down of the lower lids)

Vision loss from retrobulbar haemorrhage (very rare)

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Pricing & Finance

When you’re considering a cosmetic procedure, there’s a lot to think about – the choice of treatments available, the results you want to achieve, the recovery time, any potential risks and, of course, the cost.

Kinvara Private Hospital is registered with the Care Quality Commission. Cosmetic surgery results and benefits can vary and are different for each individual. As such, we cannot guarantee specific results.

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