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Eyelid surgery

Dr. Sophie Ricketts - Accreditation

Is Eyelid surgery for you?

Aging and sun damage can cause fine lines, excess skin, puffiness and hollows where we don’t want them and make us look tired and unhappy The most common comment I hear during an eyelid consultation is; “I am sick of people saying I look tired”.

What is blepharoplasty?

Eyelid surgery (or blepharoplasty) can be either upper or lower.

Upper blepharoplasty rids you of the extra skin on your on your eyelids making it hard to put on eyeshadow! The surgery takes away this excess skin and redefines the crease above your upper eyelid. It additionally takes away puffiness that often develops above the inner corners of your eyes.

Lower blepharoplasty is to correct the dark shadows and hollowing under the eyes in the “tear-trough” area and to flatten out puffiness and wrinkles under the eyes.

Should I be worried about the scars?

Absolutely not. Scars take some time to completely fade but eyelid skin heals almost invisibly.

What is the recovery time?

Surprisingly fast. It is day surgery. You will have some bruising and swelling for the first 10-14 days. After that you will be socially presentable and most evidence of surgery could be camouflaged by 3-4 weeks.



Am I a good candidate for blepharoplasty?

The most common concern that patients come along with is sagging or excessive upper eyelid skin. This may have an effect on their peripheral vision or it may cause a tired looking appearance that they dislike. Another concern may be puffy eyelids unresponsive to non-surgical treatments or significant eyelid asymmetry (difference in shape or appearance between left and right eyelids). It is best to consult with an experienced specialist to discuss your goals, concerns, and suitability for blepharoplasty or alternative options.

What are the risks and possible complications?

The risks of a blepharoplasty are relatively few. It is however important to be aware of potential risks like bleeding, infection, scarring, asymmetry and dry eye. A skilled surgeon will discuss everything with you and ensure your safety and comfort throughout the process.

What will I feel like immediately after surgery?

The recovery after blepharoplasty is relatively short. Immediately after blepharoplasty, you may experience swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort around the eyes. Your vision may be blurry, and you may have watery or dry eyes. These experiences can vary from person to person, and these feelings are typically short in duration. Your surgeon will provide post-operative instructions to follow, including eye care and managing any discomfort. If you have any concerns or experience unusual symptoms, don’t hesitate to reach out to your surgeon for guidance and reassurance.