Eyelid Reduction

As we age, our skin loses elasticity, and one area where this is most notable is on our faces. Along with wrinkles, we may also develop dark bags under our eyes, which form as a result of the muscles beneath the skin losing firmness.

One possible way to combat bags under the eyes is to undergo blepharoplasty, or an ‘eyelid lift’ as it’s also known. This type of procedure reduces and tightens drooping skin, ridding the under eyes of bags and improving the appearance of the face.

Surgeons can carry out this procedure on the upper or lower eyelid, or both. If you are thinking about having a facelift as well as eyelid surgery, it is advisable to have them performed at the same time in order to maintain the balance of facial aging.

Eyelid surgery can help you to achieve more youthful-looking skin.

Eyelid Reduction FAQs

Will I have scars?

Incisions are made below the lash line and in the natural creases of the eye socket, meaning that they will be well-hidden.

Is my sight at risk?

No. The procedure is performed on the area around your eye, not on your eye.

Will I need to stay in hospital for a while afterwards?

The majority of patients are discharged the same day as the operation, though you will be required to stay in hospital until the anaesthetic wears off. If possible, you should have someone drive you home from the hospital and stay with you for the first 24 hours. Most patients are able to return to work after 7 days.

When will I be able to get my stitches removed?

Generally speaking, stiches are removed within 3-5 days of the procedure.

What can I expect post-surgery?

Your consultant will give you plenty of advice on aftercare and pain relief following surgery. All patients are different, however most report that their bruising eases within a week or so. You may have some swelling, which could take a little longer to disappear as the tissues underneath the skin need to settle. Keeping your head upright and applying a cold compress can help to speed up recovery.

What are the side effects?

Possible side-effects of eyelid surgery include itchy, dry or watery eyes. Some people find that their vision is blurred for a few days following the procedure. Your consultant will discuss any possible side effects with you, and will give you advice on dealing with them.

You are advised not to wear eye make-up until your doctor says it’s OK to do so. Similarly, you should refrain from wearing contact lenses until at least several weeks after eyelid surgery.


This page is intended for information purposes only and should not replace advice that your relevant health professional would give you.