What is upper eyelid surgery?
Upper eyelid surgery, otherwise known as upper blepharoplasty, is a surgery that corrects droopy eyelids and sagging eyebrows by removing excess skin, muscle and fat.
Besides making you look older, severely sagging skin around your eyes can reduce your peripheral vision, especially the upper and outer parts of your field of vision. Blepharoplasty can reduce or eliminate these vision problems and make your eyes appear younger and more alert.
1 - 2 hours
How does upper eyelid surgery work?
An upper blepharoplasty can be done under a local anaesthetic injected into the eyelids. Your surgeon will make a cut in the natural skin crease of your upper eyelid, remove any excess skin and fat, and then close the wound using very fine stitches.
Is upper eyelid surgery painful?
The surgery is not associated with excessive pain, however after the local anaesthetic wears off, there might be some mild discomfort initially and a dry and gritty sensation in the eyes for a few days. You’ll be prescribed a lubricating ointment to help ease this.
How long does upper eyelid surgery take to heal?
The stitches can be removed within 5 to 7 days, but your eyelid may be swollen and bruised for 1 to 3 weeks after surgery. The appearance of your eye may continue to improve over the next 1 to 3 months.
You can return to work within 7 to 10 days, once the majority of the swelling and bruising has subsided.
Possible risks of eyelid surgery include:
Complications are rare, however, as with any surgery, there are several risks associated with the procedure. If you experience any of the following complications, get in touch with your patient coordinator:
Infection and bleeding
Dry, irritated eyes
Difficulty closing your eyes or other eyelid problems
Injury to eye muscles
The need for follow-up surgery
Temporarily blurred vision or, rarely, loss of eyesight
Risks related to surgery generally, including reaction to anaesthesia and blood clots
How long does upper eyelid surgery last?
The results of blepharoplasty are generally long lasting. Longevity can vary between patients, but you can expect the results of upper eyelid surgery to last about 5 to 7 years.
Upper eyelid surgery at Fourways
Upper eyelid surgery is carried out at Fourways by Pei Pei Cheang - a highly qualified ENT & Facial Plastic Surgeon with more than 25 years of medical experience.