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Eyelid Surgery - How Does it Work?

Updated: Apr 4, 2023

Blepharoplasty is often performed on people who have droopy eyelids, bags under their eyes, or wrinkles in their upper lids. The surgery involves removing fat and tightening muscles in the area.

The Procedure

During the procedure, an incision is made along the crease of the eye. This creates a flap that lifts away the skin and sometimes muscle tissue. Fat cells are then repositioned or removed using suction devices. Afterward, the skin is sutured into place.

Recovery Time

Most patients return home the same day after surgery. They should avoid strenuous activity until the stitches dissolve or are removed. Patients usually need to wear sunglasses for several weeks after the procedure.

Side Effects

There are usually no major side effects associated with blepharoplasty, although some minor complications do occur. These include bleeding, infection, swelling, bruising, numbness, and dry eye.

Before & After Photos

Natural upper blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasy is performed under local anaesthesia, so patients usually feel little discomfort during the procedure. Patients typically return home on the day after surgery. Most people see results immediately after the procedure, but full recovery takes several weeks. Before and after photos are found here.


There are risks associated with any surgical procedure, but these risks are minimal when compared to other common surgeries. Blepharoplasty has been shown to cause temporary swelling, bruising, and redness at the incision site. These symptoms usually resolve quickly. Other potential complications include infection, bleeding, numbness, dry eye, and vision changes.

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