Eyelid Reduction Surgery

Eyelid surgery, also known as a blepharoplasty, is a procedure that removes excess fatty tissue and/or loose skin surrounding the eyes to give the area a more rejuvenated appearance.

Eyelid Reduction Surgery

The aim of eyelid reduction surgery is to improve facial appearance and reduce the signs of ageing by treating:

  • Loose or sagging skin that creates folds or disturbs the natural contour of the upper eyelid, sometimes impairing vision
  • Excess fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the upper eyelids
  • Bags under the eyes
  • Droopiness of the lower eyelids, showing white below the iris (coloured portion of the eye)
  • Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid

Eyelid reductions are one of the most common plastic surgery operations. They can be done alone or at the same time as other facial surgery, such as facelift surgery or brow lift surgery.

Is eyelid surgery right for me?


Eyelid reduction surgery is a highly individualised procedure and may not be suitable for everyone. Always talk to your Specialist Plastic Surgeon before making a decision. Your surgeon will assess your condition and general health, and plan the treatment that is best suited to you.

Before you decide on eyelid reduction surgery, there are some important issues to keep in mind:

  • Upper eyelid surgery is often carried out separately from lower eyelid surgery. Be prepared for two separate operations
  • Eyelid reduction cannot remove dark circles under the eyes, lift sagging eyebrows or get rid of crow’s feet
  • Smokers are at increased risk of complications. If you are serious about undergoing surgery, you should quit smoking

Eyelid reduction surgery may not be a good option for you if you are:

  • Not able to have an anaesthetic
  • Prone to bleeding tendencies or have poor healing ability
  • Too high risk of having surgical complications

Eyelid reduction surgery may be a good option for you if:

  • You are physically healthy and you do not have medical conditions that can impair healing or increase risk of surgery
  • You do not have any serious eye conditions
  • You have realistic expectations of what eyelid reduction surgery can accomplish
  • You are a non-smoker or have stopped smoking



Will I need anaesthesia for eyelid surgery?


Eyelid reduction surgery can be performed under general anaesthesia or local anaesthesia. Modern anaesthesia is safe and effective, but does have some risks. Ask our Specialist Plastic Surgeons for more information. Our surgeons will ask you about all the medications you are taking or have taken, and any allergies you may have.

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