Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

Eyelid Surgery

Procedure: Baggy eyelid lift
Anaesthesia: Local or General
Surgical Time: 1-3 hours
Hospital Stay: Day Case
Time off Work: 2 weeks
Back to Light Sports: 4 weeks
Full Recovery: 3 months
Follow-up: 1 week, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months

Blepharoplasty is the clinical name for eyelid surgery, or an eyelid lift – a cosmetic procedure to improve the appearance of puffy or heavy eyelids.
The presence of this natural aging process can make patients look and feel older than their years, and give the impression of being permanently tired. In some cases, the issue can be so severe that it can even impair vision.

Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty can achieve great results in rejuvenating your face with minimal downtime. The best candidates for blepharoplasty are usually patients of 40+ years, who have no underlying ophthalmological conditions, or general medical illnesses such as thyroid disease which can alter the appearance of the eyelids.

Mr Akhavani is fully experienced in carrying out eyelid lifts, but it’s important to understand that there are always limitations with any cosmetic procedure, and therefore it’s not always possible to meet all your expectations with surgery.

Eyelid Surgery – The Process

There are 3 main types of eyelid surgery:

Upper blepharoplasty – performed under general or local anaesthetic
Lower blepharoplasty – usually performed under a general anaesthetic
Upper + Lower eyelid surgery – usually performed under a general anaesthetic
Upon making your booking for an appointment with Mr Akhavani, you’ll be invited to a consultation which will include:

 Advice and information
 Explanation of the procedure and associated risks
 Medical history assessment
 Physical examination
 Assessment of your skin
 Assessment of your bone structure
You may also be asked to have a formal eye test at your local ophthalmologist prior to surgery.

The surgery itself involves carefully removing excess skin, plus eyelid muscle and/or fat if required, and there may be a need for additional procedures in order to optimise the outcome. Some patients elect to have all four eyelids operated on at the same time.

Blepharoplasty Recovery and Complications

After the operation you should be able to go home on the same day and will be advised to sleep using a couple of pillows to ensure your head remain elevated.

In the early stages of recovery you may need to use eye drops for extra lubrication.

While thankfully rare, potential complications of eyelid surgery include:

 Minor skin infection
 Blurred vision for a few days
 Asymmetry of scars
 Difficulty closing one’s eyes during sleep

To book a blepharoplasty consultation at one of Mo’s London clinics, or for more information about eyelid surgery, please call 0203 733 3224 and we’ll be delighted to help.


You can also learn more about eyelid surgery via the link below:

BAAPS Patient Information on Eyelid Surgery