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    Thinking about having an eyelid lift?

    26 February 2018 | Categories: eye lid lift, cosmetic


    There are a number of reasons why you might be considering having an eyelid lift (blepharoplasty). For most people, it is the desire to get rid of the ‘tired’ look around the eyes, caused by hereditary factors and natural ageing, that encourages them to look into the option of surgery.  However, it is important to note that this information does not replace the individualised information that would be provided by a specialist Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon.

    Whatever your reasons are, you can rest assured that Moorfields Private delivers a high level of excellence in terms of both treatment and care for this procedure.

    Every time you visit, you will be looked after by your chosen surgeon who will supervise your care from start to finish. You also have the reassurance of knowing that you will receive balanced, objective advice with no pressure at all to commit.

    We also try to make everything as simple as we possibly can for our patients. If you do eventually decide to go through with the procedure, this step-by-step guide will give you a good idea of what lies ahead.

     Firstly, you will need to book an appointment to meet one of our consultants.

    1. You will then have a “cooling off period” to think things over. If you are still keen to proceed after that, we will book a date for your treatment.
    2. You are usually able to return home on the same day as your treatment, depending on the level of surgery required.
    3. Around 7-10 days after your treatment, you will return for a follow-up appointment to check how your eyes are recovering and to have your sutures removed.
    4. 2-3 months after your treatment, you will pop back for a final check-up.


    The recovery process for upper or lower eyelid blepharoplasty is usually quite quick. You can expect to return to your normal routine within a day or two of your treatment, although the bruising may remain for up to a fortnight. Combined upper and lower eyelid blepharoplasty may require a longer recovery period of 2-3 weeks.

    How long does the surgery take?

    This will depend on the level of surgery required, but generally blepharoplasty surgery would be expected to take between 45 minutes and two and a half hours. Shorter procedures tend to be performed under local anaesthesia with sedation (twilight anaesthesia), whereas the longer procedures can be performed under general anaesthesia.

    Is there anything I should or shouldn’t do after surgery?

    Patients are advised to refrain from strenuous activity for one week after the surgery. Sutures are usually removed after one week. Cold packs can be helpful to reduce the swelling and it is often advisable to keep the area dry for a few days. Your surgeon will give you more specific advice and instructions.

    Are there any problems after surgery?

    Dry eyes and ocular surface irritation are common symptoms after surgery, and this should usually dissipate as the eyelid function recovers. Numbness around the eyelids is also common and this can take several weeks to recover.

    Is an eyelid lift procedure safe?

    In expert hands, blepharoplasty is a safe and predictable procedure offering significant aesthetic and functional benefit. Like with all surgery, there are some risks of the procedure and these will be discussed with you in detail at your consultation.


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