What does blepharoplasty surgery involve?

Your surgeon will need to be aware of any medical eye conditions you may suffer from as there are some occasions when surgery is contraindicated. In particular, dry eye can appear worse after surgery. Your experienced surgeon will also need to ascertain whether it is just the eyelids, which are of concern, or whether the surrounding brow, temple, cheekbones and tear trough are also requiring treatment.

All surgery can be carried out as a day case. Usually under Total Intravenous Anaesthesia (TIVA) with the patient only lightly anaesthetised. Smaller procedures can be carried out under local anaesthetic. Your eyes will not be bandaged at the end of the procedure and although vision may be slightly reduced because of the local anaesthesia used, this is only temporary. You should not drive a car for 24 hours. The eyelid skin heals very quickly and in a few days any stitches can be removed. Bruising varies but like all bruises settles, and will become less visible over 10 days. Swelling accompanies all
surgery and on the eyelid, this may give a watery look to the eye (chemosis) which can be annoying and last a few weeks. If patients have festoons or swelling over the cheekbones, then this can remain swollen for a month or two. Patients should be reassured that all this swelling does eventually settle.

Finally, the surgery itself is not painful and the only restrictions are intended to reduce temporary swelling. Wearing a cold compress immediately after surgery and sitting propped up in bed for the first night are useful, but probably do not affect the final result. The eye is also watery because the swelling around the tear ducts which naturally drain tears into the nose, swell up and become blocked, again this is only temporary and usually lasts a day or so. You will probably not wish to go to work the next day because of the appearance of dressings, swelling and bruising, but working from home is reasonable for many.

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