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Blepharoplasty is eyelid surgery to remove excess fat tissue on eyelids. Eyes can look droopy or tired due to aging or sometimes they tend to have more fat pads on the eyelids or under the eyes. Droopy eyes or also known as tired eyes can look worse especially depending on sleeping patterns, tiredness, or creases. That is why the operation itself can also be referred to as eye lift surgery or eyelid lift operation to achieve a more youthful look to open the eyes.

Before the surgery, doctors perform various tests to reach an accurate diagnosis. During the examination, doctors can measure eyes, test vision, and perform multiple other studies. The patient’s medical records showing whether they have had any chronic illnesses or taken any medications also play an important role in the process. Patients, later on, explain their desired result after the procedure and make sure that their surgeon has previous experience with similar procedures. Depending on the issue, surgeons perform upper blepharoplasty or lower blepharoplasty which can also be referred to as under eye bag surgery. Once diagnosed and decided on the type of procedure, the operation can be performed under local or general anesthetic. The aim of the procedure is to give your eyes a natural look by removing excess fat. That is why incisions during surgery are applied according to your natural creases. Through these small cuts, any excess fat pads or skin are removed to prevent sagginess. Then, the doctor stitches the area and the procedure is finalised.

After the surgery, it is likely to experience swelling and bruises, however, they should fade away in two days or so. Yet if they last more than 2 days, you should consult your doctor for further investigation. It is also important to see your doctor regularly in the meantime so that side effects and possible complications can be further observed and prevented. It is not recommended to drive or use any machinery within the first couple of hours of the surgery as vision can be blurry and eyes can get sensitive for a short period of time. If you are someone who wears contact lenses, needless to say you should not use them unless your doctor advises you to do so.

Important to note that many often confuse blepharoplasty with canthoplasty and ptosis surgery. Canthoplasty is a procedure that shapes the eye into a more almonds shape by lifting it from the corners, while blepharoplasty is performed to remove eye bags or fat pads on the eyelids. Ptosis surgery involves changing the height of the eye so that the bit rests in a higher position on the face. Some may also prefer face and neck lift operations to accompany their blepharoplasty surgery to achieve an overall youthful appearance.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is blepharoplasty surgery?

Surgery is performed with small cuts on the areas to remove fat pads or tighten the eye area. Cuts are made in line with the eye’s natural creases and lines to give a more natural look.

How long does eyelid surgery take?

Surgery can last an hour or three hours depending on the type of eye plastic surgery patients are undergoing.

How long eyelid surgery recovery?

After double eyelid surgery or eye bag removal surgery, you generally do not have to stay at the hospital overnight unless your doctor requires you to do so. Recovery after blepharoplasty is a lot quicker compared to other surgery types. It is likely to get bruises and swelling afterward however it should subside in one or two days.

How long after eyelid surgery can you wear makeup?

It goes without saying that it is vitally important to keep the operated area clean and complication-free. It should take two to three weeks to start using makeup again depending on the incision’s recovery speed.

How long does eyelid surgery last?

The effects of upper eyelid surgery can actually last a lifetime, so it does not require repetition.

Why is double eyelid surgery popular?

Eyelid surgery has a lot of advantages for the patient. It offers a shorter recovery time and it is not too expensive. It is also easy to go back to your daily life afterward compared to other plastic surgery procedures.

How to pronounce blepharoplasty?

Knowing how to pronounce the terminology might come in handy especially if you think you have blepharoplasty. It is pronounced as blef-uh-roe-plas-tee and sometimes can be referred to as double eyelid. It can be a cosmetic concern as much as a medical one once the vision and emotional health start getting affected by it.

The page content is for informational purposes only. The content of this page does not include items containing information on therapeutic health care. For diagnosis and treatment, you must consult your physician or consult the physicians in our clinic. The content has been written regarding the following sources by Vanity Estetik doctors.


Healthline – What to Expect from Blepharoplasty
Nuffield Health – Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Reshaping)
BAPPS – Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
American Society of Plastic Surgery – What is eyelid surgery?

Last updated on: 15.05.2024 14:57
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