Eyelid surgery / Blepharoplasty

About Eyelid surgery / Blepharoplasty

Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty is the operation of the lower, upper, or both eyelids to provide a more youthful appearance around the eyes.  It is commonly performed as a cosmetic procedure, but may also be performed as ophthalmology procedure for patients who have obstructed vision due to drooping upper lids (ptosis). 


The doctor will usually make a small incision in the upper eyelid or beneath the lower eyelid, in order to remove excess skin and/or fat from the area. Ophthalmology or plastic surgeons may operate this procedure.

time requirements

Minimum stay

1 to 2 weeks

Hospital stay

Few hours

Operation duration

60 to 90 mins

Anesthesia type


Back to work

1 week

Post visit

Not required

Before Eyelid surgery / Blepharoplasty

What you should care before the procedure:


  • Let doctor know if you smoke or have any other habit, if you suffer from any bleeding disorder or acute and chronic disease, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements at least 10 days before to 3 weeks after the surgery as they may increase the bleeding possibility. 
  • Be fast on the day of surgery if general anesthesia is recommended – not drinking even water from morning.
  • Take a bath the night before surgery.
  • Do not makeup or use spicy aroma the day of surgery.
  • Have a friend or family member to drive you to and from surgery, and to stay with you the first night following surgery.

How is Eyelid surgery / Blepharoplasty performed?

The surgery involves the surgical removal of excess skin and fatty tissue around the eyes to improve the appearance. Before the procedure medications are given for patients’ comfort during the surgical procedure. The choices include intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. 


In the upper eyelid surgery, the surgeon will usually cut along the natural lines of eyelids. Through these cuts, the surgeon will separate the skin from the underlying tissue and remove the excess fat and skin. 


Conditions of the lower eyelid may be corrected with an incision just below the lower lash line. Through this incision, excess skin in the lower eyelid is removed. Again, the excess fat can be repositioned or removed. A transconjunctival incision, created on the inside of the lower eyelid, is an alternate technique to correct lower eyelid conditions and redistribute or remove excess fat. With this technique, no skin is removed.


Eyelid incisions typically are closed with sutures, dissolvable stitches or skin glue. Sutures are removed within one week. Your surgeon may also suggest use of a laser or chemical peel to reduce discoloration of the lower eyelids.


The results of eyelid surgery will appear gradually as swelling and bruising subside to reveal a smooth, better-defined eyelid and surrounding region, and a more alert and rejuvenated appearance. 

Anesthesia type

Eyelid surgery / Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty helps you get rid of under eye bags.

Recovery procedure

Possible discomfort

After surgery you may temporarily experience, blurred vision, watering eyes, pain, itching, sensitivity to light, puffy, numb eyelids, bruising and swelling. 


During the first 48 hours, the use of cool compresses can greatly reduce bruising and swelling around the eyes and face.

Post procedure care

  • Have someone drive you home after surgery and help you at home for 1 or 2 days, in case vision is temporarily impaired.
  • Minimize pressure on the eyes (like working with a computer) in a few days after surgery. 
  • Do not take aspirin or any products containing aspirin unless approved by your surgeon.
  • Keep in mind not to smoke or be around a smoker. This can be the most significant cause of serious healing issues. Also, no alcohol for 3 weeks as it causes fluid retention. 
  • Watch out your sleeping position. Sleep with the head elevated 45 degrees for several days to minimize swelling.
  • Patients may need to return to the clinic after around one week to get stitches removed, or wait a couple of weeks for dissolvable stitches to become absorbed / broken down naturally.

Need help finding the right doctor?

Medirip care team are here to help! Please let us know your question, we will get back to you as soon as possible.

What you need to know

Not recommended for

If you suffer from any of the following medical conditions, you may be not recommended for this procedure. 

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Hypothyroidism and ‘Graves Disease’ (thyroid problems)
  • Dry eyes or problems with tear ducts
  • Detached retina
  • Glaucoma
  • Prone to keloids (angry wound, red scars)
  • Too young or too old 

Potential risk

  • Infection
  • Scarring 
  • Blood clots
  • Asymmetry
  • Muscle damage


In very rare cases:


  • Ptosis 
  • Loss of eyelashes
  • Loss of skin on upper or lower eyelid – it is correctable

Cost parameters

  • Type of anesthesia or sedation
  • Areas being targeted 
  • Incision location/type
  • One or both eyes
  • Patient conditions i.e diabetic
  • Qualifications/expertise of specialist


Medical Centers