Blepharoplasty Surgery

Blepharoplasty is eyelid surgery, which may correct drooping upper eyelids and puffy bags below the eyes. When severe, these conditions may also cause problems such as impaired field of vision or difficulty wearing glasses.

Am I a candidate for Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty may widen the field of vision. Be sure to discuss any medical or ocular conditions with Dr Hornsby during your preoperative consultation.

Dr Hornsby will examine your eyes and your eyelids to exclude any problems that could affect a good functional result. Factors to be considered include age, skin type, ethnic background and degree of vision obstruction. The function of the upper eyelid muscle will be assessed and if the upper lid margin is lower than normal, surgery to tighten that muscle may be necessary.

What can I expect after Surgery?

The procedure can take up to an hour and you are able to go home shortly afterwards. Some swelling and bruising can be expected. You should plan to apply cold packs to your operated eyelids for the first 48 hours after surgery to help control swelling.

The swelling usually subsides within the first few days. The bruising sometimes takes 2-3 weeks to subside. Your eyes may feel tight and sore; especially the first week after surgery and oral pain medications may be required for the first few days.

You may have some watering of the eyes and occasionally blurry vision may be experienced, but this resolves once the swelling subsides. You should also avoid bending over for the first few days following the surgery.

In most cases, you may begin to wear makeup again (on the eyelids) about 10 days after the surgery. You are usually able to take up social activities within 7-10 days and return to work after 2 weeks.
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Fig 1. Illustration of tissue removal areas in a blepharoplasty.
Image - Tissue removal areas in a blepharoplasty
Fig 2. Illustration of drooping lids and bags under eyes.
Image - Drooping lids and bags under eyes


The information provided here is for general education only and should not be construed as individual medical advice. For advice relevant to your particular situation, please speak to Dr Hornsby.