Blepharoplasty (Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery or Eyebag Removal)

As you get older, the skin around your eyes loses its elasticity and the muscles become looser. Gravity pulls down on the skin and soft tissues causing loose folds or baggy eyelids.  Blepharoplasty involves surgically removing excess skin or fat from around the eyes to give a more alert and youthful appearance.

What happens?

Cosmetic eyelid surgery can be done using local or general anaesthesia. The surgery may take up to two hours, depending on the technique your surgeon uses and whether you’re having your upper or lower eyelids, or both, operated on.

Your surgeon will make a cut in the natural skin crease of your upper eyelid or below your eyelashes in your lower lid. They will remove any excess skin and fat and close the wound using very fine stitches.

If you have local anaesthetic you should be able to go home a few hours after the operation. If you have general anaesthetic you will need to wait until all the effects have worn off.


Side-effects of cosmetic eyelid surgery include:

• Swelling – this may last for several weeks, though many people find that most of the swelling goes down within a week
• Bruising – this usually gets better between seven to 10 days after the operation
• Dry, itchy or watery eyes
• Sensitivity to light and wind
• Blurred vision – this usually improves after a few days.

Are there any risks?

Every surgical procedure has a risk of complications.  Discuss any concerns you might have about these risks with your surgeon.