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Blepharoplasty Q&As

What is Blepharoplasty?
Eyelid lift (also called blepharoplasty) tightens and lifts sagging skin around the eye area. It can be done on upper lids to address excessive skin or hooding resulting in a ‘fresher’ look. It is also performed on lower lids to remove bags and tighten loose skin.

What scarring does eyelid surgery leave?
The scars involved with eyelid surgery depends on the severity of the case, but most of the time they’re hidden in the creases of the eyes. The scars will be red to start off with then they will turn white and fade over the healing process, once the scars are healed you can massage them to stimulate them to settle down quicker and help in the healing process.

When can I go back to work after eyelid surgery?
With Eyelid surgery it totally depends on the severity of the operation and also what occupation you are in. We advise with most surgeries that you book a couple of weeks off work just to make sure you’re fit and well to go back.

Can I combine Eyelid Surgery with any other surgeries?
Yes, you can, quite a lot of patients combine surgeries to get the best results and also it can work out cheaper to combine surgeries. Eyelid surgery is often combining with facelift and neck lift.

When will the swelling go down?
The swelling from eyelid surgery can last up to a few weeks, the lower lid surgery takes a while longer to heal completely. Bruising normally settles down in 2-3 weeks. Any bruising persisting after 2 weeks can be easily camouflaged with make-up. Like we say with most surgeries, you do not see the true results until a few months post op.

When can I exercise following Eyelid surgery?
Exercise is never recommended till after two weeks after surgery, then its only gentle exercise like walking and gentle cycling. Then you must wait till four-six weeks after surgery to start any intense exercise. We do not recommend swimming until after the wounds are completely healed because of risk of infection.

When can I drive following Eyelid surgery?
This totally depends on the severity of the surgery, usually it is about 1-2 weeks after but it is an insurance matter. If you can perform an emergency stop then they allow you to drive.

Is there a Non-surgical alternative for Eyelid Surgery?
There is a Non-Surgical eye laser option using the CO2 Ablative Laser called the Madonna eyelift available at My Cosmetic Clinic, but this is only suitable for patients with fine lines and minimal excess skin. Your suitability for this would depend on an assessment by Mr. Oudit.