Eyelid surgery


This popular type of cosmetic surgery can improve the appearance of eye bags and creases on the upper and lower eyelids.

What is a blepharoplasty?

Eyelid surgery removes excess fat, muscle and skin from the upper and lower eyelids to help give a more youthful, bright-eyed appearance.

At HCA UK our specialists offer bilateral blepharoplasty which means we treat your upper and lower eyelids as part of the same procedure. The surgery can be done under local or general anaesthetic.

Need to know

  • What happens during eyelid surgery? icon plus

    Eyelid surgery can be carried out under local or general anaesthetic as a day procedure. Your consultant will talk you through your options. Once you're anaesthetised, your surgeon will make small cuts in the natural creases of your upper eyelid and under your lower eyelashes. They'll then remove and/or reposition the excess skin, fat and muscle, before gently stretching your skin so it looks smooth. Your cuts will be closed with fine stitches or surgical glue. The procedure usually takes two to three hours.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you and answer any questions you may have. If you're having a general anaesthetic, your consultant will tell you how long you should avoid eating and drinking beforehand. Your vision might be blurry after the operation, so you should arrange for someone to drive you home.
  • After surgery icon plus

    You should be able to go home on the day of your procedure. If you've had a general anaesthetic, you'll need to wait a few hours until the effects have worn off. Your vision might be blurred for a few days so you won't be able to drive until your eyesight is back to normal.

    Your eyes might also feel itchy and more sensitive than usual. Swelling and bruising tends to get worse for a couple of days after the procedure. This usually leads to black eyes that last for about a week.

    To help the swelling and bruising, try to keep your head upright and avoid bending down. Your consultant will let you know when you can get back to your usual routine.

Paying for medical treatment

You don’t need health insurance to have fast access to our top consultants, extensive range of treatments, diagnostic tests and surgical procedures at our world-class facilities.

Our ophthalmic consultants

We're proud to work with leading ophthalmologists, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our locations

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across out network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Book an appointment

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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