Fine wrinkles, dark circles and inherited traits such as puffiness and heavy “bags”, sometimes make you look older and more tired than you feel. In some people, the upper eyelids have become so loose and baggy that your vision is impaired. Eyelid surgery aims to remove excess skin and fat or, if appropriate, to reposition bulging fatty tissue to achieve brighter refreshed eyelids. It will not improve the wrinkles of the cheeks, temples or forehead and will not correct the problems of drooping eyebrows.

Surgical techniques

For upper eyelids, the incision and final scar is hidden in the fold of the eyelid. For lower eyelids, the incision is inside the lid or directly under the lashes. Scarring is barely visible. Excess skin is removed from the upper eyelids, much less is removed from the lower eyelids. If there is excessive bulging fat, this is also removed, but only minimally to avoid the hollowed look many years later.

Asian eyelids

Asian eyelids are different to Caucasian eyelids due mainly to higher fat contents and lack of a strong fold. If you like to have the “double-eyelid” appearance, a new fold can be created.

The operation

Medical name: Blepharoplasty – upper or lower.
Duration: 1-3 hours
Hospital stay: day surgery
Anaesthetic: general or sedation.
Drain tubes: nil.


Pain factor: mild discomfort.
Recovery time: 7-10 days off work, depending on your type of work. Within the first 48 hours, applying a cool dressing or ice packs to the eyes can help reduce swelling and bruising. Bruising usually fades after 7 days and camouflage make-up can be used. Swelling may last for 2-3 weeks. Avoid driving in the first week as your eyes may feel gritty and your vision may be blurred.

Estimated costs

Total cost:  $4000 - $10000 depending on the type of surgery.

Risks and possible problems

• Blindness – this is extremely rare (1 in 40000) and is caused by excessive bleeding. You should stop all medications which may increase bleeding (such as Warfarin or aspirin), quit smoking and avoid straining, lifting or coughing too soon after surgery.
• If too much skin is removed, the eyes may not close properly.
• If too much fat is removed, you may develop a “hollowed” look some years later.
• In some people, baggy upper eyelids are better treated by a browlift. Both procedures may be needed for the best outcome.
• Perfect symmetry can not be guaranteed as the two sides of our face are usually not identical.

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