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Upper eyelids (upper blepharoplasty)

This procedure removes excess skin from the upper eyelid in addition to any fat that may be pushing on the skin from beneath. It is performed under local anaesthetic but if combined with other procedures such as lower blepharoplasty may involve a general anaesthetic.

The surgery takes about 60 minutes and involves an incision that sits naturally in the skin creases of the upper eyelid. Some bruising and swelling is normal but should settle by 2 weeks following which wearing make-up can be resumed. Resting afterwards in an upright position or with extra pillows helps to reduce such swelling. Any stitches are removed at 5-7 days following which you may return to work provided strenuous activity is avoided for a minimum of 4 weeks.

Scar quality is usually very good and complications such as post-operative bleeding and infection are infrequent but can require a return to the operating theatre particularly if there is bleeding behind the eye.

More information can be found at the BAAPS website.

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