To reduce the tired appearance caused by excess skin this procedure removes skin and occasionally fat from the lower eyelid. A general anaesthetic is required and the surgery takes 60-90 minutes. To support the eyelid a dissolving stitch is often placed which lifts the lid but settles back after a few days. Lubricating drops may be prescribed after the surgery to ensure the eye is kept moist.
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.