Eyelid Surgery (Lower)

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Procedure time

60 to 120 minutes

Overnight stay

Day case


General anaesthetic or local anaesthetic with sedation

Final results

3-6 weeks

Eyelid surgery overview

What is eyelid surgery?

Eyelid surgery, also known as an eyelid reduction or blepharoplasty, is a procedure that aims to remove excess skin, fat, and muscle from the eyelid. The ultimate goal is to improve droopy eyelids or eye bags. This eyelid surgery overview will inform you about the procedure and what it involves.

What can eyelid surgery achieve?

The area around our eyes is one of the first places on your face to show the signs of aging. As a result of this, you may find that the skin here becomes loose, wrinkled and puffy. Consequently, over time this may leave you with a permanent tired appearance. For some, you may find that there is an inherited tendency to develop changes around the eyes, such as eye bags, earlier on in your adult life. If this is something that affects you, then eyelid surgery can help reverse these changes around your eyes. The procedure aims to:

  • Reduce the excess skin and fat on your upper or lower eyelids
  • Improve your vision if excess skin on your upper eyelid is impeding it
  • Give your eyes a more youthful and awake appearance
  • Make you less conscious of age-related changes around your eyes
  • Boost your self-esteem.

However, eyelid surgery is unable to resolve all problems. It cannot resolve:

  • Wrinkles around the eyes
  • Dark shadows under the eyes
  • Folds of skin extending into the cheek (called festoons).

If you find that you are struggling with any of the above, then a brow lift or a facelift may be a more appropriate option for you.


BAAPS, The British Association of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgeons and BAPRAS, The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons, are the leading societies for plastic surgeons in the UK.
Plastic surgeons who are members of either of these societies have to frequently update their knowledge and training in plastic surgery. They are therefore amongst the most highly qualified and skilled plastic surgeons in the UK. Because of this, at Medbelle, we choose to only work with surgeons who are members of these societies. This allows us to match you with a highly skilled surgeon who can help meet your expectations to give you the eyelid makeover you desire.

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