Blepharoplasty: Baggy eyelids be gone!

Blepharoplasty is the surgical removal of excess skin and sometimes fat from the upper and/or lower eyelids. It is an effective way of achieving a fresh-look around the eye areas.

Gender, race, and age can influence the appearance of the skin around the eyes (periorbital).  As the eyes and the surrounding areas are commonly the focal point in human conversation, changes can give a different message of tiredness, sadness, and absence of energy. In some cases, excessive upper eyelid skin (ptosis) can obscure the visual fields of a person.

Upper Blepharoplasty – Droopy Eyelids

Unfortunately with age, some patients are prone to drooping eyelids regardless of gender, race and age.  This can be uncomfortable for some patients as it is difficult to read for long periods of time as the lids are heavy, and women find applying eye makeup very tricky.  By removing these excess skin it makes the eye look fresh, alert and bright.

An incision is made into the natural crease in the eyelid.  Excess fat is removed and excess skin and muscle is also trimmed away.  The incisions are closed up in the natural fold of the eye, and the scar is almost invisible to the naked eye.

Lower Blepharoplasty – Excess Eyebags

We tend to look more tired in the morning, and more aged with this puffy look.  This surgery reduces the puffiness and any excess skin under the eyes, giving a fresher younger look.

An incision is made under the lower eyelash or on the inside of the lower eyelid.  Excess fat, skin and muscle is trimmed away and cut is closed up.  The eyes will feel sore and uncomfortable and the stitches are removed after three days.  You will not be able to do any strenuous activity for three weeks, and most patients take around a week off work.

The surgery and post surgery

Blepharoplasty is done under sedation and will normally take about an hour and a half to two hours. Before the procedure, marking on the area is done to precisely determine the amount of skin to be removed. You will be pain free and will sleep through the procedure.

After the procedure, you will have a few small tapes (steri-strips) attached to the incisions. In addition, ice pack application is recommended during the first few hours to reduce swelling. Expect that redness, swelling and bruising during the first few days which will generally resolve in a week time. Stitches are removed after three to five days post-surgery.

You will need to schedule follow-ups with the surgeon to ensure that you experience a healthy recovery.

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To book an appointment with Dr Maurizio Viel or Dr Roberto Viel for a consultation for Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)  in Dubai at our LCAS Dubai Healthcare City Clinic, please contact 04-375 2393 or email

To book an appointment at our LCAS 15 Harley Street, London practice, please call +44 207 636 4272 or email