Blepharoplasty

There are a number of eyelid conditions that we can successfully treat, medically or cosmetically, including; ectropion (eyelids drooping down), entropion (eyelids turning in) and cysts in the eye area. Treatments include blepharoplasty (sometimes called ‘eyelid lift’), insertion of punctum plugs and lacrimal sac washout.

Common questions

What is blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is surgery to correct eyelid problems, including drooping eyelids (ectropion and entropion) and baggy eyelids.

It may be performed for medical reasons where the condition is causing discomfort or pain, or if it affects vision or poses a risk to the health of the eyes. Surgery may also be carried out for cosmetic reasons where a patient is not happy with the appearance of their eyelids.

Why would I have a blepharoplasty?

You may have eyelid problems, including drooping eyelids (ectropion and entropion) and baggy eyelids which may be causing discomfort or pain, or if it affects vision or poses a risk to the health of the eyes. Surgery may also be carried out for cosmetic reasons where a patient is not happy with the appearance of their eyelids

What happens during blepharoplasty?

Surgery to correct eyelid conditions is usually a minor procedure that is quick and simple to perform. Surgery is usually carried out as day surgery so you’ll be able to go home on the same day, but you may not be able to drive yourself. You’ll be given a local anaesthetic, so you'll be awake but you won’t be able to feel any pain in the area of the operation.

The exact nature of your surgery will depend on what condition you have, its underlying cause and its severity.

What should I expect after blepharoplasty?

You may have some pain or discomfort after the operation which we’ll help you manage with painkillers. After surgery you may have padding over your eye to protect it. We’ll tell you how to care for your wound and, if you’ve had non-dissolvable stitches, we’ll make an appointment for you to have them removed. You may need to take some time off work.

Contact Benenden Hospital

It’s easy to make an appointment; you can ask your GP or give us a call on 01580 230661.