Information on Eye Bag Removal Surgery

Excess skin around the eyes is aging

As we get older our skin decreases in collagen and elastin which gives it that loose, wrinkling, sagging appearance, particularly the skin around the eyes which make them look tired, adding years to the face.

Eye bag removal surgery helps to give the appearance of a rejuvenated face and it helps restore its youthfulness. If you are unhappy with the area around your eyes, eye bag removal surgery might be the answer.

This procedure is very straightforward and can be performed on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both in order to give you a fresher more youthful appearance of the area around the eyes.

This may be for you if you have:

Excess skin obscuring the natural fold of the upper eyelids.

Loose skin hanging down from the upper eyelids, perhaps impairing vision.

Puffy appearances to the upper eyelids, making the eyes look tired.

Excess skin and fine, “crepe paper type” wrinkles of the lower eyelids.

Bags and dark circles under the eyes and lower eyelid droopiness.

This procedure is often performed alone but many people also choose to combine it with a face lift or brow lift.

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To increase overall self-confidence and self-esteem. In some cases it can improve vision and take away that ‘tired look’.

Blepharoplasty can correct premature ageing and improve your appearance.

Your nurse counsellor at Profile Perfection will discuss all of your options, the procedure itself and answer all of your questions and concerns to assist you to make the initial steps toward surgery.

Your surgeon will advise you about the surgery, discuss your medical history (when you are to discontinue and/or resume activities like smoking, or taking aspirin or any other medication). They will ensure that you are medically fit for the procedure.

You will be able to present your expectations to your plastic surgeon.

You Profile Perfection nurse counsellor will be available at all times to answer any questions you have post consultation with the surgeon.

The surgery plan will be made between you and your plastic surgeon, but the final decision whether to have the surgery is always yours and should not be made in a rush. Contact with your nurse counsellor at Profile Perfection is vital through these stages of decision making.

You may be advised to undergo an eye test to check your vision and the general health of your eyes before surgery.

You should also purchase a gel pack for when you get home from the hospital to act as an ‘ice pack’ to reduce swelling and bruising.

Ensure you have a pair of dark glasses for after surgery should you wish to hide bruising and swelling during recovery.

The plastic surgeon will visit you in your room and may mark the eye area with a pen in preparation for your blepharoplasty surgery.

Your plastic surgeon will also obtain your final consent, and answer any last minute questions you may have.

It is one of the easiest and most popular procedures to reverse the sign of ageing.

The upper and lower lids can be operated on either together or separately.

The surgery usually takes between 1 – 3 hours to complete.

The incisions are made so close to the eye lid that they are hardly noticeable under your eyelashes.

Stitches are normally removed 3 – 7 days after surgery and most people return to work 7 days after their procedure.

The upper eyelid surgery only requires a local anaesthetic.

The incision is made in the natural crease line that occurs 1 cm above the eyelashes.

The incisions might extend into the crow’s feet or laughter lines at the outer corners of your eyes.

The incisions will then be closed with very fine sutures or with surgical glue.

Lower eyelid surgery is usually performed under general anaesthetic.

The incision usually starts at the outer margin of the eyelashes.

Overlapping skin is removed.

Again, the incisions will then be closed with very fine sutures.

Your plastic surgeon will advise you how long to stay off work – usually between one and two weeks depending on the extent of the surgery.

You will need to rest and avoid bending down.

If eye ointment has been given to you, you will need to continue using this as recommended by your plastic surgeon.

Continue to use your ‘ice pack’ to relieve bruising and keep the scars dry and clean until stitches are removed.

A pair of dark glasses will help to hide the bruising and swelling during this recovery period.

You will need to rest with your head elevated on pillows or cushions for 4 nights after your surgery.

You must avoid rubbing or towelling your eyes.

It is very important that you attend the follow up post-surgery appointment which will be made for you to care for your wound, and see your plastic surgeon post-operatively to make sure that you are healing well.

You will have your own personal nurse counsellor at Profile Perfection both before and after your procedure to support you and answer any questions you may have.

There will be some bruising and swelling during the recovery period.

Stitches are normally removed 3 to 7 days after surgery and most people return to work 7 days after their procedure.

There may be pink scarring along the inner margin of the lower lash.

Will Blepharoplasty surgery be painful?

The majority of patients do not consider Blepharoplasty to be painful surgery. If there is any discomfort it responds rapidly to oral pain medications, which are usually only needed for a few days.

Will there be scarring undergoing Blepharoplasty?

No visible external scars will be present. Incision sites are created within the natural creases of the eyelid for the upper and along the line of your lashes in the lower.


  • Am I eligible for blepharoplasty?
  • What type of blepharoplasty are you going to perform on me?
  • Why are you recommending this type of blepharoplasty surgery on me?
  • What should I do in order to be well prepared for this operation?
  • Can you explain the procedure to me in detail?
  • What are the advantages that I can derive from this surgery?
  • What are the side effects, complications, and risks involved in this surgery?
  • Will the process be painful during and after the surgery?
  • When can I resume my day-to-day activities after the surgery is performed?
  • If my parents had puffy eyelids at a certain age then when should I expect to get puffy eyelids as well?
  • How long will the results of this operation last?
  • What are the other cosmetic procedures that can be performed in conjunction with blepharoplasty in order to have a greater effect?
  • What are some of the things that I should keep in mind after this operation?

These are just some of the commonly asked questions but please feel free to ask your nurse counsellor at Profile Perfection for lots more information…

It is important that your decision to have a cosmetic surgery procedure is considered carefully.

There are also some possible risks, as with all surgical operations, which your cosmetic surgeon will talk through and explain to you at your consultation, answering any questions you may have.

This is your opportunity to discuss your intended surgery in order that the cosmetic surgeon can ascertain your expectations as to what can realistically be achieved.

Initially you should have a detailed consultation at Profile Perfection to discuss the different types of procedure options available to you. Together we can discuss the options of which surgeons are specialised in this type of procedure and organise a consultation with the surgeon.

Once all of your questions and queries have been answered and you are ready to go ahead with the procedure we can start your journey. You will have a high level of support from beginning to end.

Having a procedure can be very daunting and you will feel that you do not know which procedure will be best for you. Which surgeon should I pick? Who will answer all of my questions when I get worried? What questions should l ask the surgeon?

At Profile Perfection we will support you and your decision, guiding you from the initial consultation all the way through to recovery.

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