Eyelid Surgery

EyePlastic surgery is subpecialty plastic surgery based around the eyes. This is because the eyes are the centre of the face, both psychologically and physically. The upper eyelid is affected by changes to the upper face, and the lower eyelid is affected by changes to the lower face. EyePlastic surgery also deals with specific eyelid disorders including blepharoptosis correction, ectropion surgery or entropion surgery.


Ptosis (droopy eyelid) surgery: Droopy eyelid surgery will lift the eyelids to a more natural position: in some cases the skin of the eyelids is removed as well. surgery is performed under local anaesthesia, to allow precise adjustment of the eyelid during surgery. Most patients return to work after 2 weeks, although some swelling is likely to persist beyond this time point.

Entropion surgery: The in-turned eyelid rubs on the eye, causing pain, grittyness, redness and watering of the eye. Surgery to correct this is often carried out under local anaesthesia, and the eyelid is tightened back up against the eye. This will eliminate the discomfort, redness and watery eye symptoms. Patients should avoid rubbing the eye for as long as possible, to prevent a recurrence of the disease.

Ectropion surgery: The out-turned eyelid is lifted back into position during surgery. Often, a shortage of skin exists, and a skin graft is needed to replace the skin shortage. The skin graft takes several weeks to settle into place, although patients can return to work after 2 weeks. Symptoms of redness and wateryness will slowly improve after this surgery, and maximum improvement will take 2 to 3 months on average.


Surgery takes between 45 to 90minutues on average. After surgery, bruising and swelling will last for 10 to 14 days. There may be residual swelling which will settle over the ensuing weeks. The eyelid will be return to it's final position over 2 to 4 weeks on average.


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