Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

Mr Morritt regularly undertakes blepharoplasty surgery at the Claremont and Thornbury private hospitals in Sheffield to improve the appearance of the eyelids. Upper eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is most frequently requested to remove excess skin from the upper eyelid. Sometimes there is bulging caused collections of fat around the eye and these can also be reduced in size. Lower eyelid surgery is most frequently requested to improve the appearance of ‘eye bags’.


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Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) – risks

Bruising – bruising following the surgery is normal and generally resolves within a few weeks of the surgery. Sometimes patient’s will get ‘black eyes’. Generally all bruising has completely resolved within 6 weeks of surgery.


Bleeding –  Bleeding following the surgery is uncommon but can cause excessive bruising or swelling. Bleeding requiring a return to theatre for the bleeding to be stopped is very rare.


Infection – this is very rare following eyelid surgery. Mr Morritt generally gives all of his patient’s antibiotic ointment to reduce the chance of wound infection.


Wound opening – this is uncommon and if it happens generally will only affect a small area of the wound. The opening usually forms a scab that ultimately heals after a few weeks and does not usually affect the final cosmetic result.


Double vision – a very rare complication of lower eyelid surgery. Usually temporary but can be permanent.


Loss of vision (blindness) – this a an extremely rare complication reported to affect approximately 1:50,000 patients


Dry eyes – this is relatively common in the first few weeks after surgery and is caused by swelling. As the swelling improves the eyes become less dry. Permanently dry eyes are rarer and may require long term artificial tears.


Watery eyes – watering of the eyes is relatively common following the surgery. It is usually caused by swelling and generally resolves very quickly.


Skin colour changes – very rare and slightly more frequent in the lower eyelid. Generally resolves with time but may be permanent.


Scars – scarring following blepharoplasty is generally very inconspicuous as the incisions are planned to be well hidden n some patients will be very difficult to see.  Rarely poor scars can happen (thickened scaring)


Asymmetry – differences between the eyelids in terms of shape and/or position. This is very common and is in fact normal for many patients before surgery. Significant differences are very unusual and can generally be corrected with minor revision surgery.


Pain – chronic pain/discomfort are very rare following blepharoplasty.


Ectropion – this is an uncommon complication of lower blepharoplasty (eye bag removal). The lower eyelid is pulled down exposing the inner pink part. It generally resolves once the swelling has settled but can otherwise be corrected surgically.

Useful blepharoplasty links

Read more – Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Blepharoplasty information leaflet

Read more – BAAPS information on Blepharoplasty


Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) reviews – Mr Morritt