Eyelid Surgery of the Upper Eyelids (Blepharoplasty)

Treatment information

During eyelid surgery of the upper eyelids, excess fat and skin is removed in order to achieve a more positive facial expression, smoother and firmer skin, and an improved field of vision.

Generally about the treatment

Eyelid surgery of the upper eyelids is a procedure, where the fat, and mostly also excess skin and muscle, is removed from the upper eyelids.

Sagging and heavy eyelids are usually a hereditary and age determined phenomenon.

During eyelid surgery of the upper eyelids, heavy and sagging upper eyelids are corrected, resulting in smoother an firmer skin, as well as a fresher and more positive facial expression. The field of vision is often improved also.

Be aware that this form of surgery has no effect on dark circles under the eyes, or sunken eyebrows. Surgery of the upper eyelids is often carried out in connection with surgery of the lower eyelids or in combination with other cosmetic facial surgery.


Fit and Healthy people over the age of 18 with excess skin on the upper eyelids.

If you have a drooping forehead or eyebrows it can also make the eyelids droop. If this is the case, a brow lift (forehead lift) should be carried out instead.

The procedure

Prior to the eyelid operation, the excess skin to be removed is marked out.

The incision is normally placed, so that it follows the natural line of the eyelid.

During surgery, skin and a bit of loose muscle is removed. Additionally, small fat pillows are removed, and the skin is finally closed up using fine stitches.

The operation lasts about an hour. For eyelid surgery of both upper and lower eyelids, it will take a little longer.


The operation is usually carried out on an outpatient basis and under local anaesthesia, combined with soothing medicine. The procedure can also be done under general anaesthesia.


Temporary discomfort after the surgery. The eyelids can feel tight and dry. Swelling and contusion (bruising). Burning sensations in the eyes. Tear formation and sensitivity to light during the first couple of weeks. Temporary blurred or double vision.

Risk of complications

Infections, bleeding and swelling in the eyelid corners. Permanent dry eyes. Asymmetry of the healing or asymmetric scar formation. Difficulties with closing the eyes completely as well as risk of blindness, although this is very rare.

There is a risk of side effects from the anaesthetic used, along with bleeding, poor wound healing, a poor cosmetic result, and blood accumulation.

No form of surgery is risk free, although severe complications are very rare.

Healing and recovery

It will be possible to read again after 2-3 days.
Work may be resumed after 1-2 weeks. Use of contacts: 2 weeks or more. For strenuous activities and contact sports: approximately 3 weeks. Contusions and swelling will not disappear until after several weeks.

Duration of the result

The result has effect for several years, and in some cases it is permanent.