Blepharoplasty Surgery – by Leading Oculoplastic Surgeon,
What is Blepharoplasty Surgery?
Upper lid Blepharoplasty, otherwise referred to as “Eye-lid Lift Surgery”, is a surgical procedure designed to improve the appearance of the upper eyelids. The goal of an Upper-Lid Blepharoplasty is to open up hooded eyes and enhance a youthful appearance by removing sagging skin, bulging fat and loose muscle from the upper lids. If the hoods are obscuring the peripheral vision, this procedure can successfully remove the obstruction caused by sagging skin, and expand the person’s upper visual field.
What causes hooded eyelids?
Over time, the eyelid skin thins and stretches, fat bulges and the muscle weakens – resulting in saggy upper eyelids. At the same time, the brow can drop (referred to as “brow ptosis”), increasing a look of tiredness. Dr Sabrina is a renowned international oculoplastic surgeon and is one of London’s leading eye specialists. Her Eyelid Lift Surgery and pre-trichial or Mid-forehead Brow Lift help to subtly correct the appearance of hooded eyelids and ageing brows.
How does the procedure work?
Eyelid Lift Surgery helps to refresh the eye area by removing excess skin and fat from the upper lid. To do so, we make a fine cut, which is hidden in the natural crease of the eyelid, and then carefully remove unwanted tissues ans sculpt and tighten the muscle. If the upper lid is droopy (ptosis), the muscle that raises the lid can also be tightened. The cut is then closed with fine stitches. An upper lid blepharoplasty is generally performed under local anaesthetic as a day case – so you can go home the same day. Dr Shah-Desai uses an signature invisible “Zip Stitch” for a nearly invisible scar.
- Invisible scar – cut is hidden in the natural eyelid crease
- Long-lasting results – for up to 10 years
- Un-rivalled expertise – performed by an oculoplastic surgeon
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Patient Questions About Eyelid Lifts And Brow Lifts
Frequently Asked Questions
How do droopy eyelids develop?
How The Peri-orbital Area Ages
What is the recovery time following Eyelid Lift Surgery?
It generally takes one week to recover from the initial Eyelid Lift Surgery. During that time you can go about your normal activities, though you will not be able to exercise or put your body through extraneous strain. It takes 2-4 weeks for the wound to heal significantly and the stitches will be removed between 7-10 days.
Read the whole treatment journey from one of Dr Sabrina’s patients here.
Will Eyelid Lift Surgery feminise male eyelids?
If correctly performed, Eyelid Lift Surgery should not make male eyes appear more feminine. Most men have naturally low brows, which are T-shaped (versus the high, arched brows of a woman), and these can cause the eyes to appear “hooded” early on. Hooded eyelids, due to sagging upper lids and brows, can affect the upper field of vision – like a horse wearing blinkers. When lifting the brow and eyes in men, it is important not to feminise their appearance and to retain their natural T-shape – and Dr Shah-Desai’s deep knowledge of anatomy allows her to achieve this.
What are the common risks of Eyelid Lift Surgery?
- Bruising – 1-3 weeks
- Swelling – even if your upper lids are operated the lower lids can be extremely swollen for 2-3 weeks
- Blurring of vision for 1st week
- Feelings of irritation and dryness, or alternatively excessive tearing, which can persist for six weeks or more following the surgery.
- Temporary or permanent reduction in blink
- Swelling and tightness in the eyelids following surgery may cause a minor discomfort/pain
- Temporary dry eye, rarely with a worsening of pre-existing dry eye/ blepharitis, which can present as eyelid lumps/chalazion, that may need further treatment
- Visibility of the upper eyelid scar that can take 6-8 months to fade.
Whilst 99% of scars hidden in the crease are barely visible, 1% of scars can be pale or thickened or depressed and have a different colour.
About Dr Sabrina Shah-Desai MS, FRCS
Dr Sabrina Shah-Desai is a distinguished oculoplastic surgeon and one of London’s leading eye specialists. She has over two decades of surgical experience and is renowned for her ability to create a natural look.
Dr Sabrina has a deep anatomical knowledge of the periorbital area and an appreciation for the differences in treating both men and women. When raising the brows and eyelids in a male Upper-Lid Blepharoplasty, it is important to preserve the T-shaped brow – in order not to feminise their appearance.
“Totally amazing. Dr Sabrina was so professional, reassuring and kind, and the treatment was perfection in every way. Her team was also fantastically attentive and always available. And the results are better than I could ever have imagined. Feel so lucky to have found Dr Sabrina and her team”
“I have been delighted at every stage of my treatment and clinical care with Perfect Eyes. The surgery itself was quick, painless and had very little downtime. (3 days and fit to go out to the shops). The result at 2 months is fantastic. I couldn’t be happier. Dr Sabrina is a caring and upbeat professional with an equally nice crowd working for her. I would highly recommend.
“I had surgery with Dr Sabrina and I am extremely pleased with the results. Dr Sabrina explained the procedure in detail and answered all questions I had and made me feel at ease. The whole team were helpful and aftercare was great.
“Dr.Sabrina is wonderful. Everything is explained and I am amazed at the results.
I can’t believe the difference in my upper eyelids and how my confidence has grown since the procedure. The aftercare by the team is outstanding. I am now telling everybody about Dr.Sabrina and her wonderful team
“Thank you so much Dr Shah-Desai, I can’t thank you enough for giving me my eyes back! I have never had surgery before and I was so surprised at the whole process starting from the first consultation to the operation itself and the aftercare, everything exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend Dr Shah-Desai who is not only a world class Oculoplastic surgeon but also an extremely kind and generous person. Her team are also world class, extremely professional and very kind. I can’t thank her enough. Thank you a million times!
““Sabrina is the perfect consultant. I had an upper eyelid blepharoplasty and she explained everything before the operation and was informative and very professional. The operation was a complete success and I am very pleased indeed with the results. The downtime after the operation was minimal and everything healed up quickly and without problem. There is hardly any scarring and I can at last curl my eyelashes without the heavy skin on my eyelids pushing them down again! Sabrina is extremely personable and I would recommend her for anything facial!
“I would like to thank Dr Sabrina and the whole team for their hard work and support before and after surgery. My consultation was great, Dr Sabrina took time to explain me everything and did not pressure me in any way to make the decision right away. Surgery was quick and painless, Dr Sabrina played nice music in the room and I was able to relax while she was operating. Her team was professional and friendly. They took such great care of me. It felt more like SPA than hospital 🙂 A month after surgery there was a point when I had some concerns about stitches and my eye not opening fully, but Dr Sabrina explained that each eye heals in its own time and I need to be patient. She was so right. Now my eyes look like new, they are open, scars are slowly fading. If you are interested in having blepharoplasty surgery, Perfect Eyes is a place for you:)
“I had a very positive experience. She provided me with relevant pictures of what to expect post surgery which was very useful. Her post op information was clear and easy to follow. She came across as a very caring and confident practitioner. The outcome she described before surgery was realistic and she skilfully performed this.”
“I would like to express how happy I am with the results of my upper blepharoplasty. My eyes have healed really well and I am already getting compliments on how perfect they look! I would like to thank Mrs Sabrina Shah-Desai for her time, caring attitude and excellent results.”
“I've been wanting to have upper & lower lid surgery for some years. I have hereditary heavy eyelids, tea troughs & also bags under my eyes. I'm constantly told I'm looking tired! I researched a lot of surgeons & finally came across Sabrina Shah-Desai through a recommendation from an aesthetic nurse.”
“I feel that I've found my 'face doctor' and that is as valuable to me as the happiness I feel when I look in the mirror. Thanks too to Abi who was on hand during my recovery. She has a kind and caring nature and was on call the whole time during my recovery to give me the reassurance that I occasionally needed.”
“By far the best experience I have ever had with a doctor! Mrs Shah Desai is so professional, knowledgable and thorough with her approach and at the same time so kind, warm and friendly. I highly recommend her for any kind of surgery in the eye area.... I had a very fast and smooth recovery and I am so pleased with the results!”
“I've had very heavy set eyes for the last 10 years that's aged me and decided that I now wanted to have treatment to help this problem. At consultation with Sabrina I felt confedent about suggested treatment for me. I had Blepharoplasty which was almost pain free and am so happy with my results.”