Blepharoplasty Surgery – by Leading Oculoplastic Surgeon,
Dr Sabrina Shah-Desai, in London

What is Blepharoplasty Surgery?

Upper lid Blepharoplasty, otherwise referred to as “Eyelid 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

Eyelid Lift Surgery – Before & After Gallery

Disclaimer: Your results may vary. Any specific claims or length of results vary for each patient and are not guaranteed.

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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?

The risks of Eyelid Lift Surgery include:

  • 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.

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Eyelid Lift Surgery Treatment Cost

Prices are a guide; your doctor will calculate total costs during consultation
Unilateral blepharoplasty from £4,500
Bilateral blepharoplasty from £5,500

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