Eyes are a significant feature contributing to facial aesthetics. Blepharoplasty also known as Eyelid Surgery – is a procedure to solve upper eyelid concerns and improve the appearance of the eyes.


What does an Upper Blepharoplasty Address?

Surgical Upper Blepharoplasty removes and or tightens surplus sagging skin or tissue from the top eyelids. It is the only available method capable of correcting hooded eyelids or severe ptosis.

It is also employed to deal with degraded vision or functional issues impacted by excess upper eyelid skin. According to this review of the data Blepharoplasty surgery has been found to provide “a great variety of beneficial functional outcomes, including an increased visual field and improvement in headache- and vision-related quality of life,”


Aesthetic Advantages

Blepharoplasty is a rewarding aesthetic procedure. It is considered low-risk with long-lasting rejuvenating effects. Investing in an Upper Blepharoplasty can create an ‘awake’, refreshed, less-tired, or less-stressed appearance. It smooths contours and can also solve the issue of an apparent scowl or unhappy expression often created by obscured or hooded eyes.

Perhaps the most sought-after element of Upper Eyelid surgery is the subtle naturalness of its results. You can tell when someone is half asleep or when they are bright eyed i.e. alive with a sense of vitality. Far from a stretched, ‘worked-on’, radical aesthetic change, Blepharoplasty allows for one to be lit up without anything specific glaring. This contributes powerfully to the high satisfaction rates given to this procedure following treatment.

Can Dermal Fillers and Botox achieve the same effect as a Blepharoplasty?

Currently, there is no effective non-surgical alternative to Blepharoplasty surgery. While Dermal Fillers and Botox are often used to target Crows Feet, they are not capable of addressing excess eyelid skin. When it comes to Facial Aesthetics, there are different indications and different treatments, which can complement one another.


Eyelid Surgery FAQs

Q: Will Upper Blepharoplasty change the shape of my eyes?
A: No. Eye shape and size is not changed. One’s eyes will likely be more visible and less hidden after surgery. As such they may appear more striking and the colour may be more noticeable.

Q: Is Blepharoplasty surgery really that commonly performed in the West?
A: Yes. Blepharoplasty is a popular procedure in both the East and the West. Its relatively short recovery time, minimal risk, and it’s subtle but long-lasting anti-ageing results make it a desirable surgery to many.

Q: Do I have to stay overnight following a Blepharoplasty?
A: No. Blepharoplasty can be an outpatient procedure. Local anaesthesia allows one to go home on the same day.

Q: Will I have prominent scarring as a result of a Blepharoplasty?
A: No. Scars are camouflaged by placing them discreetly between the natural folds of the eyelids. As such they are well-hidden and should be only barely visible when the eyes are closed.


Blepharoplasty Surgery & Recovery

Upper Blepharoplasty can be performed under local anaesthesia. It is fairly simple and can usually be completed in less than one hour. Specific assessment and pre-surgical marking is done by the Surgeon to determine where and what to alter. During the procedure delicate incisions are made in the skin of the upper eyelid. Most often, only extra skin is removed. More rarely, fat and muscle may be addressed.

Following removal and re-distribution of tissue, sutures are placed. Precise placement of incisions within folds allows for well-hidden scarring. Recovery is not considered intensive, but downtime will be required. Plan for at least 4 to 7 days of scheduled downtime. Swelling, dryness, and bruising are the most commonly reported side effects. During recovery, cool compresses will need to be applied and sleeping must be done in an upright position. Normal activities can be resumed 1 to 2 weeks following with Doctor’s permission.

Eyelid Surgery Results are considered permanent lasting up to 15 years.


Schedule a Consultation

Have the Doctor answer your questions and provide personally considered advice with a one-on-one consultation. Evaluate whether or not an Upper Blepharoplasty could be an option for you. Consults include a physical examination of the eyes/eyelids and a thorough conversation regarding risk, health history, and expectations. Dr Potgieter is available by appointment.

*Note Upper Blepharoplasty is an ideal outpatient procedure for intermediate lock down conditions.

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