Eyelid Surgery 101

Health Tips from PRAS Department

What is Eyelid Surgery?


Also known as blepharoplasty, eyelid surgery is one of the most sought after procedures in the field of Aesthetic surgery. In the table below, the key features of each type of eyelid surgery: upper and lower eyelid; non-incisional and incisional; will be highlighted.


Pre-surgery Preparation

Pre-surgery preparation involves the cessation of any blood-thinning medication 5 to 10 days prior to the surgery. Avoidance of any food that causes increased bruising and bleeding is recommended – raw garlic, avocado, gingko biloba and ginseng. If you have had eye surgery within 6 months of the procedure, clearance from your eye surgeon should be sought.

Post-operative Care

Post-operative care will include the use of ice-packs immediately after surgery. Head elevation at night with 2 pillows is recommended to reduce swelling. Medication to reduce swelling and bruising will be provided to you. The eyelids will be taped with special surgical tape for 1 week after the surgery, and removal of stitches is performed 5 to 7 days after the surgery. Eye-makeup is avoided for 5 days and contact lens use avoided for a minimum of 2 weeks.

Complications are uncommon and will include: eye dryness for 2 to 3 weeks, swelling and bruising for up to 2 weeks, asymmetry of the double eyelids requiring adjustment and in rare instances, injury to the eyeball.

Health content contributed by:
Dr Samuel Ho
Associate Consultant, Plastics, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery