Scars resulting from this procedure are hidden in the skin creases of the eyelids so that they are well disguised and most incisions are virtually invisible after approximately three months. Makeup can be used after about 2 weeks to help camouflage slightly visible scars.

Most swelling and bruising usually reduces quickly but there will be mild swelling which looks like slightly puffy eyes for a few weeks or longer.

You will be given an antibiotic ointment to apply sparingly to the incisions.

It is important to stop your eyes from becoming dry, so artificial tears or a lubricant may be applied if required.

A return to work is usual after 2 weeks. A phased return to physical exercise is advised, while vigorous exercise is to be avoided for about a month.

Smoking is highly inadvisable for at least 2 weeks after surgery.


Complications are unusual if you follow the post-operative instructions.

Your surgeon will deal with any problems that may arise or answer any questions that you have after surgery. You will also be provided with written instructions to help you remember the do’s and don’ts that will help to keep your recovery on track.

Most people who take the plunge and decide to have cosmetic surgery to make their eyes look more youthful are happy with the results.

Non-surgical options

For those who long for a more youthful look without bags or laxity of their eyelids but opt for non-surgical treatments SFMedica would highly recommend eye mesotherapy. Eye mesotherapy is micro-injections in the delicate area around the eyes combining a variety of therapeutic agents depending on your individual problem and needs. Eye mesotherapy can also be used in conjunction with blepharoplasty for optimal results. We would be more than happy to discuss all treatment options and help you make the right decision for your problem.


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