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How Long Does Blepharoplasty Last?

Blepharoplasty, commonly referred to as eyelid surgery, is a surgical procedure aimed at enhancing the appearance of the eyelids. Whether by removing excess skin that droops over the eyes or correcting bags under the lower eyelids, this procedure can improve both vision and facial aesthetics. While many people undergo blepharoplasty to rejuvenate their looks, a key consideration is how long the effects of the surgery will last. Beyond the expected cosmetic improvements, patients must have realistic expectations about the longevity of the results and to understand the potential legal recourse if the surgery does not meet these expectations due to negligence.

Here, we look at how long blepharoplasty lasts and how to identify negligent surgery.

What is blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is performed to correct imperfections of the eyelids, which might be due to ageing, genetics, or other factors. The procedure can be categorised mainly into two types: upper blepharoplasty and lower blepharoplasty. Both aim to restore a youthful and refreshed appearance around the eyes but address different issues.

Upper eyelid blepharoplasty

This form of eyelid surgery focuses on the upper eyelids. It is typically performed to remove excess skin and fat that accumulates due to ageing or genetic predisposition. The sagging skin can sometimes impair vision and often contributes to a tired or aged look. Upper eyelid surgery not only enhances cosmetic appearance but also, in some cases, improves the functional aspects of the eyelid.

Lower eyelid blepharoplasty

Lower eyelid surgery targets the area below the eyes, primarily to eliminate or reposition fat deposits and tighten skin that has become lax over time. This procedure is sought by individuals who have prominent under-eye bags or wrinkles, which make them appear older or perpetually fatigued.

Both types of blepharoplasty are intricate surgical procedures that require a skilled surgeon. Depending on the complexity and the patient’s health, the operation may involve local or general anaesthesia. Incisions are usually made along the natural lines of the eyelids, in the creases of the upper lids, or just below the lashes in the lower lids. Through these incisions, fat is either removed or redistributed, muscles and tissue are tightened, and excess skin is excised.

Blepharoplasty recovery process

Recovering from blepharoplasty is a critical phase where patients must follow specific care instructions to ensure the best possible outcomes. This section outlines what individuals can expect during the recovery period, from the immediate post-operative phase to the weeks following the procedure.

Immediate post-operative care

After blepharoplasty, patients typically experience swelling and bruising around the eyes, which are most pronounced during the first few days. To manage these symptoms, it is important to apply cold compresses and keep the head elevated, even during sleep. These measures help reduce swelling and accelerate healing.

Pain is generally mild and can be effectively managed with prescribed pain relievers. Medications that could exacerbate bleeding, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, should be avoided unless specifically directed to take them by the surgeon.

Follow-up visits

Patients will need to attend follow-up appointments to allow the surgeon to monitor the healing process. During these visits, stitches may be removed, and further individualised instructions will be provided based on the patient’s progress. These check-ups are a good opportunity to address any concerns and ensure that recovery is on track.

Activity restrictions

For the first week or so, patients are advised to avoid strenuous activities, particularly those that might increase blood pressure and lead to bleeding. This includes heavy lifting, vigorous exercise, and even bending over. Gradually, normal activities can be resumed as recommended by the surgeon.

Long-term care and observations

As the healing process continues, patients will notice a gradual diminishment in swelling and the emergence of the final results. It's important to protect the delicate skin around the eyes from sun exposure, which can be achieved by wearing sunglasses and applying sunscreen.

Complete recovery and the stabilisation of eyelid healing can take several months. During this time, the incision lines will mature, and although they are permanent, they are well concealed within the natural structures of the eyelid region.

Potential complications

While blepharoplasty is generally safe, being aware of potential complications is important. These can include infection, reactions to anaesthesia, or asymmetry in healing. Immediate communication with the surgeon is vital if any unusual symptoms occur, such as severe pain, a sudden increase in swelling, or vision problems.

When results fail to meet expectations

Blepharoplasty, like any surgical procedure, carries risks and the potential for outcomes that do not meet the patient’s expectations. In some cases, dissatisfaction may stem from unrealistic expectations about the results, but in others, it could be a result of surgical negligence. Understanding the legal perspective on such scenarios is crucial for those considering this procedure.

Identifying surgical negligence

Surgical negligence in blepharoplasty can occur when the care provided falls below the accepted standard of practice and directly causes harm or damage to the patient. Examples of negligence might include improper surgical technique, incorrect procedure planning, inadequate post-operative care instructions, or failure to manage surgical complications effectively.

Negligence is not merely about being unhappy with the aesthetic result; it must involve demonstrable harm caused by the surgeon’s deviation from standard practices. This can manifest as significant scarring, asymmetry that requires corrective surgery, loss of eyelid functionality, or severe infection - all of which are not typical post-operative outcomes.

Legal recourse for patients

If a patient believes their blepharoplasty results are due to negligence, they should consult with solicitors who specialise in cosmetic surgery claims. These legal professionals can offer guidance on the viability of a claim and the evidence needed to support it. The first steps usually involve gathering medical records, photographic evidence before and after the surgery, and expert opinions from other cosmetic surgeons.

The patient may be entitled to compensation for additional medical treatment, corrective surgery, and even non-tangible damages such as emotional distress. In the UK, the process for claiming compensation in medical negligence cases involves proving that the surgeon breached their duty of care and that this breach directly caused the damage or harm experienced by the patient.

The role of consent

Informed consent is a pivotal aspect of any surgical procedure. Patients must be fully informed of the risks, potential complications, and realistic outcomes before undergoing surgery. A lack of informed consent can strengthen a negligence claim if the patient can demonstrate that they were not properly informed and would have chosen not to proceed had they been fully aware of the risks.

Supporting patients through legal processes

Specialised solicitors play a key role in supporting patients through the complexities of legal claims against cosmetic surgery negligence. They provide not only legal representation but also guidance on managing the emotional and physical repercussions of unsatisfactory surgical outcomes.

The role of Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors in blepharoplasty surgery cases

At Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors, we are dedicated to supporting clients who face complications from blepharoplasty procedures potentially due to negligence. Here is a clear, bullet-point overview of how we can help:

Initial Consultation and Case Assessment:

  • Comprehensive review of your medical records, photographs, and communications with healthcare providers.

  • Assessment to determine the viability of a negligence claim based on the standard of care received.

Evidence Collection:

  • Securing independent medical opinions from cosmetic surgery experts.

  • Gathering detailed documentation to substantiate claims of negligence.

  • Compiling evidence of physical and emotional impact post-surgery.

Expertise in Cosmetic Surgery Claims:

  • In-depth knowledge of blepharoplasty procedures and potential procedural errors.

  • Familiarity with current cosmetic surgery standards to effectively argue against defence claims.

Legal Representation and Negotiation:

  • Providing dedicated legal representation in negotiations or court.

  • Striving to secure maximum compensation for additional treatments, lost earnings, and emotional distress.

Emotional and Practical Support:

  • Offering support and guidance throughout the legal process.

  • Ensuring you feel respected and supported in managing the emotional aspects of your case.

Contact us

If you have experienced problems following eyelid surgery and think they are the result of negligence, talk to our expert cosmetic surgery negligence team today. Call 0808 115 6401 or request a callback by completing the contact form.

Contact us today

If you have experienced problems following eyelid surgery and think they are the result of negligence, you may be entitled to make an eyelid surgery claim for compensation. Talk to our expert cosmetic surgery negligence team today. Call 0808 273 2903 or request a callback by completing the contact form.

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Mike Saul


Michael Saul is a partner at Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors, where he brings his extensive specialist legal expertise and passion for helping people to the forefront of his work. With a proven track record of success in cosmetic surgery negligence cases, Michael has dedicated his career to providing clients with the highest level of representation and achieving favourable outcomes.

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