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What is blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)?

Blepharoplasty, also called eyelid surgery or eyelid lift, is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed during the Covid-19 period.

This surgical procedure concerns the removal of excess skin and muscle from the eyelids, improving the lids flaccidity. It also reduces the excess fat and eliminates under-eye bags and dark circles.

The surgery is planned according to the needs of each patient. It can be done on the upper and lower eyelids or just one of them. Besides this, it can be performed in combination with other procedures, such as a brow lift, face-lift or skin resurfacing.

Eyelid surgery requires a plastic surgeon with wide experience. For the entire face to look harmonious and beautiful, the eyelids needs to be balanced with the rest of the face. Here is where good plastic surgeons stand out.


Blepharoplasty is one of the least invasive facial cosmetic surgeries and with better results. It rejuvenates the look in a very natural way and with no visible scars. Eyelid surgery doesn’t require hospitalization and the postoperative period is almost painless.

The surgery is designed for each individual, according to the needs and particulars of the patient. It is routinely performed on patients over 35 years old.

It is advise not to smoke, nor to take vitamin C or aspirin two weeks before the operation because this has an effect on the wound healing.

In the case of patients who cannot quit smoking completely, at least they should cut down on tobacco use.

blepharoplasty - eyelid surgery - Before after


Upper eyelid surgery is not performed just for aesthetics reasons. For some patients, saggy upper eyelid skin can obstruct the visual field. So, surgery is performed to remove this obstruction and improve vision.

To correct the upper lids, the surplus part of the skin is removed and the excess fat in the eye bags is extracted.

The scar is just inside the eyelid flap and therefore it is not visible. Normally, upper eyelid surgery is done under local anaesthetic in the same doctor’s office. Hospitalization is not necessary.

The eyelid surgery practiced by Doctor Benito is the most conservative. He doesn’t remove too much from the eye bags. With aging, we lose fat and what we could end up with is a sunken eye and more dark circles.

During recovery period, patients don’t usually have much pain, although there is discomfort during the first days after surgeryThe inflammation could stop the eyelid from closing completely and there could be bruising and swelling. There could be an accumulation of liquid in the bags under the eyes.

The stitches are removed 7 days after the surgery. From that moment on the bruising can be covered with make-up. Intense sport and the swimming pool are discouraged during the first month.

It is normal for the patient not to see immediate results. Fortunately, the eyelid heals very quickly and the inflammation disappears completely in about 4 months. The scar is practically invisible in a year.


A lower eyelid surgery is a more complicated procedure. There are various techniques available: classic, transconjunctival, Loeb and canthopexy. They are evaluated on the first visit, according to the characteristics of the patient’s eyelids, face and expectations.

Usually, for younger patients, the main issue is the underlying fat bulge. In such cases, a transconjunctival ‘scarless’ approach through the inside of the eyelid is the best option.

Lower eyelid surgery can be done under local anaesthetic, sedation, or general anaesthetic. Hospitalization is not necessary.

The skin closure can be made using either removable sutures or with glue. So, no suture removal may be required. In case of stitches, four or five days after the surgery, they are removed. Drainage massages are advised to reduce the swelling and to give elasticity to the skin.


The eyelids swell easily. The most effective way to reduce inflammation is to apply cold to the zone. We recommend making some camomile tea, keeping it in the fridge and afterwards soaking gauzes in it and putting them on the eyes. You could also use cold gel masks that are sold in Chemists/Pharmacies or also frozen peas bags.

It is very important not to lie down completely flat, rather to lie down keeping the head up.

Any bruise has an evolution time from 10 to 15 days and it depends on the characteristics of each patient. You could use a venous congestion reliever. Arnica tablets and creams can also be a good preventive treatment.

After a blepharoplasty surgery, the eyes are more sensitive and if we read or watch television they can get more swollen. The recommendation is to forego reading and television during the first 4 days of rest.

After the first week, make-up can be used. However, we advise make-up that has yellow tones which are better for concealing bruises.

Some recommendations to reduce the discomfort are:

  • The first day it is better to rest, with the head raised and to use cold compresses.
  • Sleep with the head slightly raised on pillows.
  • As the eyelid doesn’t close adequately it is crucial to protect the cornea to avoid dry eyes, especially at night. For this reason, surgeon will prescribe anti-inflammatory drops, artificial tears and a protective eye ointment for night time. This ointment should be used for the first 2-3 weeks until we are sure that the eyelid shuts completely.


The best time to have a blepharoplasty surgery is the 8 months from September to April. It is necessary to protect the scars and bruises from the damage that can be caused by the sun. All facial surgeries as facelift, nose job or blepharoplasty, leave bruises during the first 15-20 days.

If the intervention is done in summer we need to be very strict with regard to using protection from the sun. You should use a total sunblock, sunglasses and hats or wide-brimmed sun hats.

During the summer, you shouldn’t go to the beach or to the mountain where there is the risk that the scars and bruises could become pigmented. This pigmentation is visible and very difficult to treat afterwards.


Blepharoplasty surgery cost depends on many factors. Without meeting the patient we don’t offer approximate prices as each patient is a different case.

But we know that the economic factor is important when it comes to making a decision. Therefore, we offer the possibility for the patient to come to our facilities for a first free no-obligation visit.

You can consult with the surgeon regarding all your doubts and worries. According to your characteristics, we will offer the best solution and the best price for your eyelid surgery.


When a person decides to go in for a blepharoplasty there is a feeling of uncertainty. And here is where computer simulations come into play, since they let you see a before & after result. Recent progress in photographic software allows the patient to get an idea of what the final result will be. What surgeons aim to achieve after the surgery.

Computer simulation is done with the purpose of getting surgeon and patient to agree on the result they want to obtain. But the computer simulation should in no way be considered as what the final result will be.

Undoubtedly the surgeons and the patients are the most interested in getting the desired result. But we should not forget that the plastic surgery involves working with living tissue. Changing the appearance of something specific on the computer is a matter of seconds. However, the computer doesn’t take into account the quality and thickness of the eyelid skin, how aged the skin is, and the wound healing of the tissues during the procedure nor the possible complications.


The eyelid correction technique used by Doctor Jesús Benito is minimally invasive and offers excellent results. The goal is to get a young and very natural look.

Scars are not visible. Blepharoplasty doesn’t require hospitalization and the postoperative period is almost painless.

With more than 20 years of experience, Antiaging Group Barcelona is a leading clinic in Spain in eyelid surgery.

Doctor Benito is a recognised authority in Spain in plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgery.

Doctor Jesús Benito: Bibliography and Publications:

Rejuvenecimiento periorbitario (blefaro y actuación en pómulo mediante injertos de tejido adiposo o lifting de tercio medio). Dr. Jesús Benito Ruiz. III Simposium Internacional de Cirugía Plástica, reconstructiva y Estética. Guayaquil, 9-10 de octubre de 2013.

Refinements in Upper Blepharoplasty: The Five-Step Technique. Rohrich RJ, Villanueva NL, Afrooz PN.Plast Reconstr Surg. 2018

Blepharoplasty: Anatomy, Planning, Techniques, and Safety. Alghoul M.Aesthet Surg J. 2019


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