Will I be left with visible scars from eyelid surgery?

Eyelid surgery, officially known as blepharoplasty is a surgical fix to the skin around the eyes, which can droop with age and increase the visible signs of ageing. While firming creams can offer some reassurance in the short term, creams will not reverse the ageing process. For people whose facial skin is losing its elasticity, eyelid surgery can help restore confidence

How safe is a blepharoplasty?

Eyelid surgery is widely regarded to be a safe and simple cosmetic procedure, and can be performed on the upper or lower eyelids, or both. Nevertheless, the healing process after an operation like this will naturally vary from person to person. Guidance suggests that, in time, there should be little to no visible scarring after the operation, as the incisions left by the surgeon are small, and should heal fully afterwards. Those opting for this type of operation will be reassured to know that the skin around the upper eyelids is typically some of the best healing skin on the body, which bodes well for the recovery process.

Scars from incisions are usually visible for three to six weeks after the operation, but generally fade well in the first three to six months after that. As with any surgical procedure, patience is required in the aftercare period. Warwickshire cosmetic surgeon Mr Alan Park will give you a clearer idea of what to expect after your eyelid surgery procedure and is on hand if you have any questions. After around six months after the operation, eyelids should be fully settled and visible signs of the surgery should be significantly reduced.

What to do if scars are still visible?

If scars are not fading, or are looking inflamed or red, then consult a GP. Some antiseptic healing creams can cause irritation after prolonged use, so healing may be affected by external factors such as this. A GP or pharmacist will be able to suggest alternatives and guide on the best course of action to aid in the recovery process.

There are gels and creams that are designed to reduce the appearance of scars, and these are worth exploring. There are also follow up treatments available (known as ‘scar revisions’) that can be carried out by your surgeon if you feel that the incisions are still visible long after the healing process should be completed.