Double eyelids

Excess lid skin

Droopy lids


Prof Chua




Eye bags can make you look older and tired even when you are not. Eyebags are usually caused by protrusion of the fat in the eye socket and tend to occur in people in their thirties or older. These fat can be removed by mean of surgery (lower eyelid blepharoplasty) and it is a popular cosmetic surgery procedure.


A 40 year-old woman with bilateral eyebags making her appear tired and older. The right picture shows was taken without the eyebags which makes her appear younger and more energetic.



Is it suitable for me?


Most people benefit from eyelid surgery from middle to late thirties and beyond. Before the operation, a detailed examination is essential to decide on the best types of surgery for your eyebags..


What does the treatment involve?


The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic which means a faster recovery time. .The incision is made underneath the eyelashes and extends out outwards into the crow’s feet area. The skin is then lifted and any fat that is causing any bulges and if necessary the muscle is tightened. The excess skin and fat is trimmed. The incisions will then be closed with fine sutures.


If you like to see how the procedure is performed, please click the following picture (Warning: Actual surgery photos).




How long does the procedure take?


The blepharoplasty procedure will usually takes between 40 to 60 minuts depending on the extent of the surgery required.



Will it hurt?


The procedure is performed under local anaesthesia which numbs the area around the eyes. You’ll be awake during the surgery, but insensitive to pain. However you may feel some tugging or occasional discomfort.



Is the surgery safe?


All surgery carries some risks but eyelid surgery complications are infrequent and usually minor. You can reduce your risks by closely following your surgeon’s instructions both before and after surgery.


The minor complications that occasionally follow blepharoplasty include soreness, swelling and bruising around the eyes that can last up to a month; double or blurred vision for a few days; a slight asymmetry in healing or scarring; sensitivity to light; sticky, dry and itchy eyes usually clear after a week; watery eyes can last for a few weeks. 


More severe complications are extremely rare but will be discussed in depth during your consultation with the surgeon. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have, especially those regarding your expectations and concerns about the results.



Would my daily life be severely affected?


After the surgery, you might need to lubricate your eyes with ointment. Some bruising and swelling occurs during the first and second weeks, however the majority of the swelling usually subsides after the first ten days. Your eyelids may feel dry at first, but eye drops can help with this. Any sutures are usually removed after 5 to 7 days. 


You will not be able to wear contact lenses for approximately one week.                                                       


Most people go out in public in a week to ten days. It’s especially important to avoid strenuous activities for several weeks.


The following are some pictures of patients who underwent eyebag surgery.


This 49 year-old woman underwent lower eyelid surgery 3 years ago in another centre but was unhappy with the result. The right picture was taken four weeks after revision with removal of the excess fat.


This 35 year-old woman was concerned about the eyebags which made her look old and tired. The right picture was taken two weeks after the operation.


This 37 year-old woman complained of lower eyelid puffiness. The right picture was taken two weeks after the operation.


This 52 year-old woman was unhappy with her appearance as the lower eyelid appeared puffy. The right picture was taken three weeks after the operation.


This 68 year-old man wanted to appear younger. The right picture was taken one week after lower eyelid surgery.


This 41 year-old woman was unhappy with her lower eyelid puffiness. The right picture was taken 4 weeks after surgery.



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