Blepharoplasty is a surgical technique that consists of correcting an excess of skin and bags of fat in the eyelid area, which makes the face look older and tired. This treatment can be done at any age, although as the tissue relaxes these problems usually become more acute. This is a quick operation, with an uneventful post-operative recovery and long-lasting results. The technique can be applied alone or with other cosmetic surgical procedures aimed at removing facial wrinkles or loose skin.

Surgery duration

1 hour


It is not required


4 days


Local or local with sedation


1 week




Upper eyelid surgery consists of removing excess skin and restoring the normal tightness of the muscle. If necessary, bags of fat can also be removed.

For lower eyelids, the operation can be carried out in one of two ways.

One of these is external and comprises making a small incision under the eyelashes in order to remove the bags of fat, closing up again with very small stitches. It also tightens the skin and the orbicularis muscles round the eyes. The other method is internal, with a small incision inside the eyelid and no external wound, extracting the fat through the internal mucous membrane. No stitches are required as this tissue heals very well by itself. The operation usually lasts from half an hour to an hour.


After the operation, patients remain hospitalized for 24 hours and can resume their normal activity five to seven days after the intervention.


Blepharoplasty is normally carried out under local anesthesia and sedation and the patient remains awake but sedated. On some occasions, however, it may be more appropriate to use general anesthesia.


As the signs of tiredness and facial aging disappear, the face looks younger and healthier and the eyes look larger.


Expert opinion

Dr. Jorge Planas

Dr. Jorge Planas

One of the features less well-known in this surgery is that fat bags do not usually appear again. They are spectacular and long-lasting results. After undergoing eyelid surgery, the face seems to have lost many years, it has a greater intensity and expressiveness; youth and beauty have been recovered. The results are long lasting and natural. As the signs of fatigue and facial aging disappear the face presents a healthy and rejuvenated look with the sensation of larger eyes.

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Dr. Gabriel Planas

Dr. Gabriel Planas

Blepharoplasty consists of removing the excess of skin on the upper eyelid, and the "bags" remaining in the lower eyelid (in most of the cases), by eliminating them through the conjunctiva, with no visible scars.


Dr. Carlos del Cacho

Dr. Carlos del Cacho

It is a short surgery, with a quick postoperative period, which even sometimes, is not perceived by the closest. The results are long lasting and natural. As the signs of fatigue and facial aging disappear, the face presents a healthy and rejuvenated look and the eyes seem to be larger.


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