The large majority of upper eyelid procedures can be done under local anaesthesia in the cosy environment of our state-of-the-art clinic. This involves a small injection underneath the skin, and within a few seconds any pain should subside. The procedure will then proceed once you are absolutely ready.
Complications, though uncommon, can occur. Minor complications include pain and infection, which are usually controlled during and after the procedure with medication. Major complications include uncontrolled bleeding in the immediate post-procedural period, which may require an urgent operation to stop. You may be monitored in the clinic for a period after the procedure to make sure you are safe before going home.
In the days following your procedure, there may be slight bruising and swelling at the surgical site. You will be given instructions such as cold compress and/or medication to help with these. Sutures are usually removed at 5-7 days after the procedure.
The majority of the bruising and swelling will resolve by 1-2 weeks, and the final long-term result is usually seen at 4-6 weeks. Whilst your surgeon will always strive for perfection in one sitting, any residual asymmetries once full healing is done can be corrected with a minor procedure.