Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty

The surgery of the eyelids or also known as Blefaroplasty, is the most frequent surgery that is done for men, and one of the most frequent done in women. It consists in correcting the dropped skin, excess fat, both on the upper and lower eyelids.

On the upper eyelid (Superior Blefaroplasty) with an incision that goes along the natural fold of the eyelid, we remove the excess skin and the bag of fat that is formed. We do this under local anesthetic in the operating theatre of the prívate hospital and it takes, approximately, half an hour to carry out, on both eyelids. The patient, is discharged after the surgery, the stitches, that are internal, are absorbed (they do not need to be removed).

If we are treating the lower eyelids, (Inferior Blefaroplasty) the incision goes just under the eyelashes, we extract the eyebags that bother us so much and we tense the skin that has dropped. It is done under local anesthetic and sedation, it takes one hour to carry out and after the surgery the patient is discharged from the hospital. If the case were to do both upper and lower eyelids, which is a Complete Blefaroplasty, we add up the times of both the before, its done under local anesthetic with sedation and it also an outpatient surgery.

In our clinic we will inform you with total honesty, so that you know exactly what you can achieve with this surgery. We will study your eyelids, we will see what your skin is like, the skin tissues, the structures, and how they are related. This way you can obtain the natural result you are looking for.


Correct the dropping of the upper eyelids and the bags below the eyes, to eliminate the fat and excess skin.

Type of Anesthesia

Local for upper eyelids, or local with sedation for lower or when doing both.

Side Effects

Temporary uncomfortableness, tightening of the eyelids, bruises, swelling, temporary visual dryness, itchiness.


Its an outpatient surgery. After the intervention the patient can go home.


Minimum and hidden in the folds.

Duration of the intervention

30 minutes for Superior Blefaroplasty. 1hr for Inferior Blefaroplasty. 1,5 hrs for Complete Blefaroplasty.

Final Result

4 weeks.

Frequently asked questions

Every patient is distinct and so every surgery is also distinct. When you come to our free consultation with no compromise, we can let you know the cost, taking into account your needs and preferences. The price of a surgical intervention is important, we know, but also important is your surgeons experience and the means used during the treatment, as well as the follow up on behalf of professionals.

During the first few days, you will notice a tightness of the eyelids. Its also normal to have slight bruising and swelling. Its not a painful surgery, so its rare that you will need painkillers, however, they will be prescribed for you. We have seen that the use of Arnica on behalf of the patients improves and reduces the bruises that can appear.

You can say between 10-15 years, although it depends alot on how you age over this time.

The stitches and incisions are covered with steri strips, so they will not be visible. Its recommended the use of sunglasses when outside for at least two weeks.

The upper eyelids are usually done from 40 years of age, being more frequent as we reach the 50 mark and older. The lower eyelids the same, although, there are patients that at 30 years old have bags under their eyes.

You can apply make up immediately to cover the bruises if they appear. But not on the wounds where the stitches are. Once the stitches have been removed, you can then apply make up here.

Primera Consulta

Your first consultation

Your first consultation, is free and non compromisal, you will speak with our doctors. They will do a short study of your general health, you can explain what kind of result you are looking for, which areas of the eye you would like to improve and where to remove the excess skin. They will explain the surgical technique, the risks, the benefits and the costs. This consultation can be in person or by video phonecall. You will never feel obliged, nor pressured to fulfill the surgery after this informative consultation. Our team of surgeons will be happy to respond any question asked.

Dia de la cirugia

The day of surgery

The eye surgery is a treatment that usually takes between half an hour and one and half hours depending if its just the upper eyelids or if also the lower eyelids. In either case its an outpatient surgery, where the patient does not need to stay over in the hospital and is discharged shortly after the surgery. If its for a upper eyelid surgery, its done under local anesthetic. The incisions are marked along the fold of the upper eyelid and with great care, the excess skin is removed along with the muscle and fat that you may need removing. The incision is closed with internal stitches that can not be seen from the outside, which are also absorbed so they dont need to be removed.At the end you will have upper eyelids with no excess skin, much younger. In the case of the lower eyelids, its recommended to be done not only under local anesthetic but also with sedation for more comfort. The incision is made just under the eyelashes, the excess skin is removed and the bags of fat if necessary. The loose stitches will be removed after one week. The result is a lower eyelid without bags, no excess skin, much younger.

En tu casa

At home

You will be accompanied by our team at all times during your recuperation. You will have a dressing applied whilst in the operating theatre and this will be changed at your first check up usually 48-72 hrs after and will need to be worn for the next two days. You will take antibiotics and pain killers. We recommend that you sleep with your head as upright as possible, so as to help lessen the swelling. Its normal that you may have some bruising, which will disappear bit by bit, with the recommendations that we will give. Its important to apply something cold over the eyelids during the day, and for various days. You must also wear sunglasses when outside for some time, to protect against scars caused by the sun. You will not be able to go to the gym during two weeks and its better if you dont go back to work for two or three days, you can telework from leaving the hospital. Avoid using contact lenses for three weeks. Our surgeons will let you know when you can return to work. Also, when you can begin to exercise or drive. Its best that you dont drink alcohol nor smoke during a few weeks post surgery, as tobacco slows the healing process. The bruises and swelling, will ease and after a few weeks you will see the results. You will be given a contact telephone number, should you require help, also in English.


Check ups

All of the revisions until given the all clear are included in the quote given. The patientes have their first revisión 48-72 hrs after having left the hospital. The next visit is one week after surgery, then at 2 weeks, one month, 3 months and six months, plus any other time needed until given the all clear. All of the check ups and cures are done by our plastic surgeons. Dedicating all of the time necessary to make you feel looked after and guided at all times. You will be given a telephone number to be able to contact us at any time whenever you need us, also in English. In the case that the patient is from a foreign country, the frequency of the check ups, are exactly the same, but obviously needed to be done telematically.

¿Why Valverde & Arpino?

All plastic surgery is destined to improve how the patient sees themselves. The patients will feel better, after seeing the improvement. It will lift their self-esteem. Their self-confidence also. If you feel better about yourself, others will notice this and you will enter a positive spiral to want to look after yoursel more, to be healthier. All this results in a greater mental health. After many years and thousands of patients, we can say, that this will also happen with you.

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