Quaba Plastic Surgery

Eyelid Surgery / blepharoplasty

Looking for a trusted plastic surgery centre in Edinburgh, Scotland, for your eyelid surgery needs? Quaba Cosmetic Surgery is here to provide you with the best possible service.

Our expert team of plastic surgeons has years of experience performing blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, to help our patients achieve a more youthful, refreshed appearance.


Eyelid overview


Local or General


1-2 Hours


Day procedures


1-2 weeks off work, 6 weeks before strenuous exercise

Procedure types and benefits

Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery can correct a number of issues, including excess skin, bags under the eyes, and drooping eyelids. Whether you’re looking to improve your appearance for personal reasons or to boost your confidence in the workplace, we can help. Our surgeons use the latest techniques to ensure a safe, effective procedure with minimal scarring and downtime.

Advantages of blepharoplasty surgery

Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, is a popular cosmetic procedure that can offer a range of benefits, including:

Improved Appearance: Blepharoplasty can improve the appearance of the eyes by removing excess skin, fat, and tissue from the upper and lower eyelids. This can create a more youthful, alert, and rejuvenated appearance.

Improved Vision: In some cases, excess skin on the upper eyelid can impair vision, especially peripheral vision. Blepharoplasty can remove this excess skin and improve vision.

Boost in Confidence: Many patients feel more confident and self-assured after blepharoplasty, as they no longer have to worry about sagging or puffy eyelids.

Long-Lasting Results: The results of blepharoplasty can last for many years, making it a worthwhile investment for many patients.

Minimal Downtime: Blepharoplasty is typically an outpatient procedure that requires minimal downtime, making it a convenient option for many people.

Overall, blepharoplasty can be an effective way to enhance the appearance of the eyes and achieve a more youthful and refreshed look. However, it is important to discuss the potential risks and benefits with a qualified and experienced surgeon to determine if it is the right choice for you.

Upper blepharoplasty

An upper blepharoplasty (eye lift) involves an incision which leaves a scar in the upper eyelid crease. Any protruding fat is removed through the incision, and excess skin and sagging muscle are removed.

Lower blepharoplasty and eye bag removal

Lower blepharoplasty involves an incision just below the lashes in the lower lids. The skin is lifted, and any protruding fat is removed along with excess skin. Sometimes it is possible to make the incision on the inside of the eye to remove protruding fat when there is no skin excess

Commonly asked questions

Can I combine surgery with other procedures?

Eyelid surgery is often combined with other procedures such as facelift surgery, brow lift and fat injections to the cheek area.

Is there much swelling or bruising?

Most patients will experience a variable degree of swelling and bruising which can take between 7-14 days to settle down.

Can I have my eyelid surgery under local anaesthesia?

Upper and lower blepharoplasty can be performed under local or general anaesthetic. A general anaesthetic is usually required when upper, and lower eyelid surgery is being carried out at the same time.

Why do our eyelids age?

As we age our skin loses its elasticity and our muscles weaken. For our eyelids, the loss of elasticity of the skin manifests itself as loose skin which can cause folds in the upper lids and deepening creases in the lower lids. The weakness of the muscles around the eye leads to protrusion of fat giving the appearance of eye bags.

Other factors that can age our eyelids include smoking, excessive sun exposure and genetic predisposition. Some patients can develop bags under their eyes (due to fat protrusion) despite not having any skin changes.

Why have your surgery with us?

There are several reasons why you should consider Quaba Cosmetic Surgery for your blepharoplasty surgery in Edinburgh, Scotland:

Highly Skilled Surgeons: Our highly skilled and experienced surgeons are renowned experts in blepharoplasty surgery and have a proven track record of delivering excellent results.

Personalised Treatment: We understand that every patient is unique, and we offer personalised treatment plans tailored to your individual needs and goals. We will work closely with you to ensure you receive the best care before, during, and after your surgery.

State-of-the-Art Facilities: Our modern facilities have the latest technology and equipment to ensure you receive the highest quality of care.

Outstanding Patient Care: Our team will provide outstanding patient care. We will be with you every step of the way, from your first consultation to your post-operative follow-up appointments.

Excellent Reputation: We have an excellent reputation in Edinburgh and beyond, and we are proud to be a leading provider of blepharoplasty surgery in Scotland. Our independent testimonials speak for themselves.

Extensive Before and After Gallery: We have one of the largest eyelid surgery before and after galleries in the UK, and we will show you even more images during your consultation.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards achieving your desired look.

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What are the risks?

Eyelid surgery can be carried out either under local anaesthetic or general anaesthesia. We advise that patients have an overnight stay in the hospital if they are having lower eyelid surgery.

The risks of general anaesthesia include deep vein thrombosis in pulmonary embolism, but these are very rare during this type of surgery. Other risks of general anaesthesia include chest infection.

The specific risks relating to eyelid surgery include:


It is not uncommon to have minor bleeding immediately after surgery which stops with simple pressure.


To be expected and varies between patients. Usually resolved by ten days.

Unfavourable scarring

All scars are permanent but usually settle very well with eyelid surgery. It is possible that some scars can be red and thickened and may take up to 6 months to settle down.

Dry eyes

Usually short-lived but can be worse in patients who already have dry eyes before their operation – often an indication not to perform surgery in the first place.

Grittiness and watering

Usually short lived.

Under correction

We never wish to overcorrect as this can cause pulling on the lower eyelid or difficulty closing the eyes – sometimes further surgery may be required to remove residual skin.


Where the lid no longer rests on the globe of the eye (results from removing too much skin or infection) – This causes watering and redness and can be a difficult problem to sort out. It is a rare complication, and all efforts are made to avoid it (being conservative with skin excision and tightening the lower eyelid to support it).


Minor degrees of eyelid asymmetry is common in the general population. This finding is no different following eyelid surgery.


Extremely rare (1 in 30,000 patients) and results from bleeding behind the eye which is not treated promptly.

Unsatisfactory result

A small number of patients may end up with a degree of dissatisfaction at the outcome, and further revisional surgery may be necessary.

What to expect and eyelid aftercare

After the procedure, patients can expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort, but these side effects should gradually subside within a week or two. Patients may also experience temporary dryness or eye irritation, which can usually be managed with eye drops or ointment.

In the first few days after surgery, patients should avoid strenuous activities and get plenty of rest. Cold compresses can help reduce swelling and bruising, and pain medication may be prescribed to manage discomfort. Follow the surgeon’s post-operative instructions, including how to care for the incision sites and when to return for follow-up appointments. Within a few weeks, patients should see a noticeable improvement in the appearance of their eyelids, with a more refreshed and youthful look.

If you have had eyelid surgery with us or are considering it – please find some detailed instructions and advice on aftercare following blepharoplasty.

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What to expect and eyelid aftercare

Eyelid consultation – Perfect result

I would highly recommend Mr Quaba, after explaining the problem I had with puffy eyes thinking I was going to need surgery but he knew immediately what the problem was and how to resolve it. I’d had facial fillers 4 years ago and they had migrated causing my problem he dissolved the fillers and immediately the puffiness had gone in an instant. Should I ever need to have cosmetic surgery I will have no hesitation in having done by Mr Quaba. Thank you.


Realself Feb 2023


Body dysmorphia

Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a mental health condition in which someone can’t help thinking about one or more perceived issues or faults in their appearance. Other people may think that their concerns are minor or they may fail to see them at all.

People with BDD, continuously focus on their appearance and body image, repeatedly checking the mirror, grooming or seeking reassurance, sometimes for many hours each day. The perceived flaw likely causes significant distress and impacts on a person’s ability to function in their daily life.

People affected with BDD often seek out cosmetic procedures to try to “fix” their perceived flaw. Afterwards, they may feel temporary satisfaction or a reduction in their symptoms, but often the anxiety returns, or they may move on to focus on other perceived problems related to their appearance.

Some patients may have features of body dysmorphia. Such patients are not likely to be offered surgery.

If you are considering surgery, it is worth trying the self-assessment tool below known as the Cosmetic Procedure Screening Questionnaire (COPS).

The questionnaire was developed by David Veale, Nell Ellison, Tom Werner, Rupa Dodhia, Marc Serfaty and Alex Clarke (2012) Development of a cosmetic procedure screening questionnaire (COPS) for Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Journal of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, 65 (4), 530-532.