Eyelid surgery


Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a common surgery performed to rejuvenate the eyes.

As we age the skin loses its elasticity, becomes thinner and increasingly wrinkly. The other significant change that occurs is the visibility of fat pockets. These are more commonly known as bags, and they start to herniate through the skin as their supporting structures become weaker 

We have two sets of eyelids: Upper and lower. The type of surgery required for each is different, as is the amount of recovery required for each

The surgery aims to produce a soft and smooth contour to the eyelid, which is in harmony with the rest of your face, removing the tired and sagging appearance. 

What is involved in the procedure

You will initially attend a consultation with Dr. Faisal, explaining your concerns. He will run through your medical history and examine your eyes.

Following this, he will explain what is and what is not possible. Only if you are a suitable candidate and if your expectations can be met with the surgery will Dr. Faisal suggest an operation


Upper Eyelid Surgery (Upper Blepharoplasty)

Upper eyelid surgery is normally performed while you are awake under local anesthetic.

This can be performed in the clinic setting or the hospital, depending on whether it is performed alone or with other procedures

The procedure involves carefully planning the incision so the scar is not visible.

Dr. Faisal will  carefully resect just the right amount of skin- Not too little so that the deformity persists, but not too much that you look unnatural

If there is excess fat contributing to the appearance of the eyelid, then this will be judiciously removed

The wound will then be closed with sutures and glue applied to act as a dressing

You will be allowed to return home very soon after the surgery


Lower Eyelid Surgery

Lower eyelid surgery requires a general anesthetic and will be performed at the hospital. The surgery is more complex than upper eyelid surgery.

Dr. Faisal will perform the surgery from the inside of the eyelid or outside depending upon what is the cause of the problem.

If the issue is just excess fat pushing on the skin, then he will use a scar on the inside of the eyelid and rather than removing the fat, he will redrape across the junction between the eyelid and the cheek, resulting in a smoother and more youthful appearance

If there is an excess amount of skin then this will necessitate an external scar just beneath the lash line and extending laterally into the crow's feet

Lower blepharoplasty can be associated with more problems than upper eyelid blepharoplasty. The initial examination will highlight to Dr. Faisal if any additional procedures need to be performed to keep the lower eyelid in the correct position and the shape of the eye natural

The wound on the insisted of the eyelid will be closed with dissolving sutures and the skin will be closed with sutures that will be removed in 7-10 days 

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Who is a Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?

Careful selection of patients is vital to success with eyelid surgery. Below are issues which may cause problems in the recovery following surgery

A history of dry eyes- This will be exacerbated postoperatively

Laser eye surgery in the last 6 months- This will cause dry eyes

Contact lenses- This may cause dry eyes

Thyroid eye disease- This may cause the lower lid to pull down

The use of blood-thinning medications such as warfarin, aspirin, and Plavix can increase the risk of bleeding, which very very rarely causes blindness. These have to be stopped 1 week before surgery

Medical problems such as diabetes can lead to poor wound healing

Medications such as steroids interfere with wound healing

Smoking will need to be stopped 3 weeks before surgery, as this negatively impacts wound healing

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What Is The Recovery For Eyelid Surgery

The patients for all eyelid surgery will be allowed to go home the same day. There will be swelling and bruising. 

The surgery is not painful. Although pain killers will be prescribed, they will most likely not be used

Patients are encouraged to use ice packs on their eyes every hour for 5 minutes to help reduce swelling. This will need to be done for 1 week

The swelling will reduce the ability of the eye to close fully and this predisposes the surface of the eye to become dry. Artificial tears will be prescribed to lubricate the eyeball.

The stitches on the inside of the eye can occasionally irritate the surface of the eye, resulting in inflammation. Steroid eye drops can be prescribed to treat this

Avoiding activities that lean the head forward will reduce swelling

Sleeping with 2-3 pillows for the first week will help to reduce swelling and bruising

Avoid any physical activities for 6 weeks until after the operation

Postoperative visits occur at 1 week, 2 weeks and 6 weeks


Upper Eyelid

This normally takes about 1 week. The bruising is typically limited to the suture line

Sutures are removed at 1 week


Lower Eyelid

When you awake you will find tape at the corner of your eye pulling the lower eyelid up to the temple. This will need to be kept in position until the first post-operative visit

The swelling and bruising persist a little longer in the lower eyelid. Dr. Faisal normally recommends you take 2 weeks to recover

Sutures are removed at 1 week

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What Can I Do To Prepare For Surgery?

Stop Smoking at least 3 weeks before eyelid surgery

Stop blood-thinning medications such as Aspirin, Warfarin, and Plavix 1 week before surgery

Taking Arnica tablets 1 week leading up to the eyelid surgery significantly reduces the bruising and swelling patients experience

Arranging a friend or relative to be close by for the first couple of  days to help with groceries can be helpful

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Over 2000 satisfied patients

I had surgery in February with Doctor Faisal and I cannot recommend him highly enough. I went from 64kg to 95kg with gestational diabetes during two back to back pregnancies at age 40, and ended up with massive abdominal separation. Doctor Faisal was able to perform an extremely extensive abdominal muscle and hernia repair, combined with lipo and a cosmetic tummy tuck that has completely transformed not only my appearance but my confidence and physical strength also. My body now looks better than it did before I had children. I conducted extensive research for over 3 years on best plastic surgeon Dubai before I chose Doctor Faisal based on his qualification, experience, confidence in his ability to perform this surgery without the use of a mesh as well as his extremely reassuring manner. The recovery went smoothly and my scar is healing beautifully. Its low, neat, and I didn't experience any healing complications. To anyone that is on the fence, or hesitating about moving forwards with such a procedure, I definitely say- go for it! I wish I'd done it 3 years ago and gotten back into a bikini sooner. Thanks Doctor Faisal, I will miss you!

Andi Quinn

Mother and wife

- I had my surgery just over a year ago, and I can honestly say that I would not have gone ahead with such a life-changing surgery if it wasn't for Dr Faisal and his amazing team. From my very first visit, I knew that if I did go ahead with the surgery it would be with him. Instantly he made me feel at ease and knew that he would take care of me through the entire process. The numerous visits, messages, emails and phone calls were all answered without hesitation and the entire team provided a fully comprehensive service. Dr Faisal, I cannot thank you enough. Thank you for helping me make this monumental decision and making my life better for it, I wouldn't have been able to feel the way I do about myself right now without you! I'm trying my best to not write an essay here, but I know these mere words do not do justice fr all that you and your team have done for me! Hopefully I will come by for a visit the next time I'm in Dubai! Sakira... Fellow LFC Supporter!

Sakira Begum


After extensive research and consultations for Plastic surgeons in Dubai, and a failed attempt a couple of years back, I finally encountered the amazing Dr.Faisal Salim, and I couldn’t be happier of my choice. It was a tough decision, to whom I would entrust this very important event in my life. Most of the information provided by the plastic surgeons I’ve met in Dubai, is more or less the same, but Dr.Faisal stood out from everyone else right away from my first consultation. He is extremely caring, empathic and extremely knowledgeable in his field. He was ready to answer all my questions, some of them even before I asked! He reassured me and made me feel at ease. I knew right away after my first consultation that he was the one. We met several times after that, to discuss in further details my decision to go ahead with the surgery, and he was always outstanding, as the first time we met. He asked what were my expectations and what I wanted the outcome to be, my worries and fears, and then he explained what was realistically possible and what could be achieved. his expertise is just outstanding. Any doubt I had thought the entire process, he was always there, even when abroad. This means the world to someone who’s worried, scared or just stressed out. He was always very honest, approachable and caring. The aftercare was as outstanding as the pre operative care, and the results? I can’t be happier then I am now :) A shout out to his entire team at euromed clinic as well, the nurses and especially his co-ordinator Yasmina, she is just outstanding! a level of care and professionalism that one doesn’t encounter very often, till the late hours on the night before my surgery, she was sending messages, reassuring me was always available throughout the entire process. If you’re in that phase, were you still are not sure who to entrust your surgery too, After you meet with Dr.Faisal Salim, you should look nor worry anymore, he is the one. I can’t recommend him enough after what he’s done for me. Thank you Dr.Faisal!

Jordan Cran

Cabin Crew

My whole experience with Dr. Faisal and his team was outstanding. I had several consultations with different doctors before finally meeting Dr. Faisal. His personality and expertise totally convinced me to go ahead with my operation without any doubts. He took extensive time during the several consultations, where we discussed the reasonable expectations. Dr. Faisal managed to create the exact result I have wished for where other doctors told me differently and I couldn’t be happier. He has definitely exceeded my expectations. My healing process was extremely smooth without any complications and pain. Dr. Faisal is very compassionate, emphatic and caring. He takes a lot of time for each appointment and the aftercare was superb. I could not recommend him enough. The whole team at Euromed is extremely friendly. Yasmina has been an amazing patient coordinator and I thank her for her kindness and flexibility.

Beate Sweis


My whole experience with Dr. Faisal was more than outstanding! It took me a while to decide on a specific surgeon, and I had already seen many before I decided to proceed with Dr. Faisal. From the first appointment, his honesty, care and straightforwardness immediately put me at ease. I had felt I will be in good hands, and that was a prerequisite for me to go for it. We had several appointments before the surgery, and he explained everything so clearly with realistic expectations. On the day of the surgery, he was quite caring, calm and compassionate. Post the surgery, took all the time to look after me, and answer all my questions. He patiently endured my fussiness, impatience and always assured me. I was quite happy with the results, and his availability for the post-surgery follow-ups. I had a big surgery, which Dr. Faisal handles perfectly so I can’t recommend him enough. To add, Dr. Faisal has the most amazing coordinator (Yasmine), always been there, answered all my questions with care and support

Mira Ahmed

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I met Dr Faisal last year whilst on a quest to find a surgeon to complete a full tummy tuck, gynecomastia and lypo. I instantly felt at ease when meeting Dr Faisal and after a discussion he pointed out what was and wasn’t needed, he suggested a plan and showed me what I could expect by his previous surgeries. I had made my mind up and decided to choose him to move forward with. We met a few more times and he was very clear what I should do prior to surgery and made himself available with his mobile number for any further questions I might have. the morning of the surgery he seemed very focused and tried to help me relax and put me at ease, I felt good and trusted him fully. i was happy with the after care and was surprised with the speed of the healing process, he was regularly checking in and told me how it all went, over the next few weeks we met for appointments and dressing changes. It’s been 5 months now and I’m so happy with the results, I feel way more confident and I feel the results are even better than I expected. Great surgeon, would definitely recommend him!

Toni Jardella


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