Eyelid surgery removes excess skin and fat to create a more youthful look.
What is eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty)?
Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty (also oculoplasty) is performed when the need to modify the eyelid due to excess skin or fat is present. This creates a more youthful look giving a rejuvenated appearance.
The eyes are one of the first features of the face to show the signs of ageing. As we age, we begin to notice sagging and loose skin in the upper and lower eyelids, and these structures begin to lose their firm texture. Many feel that while the rest of their face looks youthful, their puffy eyes give away their true age, or make them look older than they are.
What does eyelid surgery treat?
Blepharoplasty is a procedure designed to correct drooping upper lids and puffy bags below the eyes, which can make people look older and more tired than they feel, and may even interfere with vision. However, it won’t remove crow’s feet or other wrinkles, eliminate dark circles under the eyes, or lift sagging eyebrows. Blepharoplasty can also be performed in conjunction with other facial surgery procedures such as a facelift or brow lift.
Preparing for eyelid surgery
During your initial consultation your patient care adviser will discuss:
- Your medical history
- Incision techniques
- Potential risks and complications
What to expect with eyelid surgery
Your plastic surgeon will remove excess skin and fat through incisions following the natural lines of your eyelids. Following the natural contour of the eyelid and lash line will ensure that the incisions are well camouflaged. Excess fat may also be moved to fill hollows or troughs within the eyelid area as necessary. The procedure takes about two to four hours to perform under local anaesthesia in our private operating room, and you will be able to recuperate at home afterwards.
Eyelid surgery can be combined with erbium laser resurfacing, chemical peels, or Botox® to help you achieve flawless results in the delicate eye area.
- Before surgery, the surgeon marks the incision sites, following the natural lines and creases of the upper and lower eyelids.
- Underlying fat, along with excess skin and muscle, can be removed during the operation.
- In a transconjuntival blepharoplasty, a tiny incision is made inside the lower eyelid and fat is removed with fine forceps. No skin is removed, and the incision is closed with dissolving sutures.
- The surgeon closes the incisions with fine sutures, which will leave nearly invisible scars.
Recovery after eyelid surgery
You will be able to return home the same day as you undergo your eyelid surgery. Some mild discomfort may follow this procedure but is easily controlled with medication and the application of cold compresses. You may also be prescribed antibiotic eye-drops and are advised to keep your head elevated for the first few days of recovery.
Sutures are removed within a few days, and you will be able to wear makeup and contact lenses within a week. You will be able to resume normal activities within ten to fourteen days, though keeping activity light will help to reduce any swelling or bruising. Scars may remain slightly pink for six months or more after the eyelid surgery but will fade to a thin, nearly invisible white line with time.
Eyelid surgery results
As people age, the eyelid skin stretches, muscles weaken, and fat accumulates around the eyes, causing “bags” above and below. After surgery, the upper eyelids no longer droop and the skin under the eyes is smooth and firm. The eyes will look softer, more refreshed and rejuvenated. The skin surrounding the eye will look and feel firmer and smoother. The new, more alert and youthful appearance should last for years.
Get Eyelid surgery with Centric Health
Many men and women from across Canada and all over the world choose Centric Health Surgical Centres for eyelid surgery. Eyelid surgery is one of the most requested procedures performed at our facilities. Such procedures have been successfully performed at our state of the art facilities by our team of renowned plastic surgeons for over a decade.
Our surgeons have years of experience and excellence performing eyelid surgery. Our pre and post-operative care is exceptional, and combined with our patient-centred philosophy will provide you with a positive and rewarding experience. We will help you regain your confidence and achieve the look you desire.
Next steps: Book your eyelid surgery consultation
If you are ready to discuss your cosmetic surgery needs with our board-certified plastic surgeons, request a consultation today.