Eyelid Rejuvenation Surgery

What is eyelid surgery?

Why is eyelid surgery performed?

What are the procedural steps of eyelid surgery?

How long does eyelid surgery take?

How long does it take to recover from eyelid surgery?

How much does eyelid surgery cost?

What is eyelid surgery?

Eyelid surgery, commonly known as blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure performed to improve the appearance of the eyelids. Eyelid surgery can be done to the upper and lower lids and is great for:

  • Improving your appearance as you age
  • Rejuvenating your eyelids and the area surrounding your eyes
  • Treating loose or sagging skin that creates folds around the upper eyelid
  • Removing excess fatty deposits/puffiness in the eyelids, or bags under your eyes
  • Fixing excess skin and fine wrinkles found on the lower eyelid
  • Ceasing lower eyelids from drooping

If you are interested in eyelid cosmetic surgery make sure you do not have any of the following medical or ophthalmic conditions:

  • Glaucoma
  • Eyes that are severely dry
  • Tear duct damage
  • Hyperthyroidism

Why is eyelid surgery performed?

The eyes are the first things that we notice when we look at another person. They provide an indicator of our age. They let us know if we’re tired or sick. They are a general barometer for our wellbeing. If our eyes are puffy or hooded, we may suffer from high stress levels or exhaustion. The clearer our eyes, the clearer our mind and the more self-confident we feel.

There are many reasons why people consider eyelid surgery:

  • Environmental factors such as exposure to the sun
  • Ageing
  • Extreme effects from facial motions such as laughter, blinking etc. that contribute to the formation of lines and wrinkles around the eyes
    • Laugh lines and crows feet are colloquial terms for these types of wrinkles
  • Your eyelids may droop significantly and impair your vision
  • You may have puffy, red or dark circles under your eyes that sleep and relaxation facials do not cure

Eyelid surgery can improve the appearance of your eyelids, but it cannot correct vision problems within the eye. You cannot change ethnic or racial characteristics with this surgery either, so please keep these notions in mind when you meet with us for a consultation.

What are the procedural steps of eyelid surgery?

1. Anesthesia:

  • For your comfort, we will administer anesthesia
  • The type of anesthesia administered will depend on the type of procedure
    • Anesthesia can be given generally or locally

2. Incision:

  • Incisions are done so that any scarring will be concealed within the natural structures of the eyelid region
  • For the upper eyelid:
    • An incision is made within the natural crease of the eyelid
    • Fat deposits and excess skin are removed
    • Muscles are tightened
  • For the lower eyelid:
    • An incision is made below the lower lash line
    • Excess skin is removed
    • Excess fat is repositioned or removed altogether
    • In some cases a transconjunctival incision (an incision inside the eyelid) is alternatively made to correct certain lower eyelid conditions to remove excess fat without removing any skin

3. Closing the incisions

  • Typically, eyelid incisions are closed with removable sutures or dissolvable sutures

How long does eyelid surgery take?

Eyelid surgery is a fairly straightforward procedure that lasts about 1 hour if you are doing just the upper eyelids, or just the lower eyelids, but can last up to 2 hours if you are doing both.

  • Sometimes this surgery is coupled with other facial procedures which can lengthen the time spent, such as a face lift, brow lift or rhinoplasty

How long does it take to recover from eyelid surgery?

Eyelid surgery takes approximately 2 - 4 weeks for full recovery.

  • Swelling is common and usually worse on the day following your surgery
  • For the first 48 hours, use a cool compress to help reduce bruising and swelling that will occur around the eyes
  • You may notice swelling on the cheeks and forehead
    • This is normal
  • Depending on the stiches used, they may dissolve on their own or you will have them removed when you come in for your follow-up appointment at 1 week
  • Light walking can be done after the first 48 hours but wait at least 2 weeks for more strenuous activities
  • We will give you specific instructions on how to care for your eyelids post-surgery, which will include instructions on removing your bandages and cleaning the area 
  • It’s important that you abstain from alcohol and smoking during your recovery period
    • Do not smoke for at least 2 weeks after your surgery as this will slow your recovery process
    • If you can quit entirely that’s preferable, as smoking ages the face drastically
  • Most people do not require pain medication for more than a couple of days
    • If you experience severe pain after eyelid surgery contact us immediately

How much does eyelid surgery cost?

  • The price depends on if you are doing upper lids, lower lids, or both
  • There is a facility fee, an anesthesia fee and the cost would be between $3000 and $6000, plus HST depending on uppers, lowers or both


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