Eyelid surgery is also one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for both men and women because it can give an extremely dramatic effect in restoring a more youthful and rested appearance. This surgery can be a great place to start with a surgical rejuvenation of your face as these features can make you look older and more tired than you feel. Our One Health skilled Surgeons and Patient Care Coordinators will guide our patients through the decision-making process and will be here to answer any questions.

Eyelid surgery, also known as eye bag removal or blepharoplasty is a cosmetic eye surgery performed to restore a more youthful appearance and correct issues with vision caused by drooping Eyelids. An eyelid surgery is done by tightening saggy or hooded eyelids, and removing or moving fatty pouches beneath the eyes. When loose folds in the Eyelid and under eye bags are reduced, the eyes usually appear brighter and more alert. Eyelid Surgery can be performed on either the upper or lower eyelids, or both. Your Surgeon will advise on the best technique for your surgery during your consultation.

During Eyelid surgery, incisions are usually made in the creases of your upper eyelids and right below the lashes in your lower eyelids (making scars seem almost invisible). After the fat under the eye is repositioned and excess skin is removed, the incisions are closed with tiny sutures designed to be almost unnoticeable. Most blepharoplasty surgery takes between one to three hours.

Q: What should I expect after surgery?

A: After eyelid surgery, you will most likely have swelling and bruising which can be minimised by applying cold compresses and keeping your head elevated as much as possible for the first few days. Most patients report they feel ready to return to work in five to seven days; however, we encourage seven to ten days to recover. Major activities can be resumed in about three weeks; contact lenses should not be worn for about 10 days.

Q: Who is a good candidate for Eyelid Surgery?

A: The best candidates for blepharoplasty are physically and emotionally healthy non-smokers who have excess skin and fat, or “bags,” that affect their eyelids and or vision. Patients with diabetes, glaucoma, high blood pressure, thyroid or heart problems should discuss these medical conditions with their Surgeon.

Q: How do I know if I need an Eyelid lift or a brow lift?

A: Patients who are considering an upper Eyelid surgery will need to have the eyebrow position thoroughly assessed during consultation with your Surgeon. Upper eyelid heaviness can be a result of excess eyelid skin, in which case an upper eyelid lift is appropriate. Heaviness caused by drooping of the brow will usually require a brow lift.

Q: How long is an Eyelid surgery?

A: Upper blepharoplasty takes about one to one and a half hours to complete. A lower blepharoplasty takes approximately one and a half to three hours.

Q: Where are incisions made for the eye lid surgery?

A: The incision location depends upon the technique used. With upper Eyelid Surgery, an incision is placed within the natural skin crease of the upper eyelid. This generally results in a scar that is essentially invisible. In some cases, if excess skin extends to the side of the upper eyelid, the incision may extend a short distance away from the crease. For lower blepharoplasty, the incision is hidden just on the inside of the lower eyelid.

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