Eyelid Lift (Blepharoplasty)

At The Cosmetic Sugery Clinic, our plastic surgeons perform cosmetic eyelid surgery, often called an eyelid lift, in Waterloo, Ontario, to improve the appearance of the upper and lower eyelids. The aim is to correct heavy, wrinkled or sagging eyelids for a fresher, more youthful appearance.

Men and women travel to The Cosmetic Surgery Clinic for eyelid lift surgery from Guelph, Cambridge, and London. Find out what sets our team of plastic surgeons apart by requesting a consultation using our online form or calling our office at (519) 804-9822.

Eyelid Lift Before & After Photos

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.
  • Eyelid Lift case #274
    Eyelid Lift case #274

    Case #274

    This 49-year-old woman was unhappy with the way the excess skin of her upper eyelids was drooping and creating a heavy appearance. She underwent upper lid blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) while doin... View Case 

  • Eyelid Lift case #283
    Eyelid Lift case #283

    Case #283

    This 52-year-old woman was unhappy with the way the skin of her lower eyelids was drooping and creating heavy appearing folds, creases and wrinkling, and she felt that it made her look old and tire... View Case 

  • Eyelid Lift case #339
    Eyelid Lift case #339

    Case #339

    This 53-year-old woman was unhappy with the way the excess skin and hooding of her upper eyelids made her look tired all the time. She underwent an upper lid blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) which w... View Case 

  • Eyelid Lift case #109
    Eyelid Lift case #109

    Case #109

    This 66 year old woman was unhappy with the appearance of excess skin of both of her upper eyelids.  She had an upper eyelid blepharoplasty, or "eyelid lift", done under local ane... View Case 

  • Eyelid Lift case #328
    Eyelid Lift case #328

    Case #328

    This 72-year-old man was unhappy with how the skin of his lower eyelids was drooping and creating heavy appearing folds and creases, and he felt that it made him look older and tired. He underwe... View Case 

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Why do people have an eyelid lift?

Our plastic surgeons perform eyelid lift, technically called blepharoplasty, in Waterloo on adults of all ages. Some people have an eyelid lift to correct problems that result from aging, while others have inherited traits that cause them to seek treatment as early as their 20s or 30s. Eyelid lift can be done alone or in conjunction with other facial surgery procedures such as a facelift, brow lift, or laser resurfacing.

How should I prepare for surgery?

You will first have a thorough consultation with Dr. Shenker to determine your goals for your blepharoplasty. The Cosmetic Surgery Clinic's Patient Coordinator will guide you through all the details of the planning process for your procedure, including financing, scheduling, and paperwork.

You should not wear eye makeup on the day of your surgery. Aspirin and certain anti-inflammatory drugs can cause increased bleeding, so you should avoid taking these medications for a period of time before surgery. If you are a smoker, you will be asked to stop smoking well in advance of surgery.

You are to have nothing to eat or drink for the twelve hours immediately before your surgery.

How is eyelid surgery performed?

Upper Eyelids: For upper eyelid surgery, the incision is hidden within the natural fold of the upper eyelid. Through this incision, excess skin, muscle and fat are removed. Because the incision follows the natural contour of the upper eyelid, it will be well camouflaged when healed.

Lower Eyelids: For lower eyelid surgery, often an incision is hidden just below the lower lashes. Through this incision, excess skin, muscle and fat are removed, or fat may be redistributed to reduce puffiness or bulges. Other adjustments to correct special problems such as muscle laxity may be performed. As in upper eyelid surgery, the incision is well camouflaged by natural creases.

What will the day of surgery be like?

You will arrange for someone to drive you to The Cosmetic Surgery Clinic and to pick you up after the procedure. Our staff will assist you with planning for your ride home.

Our surgical staff will ensure your comfort and safety throughout the procedure. The procedure may be done under a general or local anesthetic. Our anesthesiologist will talk with you before you go to sleep for your surgery. Typically, an upper blepharoplasty requires approximately an hour to complete, while a lower blepharoplasty takes slightly longer.

Following your surgery, you will be taken into our recovery area where you will be closely monitored. Your vision will be blurry as a result of ointment used to soothe and protect the eye during surgery. Patients are often surprised at how little discomfort they experience after surgery. You will be in the comfort of your own home approximately two to three hours after surgery.

How will I look and feel initially?

It is important to realize that the amount of time it takes for recovery varies greatly among individuals.

The first evening after surgery, you should rest quietly with your head elevated. Dr. Shenker may instruct you to apply cold compresses to your eyelids to increase comfort and reduce the tendency to swelling and bruising. Remember, you must not take aspirin or certain anti-inflammatory medications.

Initially, you may feel a "tight" sensation around the eyes and some mild discomfort that can be controlled with oral medication prescribed by Dr. Shenker. During the first 48 hours following surgery, patients experience varying degrees of swelling and bruising. There is usually little pain associated with eyelid surgery. Some patients find that mild swelling persists for several weeks, while others may see swelling resolve in as little as one week. Bruising typically disappears within seven to ten days. Stitches are usually removed within a week of surgery.

There will usually be less bruising and swelling if you avoid strenuous physical activity, bending your head down, stressful situations and the consumption of alcohol.

Your eyes may be temporarily sensitive to light, and you may experience excess tearing or dryness. You may want to wear dark sunglasses for a couple of weeks to protect your eyes from wind and sun irritation.

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When can I resume my normal activities?

Overall, normal activities can usually be resumed within two or three weeks after the procedure.

You should normally wait about ten days before wearing contact lenses, and usually you can apply make up as soon as the incisions are completely healed.

Straining, bending and lifting should be avoided during the early postoperative period. In many instances, you will be able to resume most of your normal activities within ten days or less.

Results of your eyelid surgery

Blepharoplasty has the effect of making you look more rested, refreshed and alert. Since the healing process is gradual, you should expect to wait several weeks to get an accurate picture of the overall results. Incisions will fade over a number of months until they become barely visible.

How long will the results last?

The results of eyelid surgery are long lasting, but they may be affected by your heredity and lifestyle factors.

Fat that is removed from the eyelids, which is usually the cause of puffiness and bags, generally will not recur. The skin continues to age, however, and skin laxity along the fine wrinkling of the eyelid area may, at some point, return. Sometimes a loss of tone in the forehead causes additional sagging of the eyebrows, which mimics a recurrence of drooping upper eyelids. If this happens, a forehead lift or a secondary eyelid procedure may be appropriate.

What if I have more questions?

Please view the Before and After Photo Gallery of Eyelid Lift Surgery here. You may contact The Cosmetic Surgery Clinic at any time if you have questions or concerns: (519) 804-9822.

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