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.
This healthy 50 year old woman was unhappy with the appearance of her lower eyelids. She did not like the "bags" under the lids, and she felt she looked tired all the time. In... View Case
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
This patient was unhappy with the look of her upper and lower eyelids. She felt that her drooping upper eyelids and lower eyelid bags made her look tired all the time, even when she was... View Case
This 54 year old woman was unhappy with the tear trough deformity and "bags" seen under her lower eyelids. The correction in this case was done by adding some hyaluronic acid f... View Case
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.