At Macleod Trail Plastic Surgery, we perform eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) in Calgary to correct sagging, puffy eyelids and help patients appear more youthful and rested.
This procedure is very popular due to its ability to achieve remarkable results with reduced discomfort and downtime. Our Royal College-certified plastic surgeons often combine eyelid surgery with other cosmetic procedures to help patients from Calgary and other Alberta cities achieve more comprehensive facial rejuvenation.
Is Eyelid Surgery Right for You?
Eyelid surgery is performed to adjust fat, skin, and muscle to restore smooth eyelids and create a more open and alert eye appearance. This procedure is effective if:
- Redundant skin covers the natural fold of your upper eyelids or your lash line
- Puffiness in your upper and lower eyelids makes your eyes look tired and aged
- Deep grooves under your eyes make you look tired
Eyelid surgery is typically considered a cosmetic procedure, but it may be considered medically necessary if sagging eyelids are affecting your vision.
Your Eyelid Surgery Options
Blepharoplasty can be performed on your upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. In most cases a local anesthetic is used to numb the area and sedation is administered to keep you comfortable throughout the surgery.
Upper Eyelid Surgery
Upper eyelid surgery corrects the drooping or sagging skin on the upper eyelid. Your surgeon will carefully evaluate your underlying musculature and bone structure and other physical factors before beginning the procedure. Incisions made along the natural creases and folds of your lids ensure that scars are undetectable. The surgeon removes excess skin and fat, makes any modifications to underlying muscles, then closes the incisions.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
Lower eyelid surgery is an excellent solution if your primary concern is puffiness under the eyes that causes a fatigued look. Bags under the eyes are caused by excess fat in this area, which can be addressed with lower lid blepharoplasty. An incision made just below the lower lashes is used to remove and reposition fat and skin. As with upper eyelid surgery, the incision is inconspicuous. For patients concerned about a hollowed appearance under the eyes, we may restore volume with fat from another part of the body or with a dermal filler.
Another option for lower eyelid surgery is called transconjunctival blepharoplasty, in which the incision is made inside the lower lid. This is an excellent approach when skin excision isn't required.
Upper blepharoplasty is usually completed within an hour; lower lid procedures can be more involved and may take longer to complete. After the procedure, it is not uncommon for the eyes to be sensitive to light and wind; excessive tearing is common. Your surgeon will provide detailed post-op instructions for you to follow while you are recovering.
Discomfort is usually quite manageable with over-the-counter analgesics. Some swelling and bruising are to be expected, and can be soothed by applying ice packs and using eye drops. Contact lenses may not be worn for 2 weeks.