What to expect from eyelid surgery
Our surgeons tailor the procedure to you, and will evaluate your eyelids during consultation to come up with a unique surgical approach. Surgery can be performed on the upper or lower eyelid, or both.
Upper eyelid surgery
During your eyelid surgery, your plastic surgeon reduces the excess fat and skin on your upper eyelids. He makes the incision in the creases of your upper eyelid and removes excess skin and fat. Your surgeon then repositions and tightens the remaining tissue to create a youthful appearance.
Lower eyelid surgery
To address the lower lid, your surgeon makes an incision just below your lash line or inside the lower lid, and removes or reduces excess fat and skin. He then tightens and contours the remaining tissue and underlying muscles in the area to provide a tighter and more taut appearance.
After surgery, avoid touching your eyes. Also avoid swimming and strenuous activity for the first week, and do not put in contact lenses for at least 2 weeks following surgery. You must be diligent with sun protection and wear dark sunglasses until you are fully healed.
In the first stages of your recovery, you may experience discomfort, swelling and dry eyes. This can be managed by supplied ointment and cold compresses. Bruising and swelling should completely subside 2 weeks post-surgery. Upper eyelid surgery alone is typically performed under local anesthesia and the recovery is quite rapid with mild swelling and bruising.
Lower eyelid surgery is often more involved and is usually performed under general anesthesia. The supporting structures of the lower lid are complex and must be resuspended in most cases. In order to reposition the lower lids favourably, the muscles and tendons surrounding the lower lid are mobilized and lifted, and may result in a more prolonged healing phase. Usually, recovery lasts a few weeks but can occasionally require a few months.
Pre- & post-surgery
The info you need to plan your eyelid lift surgery.
Frequently asked questions
- Can I combine my eyelid lift with other procedures?
Dr. Howard Silverman or Dr. Kirsty Boyd can combine eyelid surgery with related procedures that target concerns such as crow’s feet, frown lines, and drooping eyebrows. An eyelid lift is often performed in combination with face and neck lift surgery, for a harmonious facial rejuvenation.
- How long will my results last?
Longevity of results can vary from patient to patient, but typically the results of upper and lower eyelid surgery are usually long-lasting. The eyelids will continue to age naturally along with the remaining facial features.
- If I have medical conditions concerning my eyes or eyelids, can I still get an eyelid lift?
Any medical conditions accompanying eyelid problems, such as dry eyes, thyroid abnormalities, glaucoma, high blood pressure, or diabetes, may require special attention. Your plastic surgeon will discuss these issues with you during your consultation.