Upper Eyelid Surgery

For many men and women, the area around the eyes is often one of the first to show signs of aging, often giving off the appearance of being tired and/or sad. Like all other plastic surgery procedures, there is no one size fits all approach and each patient is treated on an individual basis. At Ottawa Plastic Surgery, we use Upper Eyelid Surgery to treat the upper eyelids by removing excess skin and fat from around the eyes. To learn more about this treatment and to find out if you’re a good candidate, please keep reading below!


What is Upper Eyelid Surgery?

At our esteemed practice in Ottawa, Upper Eyelid Surgery (also referred to as Upper Blepharoplasty) is a procedure that involves the resection of redundant skin and/or musculature of the upper eyelids. While they can be (and often are) performed together, this procedure is distinct from a brow lift in that it focuses solely on the trimming of skin, as opposed to elevating your eyebrows.

Upper blepharoplasty may be performed for cosmetic reasons, specifically reducing the signs of aging, functional reasons to reduce visual obstruction caused by overhanging skin, or both. If you suffer from ptosis of the upper eyelid (which means that the margin of the eyelid sits too low and covers the pupil due to poor muscular function), you may require a separate surgery called ptosis repair.

What are the Benefits of Upper Eyelid Surgery?

Our Upper Eyelid Surgery patients in Ottawa have seen the following benefits from their treatment:

  • Adaptable to almost every ethnic eyelid
  • Better facial readability
  • Brighter eyes
  • Improved vision
  • More youthful eye shape
  • Smoother forehead

Who are the Best Candidates for Upper Eyelid Surgery?

At Ottawa Plastic Surgery, we believe the best candidates for Upper Eyelid Surgery are those with the following characteristics:

  • Bothered by the appearance of their eyelids
  • Healthy individuals with no medical conditions that can impair healing
  • Maintain a positive outlook and realistic goals
  • Nonsmokers
  • Not suffering from serious eye conditions

What’s the First Step?

The first step in getting Upper Eyelid Surgery in Ottawa with either Dr. Silverman or Dr. Frank will be to book a consultation. The surgeons will want to fully explain the procedure to you, provide an assessment of eyelids, and detail their expert recommendations. You will be asked about your medical history, during which time it is very important to be open and honest as it will help prevent any unnecessary risks. If you and your surgeon both feel that this is the best solution for your aesthetic needs, surgery will be booked and we’ll provide you with some instructions to follow before your procedure that should ensure the best outcome.

What to Expect on the Day of Upper Eyelid Surgery

When you come in for your Upper Eyelid Surgery, we will make sure you are comfortable with the use of local or general anesthesia. Your plastic surgeon will begin the procedure by identifying the upper eyelid crease on each eyelid and designing a skin excision that removes enough skin to alleviate the issue and preserves enough to allow normal eyelid closure. In some cases, this could involve a small amount of the orbicularis oculi (the muscle that closes the eyelid) being removed. Fat is typically preserved over the middle of the eyelid, but some removal may help with the aesthetic contour in cosmetic eyelid surgery. When the procedure is complete, the eyelid is closed with sutures. The incision should lie in the eyelid crease, making it less visible after healing.

Upper Eyelid Surgery Recovery

After surgery, avoid touching your eyes, swimming, and strenuous activity for the first week. You will be able to wear your glasses immediately after your surgery, but you will need to avoid wearing 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 recovery is quite rapid with mild swelling and bruising.

How Much Does Upper Eyelid Surgery Cost in Ottawa?

The cost of Upper Eyelid Surgery in Ottawa will vary on multiple factors. During your consultation, the surgeons will answer your questions and our patient coordinator will provide a full breakdown of all associated costs. Financing options are available on our patient resources page to help manage the payment.

Why Choose Us?

Ottawa Plastic Surgery is an award-winning plastic surgery practice that has a sole focus on aesthetic surgery. With over 20 years of experience in the community, Ottawa Plastic Surgery has had over two decades of experience helping patients achieve their physical goals with their eyelid appearance.

Schedule Your Consultation

At Ottawa Plastic Surgery we strive to deliver the best upper eyelid surgery in Ottawa. If you’d like to book a consultation or have questions about the surgery, please contact us today. Our team of experts is excited to become part of your journey.

Frequently asked questions

  • Can I combine my Upper Eyelid Surgery with other procedures?

    Our surgeons can combine Upper Eyelid Surgery with related procedures that target concerns such as crow’s feet, frown lines, and drooping eyebrows. An upper eyelid lift is often performed in combination with a brow lift, for a harmonious facial rejuvenation.

  • How long will my results last?

    The longevity of results can vary from patient to patient, but typically the results of upper eyelid surgery are usually long-lasting. Your 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 Upper Eyelid Surgery?

    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.

  • What are the risks associated with Upper Eyelid Surgery?

    Upper Eyelid surgery is considered to be a very safe procedure, however at Ottawa Plastic Surgery, we believe in full transparency with our patients, so have included potential risks and side effects associated with the upper eyelid procedure:

    • Bleeding
    • Dry, irritated eyes
    • Difficulty closing the eyes or other eyelid problems
    • Infection
    • Injury to eye muscles
    • Noticeable scarring
    • Skin discoloration
    • Temporarily blurred vision or, rarely, loss of eyesight
    • The need for follow-up surgery

    While some of these side effects are completely normal and to be expected, if you find any concerning reactions during your recovery or long-lasting side effects, please call our clinic immediately.


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