Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
A blepharoplasty is a cosmetic procedure performed for the purpose of tightening and removing excess skin and fat from the upper and lower eyelids. Patients requesting this surgery are usually between the ages of 35 and 65, men and women, and they do so because they feel that their excessive eyelid skin causes them to have a tired appearance and an older demeanor. Although this procedure is performed for aesthetic purposes in some instances, the Medical Services Plan will accept responsibility for this surgery in exceptional circumstances where the upper eyelid skin is so excessive that it interferes with vision.
Blepharoplasty surgery can be performed under either local anaesthetic or general anaesthetic. A tarsoconjunctival lower eyelid blepharoplasty can address wrinkling in the lower eyelids. In our practice, upper and lower eyelid blepharoplasty each take 30-45 minutes to perform. Patients can expect to be swollen and bruised from 7-14 days following surgery with the majority of the swelling and bruising occurring within the first 48 hours. The results from this surgery are usually noticeable within 1-2 weeks of surgery.