Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)

Sometimes referred to as blepharoplasty, eyelid lift surgery performed by Dr. Bell at his Toronto clinic gives a rejuvenated appearance to the area surrounding your eyes, making you look more rested and alert. An eyelid lift surgery is designed to improve the appearance of the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both.

Your Eyelid Lift Consultation With Dr. Bell

You’ll be asked a number of questions about your general health and desired results. The success and safety of your eyelid lift surgery depends very much on your complete candidness during your consultation at Dr. Bell’s Toronto clinic.

Expect To Discuss :

  • Previous surgeries
  • Your expectations and desired outcome
  • Medical conditions, drug allergies and previous medical treatments
  • Use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs

Before Your Surgery, Dr. Bell May Ask You To:

  • Take specific lab tests / medical evaluation
  • Stop smoking well in advance of surgery
  • Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding after an eyelid lift

Specific Instructions From Dr. Bell Will Cover :

  • What to do on the night before and the morning of surgery
  • The use of anesthesia during your procedure
  • Post-operative care and follow-up

Anesthesia

Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. The choices include intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Dr. Bell will recommend the best choice for you when you meet in his Toronto clinic.

The incision

Droopy conditions of the upper eyelid can be corrected through an incision within the natural crease of the upper eyelid allowing repositioning of fat deposits, tightening of muscles and tissue, and/or removal of excess skin.

Conditions of the lower eyelid may be corrected with an incision just below the lower lash line. Through this incision, fat pads may be moved or trimmed to give a smoother appearance, and excess skin in the lower eyelids may be removed. A transconjunctival incision, one hidden inside the lower eyelid, is an alternate technique to correct lower eyelid conditions and redistribute or remove excess fat.

The incision lines for eyelid lift surgery are designed for scars to be well concealed within the natural structures of the eyelid region.

Eyelid lift incisions typically are closed with :

  • Removable or absorbable sutures
  • Skin adhesives
  • Surgical tape

Ask Dr. Bell about the use of a laser or chemical peel to improve dark discoloration of the lower eyelids.

Expected results

While eyelid lift surgery can be expected to correct certain conditions permanently, you will continue to age naturally. Life-long sun protection will help to maintain your results.

The results of eyelid lift surgery will appear gradually as swelling and bruising subside to reveal a smooth contour. Your final results will appear within several weeks, but you can look forward to up to a year of continuous subtle refinement to your incision lines.

Important Information About The Risks And Safety Of Eyelid Lift Surgery

The decision to have eyelid lift surgery is extremely personal and you will decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable to you.

Dr. Bell will explain in detail the risks associated with your surgery during your consultation for eyelift surgery in Toronto.

Some Special Instructions

Dr. Bell will give you specific instructions that may include: How to care for your eyes, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your overall health, and when to follow-up with Dr. Bell.

Initial healing may include some swelling, bruising, irritation or dry eyes and discomfort that can be controlled with medication, cold compresses and ointment.

A special note : You must practice diligent sun protection and use darkly tinted sunglasses until the healing process is fully complete.