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Everything You Need To Know About Eyelid Surgery

Blepharoplasty Basics (Kelowna Eyelid Surgery)

How others perceive you is often determined a great deal by the framing of your eyes. Heavy upper eyelids, dark circles or bags around the eyes often lead to a tired and aged look.

Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) is designed to remove excess fat, skin and atrophied muscles from the eyelids.

Our board-certified Kelowna plastic surgeons are experienced in all aspects of blepharoplasty and can provide safe & effective treatment to revitalize and rejuvenate your appearance.

Eyelid surgery is often combined with other cosmetic treatments such as dermal fillers or laser resurfacing for the most dramatic, natural looking results.

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Types of Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery can be performed on your upper and/or lower eyelids. Our plastic surgeons will evaluate factors such as your underlying muscle structure, bone structure and eyebrow symmetry to create a customized eyelid surgery plan for the safest, most effective results.

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  1. Upper Eyelid Surgery

Upper eyelid surgery allows our plastic surgeons to remove any excess skin and fatty tissue that create the appearance of droopy eyelids, restoring a youthful, refreshed appearance.

During the upper eyelid surgery:

  • Incision lines are made in the natural creases of the upper lids (so no scars will be visible.)
  • Any excess skin that is obstructing vision or contributing to an aged appearance will be trimmed away. In some cases, the muscles are repositioned.
  • The remaining skin is lifted and reattached for a more youthful look.


The goal of upper eyelid surgery is to leave the patient with a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance. Experienced plastic surgeons are able to avoid the unnatural ‘wide awake’ look that comes from overcorrection.


  1. Lower Eyelid Surgery

Plastic surgeons often recommend lower eyelid surgery to minimize the appearance of baggy and puffy lower eyelids that can make patients look tired and worn down.

During the lower eyelid surgery:

  • Incisions are made below the lower eyelashes in a discreet place (to minimize visibility of scars)
  • Excess fat, skin and muscle are removed and sometimes, fat is redistributed to minimize puffiness.
  • Once completed, the sutures are closed and the incisions tend to heal quickly among the eyelid’s surrounding natural creases.


Lower eyelid surgery tends to be quite complex and the most important element is knowing exactly how much fat and/or skin needs to be removed.

An experienced lower eyelid plastic surgeon will know exactly how much skin can be safely removed to avoid potential complications that could affect your eye health.

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Eyelid Surgery: Results & Recovery

Like all plastic surgery procedures, eyelid surgery involves a recovery period and knowing what to expect during this time will help speed up your healing and optimize your results.

What should I expect after Eyelid Surgery?

After your eyelid surgery, your eyes will be tender and swollen and you may experience some bruising but these should resolve within a few days. In some cases, patients experience blurry vision due to swelling and a mild discomfort (similar to a sunburn.)

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When will my sutures be removed?

Typically, your plastic surgeon will be able to remove the sutures from your surgery within 7-10 days.

Will my scars be visible?

An eyelid surgery performed by a skilled and qualified plastic surgeon will result in minimal and practically non-existent scars. Often, the incisions are made within the natural creases of the eyelids so the scars will be invisible when your eyes are open.

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To learn more about the eyelid surgery at our Kelowna Health Centre, contact our team of plastic surgeons today at 250-868-9799 or toll-free at 877-505-8895.


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