Eye Lift Procedure in Ottawa, Eastern Ontario
Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Tuck)
Some people have eyelid surgery to correct problems that result from aging, while others have inherited traits such as under-eye bags that cause them to seek treatment in their 20s or 30s. If the upper eyelid condition is accompanied by sagging of the eyebrows, then a forehead lift may also be recommended.
Smoothing of crow's feet may require chemical peeling or resurfacing procedures. Circles beneath the eyes caused by dark pigmentation may be corrected by subtle fat repositioning behind the skin, through a well-concealed incision near the lashes.
High blood pressure, thyroid problems, and diabetes are some of the conditions that can increase the risks of eyelid surgery. Dr. Callaghan will ask if you have allergies, and if so, how they affect your eyes. We will also need to know if you have ever been told that you have "dry eye" or any other eye problems.
Dr. Callaghan will discuss two different approaches to lower lid surgery. One uses an external incision, and the other is performed from inside the lower lid. Your age and the extent of the fatty deposits you have will determine which approach is used.
An incision is hidden within the natural fold of the upper eyelid for upper eye lift surgery, and it is through this incision that excess skin and fat are removed. Because the incision follows the natural contour of the upper eyelid, it will be well camouflaged when it is healed.
For lower lid surgery, the incision is usually hidden beneath the lower lashes. Through this incision the excess skin, muscle, and fat are removed. Fat may also be redistributed to smooth puffiness or bulges. Other adjustments such as canthopexy may be made to correct special problems such as muscle laxity (sad eyes) or cheek bags.
Together with Dr. Callaghan, you may decide that the best approach for correcting your eyelid bags is a technique that needs no external incision. This procedure is called transconjunctival lower blepharoplasty. While it is a good approach for younger patients, it cannot be used to remove excess skin.
After your surgery, you may have a temporary feeling of dryness or irritation in the eye. This may require drops and lubrication for treatment. There is also a chance of a temporary reduction in eyelid sensation or reduced eyelid animation. Any change in lid function is usually temporary, and can be treated if it persists.
Mild swelling persists for several weeks in some cases, while others see the swelling resolve in just seven days. Bruising normally disappears in seven to ten days, and you may use makeup within the first week to hide discoloration.
You may find your eyes are temporarily sensitive to light. You may also experience some excess tearing or dryness. Dr. Callaghan may recommend eye drops to relieve burning or itching. You may want to wear dark sunglasses for a couple of weeks to protect your eyes from the wind and sun. The incision lines will fade over several weeks until they become barely visible.
Contact us today to find out more about why an eye lift procedure is ideal for you. We proudly serve patients in Ottawa, Eastern Ontario, and the surrounding areas.