The eyes are said to be the windows to our soul. Many individuals feel as though their eyes are the first feature to give away their actual age. Drooping upper lids, puffy bags and excess fat below the eyes can make us look more tired than we feel, and can even interfere with vision. Excess upper lid skin can also limit the ability to apply makeup effectively to the eyelid.
An Eyelid Lift can help to improve signs of aging by giving the face a relaxed and refreshed appearance. Eyelid Surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is the surgical removal of fat and excess skin and muscle from the upper and/or lower eyelids. Dr. Barr performs eyelid surgery with a high level of surgical skill and artistry on countless satisfied patients who seek correction of these issues.
Educate Yourself on Your Procedure
If you are considering an eyelid lift procedure, please continue reading for further information on this procedure and what you can expect. If you have any questions about eyelid surgery, or any of our other procedures, please contact us.
What are the Benefits of an Eyelid Lift Procedure?
Patients interested in pursuing the Eyelid Surgery procedure often seek to:
- Eliminate fat pockets in upper and lower lids
- Smooth out wrinkles
- Improve dark circles in the lower lids
- Improve confidence
Preparing for Your Eyelid Lift Procedure
What is the first step in Pursuing the Eyelid Lift procedure?
The first step when considering eyelid lift surgery is to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Barr. The consultation process provides an opportunity for you to obtain important information about the procedure and to have all of your questions answered prior to proceeding with surgery. It also enables Dr. Barr to properly assess you and determine whether you are a suitable candidate for blepharoplasty surgery.
You should be prepared to discuss your medical history, including any medical conditions, drug allergies, medical treatments you have received, previous surgeries, all current medications, as well as any history of high blood pressure, thyroid disorders, diabetes or previous eye problems. Dr. Barr will also need to be made aware of any allergies, especially those affecting your eyes as well as any eye conditions you may have, including Dry Eye Syndrome.
During your consultation Dr. Barr will carefully examine your face, forehead and eyelid area, and will assess your general health. Expected outcomes will also be discussed, and can be either subtle or dramatic, depending on your appearance prior to surgery as well as the goals that you have established with Dr. Barr.
The benefits, risks and potential complications associated with eyelid lift surgery will be thoroughly explained during this consultation. The information provided at this initial consultation will be comprehensive and should enable you to make an informed decision as to whether or not a blepharoplasty procedure is the right choice for you. A comprehensive instruction package will be provided to you at the time of consultation, and includes instructions for both before and after surgery.
Am I a candidate for an eyelid lift procedure?
The ideal candidates for a blepharoplasty procedure are healthy men and women who have realistic expectations of surgical outcomes. You may be a good candidate for eyelid lift surgery if you have one or more of the following conditions:
- Fat pockets in upper and lower eyelids
- Dark circles in lower lids
- Drooping eyelids
Can I combine another surgery with my eyelid lift procedure?
It may be possible to schedule another surgery at the same time as your eyelid lift procedure. Some patients also choose have a fat grafting procedure for their lower lids at the same time as their eyelid lift surgery. This consists of removing fat from one area of the body to be used as a natural filler in the under eye area to restore lost volume. You can learn more about this procedure here .You should be prepared to discuss all possibilities during your consultation with Dr. Barr.
What will I need to do prior to surgery?
Prior to surgery you will be scheduled for a pre-op session with a Registered Nurse to review your medical history and your post-op instructions. She will review all of the information you will need to know in order to prepare yourself for surgery.
Where will my eyelid lift procedure be performed?
Your procedure will be performed within the state-of-the-art facilities of Barr Plastic Surgery, located within the Northern Ontario Surgical Centre.
The Northern Ontario Surgical Centre has been awarded accreditation by the CAAASF (Canadian Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities) for meeting the standards of a hospital in regards to monitoring, emergency and resuscitation equipment. With two levels and entrances that conceal the actual size of the facility, the centre itself spans 8000 square feet and incorporates fully equipped major and minor operating rooms, a monitored multi-bed recovery area, 10 laser and treatment rooms, spacious consultation areas, private offices to discuss financing options, elegant waiting areas and a private waiting room and secure rear entrance/exit for additional privacy when desired.
How is an eyelid lift procedure performed?
There are different techniques that may be employed during your eyelid lift surgery, depending on if you are having the upper or lower lids lifted. The surgical technique used for the lower lid blepharoplasty will be determined by the status of the lower lid, the extent of skin laxity, and patient preference. The two techniques employed by Dr. Barr are the Transconjunctival Lower Lid Blepharoplasty or the Subciliary Lower Lid Blepharoplasty. There is one standard technique used by Dr. Barr to lift the upper eyelids.
Transconjunctival Lower Lid Blepharoplasty
This procedure is usually performed on younger patients with excessive eyelid skin fat but minimal skin laxity. A small incision is made within the pink (conjunctival) tissue, inside the lower lid. Through this incision, excessive fat can be easily removed or repositioned. If there is any skin laxity, it can be treated with laser therapies. No visible scar exists with this procedure, since the incision site is in the lower lid.
Subciliary Lower Lid Blepharoplasty
Patients who have excessive lower eyelid skin in addition to excess muscle and fat are the best candidates for the Subciliary surgical method. During this procedure the incision is made in the natural crease, just below the eyelashes. Through this incision, excessive muscle, fat and skin is removed or repositioned.
During this procedure, a small incision is made in the natural upper eyelid crease. Excessive skin, muscle and fat are removed through this incision. No visible scar remains after healing as the incision follows the natural crease and is hidden within it. Eyelid surgery is performed using local freezing and sedation and is an outpatient procedure.
Who can I contact if I have any questions or concerns?
During office hours our Patient Coordinators and nursing staff are available to answer any questions or concerns following your surgery. After hours, Dr. Barr is available by pager.
How much does eyelid surgery cost?
Pricing for your procedure will depend on whether you have concurrent procedures along with your eyelid surgery, and will be provided to you during your consultation.
Patients choosing to invest in their self-confidence and happiness through cosmetic surgery have many options available to make this investment more manageable. Our Patient Coordinators are familiar with various payment options and can facilitate the process for you.
Is full payment required or do you offer a financing plan?
Affording your procedure can be made simpler by using Medicard which enables you to pay for your surgery with monthly payments. Please note that this company is not affiliated in any way with Barr Plastic Surgery. For more information on how financing can help you afford your procedure, visit:
- Fax, online, phone application
- Approval within 1 business day
- Payment terms: 6 months to 5 years
- No down payment
- Rates based on overall credit history (11.9% – 25%)
- No penalties for early payments
Is my procedure covered by insurance?
Eyelid surgery is considered cosmetic surgery and therefore not usually covered by private or provincial insurance such as OHIP. However, some surgical procedures may qualify. More information about the coverage eligibility of your surgery can be obtained during the consultation process.
What is included in the surgical fee?
The facility fee, surgeon, nurses, anaesthesia and anaesthetist, surgical supplies, and equipment used are all covered in the fees.
You will also be provided with prescriptions for medications to be taken after surgery. These prescriptions are subject to the same coverage you would receive from your medical insurance. If you do not have personal insurance, these medications will be at an additional cost to you.
Is a deposit required? When is it due?
There is a $500 deposit for any surgery under $5,000 and a $1000 deposit for any surgery over $5000.
This deposit is payable upon scheduling a surgery date. This fee is non-refundable should you change, reschedule or cancel your surgery within 4 weeks of the surgery date.
When is payment for the surgery due?
Payment for your surgery is due 14 days prior to your surgery date. Payment can be made by:
- Certified Cheques
- Mastercard or VISA
- Financing plan
Will I need to stay overnight following my eyelid surgery?
Eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure and does not require an overnight stay at Barr Plastic Surgery. Following your surgery you will need a friend or family member to pick you up and care for you for 24-48 hours. This person should be familiar with your prescriptions and post-surgery instructions.
How long will it take me to recover from my eyelid lift procedure?
Dr. Barr’s extensive experience in performing the blepharoplasty procedure will help to ensure that your post-operative recovery is minimized. Eyelid lift surgery patients are discharged the same day as their procedure. Sutures will be removed 7 days after surgery.
Patients are advised to rest while keeping the head elevated and to use ice packs/cold compresses regularly for 2 days following surgery. This will minimize bruising and swelling in the eye area.
Bruising may persist for up to 10 days after surgery, but can be camouflaged with makeup after approximately one week. You will be requested to limit your activity for a period of 1 week and should engage only in light activity until two weeks after surgery. You will likely be able to resume heavy lifting after three weeks.
Will I have scarring?
Dr. Barr takes every precaution to ensure your scarring is as minimal as possible. However, as with any surgery, there is a risk of scarring from the incisions. Precautions that can be taken help to minimize scarring will be discussed during consultation.