Everything You Need to Know About Getting a Blepharoplasty

Suppose you’re considering an eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) to rejuvenate your eye area and achieve a more youthful, refreshed appearance. In that case, it’s essential to understand what the process entails. This comprehensive guide breaks down the typical treatment plan at the Younger Facial Surgery Centre, giving you a detailed look at what to expect before, during and after your blepharoplasty surgery.

The Consultation

Your journey begins with an in-depth consultation with Dr Younger, a board-certified facial plastic surgeon renowned for his expertise in eyelid surgery. 

During this 15-30 minute meeting, he will:

Discuss how a blepharoplasty can specifically benefit you. Dr Younger will take the time to understand your unique concerns and motivations for seeking eyelid surgery. He’ll explain how blepharoplasty can reverse those for a refreshed appearance, whether you’re bothered by excess skin, fat pockets or a heavy, tired appearance.

Perform a thorough examination of your eyelids and surrounding facial structure. Dr Younger will assess the quality of your skin, the amount of excess tissue and the overall symmetry of your eyes. This physical exam helps him determine the best surgical approach for your individual needs and goals.

Review your medical history to ensure you’re a good candidate. Dr Younger will ask about any previous surgeries, current medications, allergies and health conditions that could impact your safety or results. He’ll also inquire about your use of tobacco, alcohol and supplements, as these can affect healing. Talk through your goals and expectations. Dr Younger will provide honest, professional guidance on what blepharoplasty can realistically achieve so you clearly understand the potential benefits and limitations.

Explain the surgical procedure and potential risks. Dr Younger believes in fully educating his patients about the surgery they’re considering. He’ll walk you through the blepharoplasty process step-by-step, from the type of anaesthesia used to the placement of incisions and the expected recovery timeline. He’ll also discuss the possible risks and complications so you can decide whether to proceed.

This is your opportunity to ask any questions you may have and determine if a blepharoplasty is right for you. Following the consultation, you’ll meet with the office manager to review the surgical quote, which includes the surgeon’s fee, anaesthesia costs and facility charges. You’ll also discuss scheduling, payment and financing options. 


Once you’ve booked your blepharoplasty, there are several vital steps to take, including:

  • Completing the Younger Facial Surgery Centre Informed Consent Form
  • Undergoing a pre-anesthetic assessment with blood work and ECG if needed
  • Avoiding alcohol for 48 hours and aspirin for one week prior 
  • Arranging for someone to drive you home and assist you during your initial recovery
  • Setting up a comfortable recovery area at home with easy access to necessities
  • Filling prescriptions for pain medication and antibiotics ahead of time
  • Showering and wearing comfortable, button-front clothing on surgery day

About two weeks before your blepharoplasty, one of our office managers will send you detailed pre and post-operative instructions and follow up to answer any lingering questions. We aim for you to feel fully informed and prepared for your procedure.

Surgery Day

On the day of your blepharoplasty, you’ll arrive at our surgical centre at your scheduled time. After checking in, Dr Younger will carefully mark your eyelids to map out the precise areas of skin and fat to be addressed. He’ll then take “before” photos for your medical record. We’ll also have you sign a media release form at this time.

About 30-45 minutes before surgery, Dr Younger will begin your sedation. You may be given a small dose of anti-anxiety or pain medication to help you relax. The surgery itself is performed under local anaesthesia, meaning you’ll be awake but comfortable. Dr Younger will numb your eyelids with targeted injections. 

He’ll make fine incisions along the natural upper creases or just beneath the lower lash line during the procedure. He’ll remove or reposition excess fat pockets through these incisions, tighten lax muscles and trim away sagging skin to achieve a smoother, tauter eye contour. Incisions are then closed with delicate sutures. 

Blepharoplasty typically takes 1-2 hours, depending on whether you have addressed upper, lower or both. When your surgery is complete, you’ll rest in our recovery area for a short time before your designated driver takes you home. Plan to relax for the remainder of the day as the sedation wears off.


The first week after your blepharoplasty is crucial for healing. It’s essential to get plenty of rest and avoid strenuous activity. Keeping your head elevated on two pillows and sleeping on your back for the first ten days will help minimize swelling. Applying cold compresses and taking prescribed pain medication as directed will also enhance your comfort.

Some degree of swelling, bruising, tearing, burning and tightness is normal after eyelid surgery. These symptoms typically peak around day three and then gradually subside. Keeping your incisions clean, using prescribed ointment and not wearing contacts initially will help your eyelids heal optimally.

Dr Younger and his team will advise you on how to facilitate your recovery best, including:

  • Avoiding aspirin, alcohol and smoking for at least one week to prevent bleeding.
  • Waiting 1-2 weeks before exercising or swimming.
  • Being gentle when cleansing the eye area and avoiding eye makeup at first.
  • Wearing sunglasses and using sun protection to minimize scarring.
  • Contacting the office right away if you experience a fever or worsening pain.

You’ll return to our centre 7-10 days post-op to have your incisions checked and any non-dissolvable stitches removed. At this point, many patients feel comfortable returning to work and social activities with a bit of concealer. However, complete healing can take several months. Residual swelling and some minor changes in sensation are common as your eyelids continue to recover.

Dr Younger will see you for additional follow-up visits at six weeks, 3-4 months and one year after surgery to monitor your progress and take “after” photos. Our team is always here to address any concerns that arise during your recovery.

Is Blepharoplasty Right for You?

A blepharoplasty can work wonders if you’re self-conscious about droopy, hooded upper eyelids or puffy bags beneath your eyes. This transformative procedure can help you look younger and more alert, with natural results lasting many years.

By choosing a highly skilled, experienced oculoplastic surgeon like Dr Younger, you can trust that your blepharoplasty will be performed with the utmost precision and artistry. He takes a conservative approach, tailoring every blepharoplasty to the patient’s unique anatomy and goals to achieve the most refreshed, balanced outcome possible.

If you’re ready to learn more about how eyelid surgery can give you that feeling of youth and vibrancy back, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr Younger. Call our office at (604) 738-3223 or request an appointment online here. We can’t wait to help you love your look again!

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