An Eyelid Lift or Blepharoplasty is a surgery that addresses droopy eyelids, sagging eyebrows and bags under the eyes by removing excess skin, muscle, and fat.
Besides making your eyes look younger and refreshed by removing fat and loose skin, an eyelid lift can also reduce or eliminate peripheral vision problems cause by sagging skin.
Procedure Length: 1 Hour
Anesthesia: Local with or without sedation
Recovery: 1-2 weeks
Why Eyelid Surgery?
Over time, our skin begins to lose its elasticity and can begin to sag and make your face appear less youthful and refreshed than it once was. On occasion, issues with your eyelid can also interfere with your vision. Blepharoplasty, also known as an eyelid lift, aims to address these issues. If you desire to improve your appearance or are having functional problems with your eyelids, eyelid surgery can provide the rejuvenation around your eye area that you’re looking for. It can help boost your confidence too
What is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is a procedure which involves removing excess skin and other tissue from the eyelids allowing to address droopy or sagging eyelids. Surgery can be performed on the upper lids, lower lids or both. Blepharoplasty effectively removes loose or sagging skin that creates folds or disturbs the natural contour of the upper eyelid, impairing vision. The eyelid lift also addresses fatty deposits that appear as puffiness, bags under the eyes, drooping lower eyelids, and excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid.
Dr. Cluett will work with you through initial consultations to help understand your motivations for eyelid surgery and explain to you the procedural options available to you and how they can help you achieve your desired results.
How will I know if I need Upper or Lower Eyelid Surgery?
Dr. Cluett will evaluate the area around your eyes to determine the best approach for your eyelid surgery. Patients who are considered good candidates for upper eyelid surgery are usually looking to improve the upper eyelid skin that droops over the eyes creating a tired appearance. This hanging skin can sometimes obstruct vision and surgery can thus help improve eyesight as well as provide a refreshed appearance to the eyes.
Lower eyelid surgery is commonly chosen by patients who wish to decrease under eye bags and wrinkles. The fat under the eyes is reduced to create a smoother, more youthful look. This procedure can be performed on occasion in addition to upper eyelid surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions
Whether you are considering Breast Surgery or Abdominoplasty, your plastic surgery treatment will require that you make important decisions. Dr. Cluett wants to help you feel educated about your choices and has provided a list of frequently asked questions below.
Where Will Your Procedure Take Place?
Your initial consult will take place in Dr. Cluett’s office at 7 Paton Street, The Health Sciences Centre, St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital, or Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre. Your surgical procedure will take place in a fully-equipped and safe surgical facility. These medical centres bring with them a team of specialized health care practitioners with training and experience specific to these types of procedures. Your safety is key to the success of a procedure.
What about pre-op and aftercare?
Dr. Cluett will work to ensure your path to recovery is as smooth and short as possible. Your recovery will be unique to you, your body, and your surgical procedure, that’s why each patient needs a custom recovery programme. After your procedure, Dr. Cluett will meet with you to review your specific needs and recommended aftercare. Throughout the recovery process, should you have any questions, you can always call Dr. Cluett’s St. John’s office and her team will be able to provide you with answers, or schedule a follow up appointment.
Is a referral required for a consultation with Dr. Cluett?
Some consultations will be covered by MCP if you are referred by another physician. If you wish to avoid obtaining a referral it is possible to see Dr. Cluett. This will involve a one-time consultation fee.
Will my treatment be coverable by MCP?
If the concern you have is considered “cosmetic” by MCP standards, your treatment will not be covered. Unfortunately, the only way to know for sure if your treatment will be covered, is to see Dr. Cluett in consultation. After assessing your concerns, she will advise you as to whether or not MCP will cover your procedure based on your history as well as your physical problems.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Debit or cash. We are as well associated with Ifinance Medicard which is a company accustomed to financing cosmetic procedures. We will provide you with the necessary contact information so you can further investigate this option if requested.
Why should I choose a Plastic Surgeon for my cosmetic procedure?
A Plastic Surgeon is a surgical specialist who has completed a minimum of 5 years of study and training in plastic surgery after receiving their initial medical degree. This is different from a cosmetic surgeon. Dr. Cluett is the only female plastic surgeon in Newfoundland and Labrador.