Upper eyelid blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that refreshes and rejuvenates the eye area by treating excess skin and drooping eyelids. The surgery addresses many aesthetic changes to the upper eyelids, including a swollen appearance and ptosis (sagging, drooping) which may affect visual fields.


Upper eyelid blepharoplasty is performed as an outpatient procedure.

The intervention is painless as it is performed under local anesthesia.

On the day of surgery, Dr Thibaudeau will mark your eyelids prior to administering local anesthesia. The face is then meticulously cleaned and the procedure is sterile.

You may return home after the surgery.

You will receive instructions to wear tinted sunglasses and to protect skin to help the healing process.

Pain medication, cold compresses, and eye and skin ointments can be used to minimize swelling, bruising, irritation, and dry eyes, which are all normal after the surgery.

Sutures will be removed one week after the surgery.


Like any surgery, upper eyelid blepharoplasty presents the universal (but minimal) risks of scarring, bleeding and bruising, infection and pain (temporary or rarely permanent).

Swelling is normal for several days after the surgery. In rare cases, it may impair eye closure during sleep temporarily and very rarely permanently; this can be alleviated by eye ointments.

It is important to contact the clinic if you experience sudden pain or rapid eye swelling after the surgery.

In some cases, the correction may appear insufficient. If Dr Thibaudeau deems it appropriate, this can be corrected by a touch-up intervention. It is much easier to address remaining excess skin than to fix a deficit when too much skin has been removed!

The main risk of any aesthetic surgery is to be dissatisfied by the results. This is risk is minimized by a thorough analysis of your desires and expectations by Dr Thibaudeau prior to the surgery. Tissues heal differently from one patient to the next, and this cannot, unfortunately, be controlled by the surgeon. There is always a risk that individuals will heal in a way that produces asymmetries or abnormal scarring that may require corrections.


The surgery itself lasts about one hour.

Recovery can be expected to last approximately one week, with most patients returning to work after seven to ten days.

Strenuous physical activity should be avoided for 4 weeks after the surgery.

Blepharoplasty Before & After

Results continue to improve over six to twelve weeks.

Popular Questions

The surgery is painless as it is performed under local anesthesia. A mild sedative may be administered to help with anxiety if you need it.

You may drive immediately after your surgery if you haven’t received a sedative.
You may shower and wash your hair normally the next day.
You are likely to experience swelling and bruising for seven to ten days after the surgery. Cold compresses may be applied to improve comfort. Sleeping with the head elevated is recommended for the first week after the procedure. Very rarely, swelling may impair eye closure during sleep; if this happens, eye ointment helps protect the eye from dryness. Bruising usually heals within a week; mild swelling may persist for up to three months.
Results are visible after the first week, when bruising has healed. The appearance continues to improve over the next three months as all residual swelling goes down. The scar is hidden in a natural skin crease and will be almost invisible after a few months; however it is normal to experience redness, induration, numbness, and rarely little cysts in the operated area for up to two months. It is recommended to avoid sun exposure during that time. Final results are achieved after a year.

Sutures and dressings will be removed at your first follow-up appointment, seven days after your surgery. Water should be avoided on the bandages for the first week.

Most patients return to work as soon as the dressings and sutures are removed one week after surgery. Strenuous activity should be avoided for two to four weeks.


Treatment Price
Blepharoplasty (upper eyelid surgery) Starting at $ 3,600 + taxes