Dr. Rick Jaggi MD, FRCSC
Lower Eyelid Surgery
Dr. Rick Jaggi
Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the under eyelids.

Whether you want to improve your appearance or are experiencing functional problems with your eyelids, eyelid surgery can rejuvenate the area surrounding your eyes. People who suffer from puffy or the appearance of "Tired Eyes" usually opt for the Lower Blepharoplasty.

Specifically, lower Blepharoplasty surgery can treat:

  • Bags under the eyes
  • Drooping lower eyelids that reveal white below the iris
  • Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid
  • Appearance of always looking tired
  • Excess fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the under eyelids

Dr. Rick Jaggi MD, FRCSC

Who is a good Candidate for Lower Blepharoplasty?

In general, good candidates for eyelid surgery include:

  • Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
  • Non-smokers
  • Individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for eyelid surgery
  • Individuals without serious eye conditions (ie: Dry Eyes)
  • Individuals that dislike the appearance of their bags

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Who is not a good Candidate for Lower Blepharoplasty?

  • Individuals that have not undergone Laser eye surgery within two years
  • Individuals who suffer from Dry Eye syndrome

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About the Procedure

There are two types of Lower Blepharoplasty surgeries. The most common is "Transconjunctival Blepharoplasty" which is an incision made within the eyelid. Fat deposits are removed from under the eye. The incision does not need stitches; it closes up on its own. Generally there isn't any type of care for this incision, but you may need eye drops depending on your recovery. Please see the diagram below.

Transconjunctival Blepharoplasty

The other type of Lower Blepharoplasty is called "Transcutaneous Blepharoplasty." This is when the incision is on the outside of the lower lid. This is a less common surgery and only done when there are other factors to consider. Please see the diagram below.

Transcutaneous Blepharoplasty

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During your eyelid surgery recovery, cold compresses may be applied. You may need eye drops.

You will be given specific instructions that may include how to care for your eyes, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your overall health, and when to follow-up with your surgeon.

Initial healing may include some swelling, bruising, irritation or dry eyes, and discomfort that can be controlled with medication and cold compresses. Irritation at the incision sites is also possible.

You will be able to return to work within 3-4 days.

Preparing For Your Surgery

Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding. Please arrange for a responsible adult to take you and pick you up from your surgery and stay with you for the first 24 hours after surgery.


Dr. Rick Jaggi MD, FRCSC
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