Jeffrey C. Dawes MD, FRCSC

Lower Eyelids

A more youthful and rested appearance

Bags or dark circles under your lower eyelids can make you look tired or older than you actually are. Lower eyelid surgery (lower eyelid blepharoplasty) is performed to remove excess skin and fine wrinkles from the lower eyelids, giving you a more youthful and rested appearance.

Is it right for me?

As with other cosmetic procedures, lower eyelid surgery is a personal decision. It should be done only to help you feel positive about your appearance rather than to fit a particular image or ideal.

Good candidates for lower eyelid surgery are individuals who:

  • Are healthy, with no underlying medical conditions or illness which may impair healing
  • Have healthy facial tissues and muscles
  • Are non-smokers
  • Do not have serious eye conditions, such as glaucoma, dry eye or a detached retina

How lower eyelid surgery is performed

Dr. Dawes may make an incision just below the lower eyelashes to remove or redistribute bulging fat, correct muscle laxity and/or remove excess skin. The incisions are placed within natural crease lines to help the scars remain unnoticeable. Lower eyelid surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation.

Recovery expectations

Recovery time is about one to two weeks. Final results appear within several weeks, though incision lines may take up to a year to fully refine. Certain conditions may be permanently corrected with lower eyelid surgery; however, natural aging will continue. Continual sun protection will help maintain your final results.

Consultation appointment

Please contact us with any questions, or to make a consultation appointment with Dr. Dawes.