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How to Prevent Blepharoplasty Scars

Woman having pre-surgical markings drawn around her eyes.

What is Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty, commonly referred to as eyelid surgery, is an effective way to lift your eyes and deepen their crease, making them look more animated and youthful. The eyes are one of the first areas to show signs of aging with sagging eyelids, puffiness, and under-eye circles. Rejuvenate tired eyes and aging concerns with eyelid surgery.

Blepharoplasty takes 1-2 hours and can be performed on the upper or lower eyelids. You will experience some swelling and redness after your procedure, but this will subside in a week. Sleep with your head elevated and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling. Sutures will be removed a week after your procedure, but if you want to know how to prevent and treat blepharoplasty scars, keep reading!

How to Prevent Blepharoplasty Scars

When people choose to get eyelid surgery, there is a common concern about scarring after the procedure. Having a skilled cosmetic surgeon, following aftercare instructions, and reading the tips below will help you prevent scarring and heal quickly. 

Choose an Experienced Surgeon

Your cosmetic surgeon’s experience, skillset, and board-certification is key to an effective blepharoplasty procedure with minimal scarring. Certification ensures that your surgeon is highly skilled, trained in the latest techniques, and calm under pressure. A trained, esteemed surgeon like Dr. Bell will ensure your scarring is minimal and results are long-lasting. 

Don’t Touch Your Eyes

Although this tip is obvious, it’s not always easy to follow. Avoid rubbing or touching your eyes at all times for the first week following your blepharoplasty, since putting pressure on your eyelids can reopen incisions and introduce bacteria into the sutures, leading to infection. Practice not touching your eyes for days at a time before your eyelid surgery to prepare. 

Follow Aftercare Instructions

Dr. Bell and his esteemed team of nurses and surgeons will advise you on how to care for your sutures and heal quickly. Follow all instructions and recommendations they provide, such as applying a cold compress to the treated area, keeping your head elevated, and cleaning your incisions with a sterile pad to avoid infection.

Protect your Skin from UV Rays

You should always incorporate sunscreen into your daily skincare routine, but it is especially important after your eyelid surgery. Following your blepharoplasty, the sun’s UV rays can damage your scars further during the healing process and cause discolouration. Apply sunscreen to healed scars before going outdoors, and for eye safety use a physical sun blocker like zinc oxide over a chemical-based sunscreen. Invest in sunglasses and a good hat to protect yourself from scarring or sun damage.

Use Creams that can Reduce Scars

After your incisions have healed, apply a silicone-based scar cream that will improve their appearance and support wound healing. Dr. Bell can advise you on creams or tapes you should use, along with oils containing vitamin E to support healing. 

Avoid Smoking & Drinking

Smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol can dry out the skin, along with slowing down the healing process. When healing from your blepharoplasty procedure, hydrate with plenty of water and allow your body to have ample blood flow by avoiding smoking and drinking. Dr. Bell recommends refraining from tobacco and alcohol for at least 2 weeks before and after your eyelid surgery. 

Why Choose SpaMedica

Over the past 22 years, SpaMedica has continued to use industry-leading technology to pioneer new, non-invasive aesthetic laser and skin care combinations and therapies, establishing the clinic as Canada’s most recognized aesthetic care centre. As a leader in providing the best possible surgical and non-surgical procedures, we take pride in our work, all under the care of the most devoted, discrete, and experienced team.

If you want to become a better, more confident version of yourself, contact the SpaMedica team and book a consultation today.


Can Blepharoplasty get rid of wrinkles?

Blepharoplasty will make your eyes look more youthful and animated, but some fine lines may not go away. Dark circles and crow’s feet will improve a bit as you are having your skin lifted and puffiness will be reduced, but if you have more severe wrinkles and concerns, you may want to opt for an additional procedure. 

Do I need a brow lift or eyelid surgery?

To understand which surgery is best for you, Dr. Bell will often evaluate whether your issue is excess skin in the upper eyelids or lowered brows due to aging. If your eyebrows are in a good position and you are a younger age, it is better to pursue eyelid surgery. If your eyebrows are quite low and your forehead skin is sagging, you may benefit from a forehead lift.

Will there be visible scars after my Blepharoplasty?

Although you will have incision marks, they are often made in the natural skin folds of the eyelids. This means that being in the hands of a skilled surgeon like Dr. Bell, as well as allowing your scars to heal fully, will result in no noticeable scars or incision lines.

Dr. Thomas Bell | SpaMedica

by Dr. Thomas Bell

Dr. Tom Bell, with over 25 years of practice experience dedicated to cosmetic plastic surgery, pioneered Avenue Road and Yorkville as Toronto’s Beverly Hills of plastic surgery with his first surgical center in Yorkville’s Avenue road corridor back in 1986. Named as Canada’s best plastic surgeon by W magazine and one of the world’s best, Dr. Bell returns home to join the SpaMedica Plastic Surgery team as the reigning King of Plastic Surgery.
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