1. WHAT IS BLEPHAROPLASTY (EYELID SURGERY)? 

The eyes are often the first area of the face to show signs of aging. Since our eyes age at different rates, we don’t all face the same problems at the same time. Factors like genetics, structure, sun exposure and the quality of skin all play a role in age-related changes to the eyes. To address concerns like under-eye puffiness and bags, loose skin on the upper eyelids, dark circles and hooding, blepharoplasty (either upper, lower or a combination of both), often referred to as an eyelift, is the best solution.

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2. ABOUT DR. ESMAIL

Dr. Ali Esmail is Winnipeg’s first and only fellowship trained Facial Plastic Surgeon. Unlike a ‘general plastic surgeon’, Dr. Esmail has 6 years of specialized training that focused on procedures from the neck up. Facial plastic surgery requires extreme attention to detail, an eye for symmetry and a drive for perfection.

When it comes to someone’s face there is no room for error, and at Visage, this is the very work ethic that drives our entire team. It is those attributes that originally attracted Dr. Esmail to the field of facial plastic surgery. His obsessive attention to detail and keen eye for aesthetic symmetry is what makes him one of the most exciting and top young surgeons in the field.

2. ABOUT DR. ESMAIL

Dr. Ali Esmail is Winnipeg’s first and only fellowship trained Facial Plastic Surgeon. Unlike a ‘general plastic surgeon’, Dr. Esmail has 6 years of specialized training that focused on procedures from the neck up. Facial plastic surgery requires extreme attention to detail, an eye for symmetry and a drive for perfection.

When it comes to someone’s face there is no room for error, and at Visage, this is the very work ethic that drives our entire team. It is those attributes that originally attracted Dr. Esmail to the field of facial plastic surgery. His obsessive attention to detail and keen eye for aesthetic symmetry is what makes him one of the most exciting and top young surgeons in the field.

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3. BENEFITS OF BLEPHAROPLASTY

THE RESULTS ACHIEVED TODAY ARE MORE NATURAL LOOKING THAN EVER BEFORE.

In the past, plastic surgeons removed too much fat from the eyes, causing a very hollowed and unnatural look. We use techniques that create a very natural look.

RECOVERY IS FAIRLY EASY
The combination of local anesthesia or general sedation plus small incisions allow for a fast recovery.

3. BENEFITS OF BLETHAROPLASTY

THE RESULTS ACHIEVED TODAY ARE MORE NATURAL LOOKING THAN EVER BEFORE.

In the past, plastic surgeons removed too much fat from the eyes, causing a very hollowed and unnatural look. We use techniques that create a very natural look.

RECOVERY IS FAIRLY EASY
The combination of local anesthesia or general sedation plus small incisions allow for a fast recovery.

4. TIMELINE

10 DAYS

Most swelling and bruising is gone.

6 months

The incision lines are well hidden but can remain pink for upto 6 months. By this time you will be fully healed, laser can be used to lighten any excess pigmentation at this time.

5 DAYS POST-OP

Sutures are removed

3 MONTHS

Some swelling can last up to 3 months in the lower lids. We can evaluate the final result around this time

5 DAYS POST-OP

Sutures are removed

10 DAYS

Most swelling and bruising is gone.

3 MONTHS

Some swelling can last upto 3 months. We can evaluate the final result around this time

6 months

The incision lines are well hidden but can remain pink for upto 6 months. By this time you will be fully healed, laser can be used to lighten any excess pigmentation at this time.

5. AM I A CANDIDATE?

IF YOU HAVE SAGGY EYEBROWS
A browlift can surgically correct sagging skin, hooding of the upper eyelids and even lines on the forehead.

IF YOU HAVE DROOPY UPPER EYELIDS
Upper blepharoplasty addresses extra skin, loose muscle and displaced fat that can cause the upper lids to sag, which can interfere with your vision.

IF YOU HAVE UNDER-EYE HOLLOWS
A loss of fat causes a hollowing effect under the eyes, which can be minimized with a combination of fat or fillers and lower blepharoplasty

IF YOU HAVE UNDER-EYE BAGS
The fat pads under the eyes can bulge and expand, which can cause puffiness in the area that can be reversed with lower blepharoplasty.


If you have drooping eyelids or bags under your eyes that keep your face from looking fresh and youthful, eyelid surgery may be right for you. Blepharoplasty can be performed in conjunction with a facelift or other cosmetic surgeries to enhance the end result, so be sure to talk with your surgeon about the options available.

6. TYPES OF PROCEDURES

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1. Upper Blepharoplasty

​Often referred to as an eyelift, an upper blepharoplasty corrects the drooping and puffiness of the upper eyelid that can make you look old, tired or sad, as well as interfere with your vision. The procedure will also address the wrinkles and creases that can begin to appear on the eyelids, leaving you looking more rested and alert.

2. Lower Blepharoplasty

As you age, the muscles beneath your skin grow weak, allowing fat to protrude through and cause bags. A lower blepharoplasty, also known as lower eyelid surgery, corrects the protruding fat and removes any loose skin. The goal is to create a smooth contour from your lower lash line down to the mid-face. Dark circles go hand-in-hand with under-eye bags.

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3. Total Eyes

​Performing upper and/or lower blepharoplasty in tandem with a browlift (when a saggy brow line, hooding and loose skin are problems) is an effective way to address all of your aging eye concerns.

6. TYPES OF PROCEDURES

upper bletharoplasty winnipeg-min

1. Upper Blepharoplasty

​Often referred to as an eyelift, an upper blepharoplasty corrects the drooping and puffiness of the upper eyelid that can make you look old, tired or sad, as well as interfere with your vision. The procedure will also address the wrinkles and creases that can begin to appear on the eyelids, leaving you looking more rested and alert.

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2. Lower Blepharoplasty

As you age, the muscles beneath your skin grow weak, allowing fat to protrude through and cause bags. A lower blepharoplasty, also known as lower eyelid surgery, corrects this protruding fat and removes any loose skin. The goal is to create a smooth contour from your lower lash line down to the mid-face. Dark circles go hand-in-hand with under-eye bags.

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3. Total Eyes

​Performing upper and/or lower blepharoplasty in tandem with a browlift (when a saggy brow line, hooding and loose skin are problems) is an effective way to address all of your aging eye concerns.

7. RISKS

THE CONS
YOU MAY NEED ADDITIONAL SURGERY IN THE FUTURE
Even though the results of blepharoplasty are long-lasting, the eyes continue to age, so you may need to have the procedure done again later on in life.

YOU MAY NOT BE HAPPY WITH THE RESULTS RIGHT AWAY
Don’t be concerned if you don’t love your results immediately. You may experience bruising and swelling at first – give it a few weeks to see a more dramatic change.

8. RECOVERY

Most people return to normal activities after 7 - 10 days following blepharoplasty. By two weeks after eyelid surgery the majority of the bruising and swelling will resolve. 

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9. WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A BLEPHAROPLASTY PROCEDURE?

Results are generally long lasting, however the longevity of results vary slightly between patients. You may expect the results of the upper eyelids to last about 5 - 7 year, and the results for the lower eye are essentially permanent.

10. CHOOSING A SURGEON FOR BLEPHAROPLASTY

Dr. Esmail  is considered one of the top facial plastic surgeons in Canada. When choosing which surgeon will perform your hair transformation procedure, make sure you do your research and ask to see images of their past results.

11. FAQs

DO I NEED TO HAVE VOLUME RESTORED TOO?

HOW WILL MY SCARS LOOK ONCE I AM FULLY HEALED?

WILL I HAVE DRESSINGS OR BANDAGES?

HOW LONG BEFORE I CAN RETURN TO MY NORMAL ACTIVITIES?

CAN BLEPHAROPLASTY TREAT HOLLOW EYES?

SHOULD I AVOID WEARING MAKEUP?

WILL THE SHAPE OF MY EYES LOOK DIFFERENT AFTER SURGERY?