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Perhaps you’ve heard the term “blepharoplasty” and have wondered just what this procedure involves. It’s also known as eyelid surgery, and in Toronto, it’s very much in demand. For both men and women, the delicate skin around the eyes can be the first area to show visible signs of ageing. You can splurge on some potent, medical-grade eye creams, but sometimes a little surgical intervention is needed. Eyelid procedures allow the facial cosmetic surgeon to restore a more youthful look and brighten up the face almost instantly.

Subtle changes make a big impact, and though a variety of blepharoplasty techniques exist, in general the procedure carries a very high satisfaction rate. Why is this simple procedure so popular with people of all ages, and what can it do for you? Read on to have your questions answered and learn more about the benefits.

Q. What is Toronto eyelid surgery designed to do?

Restoring a more youthful look to the eye area is the primary goal of eyelid surgery in many cases, but not always. Here are a few of the leading reasons a person may choose to change their appearance with blepharoplasty:

  • They wish to transform a mono eyelid into a double, upper eyelid, revealing a crease.
  • They wish to remove excess skin on the upper or lower lid area that hangs and appears to sag.
  • They want to smooth the contours of the lid area.
  • They wish to remove puffy, protruding eyelid fat pads.
  • They want to have a more consistently open and awake appearance.
  • They have obstruction to their field of vision due to excessive upper lid skin.

The procedure can smooth away fine lines and wrinkles, reduce puffiness above and below the eye, reveal more of the sclera (whites), and smooth the skin. Overall, this gives a more rested and healthy appearance, but it can also change eyelid characteristics, including shape. Variations include a full blepharoplasty (surgical enhancement to both upper and lower eyelids) or adjustment for just the top or bottom lid.

Because there are a variety of reasons to perform this procedure, eyelid surgery is selected by a wide range of people.

Q. Who makes a good blepharoplasty candidate?

If a person has begun to see signs of aging around their eyes, they may be in their 30s, 40s, or 50s. Many factors such as skin quality, genetics, and environmental stress can affect how quickly the eye area ages. Some people develop muscle laxity that causes under-eye fat pads to protrude, or they retain fluid, leading to a tired and unhealthy appearance. A potential patient who presents with excess skin, wrinkles, or puffiness may be an ideal candidate for eyelid surgery in Toronto.

Additionally, people who have a mono-upper eyelid and wish to define two lids with a crease select eyelid surgery to create that fold. Men and women choose this procedure, and often Asian clients select double eyelid surgery for this reason.

A person whose vision is obstructed by excess upper lid skin may be elderly or have eyelid ptosis (drooping or falling of the upper eyelid) due to heredity. For these practical reasons, a person can choose eyelid surgery merely to improve their quality of life and not primarily for aesthetic reasons.

A patient should be in good general health and not have skin conditions or impaired immunity. Dr. Cory Torgerson’s cosmetic surgery centre offers consultations to provide patients with thorough information and to assess whether this treatment is right for them. You can privately discuss your needs and expectations, then count on Dr. Torgerson to create a personalized plan just for you.

Q. How does Dr. Torgerson perform eyelid surgery?

We prefer to carry out blepharoplasty procedures using conscious sedation. It’s a safer method than general anaesthetic, which puts a person entirely to sleep. Because the eyes are delicate and meticulous adjustments need to be made, Dr. Torgerson will numb the area with local anaesthetic and sedate patients with IV sedation, which makes them very sleepy. It usually feels just like taking a nap.

During an upper blepharoplasty procedure, tiny incisions are created right in the crease of the upper lid. A small amount of fat will be removed along with sagging skin. The incision is carefully closed with tiny stitches, and a bandage is placed on top. When healed, the incision will first be a faint, pink line, then virtually disappear into the crease. The result is a smooth, lifted upper eye area.

The lower eyelid procedure has a few variations. The transconjunctival approach removes fat pads via small incisions just inside the lower eyelid. It leaves no visible scarring and is often the method of choice for younger patients and people with good skin elasticity. The subciliary approach utilizes a tiny incision just under the eyelashes, and the line will also be nearly invisible once healed. Using this incision route also allows any sagging skin to be trimmed and the under-eye area to be flattened.

The entire procedure can take anywhere from 1 to 3 hours, depending on the complexity and details of your case.

Q. What can you expect from Toronto eyelid surgery recovery?

Our blepharoplasty patients can go home the same day after their procedure. Though they will not have the dizzying effects of general anaesthetic to contend with, we still advise that they have a friend or family member on hand to escort and drive them home. An antibiotic, as well as anti-inflammatory medication for pain, will be prescribed. Dr. Torgerson provides all his post-operative patients with his direct phone number so they can reach him instantly if they have any concerns after hours. The recovery process is predictable and not usually described as very painful, but you can expect to see swelling develop in the eye area over the first day or two, and it will last roughly 1 week. This tissue is sensitive, so swelling or bruising may appear more dramatic than it feels for a short while. We’ll advise you about avoiding strenuous activity or bending over, because these actions can make puffiness worse. You can apply cold compresses for comfort, as needed.

Usually, on Day 5 you’ll be asked to visit us for a follow-up and removal of the sutures. Over the following weeks, any inflammation will completely resolve, and the incision lines will fade significantly.

Q. What age are blepharoplasty patients?

There’s no standard age, but most eyelid surgery patients are over age 35. That’s usually because ageing signs set in after that point.

Q. How much can a blepharoplasty improve wrinkles?

In Toronto, eyelid surgery is sought after to make the eyes appear more youthful. Unfortunately, it doesn’t eliminate the lines known as “crow’s-feet” at the lateral sides of the eyes. Lower eye bags or excess skin on the upper lid are the targeted areas to improve. Dr. Torgerson will be happy to recommend non-surgical treatments that complement blepharoplasty results and can provide additional skin smoothing and wrinkle reduction.

Q. Does Dr. Torgerson offer Asian blepharoplasty?

Asian blepharoplasty is one of Dr. Torgerson’s most requested procedures. We’re pleased to live in a multicultural city, and Toronto eyelid surgery is popular in our Asian community. Dr. Torgerson is an expert in facial plastic head and neck surgery, which means that he performs a high volume of eyelid procedures and has extensive knowledge on the subject. His combination of training, skill, and artistry mean that Dr. Torgerson can deliver personalized, subtle, and harmonious results for ethnic clients who choose blepharoplasty to make aesthetic changes.

Double eyelid surgery is a variation of the upper eyelid blepharoplasty and is explicitly designed to create a natural-looking fold on the upper eyelid where it did not previously exist.

Q. What are the risks or side effects of eyelid surgery?

Patients can expect to have temporarily blurred vision, because inflammation in the area will disturb the delicate eye function. This is temporary, however, and it resolves along with the swelling in a relatively short time. Mild redness, itching, and a sensation of tightness are also common but temporary side effects. A scar, no matter how faint, is unavoidable with any surgical incision. The appearance of a scar, as well as risks of tissue damage and infection, are significantly reduced through expert care and following post-op instructions closely.

Q. Do I require medical tests before eyelid surgery?

Dr. Torgerson always takes extra safety measures to ensure that each patient is fit and well-positioned for optimal recovery. At his Toronto clinic, common pre-operative medical procedures include blood tests, a chest x-ray, an eye exam, and a discussion of the patient’s medical and health history.

Q. Where will my surgery be performed?

Dr. Torgerson runs his own fully accredited, Level 3 OHP (out-of-hospital) surgical facility. His handpicked medical staff and a sense of private luxury make each surgical procedure strictly safe, all in a warm, welcoming environment. Our clients appreciate the discreet and inviting nature of our chic, private operating suites. Dr. Torgerson’s Toronto surgery centre meets and exceeds the provincial standards for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario’s quality assurance inspections.

Q. What does eyelid surgery in Toronto cost?

When people consider a cosmetic procedure such as blepharoplasty, the price is often top of mind. Though fees are subject to change, eyelid surgery generally ranges between $4,000 and $8,000, depending on the technique and details of treatment. The prices change per patient and will also be affected by any additional procedures that the patient chooses to have done at the same time.

Many of our clients appreciate the convenience of medical financing options to offset expenses. We’re pleased to work with Credit Medical and Medicard. You can visit their websites or inquire with our team when you’re here, and we’ll help you take the next steps. Approvals typically take only 24 hours or less.

Dr. Cory Torgerson is passionate about facial plastic surgery procedures. He completed the highest post-secondary level of education and training to become a facial plastic surgeon. He specializes in only the head and neck to keep ahead of the curve in innovative and intelligent techniques. Dr. Torgerson works to beautifully restore eyelid shape and rejuvenated contours without unnecessary downtime, scarring, or unnatural results.

If you’ve been considering the possibilities of eyelid surgery, but you’re unsure about what to expect, we’d love to talk with you in person. When you visit our clinic, we’ll provide you with multiple before and after patient photos from clients who’ve consented to let us share their impressive results. You can gather a wealth of information about your options for blepharoplasty without any pressure or obligations. Just call, write, or come in today.

We look forward to meeting you and exceeding your expectations.

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