Dr. Cory Torgerson’s blepharoplasty patients are diverse. You may be surprised to learn about the 3 most common types of people who request eyelid surgery in Toronto. Blepharoplasty is one of the most requested facial cosmetic surgery procedures worldwide, and our city is no exception.

What is blepharoplasty?

The purpose of cosmetic eyelid surgery is to restore a youthful look to the skin surrounding the eyes. On the upper eyelids, lower lids or both, removing excess fat and skin for a smooth, wrinkle-free appearance allows patients to look refreshed, healthy, and younger. Likewise, reducing bulging fat pads that can enlarge and protrude over time takes years off of the appearance. Fat can be removed with or without skin tightening.

By definition, blepharoplasty surgically alters the eye area. It can correct eyelid wrinkles, reduce the appearance of bags, and reduce the look of heavy lids for a happy, rested appearance. Patients choose between a full bilateral blepharoplasty (which is both the upper and lower eyelids), or they can simply have the upper or lower lids treated individually.

Although Toronto blepharoplasty procedures are typically intended to reverse the signs of aging, did you know that they can have aesthetic and functional benefits beyond that? As well, an eyelid lift without surgery can be done using non-surgical laser treatments or through injectable dermal fillers placed in the tear trough area. Each patient has several options to rejuvenate their look, and the blepharoplasty that Dr. Torgerson will recommend depends on their goals and personal needs. Let’s take a closer look at the most common reasons people visit Dr. Torgerson for hooded eyelid surgery.

1. Anti-aging

As young as age 30, you may look in the mirror and note changes in your eyelids. Some people see a hooded effect with upper lids sagging; others note bags under the eyes that cast a shadow. It can seem that no matter how much sleep you get, you wake looking tired and worn out. If people begin to ask whether you’re getting enough sleep, it can have a detrimental effect on your self-esteem. You want your face to match your inner vitality. A little excess skin that has lost collagen and firm tone can add years to your face. The tiny muscles surrounding your eye, which usually hold back fat pads, may stretch and shift over time, allowing bulges and hollows where there weren’t any before. As we age, the natural elasticity and firmness of skin also change. The delicate eyelid skin is thin to begin with, so early signs of laxity, damage, and fine lines appear here first.

You can see hooded eyelid surgery before and after photos on facial plastic surgery websites. Patients appear much younger after small, subtle adjustments are made to the tissue around their eyes. Blepharoplasty can be done along with other facelift procedures too.

There’s no set age for this procedure, but most clients seeking a youthful eyelid enhancement are aged 35 or older.

Does blepharoplasty get rid of crow’s-feet?

This surgery is not designed to correct crow’s feet around the lateral, outer eyes. Unfortunately, cosmetic eyelid surgery is limited to tightening the upper and lower lids, so the fine lines which spread out over upper cheeks and beside the orbital bone will not be affected. However, there are fast, effective non-surgical options for smoothing this region right along with blepharoplasty. Dr. Torgerson often uses Botox to relax the muscles that cause crows’-feet, and various laser or chemical peel treatments can resurface, plump, and tone to reduce fine lines.

Dr. Torgerson’s blepharoplasty before and after photo gallery shows many beautiful surgical results after surgery, along with some non-surgical treatments to complete a harmonious effect. Blepharoplasty scars are nearly invisible, and recovery is fast in the hands of an expert surgeon.

2. Vision impairment/ Severe Eyelid Ptosis

A blepharoplasty can be done for medical, functional reasons. Some older patients who have no particular interest in a cosmetic improvement will nevertheless seek eyelid surgery to reduce excess upper eyelid skin, which is severely drooping and impairing vision.

Blepharoptosis is characterized by the border of the upper eyelid hanging down to the point that it covers all or part of the pupil, thereby obstructing a clear line of sight. Extreme ptosis can affect just one or both eyes. Provincial health insurance may cover all or a portion of the surgery with an oculoplastic surgeon in Toronto or a certified facial plastic surgeon.

Dr. Torgerson takes vigilant measures and health precautions to ensure that his patients are medically fit for surgery. Especially for clients who are over 60 and more likely to have regular prescription medication, ongoing health issues, or concurrent problems, careful planning and health assessments are done. His Toronto cosmetic clinic requires blood tests, a chest x-ray, and a baseline eye exam before undergoing blepharoplasty.

3. Ethnic Blepharoplasty

The third patient type who sees Dr. Torgerson for blepharoplasty is seeking a double eyelid surgery. Also called Asian blepharoplasty, it’s one of Dr. Torgerson’s most commonly requested treatments in a diverse, multicultural city with a large Asian population. The procedure can take a few forms and is highly personalized.

Although this treatment is essentially the same, regardless of ethnicity, double eyelid blepharoplasty before and after photos show a new, visible upper eyelid fold created where there had previously been only a monolid.

Innovative approaches to making these distinctive adjustments mean that Asian eyelid surgery is not one-size-fits-all. In fact, the purpose is not necessarily for the eye to appear less Asian at all. Eyelid surgery can be performed to enhance the eye without losing distinctive ethnic characteristics. Here are the more common surgical techniques used in Canada and around the world:

Epicanthoplasty

This treatment eliminates the epicanthal fold to help open up and widen the eyes. The inner/medial eyelid skin is extremely sensitive and thin. Only precise, meticulous adjustments should be made by the most experienced blepharoplasty surgeons.

Lateral Canthoplasty

This is an outer corner eyelid procedure and can also carry high risks, so an expert in this surgery must perform it. Korean plastic surgeons are leading experts in this field of facial plastic surgery.

Full-incision

Double-eyelid surgery in Toronto is popular and delivers a high rate of patient satisfaction. For people who have hooded or mono-eyelids, this approach can make them appear younger, wide-eyed, and more awake.

Partial-incision

A partial incision blepharoplasty surgery involves minor incisions on the upper lid to remove fat tissue and correct lax muscle. The incision and sutures create a new, defined crease, and the scar is well-hidden within that fold.

Dr. Cory Torgerson, blepharoplasty expert in Toronto

Dr. Torgerson is renowned as a highly skilled facial plastic surgeon dedicated to focusing his practice on only head and neck procedures. His advanced specialization has made him sought after as a teacher, lecturer, and surgeon. Blepharoplasty accounts for a significant number of his operations, and it is one that he truly takes pleasure in. He works to carefully restore the optimal eyelid shape and contours, according to facial proportions and the patient’s desires. Dr. Torgerson operates a fully accredited Level 3 out-of-hospital premises (OHP) surgical facility in downtown Toronto. His patients enjoy the discreet, flexible accommodation of their facial cosmetic procedures in a luxe, welcoming environment.

Blepharoplasty Cost in Canada

Blepharoplasty is a day procedure and is often carried out using local anaesthetic and conscious sedation. Most people take one week off for blepharoplasty recovery, and you’ll receive close, attentive follow-up care to ensure a pleasant, safe experience. Your eyelid surgery cost will include the before and after appointments and the assessment. The whole procedure can be completed in 1 to 2 hours, depending on the complexity. So you’ll be free to go home with a family member or friend shortly after. Dr. Torgerson will prescribe an antibiotic as preventative care, and that fee will be added to your blepharoplasty cost.

Generally speaking, the price of blepharoplasty will range between $4,000 and $8,000 plus HST. These prices are subject to fluctuation and depend somewhat on your personalized treatment plan.

We know that budgeting for a plastic surgery procedure can be challenging, so Dr. Torgerson and his team are pleased to help you arrange medical financing plans which offset the cost. We work with Credit Medical and Medicard, and their websites allow for quick, easy application with rapid response.

When our patients receive their personalized quote after their free consultation with Dr. Torgerson, there will be no hidden fees added later. Your comprehensive appointment and individual surgical quote are designed to provide you with the full, in-depth information that you need to make an informed decision about what’s best for you.

So many of our clients absolutely love their blepharoplasty results, and we think you’ll be excited to learn more about what this treatment can do for you. Call or email today, and we’ll be happy to arrange your complimentary appointment.

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Dr. Cory Torgerson is one of Canada’s most talented and prominent facial plastic surgeons, focusing on head & neck facial surgery. Dr. Torgerson has been frequently invited to teach and lecture on these topics across North America. He has hospital privileges at Sunnybrook Hospital, one of the premier hospitals in the University of Toronto Health Network.
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