Blepharoplasty, otherwise known as eyelid surgery, will provide patients with a more youthful appearance, as the procedure is capable of removing bags, puffiness, and additional skin around the eyes (both above and below—in some cases, correcting vision problems in the process). This popular cosmetic surgery is one of the most frequently performed facial surgeries in both Western and Asian countries (where double eyelid surgery is popular). Unfortunately, a great deal of misconceptions persist about it, so we’d like to take a few moments to clear up some of the more common myths about this procedure.
MYTH: Blepharoplasty is Expensive
Compared to other forms of plastic surgery, blepharoplasty is generally considered to be quite affordable. While everyone’s anatomy and aesthetic goals are different, on average, an eyelid surgery costs around $3,000 to $6,500 Canadian dollars. Which financing options are available to you or whether or not your insurance will chip in depends on your policy and the options that your surgeon offers.
MYTH: Blepharoplasty is Only for Women
Like most cosmetic surgeries, blepharoplasty is also commonly conducted for male patients. Since men are just as likely as women to suffer from excess skin, fat, and unwanted folds around or on the eyelids, this procedure is performed for thousands of men every year.
MYTH: Blepharoplasty is a Cosmetic Procedure Only
While it is true that the majority of patients have eyelid surgery to correct aesthetic features that they would like to see enhanced (such as the reduction of bags under the eyes or puffiness), the procedure isn’t strictly cosmetic for many, as it can also be utilized to reduce the amount of loose skin on the upper eyelid. For many patients, this skin droops into the field of vision and causes sight issues. In this case, blepharoplasty isn’t strictly cosmetic, although the patient may also choose to reap aesthetic benefits while they’re having the procedure.
MYTH: Blepharoplasty Always Leaves Visible Scarring
A qualified plastic surgeon will make incisions that are naturally hidden within the creases of the eyelid. For many patients, this means that the scarring from the incisions are practically invisible. Where incisions will be made and how they’ll be hidden will be included in the things that you discuss during the consultations you have with your plastic surgeon. Patients will always know precisely where scars will be hidden and their likelihood of becoming visible (which is generally quite low).
MYTH: Blepharoplasty Can Remove “Crow’s-Feet”
Blepharoplasty doesn’t remove crow’s-feet, because it isn’t intended to do so. It’s a surgery that enhances the overall aesthetic appeal of the skin around the eye. Wrinkles, lines, and creases near the corner of the eye, which are generally considered to be “crow’s-feet”, are usually targeted with other forms of cosmetic treatments, many of which are non-invasive, such as neurotoxins or dermal fillers.
MYTH: Blepharoplasty Will Correct Sagging Eyebrows
Again, eyebrows are not the target for blepharoplasty, so this procedure doesn’t affect them. However, many patients also choose to have a brow lift during their blepharoplasty procedure, which minimizes downtime and can provide the optimal aesthetic appeal. A brow lift will raise the eyebrows and reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and creases in the forehead.
To learn more about blepharoplasty and how you may benefit from this very common plastic surgery that has helped thousands of Canadians, please feel welcomed to contact the offices of Dr. Cory Torgerson, an award-winning plastic surgeon in Toronto. Dial (647) 343-0207 at your convenience to schedule an initial consultation, during which all of your questions will be answered.