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Could a blepharoplasty in Toronto be all you need to look youthful? Your face will most likely be the first region where you show visible aging. While it definitely doesn’t seem fair, it does make sense considering the constant exposure to damage and rough handling that this delicate skin endures. In particular, thin skin around the eyes will usually change noticeably in the 30s or 40s and cause a person to appear tired or older than they feel. Are you struggling with fine lines or heavy eyelids? Read on.

Eyelid surgery is also called blepharoplasty. In Toronto, men and women of all ages choose this simple cosmetic surgery procedure to combat those wrinkles, sagging skin, and baggy under-eyes that make both men and women feel insecure as they age.

Do droopy eyelids cause you to look chronically tired when you glance in the mirror or see pictures of yourself? If you’re like many of Dr. Cory Torgerson’s blepharoplasty patients, you’ve tried all the best creams and serums geared toward smoothing and tightening the eyelid skin. Unfortunately, topical eyelid cream can help improve skin quality, but it doesn’t do the job of surgical skin tightening. Blepharoplasty in Toronto is a facial cosmetic procedure that lifts the skin of your eyelids to give you a more perky appearance.

Here’s your in-depth look at the benefits of undergoing eyelid surgery. It’s a customizable treatment, and the results can help transform a person’s appearance.

Quick facts about blepharoplasty in Toronto:

  • Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that improves sagging eyelids (e.g. under-eye bulges or hanging skin from upper eyelids).
  • Blepharoplasty cost Canada: The average price for the surgery is generally $4,000 to $8000 plus HST. (Prices are subject to change.)
  • Blepharoplasty before and after photos can give you a good idea of a surgeon’s skill and artistic approach and what your results could look like.

Who’s a good candidate for blepharoplasty?

Your first question when learning about the benefits of blepharoplasty in Toronto may be, is this right for me? Aging of the face is a natural process we all go through, and other factors like heredity or exhaustion can lead to specific changes for the eye area. If you see heavy wrinkles, puffy bags, or loose skin, an eyelift procedure could help improve them. For women, losing elasticity in the skin may become evident when applying eye makeup is suddenly challenging. The need to lift and pull eyelid skin to put on makeup could mean that you would benefit from this treatment.

There’s no standard age to undergo blepharoplasty, but surgeons usually see patients who are 35 years or older. At that age and over, many people notice wrinkles and bags developing and want to address them sooner rather than later. For people who are over 60, sometimes sagging skin of the upper lids becomes severe enough to impair vision. In these cases, a person may seek a surgical solution for practical reasons, not just cosmetic.

Can a blepharoplasty in Toronto get rid of crow’s-feet?

While this wrinkling of skin at the outer edges of the eye and upper cheek may be a sign of skin laxity and damage, tightening the eyelids won’t reduce it. Instead, your facial cosmetic surgeon can recommend excellent non-surgical treatments like laser or neuromodulators to minimize muscle movement under the wrinkles and smooth the skin.

How is eyelid surgery performed?

Blepharoplasty in Toronto is less invasive than many facial cosmetic surgeries, and so it can often be done using conscious sedation. This involves local freezing of the tissue in the treatment area and IV sedation to make you sleepy and comfortable. Because you will be awake throughout, you can expect to go home on the same day as your surgery without some of the negative effects related to general anaesthetic. However, because your eyes will be affected, you’ll need another adult to help escort you home safely, and you won’t be permitted to drive.

There are 2 main components to eyelid surgery:

Upper eyelid:

Your surgeon will make small incisions in a natural fold of the eyelid. Through these precise incisions, they can remove skin and small amounts of fat or reposition fat pads. It’s that accumulated fat that creates the bulging look above your eyes. An ellipse of tissue shaped like a crescent is usually excised, and then extremely fine sutures close up the incision. Once healed, the thin line will begin to fade, and eventually it won’t be easy to spot at all.

Lower eyelid:

There are 2 primary methods for lower eyelid surgery. Your surgeon may use the transconjunctival approach and remove excess fat through an incision inside the lower lid. Or they can use the subciliary method and remove both fat and lax skin with a small incision created close to the external lower lash line. For people with good skin tone and minimal sagging, the “invisible incision” transconjunctival approach to fat removal may be enough, but if skin laxity and sagging are present, gently tightening the skin of the lower lid will require an external incision. The tiny stitches used to close the opening will be in place for roughly one week, and eventually the thin scar blends in well with the lash line and remains well-hidden.

1. Cosmetic enhancement

Even if you practise a consistent daily skincare routine, your skin will eventually begin to age. The delicate muscles surrounding your eye orbit can become stretched and weak, which allows fat pads to bulge through. By removing extra fat and skin from your eyelid area, your surgeon can give you an open-eyed appearance, making you look more awake and happier. The procedure can also lessen overall puffiness and contour and smooth your skin to create an even transition from the cheek to the eye instead of a defined tear trough indent and bulge.

If you wear makeup, you should also find that your application of eyeshadow and liner on the upper lids becomes much easier. You won’t have to worry about blending difficulty or having your foundation caked in wrinkles.

2. Eyelid surgery can improve vision

For some patients, cosmetic improvement is not the only goal of eyelid surgery. If your upper eyelids are sagging significantly, that can impact your peripheral vision. By lifting the skin, surgeons can help correct this vision impairment. In some cases, provincial medical insurance will help cover the cost of such practical procedures. Talk to your primary care physician if this is a concern for you.

3. Blepharoplasty recovery is relatively quick

All forms of surgery, no matter how minor, do carry some risks and require time off to heal. However, after a blepharoplasty in Toronto, Dr. Torgerson’s patients return home or to their hotel to relax and rest their eyes. Most patients will take one week off work, but additional time away from strenuous activities is also recommended. Swelling is expected, because the face is quite vascular and the eye area is sensitive. Though you will look puffy and see some bruising, most people describe the discomfort as minor. You can apply cool compresses as directed and keep the head elevated to reduce swelling.

Fortunately, eyelid tissue tends to heal well and leave little scarring. Most inflammation resolves within the first week. If you’re a private person, you may extend your time off to 2 weeks so that you appear very much back to normal before you begin socializing again.

The incisions made are minimal and, in many cases, will be entirely concealed by natural creases in your skin. Once your stitches are removed, your skin will continue to heal over the following weeks. Eventually your scars should be almost invisible.

4. Blepharoplasty surgery can be combined with other cosmetic procedures

You may choose to pair your blepharoplasty with another treatment to enhance your overall appearance. Some patients also undergo a mini facelift or neck lift to roll back several years from their look.

5. Results are long-lasting

Eyelid surgery results can be long-term for many patients, although some may wish to repeat the surgery after several years. It’s important to note that your eye area will not stop aging after surgery, so you might notice the benefits gradually decreasing over time. However, the full effect of upper eyelid enhancements lasts several years, around 5 to 10. Lower eyelid results tend to last longer and rarely need to be repeated.

How can you get the best blepharoplasty surgery result?

For any facial cosmetic procedure, it’s essential to choose an experienced surgeon for rewarding results. In the case of Toronto eyelid surgery, it’s crucial to entrust this delicate procedure to a seasoned professional. Meet with facial plastic surgeons who dedicate their practice to the face and can show you plenty of blepharoplasty before and after results.

Could a blepharoplasty be all you need to feel much better about your appearance?

If you’re considering blepharoplasty in Toronto, Dr. Cory Torgerson will be happy to speak with you free of charge. Dr. Torgerson earned the highest education and training for a facial plastic surgeon. His enthusiasm for head and neck surgery often draw him to the artistry of eyelid surgery. He’s also pleased to perform many ethnic blepharoplasties in his regular practice. Given the diverse population of Toronto, Dr. Torgerson has extensive experience treating patients from various backgrounds using advanced, personalized methods. He offers complimentary consultations in a welcoming, confidential setting at his beautiful Yorkville clinic. We welcome you to contact us and arrange your appointment today.

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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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