Asian blepharoplasty is a hot topic in Toronto. If you’re part of the growing population in Canada seeking double eyelid surgery to transform their features, read on. We’ll explain exactly what this popular cosmetic procedure can do and why it’s in such high demand.

Dr. Cory Torgerson’s eyelid surgery patients are men and women and come from all backgrounds. One of his most requested treatments is a version of eyelid surgery designed specifically to enhance east Asian eyelid features. Toronto is home to an ethnically diverse population, and Asian blepharoplasty is a top choice.

Known as Asian eyelid surgery or double eyelid surgery, the aim of this cosmetic procedure is to alter the eye aesthetic rather than to combat signs of ageing. You may be familiar with eyelid lifts or treatments for puffy eye bags, but Asian blepharoplasty is different.

It’s estimated that up to half of the Asian population has a “mono-eyelid” rather than a double eyelid fold. Changing the upper eyelids to show two distinctive lids with a crease in the middle allows the eye to appear larger, more open. It also creates more surface for the application of makeup. Though it’s not designed explicitly as anti-ageing, removing upper eyelid skin and creating a distinctive fold may also give the eyes a refreshed, awake, and younger appearance.

Asian blepharoplasty variances — there’s more than one type

Asian eyes vary just like everyone’s. The epicanthal fold refers to skin of the upper, inner eyelid that covers the inner corner of the eye. The fold is commonly pronounced for people with Asian heritage, and genetics, age, and some medical conditions affect how this fold forms and whether it covers a significant portion of the inner eye. Some Asian blepharoplasty patients seek to remove a portion of the skin in this area and expose more of the eye.

Among Asian clients who do have a notable upper eyelid crease, the symmetry and definition will vary. Some people even report that the appearance of their crease changes from day to day.

Some patients present with heavy, hooded upper eyes, which can partially obstruct vision. Others have no hooding, but see a single monolid instead of two lids above their eye. They may have protruding fat pads contributing to a puffy, heavy look or simply excess skin. Some Asian blepharoplasty patients have multiple thin creases rather than a single defined fold.

For all these reasons and more, Asian eyelid surgery in Toronto is in demand. It’s essential that people interested in making these changes choose an experienced facial plastic surgeon who is skilled in working with the specific traits and techniques for Asian eyes. One of the most frequent errors made by surgeons is the “Westernizing” or “Europeanizing” of eyelids with a one-size-fits-all approach. The Asian eyelid is different from European eyelids or the eyelids of people from other continents. Asian eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is necessarily unique, just like Asian eyes. The aim for the surgeon and the patient is usually to enhance the eyes and overall facial features in a way that’s harmonious with their natural characteristics.

Who is a candidate for Asian blepharoplasty in Toronto?

Dr. Torgerson’s Asian eyelid surgery patients typically ask for a more defined upper eyelid crease. Beyond that unifying factor, they come with diverse goals and backgrounds. Many people wonder what the best age for eyelid surgery is. Age is less important than you may think, though most facial plastic surgeons want their patient to be an adult of at least 18 years old and, on the upper end, healthy and fit for surgery.

The style and approach for procedures will vary between men and women and between younger and older clients so that the results suit their features.

Dr. Torgerson will ask you questions and examine your eyes. Factors that he’ll consider include:

  • Eyelid skin thickness and quality
  • The fat volume of the upper lid
  • Your experience with past procedures
  • Your unique eye anatomy
  • Age
  • Gender

Some Asian blepharoplasty patients have asymmetrical eyes. Only one eye may have a crease in some cases. This surgery can evenly match the eyes.

If you want to permanently enhance your eyelids, this may be the right approach for you. The best way to learn what blepharoplasty can do for you is to schedule an in-person consultation. Dr. Torgerson sees people interested in cosmetic surgery free of charge to discuss their concerns. You’ll be able to gather personalized feedback and recommendations, then decide what’s right for you. Dr. Torgerson can explain the methods used in detail and can help you envision what your outcome will be.

How can you make a double eyelid crease look natural?

Creating a natural-looking crease that suits a person’s face requires experience and artistic skill on the part of the surgeon.

During your consultation, your facial surgeon will determine whether you’re a candidate for the incisional or non-incisional methods of Asian blepharoplasty. Depending on each person’s anatomy, the fold may be positioned from roughly 3 mm above the upper lash line up to 10 mm for a deep crease. By contrast, blepharoplasty for Caucasians generally reveals even more of the upper eyelid at 10 mm or higher. Careful measurements of your brow and eyelid spacing plus your stated goals will help your surgeon plan your customized procedure with you.

How is Asian blepharoplasty done?

Upper eyelid surgery may be done under general anaesthetic, but it is often performed with IV sedation and local anaesthetic.

You may have heard of a “non-incisional” approach. This option technically does involve incisions, though they are tiny openings through which sutures are passed to secure the upper eyelid skin to underlying levator muscle, which lifts the eyelid. The result is the eyelid skin folding in whenever eyes are opened. This approach may suit younger clients and people with a monolid but no hooding/drooping of the skin.

If extra skin or fat is present on the upper eyelid, an incision tucked within the crease creates a fold and hides within it. A little fat may be removed to assist with defining the crease, but an expert eyelid surgeon will be very cautious not to remove too much and create a hollow look.

The procedure is relatively quick, often taking an hour to complete. The small incisions are closed with sutures and covered with a thin bandage. Patients are free to go home and rest shortly after the surgery.

Eyelid Surgery Recovery

As with any cosmetic surgery, you’ll need to plan for time off and a shift in your usual activities while you heal. Some standard elements of blepharoplasty recovery include:

Mild swelling, eye dryness, light sensitivity, soreness when opening/closing eyes, blurriness related to eye ointment or inflammation, and eye-watering. You’ll find it helpful to invest in a large, dark pair of sunglasses.

The more uncomfortable symptoms and most of your swelling will last only a week. You’ll be seen back at the clinic at roughly 1 week for suture removal.

Because the skin of your eyelids is very sensitive, residual swelling and a little sensitivity may persist for months, but the majority of recovery will take place in the first 2 weeks, and patients can return to work or school within that time. Exercise is to be avoided for 3 weeks after surgery. Clients should relax and avoid work, strenuous activity, heavy lifting, or raising blood pressure for a few weeks after surgery. Aerobic exercises can be resumed roughly 3 to 4 weeks after blepharoplasty.

Factors that may affect your rate of healing include your overall health and age. You’ll need to ensure that you have a nutritionally balanced diet and avoid lifestyle choices that impair healing such as nicotine consumption.

Asian blepharoplasty patients can purchase medical-grade makeup specially formulated to conceal post-procedural bruising around the eye area. Talk to the team at Sovereign Plastic Surgery about making your recovery smooth and easy with additional comfort measures and products to keep you looking your best.

What does Asian blepharoplasty cost in Toronto?

The average cost of blepharoplasty ranges between $4,000 and $8,000 plus HST. (Prices are subject to change.) Given the lasting effects, this is generally considered a valuable investment in your appearance and self-confidence. Once you’ve chosen a talented, experienced facial plastic surgeon, you can plan for a transformation that you’ll love for years to come.

Your next step is a blepharoplasty consultation

The results from blepharoplasty are long-lasting. Dr. Torgerson understands unique considerations for the beautiful variety of ethnic features that he works with. He’s adept in performing Asian eyelid surgery and tailoring each patient’s ideal look to their characteristics and personal goals.

Dr. Torgerson focuses on surgical and non-surgical head and neck procedures. He’s renowned as an outstanding facial plastic surgeon who has lectured on his innovative methods across North America. He has hospital privileges at Sunnybrook, one of the most prestigious hospitals affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine at U of T.

Dr. Torgerson will be happy to meet with you free of charge to discuss the possibilities. If you’re interested in eyelid surgery, contact us to arrange your consultation 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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