July 16th, 2021
Dr. Thomas Bell, MD
Do you have people tell you that you look tired, even when you feel fine? Do you hate it when people do that?
Don’t feel bad. This happens to far more people than you might imagine. In fact, most of the people (both men and women) that come to our clinic for eyelid surgery in Toronto use the words tired-looking, fatigued, or run-down when describing their issues. So, if you feel like you have a perpetually tired look on your face these days, you are far from alone.
They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul, but you may feel that your eyes are giving a foggy picture these days. Nobody wants to look older than they are. Nor does anyone want to look permanently fatigued.
When people come to us struggling with this issue, we will often recommend an eyelift or blepharoplasty procedure. It’s a great way to tighten up your eyelids and the areas around your eyes, giving you a more youthful and energized look.
How does it work and who is a good candidate? Keep reading to find out.
What is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty has also been called an eyelift or eyelid lift. It has been a highly in-demand plastic surgery in Toronto for the last few years, as it remains one of the most targeted and effective ways to revitalize the area around your eyes.
There are a few different options.
As the name would suggest, this procedure focuses on the lower part of your eyes. The surgery involves removing the unwanted fat deposits, muscle, and skin with a subtle incision under your lower lashes.
A lower blepharoplasty can also be performed with no external incision whatsoever. A trans-conjunctival lower blepharoplasty is made through the inner surface of the lower eyelid and the patient has no visible scar at all.
The ideal lower blepharoplasty patient is usually dealing with sagging skin, bags under their eyes, or a general puffiness that they feel is making them look old or fatigued.
On the other hand, an upper blepharoplasty would focus on the upper eye area, and address any sagging or drooping in that part of your face.
It involves a skilled surgeon carefully making an incision in the patient’s upper eyelid crease and then closing it with sutures. This gives the patient a big impact on their appearance with a very small scar.
Men and women may undergo slightly different versions of this procedure. More of the patient’s lid skin is preserved for most men, while the lower lid will still keep some lines so the results are natural and subtle.
This could be the best option for you if you’re dealing with unwanted skin in your lower eyelids, or you have drooping combined with folds of skin that look like wrinkles. It is a minimally invasive approach that takes care of the extra skin on your lower eyelids without altering the underlying fatty tissues or muscles.
In most cases, the procedure involves your surgeon making a small incision just below your bottom eyelashes by the corner of your eye. This will hide the scar in the natural crease that forms in that area. Your lower eyelid skin will then be pinched to get rid of the extra skin that is giving you the wrinkles and the sagging.
Why Do Our Eyes Wrinkle, Sag, or Droop?
You may have a bathroom cabinet full of eye creams and anti-ageing products, but it’s really hard to stop time from taking its toll on your face—particularly around your eyes.
There are many reasons for this. First of all, your levator muscle in your eye is in charge of holding up the eyelid. Like any skin, tissue, or muscle, it gets weaker and stretches as your body ages. There is also a condition called dermatochalasis that causes the skin to hang over your eyelid.
In most cases, it’s unavoidable and a natural part of what happens to your face as you age, but there are several things that can accelerate the sagging. For example, if you’re frequently rubbing your eyes due to fatigue and/or stress, that’s putting a lot of extra tension in the area.
The unfair part is that some people simply seem more genetically predisposed to this condition than others. It simply seems to be in their genes. However, there are always external factors that can prematurely age your entire face, such as:
- Alcohol use
- Unprotected sun exposure
- Inadequate hydration
- Living in an area with high air pollution
Whatever the cause, cosmetic products can’t stop the process and they’re often only an expensive way of temporarily hiding things. Over-the-counter solutions often overpromise what they can actually do to help you. If there was actually such thing as a miracle anti-ageing cream, you would already own it and whoever invented it would probably have more money than Jeff Bezos right now. Everyone wants to look younger, but there are so few actual solutions out there.
If you’re tired of wasting your time and your money, you should definitely look into a surgical solution.
Sagging in the Eye Area Can Actually Be Dangerous
Of course, when the upper eyelid droops down, it can make you look older and more fatigued. We’ve already covered a number of the mental health benefits of getting a blepharoplasty procedure. You look younger and more energized, which helps you feel refreshed and attack each day with new enthusiasm… However, it’s not always just about the look.
Some people will get blepharoplasty surgery because their eyelids are actually impacting their vision. The droopy lid has fallen into their field of vision and it is now narrowing what they’re able to see.
This can be particularly dangerous because it doesn’t happen all at once. It will typically be a gradual narrowing over several weeks, or even months. One day, perhaps while you’re driving or looking at a computer screen, you realize that you can now see your upper eyelid and you don’t like it. The lid then tends to drop lower and lower as time passes and impedes your vision progressively more and more.
At this point, getting an eyelift is now not so much about aesthetics. It’s about your quality of life and your safety. A skilled plastic surgeon can also certainly help you in these situations as well.
Eyelid Surgery Demand Increases During COVID-19 Lockdown
This has always been a very popular procedure, but it has been even more in demand during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Eyelid surgery was the second most performed (the nose job/ rhinoplasty procedure ranking first) plastic surgery in North America in 2020, with well over 350,000 successful procedures. That is a massive jump from only 2 years ago, when there were just over 206,000 reported procedures.
Why the drastic jump? The COVID-19 crisis has impacted the plastic surgery industry in a number of different ways.
First of all, most of society was forced to work from home during the pandemic lockdown, which sent millions of people onto Zoom calls every day. And everyone quickly became obsessed with how they looked on camera. People started to really notice, and feel insecure about, things like sagging skin or double chins. As a result, so many people reached out to plastic surgeons that some in the industry are calling it the Zoom Boom or the Zoom Effect.
In fact, The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) recently reported that 70% of their members have seen an increase in business during the pandemic lockdown, and 83% of those respondents attributed this growth to the Zoom Effect. Another 65% reported an increase in eyelid surgeries.
Recover From Home
Interestingly enough, The AAFPRS also reported a reduction in the number of non-surgical procedures, like Botox and fillers. Part of this has been attributed to the fact that a would-be patient is now more likely to go all-in and get a full-blown facial surgery, instead of a non-surgical procedure.
The current work-from-home-world means that they can get a surgery and then discreetly recover from home, without having to show their face in the office. They also don’t need to use a week-or-so of vacation days to recover. They can keep working from home, while saving their vacation days for a real vacation when the world goes back to normal.
At the same time, a lot of people are finally getting the plastic surgery they have always wanted because they have a little bit more disposable income. Countless people have had their vacation plans taken away from them by travel restrictions. This could be as simple as a ski trip, or as big as a destination wedding.
People have some extra money and they want to treat themselves. Some people are adding a new pool to the backyard or renovating the kitchen. But a lot of people are treating themselves by working on themselves and getting plastic surgery.
Here are some of the most-asked questions about eyelifts. If you have any more, we encourage you to schedule a consultation to get your questions answered in detail by one of our experts.
How Do You Choose an Eyelift Doctor?
We always say you should look at a would-be surgeon’s results and reputation. The proof of their work should show up in the before and after pictures on their website. This is true of any plastic surgery. If you’re looking for a boob job, browsing breast lift before and after galleries online is a great way to shortlist your candidates.
Dr. Bell was trained in cosmetic blepharoplasty, Asian blepharoplasty, and facial surgery by the renowned plastic surgeon, Dr. Bob Flowers, during his Post Graduate Fellowship. His results speak for themselves and he has a long list of incredibly happy patients.
How Much is a Blepharoplasty?
We don’t believe in cookie-cutter solutions. Eyelid surgery is an incredibly personalized procedure, so there are lots of variables involved.
However, to give you a general idea, our blepharoplasty procedures start at $6,999. This also includes our second-to-none post-op skin Anti-Aging Skin Rejuvenation program.
We also have procedure financing options to make things even more affordable.
Is Blepharoplasty Painful?
No, it is not! Your eyelift procedure is only skin-deep, which means any pain or discomfort is very minimal and easily managed.
You may feel some discomfort and irritation in the area around your eyelids after surgery, but it can be easily managed via the oral medication and the ointments that your surgeon will prescribe for you.
There is also very little pain or downtime during the post-op process.
Who is an Ideal Candidate?
There is no real ideal candidate for this procedure, and it’s a perfectly suitable solution for anyone looking to reduce the amount of sagging or drooping in their eyes.
Like most surgeries, it is always best if you’re living a healthy lifestyle before and after the surgery.
Are You Ready to Look and Feel Younger?
We are proud to offer our clients access to one of Canada’s foremost authorities on facial procedures and anti-ageing surgery. Dr. Tom Bell is well-known and respected throughout the plastic surgery industry, with thousands of satisfied customers.
We specialize in exceeding expectations. Are you ready to see what’s possible? You can click the Schedule a Consultation button at the top of the screen, or you can call us at (647) 723-3739.