What is The Cost of a Blepharoplasty?
The blepharoplasty cost in Toronto starts at $6,999 and includes a post-op skin Anti-Aging Skin Rejuvenation program. Special financing options are available for our patients.
Recovery Period Following a Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is a procedure that comes with a relatively short recovery period for the impressive visible, fairly immediate results. The recovery period from a blepharoplasty, of course, varies from person to person but one should expect it to take 7-10 days to fully recover.
How Long Does it Take to Perform a Blepharoplasty?
Depending on whether the upper, lower or both eyelids are being treated, the blepharoplasty procedure can take anywhere between 2-3 hours to complete.
What is a Blepharoplasty
Blepharoplasty, or ‘eyelid reduction’ or ‘eye bag removal,’ is a common cosmetic surgery procedure designed to rectify the signs of aging around the eyes. As we age, the skin surrounding our eyes loses elasticity, causing the upper and lower eyelids to sag. This loose skin can lead to unsightly eye bags and vision-obscuring drooping eyelids.
The blepharoplasty procedure trims away loose skin and tightens the muscles around the eye area, leaving you with a refreshed youthful appearance and no more interference in your line of vision. This short and effective procedure can reverse unwanted eye bags and fix puffy, saggy, or droopy-looking eyes with very little downtime.
Dr. Mulholland and Dr. Bell are both highly skilled at performing beautifully natural and subtle blepharoplasties.
Am I a Good Candidate for Blepharoplasty?
The eye’s weak structure shows the effects of aging, hereditary factors and stresses faster than any other area of the face. This can, unfortunately, lead to a person looking older and more tired than they really are. If you are having to answer comments about how tired you look ever more frequently, it might be time to consider Blepharoplasty.
The procedure can work to reduce wrinkles, droopiness, fine lines, and puffiness around the eyes.
A good Blepharoplasty candidate may have one or more aging signs around the eyes or hooded lids that are interfering with eyesight. The ideal candidate will also be over the age of 30 and lead a healthy lifestyle.
We invite all those interested in this procedure to reach out to Toronto Plastic Surgeons for a consultation.
Restore your confidence
Blepharoplasty removes droopy excess skin, wrinkles, and eye bags to restore confidence in your facial appearance.
Those who undergo cosmetic blepharoplasty surgery tend to look younger and more refreshed.
Fewer fine lines and wrinkles
Fine lines and wrinkles are an unwanted part of growing old. After blepharoplasty, many patients notice an improvement in lines and wrinkles around the eye.
Blepharoplasty Risks & Complications
Blepharoplasty, like every procedure, comes with a small chance of potential complications. Selecting a highly experienced, trusted surgeon is paramount to minimize the likelihood of complications. The team at TPS has years of experience performing blepharoplasty. Significant complications are uncommon and, in the rare event they occur, are expertly managed.
- Infection and bleeding: Although rare, the Toronto Plastic Surgeons still take every precaution to ensure that the surgery is a smooth, seamless experience.
- Mild Discomfort: While patients experience mild discomfort during the treatment, the recovery period is virtually painless.
- Discoloration of skin: A Blepharoplasty can potentially lead to a slight discolouration on the skin surrounding the eyelids. However, the color should return to the area in the days following the procedure.
- Excessive swelling: In rare cases, the procedure may result in swelling that lasts several days
Why The Toronto Plastic Surgeons?
As with any facial plastic surgery, it is important to find the best eyelid surgeon in Toronto with experience and expertise in the area. The eyes are a delicate and prominent part of the face that needs the utmost care and precision.
Dr. Mulholland has performed over 2,000 blepharoplasty procedures over the past 25 years. Dr. Bell is also well-known for his subtly beautiful blepharoplasty work. Dr. Bell trained in cosmetic blepharoplasty, Asian blepharoplasty, and facial surgery by famed Hawaiian plastic Surgeon Dr. Bob Flowers during his Post Graduate Fellowship. With the Toronto Plastic Surgeons, you’re in safe hands before, during, and after the procedure.
Upper Lid Blepharoplasty for Men in Toronto
Many men have genetic under-eye bagginess or upper eyelid hooding, which worsens and becomes unacceptable with age. This physical trait can be dramatically improved with a blepharoplasty. A male blepharoplasty differs from a female blepharoplasty in that more upper lid skin is preserved, and the lower lid retains some lines so as not to look too “plastic.”
Starting at $6,999, an upper lid blepharoplasty with Dr. Bell includes a post-op skin anti-aging Spamedica Skin Rejuvenation program that will improve the skin’s quality of the lids and face after the procedure.
An upper lid blepharoplasty involves removing the excess upper eyelid skin, droopy upper lid muscle, and possibly some of the upper eyelid fat pads. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia. The recovery time for blepharoplasty is one week, which will result in a very natural and youthful revitalization of the eye area.
Bags and dark circles under the eyes may also be decreased with eyelid surgery or cosmetic lower eyelid surgery. The lower lid bags are removed through incisions hidden inside the eyelid, and a pinch of excess external lid skin may be removed or tightened without a scar. Performing both upper and lower lid surgery can start as low as $9,999.
Following your cosmetic upper eyelid blepharoplasty surgery, the Toronto Plastic Surgeons will provide a simple maintenance plan and program. This can inc
lude soft tissue dermal fillers, Botox injectables, and fractional rejuvenation with radiofrequency energy or lasers. These treatments will be performed a couple of times per year to maintain the enhanced upper eyelid region’s youthful vitality and attractiveness.
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Lower Eyelid Surgery for Men
As we age, the skin around our eyes begins to sag, resulting in unsightly eye bags and drooping eyelids. This bagginess affects the entire structure of the face by making patients look exhausted and even ill.
Lower eyelid surgery is designed to counter the signs of aging and tiredness around the eyes by removing any fat bags and tightening the eyelid muscles, and removing excess skin, thereby leading to a more refreshed and natural appearance. Through an incision made under the lower lashes, the Toronto Plastic Surgeons reduce wrinkles, eliminate puffy bags, and remove excess fat deposits in the face. An added bonus is that it only takes 7-10 days to recover from the procedure. At a cost of $6,999, lower eyelid surgery is a very reasonably proced way to attain quick, visible results.
Both men and women undergo eyelid surgery in Toronto to take years away from the face and to look more refreshed. Lower eyelid surgery is the best course of action for men, as adjusting the upper eyelids can result in a more effeminate appearance. Lower eyelid surgery is an excellent way for men to achieve a youthful, fresh and vital appearance in their eye area without the risks or complications of upper eyelid surgery.
The eyes are a delicate and prominent part of the face that require the utmost care and precision. The Toronto Plastic Surgeons have the skill and experience to restore the youthful appearance of your lower eyelids. Book a consultation with the Toronto Plastic Surgeons today.
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Different Types of Blepharoplasty
Blepharoplasty surgery can be divided into two categories: upper and lower.
Loss of fat and volume support of the brow can result in droopiness and excess skin on the upper eyelid which can descend creating a deflated, tired, and aged appearance. Equally, loss of facial fat and the effects of gravity can develop eye bags and excess skin in the lower lid.
Lower blepharoplasty, also known as lower lid surgery, involves removing excess fat deposits, muscle, and skin through an incision made under the lower lashes. This excess tissue and fat deposits are either removed or repositioned to remove wrinkles, dark circles, puffiness, or bags.
It is also possible that your plastic surgeon will use a technique in which no external incision is necessary. Trans-conjunctival lower blepharoplasty is made through the inner surface of the lower eyelid, leaving no visible scar.
Upper blepharoplasty involves removing excess fat, muscle, and skin which can make the upper eyelid look heavy and droop over the eye to obscure vision. The incision made in the upper eyelid crease is closed with sutures, leaving only a minimally visible scar in the eyelid crease. After the procedure, patients look well-rested, alert, and youthful.
How is a Blepharoplasty Performed?
All blepharoplasty procedures in Toronto are performed within the comfort of the modern Toronto Plastic Surgeon suites. The surgery is entirely personalized and specifically designed by our expert team to match your desired results.
Blepharoplasty is a simple procedure that takes place under general anesthetic. Incisions are made along the natural creases of the upper and lower eyelid to camouflage scarring. Through these tiny incisions, fatty tissue is removed before skin is stretched to smoothen out wrinkles. Alternatively, the transconjunctival technique might be used. This approach makes an incision on the inner aspect of the lower eyelid, leaving no visible scar.
Following the procedure, patients will rest in our recovery room for a couple of hours before being assessed by our specialist nursing team and returning home.
Preparing for a Blepharoplasty
To ensure successful blepharoplasty surgery, the doctor will advise that you follow certain preparations in the weeks leading up to your procedure date:
- Smoking should be discontinued two weeks leading up to the procedure and two weeks after. Those who continue to smoke will have a longer healing period and have a greater likelihood of complications.
- Two weeks before your procedure, patients must cease taking Aspirin or any medication that contains Aspirin.
- Six hours prior to surgery, patients mustn’t consume any food or drink, other than small sips of water.
- Avoid sun damage two weeks before surgery. This can be achieved by wearing SPF 30 or higher.
What to Expect Post Blepharoplasty Surgery
Blepharoplasty is a procedure that boasts an impressively brief recovery period for patients. The standard swelling and bruising discomfort around the eyes usually lasts for 1 week following surgery. Initial discomfort is managed with oral medication, applying a cold compress to the affected area and sleeping with the head elevated.
Throughout the two weeks that follow your surgery, you will attend a couple of post-op care appointments with our RN team. There, your incision site will be properly reviewed.
Days 1-2: You should have a friend or family member stay with you. Use cold saline compresses to reduce swelling and bruising. Take pain medication as prescribed by your surgeon, when necessary.
Day 5: Regular activities can be resumed following the rest period.
Week 1: Sleep with your head elevated to minimize swelling.
Week 2: At this point, patients will have returned to work. Contact lenses can also worn and high-intensity exercise can be resumed.
Month 1: Up until this point, UV light should be avoided as much as possible to aid recovery.
The Toronto Plastic Surgeon team will be extremely thorough in explaining every aspect of the blepharoplasty procedure with you during the initial consultation. After your consultation, you will leave with a clear understanding of the before, during and after.
Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we’ve encountered about the blepharoplasty procedure.
Is Getting a Blepharoplasty Painful?
Blepharoplasty is a procedure that is only skin-deep and as a result, there is very little pain incurred during the recovery period. It is normal to feel some discomfort and irritation around the eyelids. However, this can be easily controlled with oral medication and eye ointments prescribed by your surgeon.
How Do I Know If I Need an Eyelid Lift or Brow Lift?
Because the eyebrow position can affect the appearance of eyelids, it can be difficult for patients to understand whether they need a brow lift or blepharoplasty.
The best way to determine what is right for you is to consider your primary objective. While a brow lift can smooth wrinkles of the forehead and lifts the eyebrows, sometimes correcting heavy eyelids, an eyelid lift solely focuses on the eyelids, whether it be the upper lid, lower lid, or both.
Is There an Age Limit for Blepharoplasty?
With Blepharoplasty, there is no set age. That being said, the majority of patients are 30 and older as it isn’t until one reaches this age that the signs of aging begin to show around the eyes. And because the procedure is often performed under local anesthetic, older patients who may be poor candidates for general anesthesia are permitted to undergo the procedure.
Can I Apply Makeup After Blepharoplasty?
We understand that many patients will want to apply makeup as soon as possible. To minimize the chance of infection post-surgery, it is advised to wait at least 10 days before applying makeup around the eye region. Makeup should be applied carefully with clean brushes and without the use of fingers.
Can I Have Blepharoplasty After Laser Eye Surgery?
Blepharoplasty is a procedure that is possible after laser eye surgery. Although blepharoplasty can be done before or after laser eye surgery, it is preferable that it is done at least 6 months after. This allows for any corneal stress and swelling to dissipate around the eye area.
How Many Times Can You Have a Blepharoplasty?
The results of upper eyelid surgery typically last for at least 5-7 years before showing the effects of natural aging, while lower eyelid surgery rarely needs to be repeated at all. While there is no definitive upper limit to how many times you can repeat upper eyelid lift surgery, correctly identifying the causes of repeat eyelid sagging makes it much easier to choose the most effective treatment for your needs. For instance, a forehead lift might be preferable to another eyelid lift. Only your surgeon can determine the best course of action during a consultation.
Can Blepharoplasty Change the Shape of Your Eyes?
While a blepharoplasty certainly can change the shape of the eye if desired, such a procedure must be conducted with great care and precision. Usually the goal is not to change the shape of the eye, but rather, to rejuvenate the area. The main goal of upper eyelid surgery is to remove any excess skin along with the small amount of fat contributing to the drooping, ‘hooded’ look. Similarly, the goal of lower eyelid surgery is to carefully remove a portion from the fatty compartments contributing to puffiness.
Does Blepharoplasty Make You Look Younger?
If you feel you look older than you actually are, saggy or drooping eyelids can be a major contributing factor. While eyelid surgery will not address other cosmetic issues such as adjacent facial wrinkles, crow’s feet, or dark circles, it can certainly make you appear less tired, more alert, and more youthful–as though you can finally open your eyes completely. During the surgery, tissue and sagging skin will be removed as required, based on the underlying structure of your facial muscles and bones as well as the symmetry of your eyebrows.
What Is a Pinch Blepharoplasty?
‘Pinch’ eyelid surgery is an option for patients with excess skin in the lower eyelids causing sagging along with the appearance of folds of skin resembling wrinkles. During a pinch blepharoplasty, a small incision is made just below the lower eyelashes, near the outer corner of the eye so that any remaining scarring is easily hidden in the natural crease that forms there. Then, the lower eyelid skin is ‘pinched’ as we remove any redundant skin causing wrinkles or sagging. The technique is minimally invasive and eliminates extra skin from the lower eyelids without altering the underlying fatty tissues or muscles.
Are You Put to Sleep for Eyelid Surgery?
An eyelid lift can be performed safely with the use of local anesthesia, conscious sedation, or general anesthesia. Local anesthesia is injected, causing a temporary loss of feeling in the eyelids for the duration of the procedure. Conscious sedation involves the use of a sedative administered either orally or through an IV. Oral sedatives relax the patient, who remains awake, while IV sedation causes the patient to doze on and off while remaining responsive to verbal prompts. With general anesthesia, the patient is completely asleep and unresponsive. Regardless of the type of anesthetic decided upon at your consultation, local anesthesia is used in combination to ensure maximum comfort throughout the procedure.
Can Droopy Eyelids Affect Your Vision?
Not only can droopy eyelids make you appear sad or tired, but they can also interfere with your eyesight if they droop too low. The two conditions which cause this are dermatochalasis and ptosis. Dermatochalasis is typically linked to aging and loss of skin elasticity, and presents as excessive eyelid skin. An advanced case can limit your field of vision, as well as cause puffiness or swelling. Ptosis on the other hand is usually caused by muscle weakness. When the levator muscle in the eyelid is not working properly, the lid begins to droop, impairing vision. It can occur at birth or as the result of aging. If you find yourself repeatedly raising your eyebrows in an effort to lift your eyelids, you may have ptosis.
Can I Watch TV After Eyelid Surgery?
It’s important to rest your eyes in the days following eyelid surgery. Post-op, your eyes will get tired easily and your eyelid may feel sore and tight. Your eye might tear up easily, be overly dry, sticky, itchy, or light sensitive. Rather than reading, using your Smartphone or tablet, doing computer work, or watching TV during the first days of your recovery, opt for activities that don’t use the eyes so heavily. The majority of patients are able to watch TV again after a few days. Remember to get enough sleep as being well rested will help you recover more quickly.
How Do You Sleep After a Blepharoplasty?
It is very important that you keep your head elevated for at least two weeks following your blepharoplasty surgery. You can accomplish this easily by sleeping in a recliner at 45 degrees, or sleeping in bed with a foam wedge or 2-3 pillows beneath your head. Always avoid rolling onto the side of your face by sleeping on your back with the help of an airline pillow or the popular ‘husband’ pillow which boasts supports under the arms for added comfort.
What Is a Transconjunctival Blepharoplasty?
One of the most common age-related complaints is puffiness or bags under the eyes. A transconjunctival blepharoplasty is a technique specifically geared at improving the appearance of the lower eyelids. The technique, which has a low complication rate, has gained popularity because it makes an incision inside the lower eyelid, effectively concealing any scars and resulting in a more natural look. Any excess fat below the eye which is contributing to a puffy appearance is then removed through this hidden incision. Due to the location and nature of the incisions, they usually heal within a day and there is no need for stitches.
How Is a Lower Blepharoplasty Performed?
If you are undergoing blepharoplasty surgery on both your upper and lower eyelids, your surgeon will typically work on your upper lids first. Once it’s time to operate on the lower lids, your surgeon will make an incision just below the lashes, within the natural crease of your eye, or inside the lower lid. They will then remove or reposition any excess fat, muscle, and drooping skin before closing the incision to create an all-around smoother, more uplifted appearance. Your surgeon may also recommend fat injections to create a fuller appearance in any hollow areas below your eyes.