Eyelid Surgery Toronto
Our eyes are perhaps the most important way in which we interact with the world, and how the world first forms an impression of who we are. They are indeed the windows to our soul.
When aging takes effect, it often manifests most obviously in and around the eyes. Eyebrows droop, fat protrudes and makes the upper and lower eyelids look puffy and excess wrinkled skin can give the impression of someone who is tired, grumpy and old.
The goal of periorbital rejuvenation is to restore that youthfulness to the eyes, to allow you to express on the outside the vibrancy you feel on the inside. Dr. Alexander is a master at utilizing advanced non-surgical techniques to combat aging around the eyes.
And having trained with the true pioneers of eyelid surgery in Manhattan, Dr. Alexander uses the most innovative and conservative surgical techniques to produce natural results that erase the signs of aging—you still look like you, but a much brighter, happier version of you.
What Are the Different Types of Eyelid Surgery?
Dr. Ashlin Alexander performs several different types of eyelid surgery in Toronto with artistry and skill. When you come to our practice for a consultation, he can individually tailor an eyelid rejuvenation surgical plan for you.
Upper Eyelid Surgery
In this procedure, the incision is strategically hidden in the crease of the upper eyelid. It is performed to correct:
- Excess, sagging skin covering the natural fold of the upper eyelid
- Loose eyelid skin that hangs down over the lashes
- Excess fatty tissue that makes the eyelids appear puffy
- Sad, tired appearance caused by droopy upper eyelids
Lower Eyelid Surgery
Dr. Alexander performs surgery of the lower eyelids with incisions naturally hidden within the lines around the eyes. The procedure is designed to correct
- Puffiness and bags under the eyes
- Wrinkled of sagging skin under the eyes
Double Eyelid Surgery
This procedure is also known as Asian blepharoplasty. It is performed to create a crease in the upper eyelid and the “double eyelid” appearance popular among many Asians. This surgery can be performed using several different techniques. The most common approach is the full incision technique in which the incision extends the eyelid beyond the last third of the eye for a more natural appearance.
Fat, muscle, and skin can be removed simultaneously through a full incision to reshape the entire tissue of the upper eyelid. Dr. Alexander skillfully performs double-eyelid surgery to create a more open, uplifted appearance.
Can Upper and Lower Eyelid Surgery Be Performed at the Same Time?
Assuming you are a good candidate for both, it makes sense to have upper and lower eyelid surgeries together. This will save you time, as you will only have one recovery period. It can also create a more balanced appearance, as results will be visible in both your upper and lower eyelids at the same time.
How Is Eyelid Surgery Performed?
Eyelid surgery in Toronto is performed under intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Dr. Alexander will recommend the best option for you.
Your incisions will be artfully placed to conceal surgical scars well within the natural structures of the eyelid area. For upper eyelid surgery, an incision is placed in the natural crease of the eyelid. Through this incision, Dr. Alexander tightens muscles, removes or repositions fat deposits, and removes excess skin to reshape and rejuvenate the upper lids.
In a lower eyelid procedure, excess fat is removed or repositioned and excess skin is removed through an incision placed just below the lower lash line. Alternatively, the incision may be placed on the inside of the lower eyelid if no excess skin is being removed.
The incisions are closed with sutures or skin glue. If sutures are used, they will be removed within a week after surgery.
What Is Recovery Like after Eyelid Surgery?
After eyelid surgery, you may be given lubricating ointment and instructed to use cold compresses on your eyes to reduce swelling. It might be good idea to have audio books or music on hand so you can listen while resting during the first few days of your recovery.
You may experience some post-surgical bruising and swelling. Using cold compresses and keeping your head elevated while sleeping can help alleviate discomfort.
Most patients return to work within 10 to 14 days after surgery. While you are healing, it is important to:
- Use darkly tinted sun glasses with good coverage to protect your eyes from the sun and wind
- Rest your eyes more often than usual for the first few weeks
- Avoid lifting, straining, and bending down for up to 4 weeks after surgery to help prevent sudden increases in blood pressure
Combining Eyelid Surgery with Other Treatments
For more comprehensive facial rejuvenation, it is common to combine eyelid surgery with a brow lift, a facelift, or both. A brow lift is performed to tighten and smooth sagging skin and furrows in the forehead, while a facelift corrects sagging, jowls, and wrinkles in the cheeks and the neck.
After eyelid surgery in Toronto, non-surgical treatments are available to help you extend your results. Dr. Alexander can design a non-surgical treatment plan, which may include skin resurfacing, BOTOX®, and dermal fillers, to smooth wrinkles and help you maintain a more youthful appearance.
Blepharoplasty and periorbital rejuvenation are really enjoyable procedures. The anatomy is intricate and delicate, the procedures are of short duration with minimal downtime and the change it effects in a patient’s life is dramatic and life-altering. It’s one of the most gratifying operations I perform.Dr Ashlin Alexander