Aesthetic eyelid surgery is performed on adults of all ages. Many people seek this procedure to fix a tired appearance caused by eyelid hooding and sagging, to remove bulging fat pads, or simply to reduce the signs of aging. Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, in Toronto with Royal College-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Marc DuPéré can help both men and women regain an alert, energetic appearance.
How Can Eyelid Surgery Help?
Some people have eyelid surgery to correct problems resulting from aging. Others seek treatment as early as their 20s and 30s to correct inherited traits. Eyelid surgery can help people of any age by:
- Removing excess skin
- Minimizing wrinkles and herniated fat pads
- Reducing the appearance of under-eye bags
- Restoring or creating an upper lid crease
- Improving the upper lid surface area for easier and sexier makeup application
- Improving both vision and aesthetics by correcting eyelid hooding and sagging
Commonly referred to as the “double eyelid operation” or “inner crease, outer crease procedure,” Asian blepharoplasty is one of the most frequently performed procedures in aesthetic surgery in Asia and in Toronto.
Dr. DuPéré performs this surgery to give natural eyelid creases to patients who lack them in their upper lids, most often people of Asian descent. He uses several techniques, from a simple suture technique to a more detailed, controlled, and predictable external approach.
Asian upper eyelids tend to differ from the eyelids of other ethnic groups in a number of ways that can be addressed with surgery:
- Difference in height and width of eyelid (palpebral) aperture
- Upper lid crease, if it is present, can be shaped differently, with a small, tapered inner fold
- Shorter upper cartilage (tarsus), making any crease that is present lower
- Fuller upper lids with prominent fat pads
Dr. DuPéré’s Eyelid Surgery Techniques
Eyelid surgery takes place under either general anesthesia or IV sedation with local anesthesia.
In upper lid procedures, Dr. DuPéré removes excess skin and fat to reduce sagging and hooding.
The traditional lower lid technique removes most of the fat from under the lids. In many patients, this fat can be used instead to fill up the tear trough, or the depression between the lid and the cheek seen with aging.
Because young adults generally lack a clear lid-cheek margin, Dr. DuPéré conserves as much fat in this area as possible. This “fat redraping” technique also helps minimize the dark colour of some patients’ lower lids.
Men and women considering eyelid surgery to create a more rested, alert appearance can often benefit by combining other procedures — both surgical and nonsurgical — with the operation. These are some of the procedures and treatments that Dr. DuPéré may recommend:
- Facelift: A facelift addresses signs of aging that occur in the lower portion of the face. Combining a facelift with eyelid surgery is often an excellent way to produce comprehensive improvements to your appearance.
- Mini Facelift: In some cases, a less invasive approach to a facelift is all that’s needed to create a more youthful appearance. A mini facelift combined with eyelid surgery also addresses cosmetic concerns in both the upper and lower areas of the face.
- Neck Lift: Loose neck skin and sagging neck muscles are sometimes noticed earlier than other signs of aging, much like droopy eyelids may be a concern before patients are ready for a facelift or mini facelift.
- BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport™: Nonsurgical treatments such as BOTOX and Dysport injections can soften forehead wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes, making an excellent complement to eyelid surgery.
- Dermal Fillers: Dr. DuPéré’s skill with injectable treatments creates youthful contours that smooth out fine lines and wrinkles to match the refreshed appearance created by eyelid surgery.
- Chin implant: To bring harmony and definition to the lower part of the face, a chin implant can correct for early stages of aging in the neck. This helps patients achieve balance with the restored eyelid area.
Recovering from Eyelid Surgery
Most eyelid surgery patients can return home on the same day as their procedure. If necessary, we can arrange a supervised overnight stay.
You will likely experience some degree of temporary bruising and swelling. Most bruising can be covered with makeup after the stitches are removed.
Your sutures will be removed after 5 to 7 days. You should avoid doing anything that causes irritation or dryness in your eyes, including wearing contact lenses, while you recover. Most blepharoplasty patients can resume desk work after 5 days at home, although many people postpone returning to work until after their stitches are removed and bruising has faded.
Risks and Complications
Every surgery comes with potential risks. Though serious complications are rare, Dr. DuPéré educates all eyelid surgery patients about risks such as: scarring, eyelid retraction, opening of the wound, dry eye, temporary discomfort, bleeding and bruising around the surgical sites, loss of sensation over the surgical site and around the scar, fluid accumulation (seroma and hematoma), infection, nerve and vessel injury, corneal abrasion, permanent eye damage, damage to eyelashes, and skin pigmentation changes.Back to Top