Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure that involves removing excess skin and fat from the eyelids to improve their appearance. It is also known as eyelid surgery, eyelid lift, eye lift, and hooded eye surgery. This procedure can improve vision problems that result from drooping eyelids. Additionally, blepharoplasty can enhance the appearance of the upper and lower eyelids by making them look youthful, refreshed, and rested.
At FCP Dermatology, the upper blepharoplasty and lower blepharoplasty procedures are performed by our Double Board-Certified Surgical Dermatologist, Dr. Kristy Bailey. Dr. Bailey is approved by the College of physicians and Surgeons and is recognized as one of the best blepharoplasty surgeons in Toronto.
What is Blepharoplasty?
As we age, our eyelids stretch and our muscles supporting them weaken. This may result in excess eyelid skin and fat accumulation above and below your eyelids. This can lead to sagging or low eyebrows, droopy upper lids and pronounced under eye bags. Apart from aging, severely sagging skin around the eyes can reduce peripheral vision. Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic surgery technique that involves the removal of extra skin and fat from the eyelids. The procedure can be performed on both the upper and lower lids. The upper blepharoplasty involves removing excess skin from the upper eyelid and repositioning or removing the underlying fat if necessary. The lower blepharoplasty involves removing excess skin, fat, or muscle from the lower eyelid to reduce puffiness and improve the appearance of bags under the eyes. The procedure rejuvenates the eyes, resulting in a younger, refreshed, and well-rested appearance.
Who is a good candidate for blepharoplasty?
As we age, our eyelids stretch and our muscles supporting them weaken. This may result in excess eyelid skin and fat accumulation above and below your eyelids. This can lead to sagging or low eyebrows, droopy upper lids and pronounced under eye bags. Apart from aging, severely sagging skin around the eyes can reduce peripheral vision.
Good candidates for blepharoplasty include patients who have excess skin and/or fat around the eyes, sagging or drooping eyelids, or bags under the eyes that give a tired appearance. The upper eyelid blepharoplasty and lower lid blepharoplasty procedure is appropriate for anyone wishing to improve the appearance of their upper and/or lower eyelids to achieve a more youthful, rested appearance.
At FCP Dermatology, blepharoplasty is performed under local anesthesia, this eliminates the inherent risks of general anesthesia and allows for a faster recovery. The specific technique used for blepharoplasty may vary depending on the patient’s needs and goals, but generally involves the following steps:
Before the procedure: A cosmetic consultation will be done with our team of experts together with Dr. Bailey to determine if blepharoplasty is the right option for you. A careful analysis of your eyes and face will be performed, and the appropriate treatment will be determined. We will thoroughly review the procedure and answer any questions you may have. Your medical history and general health will be discussed with you to determine if you are a candidate for the procedure.
During the procedure: A local anesthetic will be administered to the treatment area to avoid any pain or discomfort during your surgery.
Incision: Dr. Bailey will make a precise incision along the natural crease of the eyelid, or on the inside of the lower eyelid, to minimize visible scarring.
Removal of excess skin and fat: Dr. Bailey will carefully remove excess skin and fat from the eyelid. The underlying muscle may also be tightened if necessary. Closure: The incisions will be carefully closed using fine sutures.
After the procedure: After the procedure, the patient will be monitored in a recovery area until they feel ready to go home. Patients will be given detailed post-operative instructions on how to care for the incisions and manage any discomfort or swelling. A one week follow-up appointment will be scheduled to remove the sutures and monitor the progress of your procedure.
What is the recovery time from blepharoplasty?
Immediately after the eyelid surgery, you will need to rest and avoid any strenuous activity for a few days to a week. You may experience mild swelling, bruising, and some discomfort around the eyes, which can be managed with ice packs and over the counter pain medication. Most patients are able to return to work and normal activities within one week after the surgery, depending on the extent of your surgery and your healing process.It is important to follow all post-operative instructions provided, and attend follow-up appointments as scheduled. This can help ensure a safe and successful recovery from blepharoplasty surgery.
What are the side effects of blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty surgery is considered safe when performed by a qualified and experienced physician, such as Dr. Bailey, who has received the appropriate training and certification by the College of Physicians and Surgeons. Recovery time varies but generally takes about a week, during which time the patient may experience mild swelling, bruising, or dry eyes.
Blepharoplasty is an eyelid surgery that can only be performed in an out-of-hospital premises by an approved physician. The premises and physician must undergo an extremely rigorous approval process by the College of Physicians and Surgeons. FCP Dermatology and Dr. Bailey have been recognized as an elite surgical Dermatology clinic with the highest standards of sterilization and cleanliness coupled with the skills and knowledge required for eyelid surgery.
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Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic surgical treatment which is not covered by insurance. Blepharoplasty removal cost varies from patient-to-patient, please consult with our team for pricing.
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FCP Dermatology utilizes local anesthesia for performing blepharoplasty, thereby reducing the inherent risks associated with general anesthesia and facilitating a speedy recovery process. The exact approach employed for blepharoplasty can vary based on the individual patient's objectives and requirements.
The only way to remove eye bags, excess eyelid skin or droopy eyelids is with a minor surgical procedure called blepharoplasty. This procedure is quick, painless, and has minimal downtime. At FCP Dermatology we do the procedure under local anesthesia, eliminating any risks that come with general anesthesia.
The cost of blepharoplasty varies depending on the amount of skin, fat or muscle that needs to be excised. It also varies between upper lid blepharoplasty and lower lid blepharoplasty. The best way to find out is to come into FCP Dermatology for a consultation. Everyone’s anatomy is different and we offer bespoke treatments and pricing.
Although it varies between patients, generally after 1 week patients can resume all normal activities.
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