Eyelid Surgery in Toronto & Whitby

Many of our Toronto blepharoplasty patients come to see us because they are seeking skin care and non-surgical facial treatment options that will help reverse the signs of aging and brighten their facial appearance. It can be difficult to pinpoint at first, what’s changed when you look in the mirror, and a personal consultation with either Dr. Golger or Dr. Romy may help you to zero in on the problem area so you can treat it more effectively. While we do offer many popular non-surgical treatments to improve skin tone and texture, there are some features of aging eye skin that are best addressed with a Toronto eyelid surgery. Typically, when someone looks at the face, they will first notice the eyes. Our eyes are expressive and say a lot about how we feel, but if the skin surrounding the eyes is puffy, wrinkled, or baggy, your expression may not be what you want it to be. The natural aging process and genetic attributes we inherit can make us prone to showing signs of aging in the eye area as young as age 30.

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What is Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery or eyelid lift, is a plastic surgery technique to correct defects in the eyes or to make them more aesthetically pleasing to the patient’s desire. The doctors at Avenue Plastic Surgery are board-certified plastic surgeons and experts in the anatomy of the face. Below, we’ve included information about the surgery, recovery, cost, and frequently asked eyelid surgery questions.

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The Basics of Eyelid Surgery?

One of the most engaging and attractive physical features both men and women share is our eyes. The shape and contour of eyelids can create surprisingly dramatic changes to one’s overall appearance.

You may be aware that the skin of our eyelids is some of the thinnest anywhere on the body. The delicate tissue can begin to deflate, deteriorate and descend as we go through the natural aging process. Combined with dynamic facial expression and brow sagging, this leads to sagging upper eyelids and crow’s feet. Puffiness and under-eye bags can result from protrusion of fat pads due to lax internal tissue support and stretched skin.

At Avenue Plastic Surgery, Dr. Golger and Dr. Romy offer eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, to improve the appearance of aged and tired-looking eyes.
Through upper, lower, or both upper and lower blepharoplasty, you can achieve a refreshed, open-eyed, and healthy appearance. Your plastic surgeon will meet with you in person so that you can share what concerns you about your appearance, then undergo an assessment to learn whether this approach may be right for you.

Who is the Best Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?

The best candidates for eyelid surgery in Toronto would be patients who have the following issues:

  • Wrinkles under the eyes – when the delicate skin under your eyes lose elastin and collagen due to aging, our natural eye movements such as squinting and blinking can cause fine lines and wrinkles
  • Puffy under-eye bags – diminished skin elasticity and the protrusion of underlying fat of the lower lid can negatively affect the eye’s support structures, leading to the appearance of baggy and fatigued eyes
  • Sunken eyes – lower eyelids can lose support as the facial fat from the cheeks migrate downwards due to aging. This causes the eyes to look excessively hollow or sunken
  • Lax skin on the upper eyelids – upper eyelids can begin to droop as the soft tissue weakens with age and this can lead to the obstruction of vision and squinted appearance

What are the Benefits of Eyelid Surgery?

We are lucky enough to have been performing eyelid surgery in Toronto & Whitby for decades, so we’ve had the joys of seeing so many wonderful advantages of this surgery. Below, we’ve included some of the great benefits we see on a day-to-day basis in our patients:

  • The procedure is an outpatient operation, so you’ll be able to rest and recuperate in the luxury of your own home.

  • Following surgery and recovery, you’ll instantly look less tired and more refreshed!

  • Many of our patients say that the surgery takes years off their face and eyes, giving them a more youthful appearance

  • The surgery can easily be combined with other procedures, such as brow lift, facelift, or nonsurgical treatments such as BOTOX or fillers.

What’s the First Step?

The first step to getting eyelid surgery in Toronto with Dr. Golger or Dr. Romy will be to fill out a contact form or give us a call. We have a dedicated team of front desk specialists that are excited to schedule a time for you to meet one-on-one with the surgeons. During your consultation, you’ll be able to express the issues you’re having, explain your aesthetic goals, and ask questions. During this process, you should be as open and honest as possible. Great communication will help the surgeons provide the best blepharoplasty experience and results.

During your consultation, one of the surgeons will provide a thorough assessment of your face and eyes and provide their expert recommendations on what type of blepharoplasty you need. Many patients need traditional eyelid surgery, in which both the upper and lower eyelids are operated on, while other patients only need either their upper or lower eyelids treated.

If you’re happy with the surgeon’s recommendations, surgery will be booked and we’ll provide pre and postoperative instructions. It’s vital that you follow these instructions as closely as possible, as they’ll help prevent complications and reduce risk.

How Does a Toronto Blepharoplasty Work?

We achieve improved eyelid appearance through a number of different, customizable methods. The best technique to help you reach your goals will depend on your in-person assessment with your plastic surgeon. Typically, small incisions just inside the lower eyelid can remove excess pockets of fat without leaving any external scarring. Lower eyelid blepharoplasty can achieve remarkable changes in a person’s appearance without leaving visible scarring or obvious signs of surgery. This transconjunctival approach is appropriate for younger patients and those with good skin tone and minimal sagging. In some cases, this approach can be combined with laser or chemical treatment to tighten and firm the surrounding skin.

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Understanding Upper Eyelid Surgery

If the eyelids are drooping, an upper eyelid lift may be the best solution. The muscles in charge of opening the eyelids may be shortened to restore proper function. Upper eyelids will allow for a small ellipse of skin to be removed in the crease of the eyelid, tightening it, and the incision will naturally hide in that crease.

Understanding Lower Eyelid Surgery

Blepharoplasty surgery can be performed as a lower eyelid lift to treat deterioration, deflation, and descent of the soft tissue underneath the eyes. Once under anesthesia, the plastic surgeon creates a small incision on the lower eyelid skin directly underneath the eyelashes to remove the troublesome fat pads and excess skin that are contributing to baggy, tired eyes. The amount of fat and skin that are removed from the lower eyelids are carefully planned to avoid overcorrection. The incision eventually blends with the lash line to be indistinguishable.

Asian Eyelid Surgery in Toronto

Double Eyelid surgery, also known as Asian eyelid surgery, is a cosmetic procedure frequently asked about by patients of Asian descent. Many patients have a distinct upper eyelid, also known as a single fold, which is characterized by the lack of the lid crease. This is often compared with a double fold, which many patients find more aesthetically pleasing. The plastic surgeons at Avenue Plastic Surgery are very familiar with this issue and have a lot of experience working with their patients to achieve their desired look.

Revision Eyelid Surgery

Unfortunately, most of the time that patients need revision eyelid surgery is due to not being happy with the initial results. When choosing Dr. Golger or Dr. Romy you’re getting the confidence that both surgeons have decades of experience and have completed advanced training in prestigious universities and hospitals. During revision eyelid surgery, the surgeons will correct either or both of the lower and upper eyelids that were previously operated on. The procedure will help produce the results you were hoping for the first time.

Eyelid Surgery Recovery

Immediately following your blepharoplasty surgery, we apply an ointment to your eyes to promote healing and give directions for you to apply soothing drops. Cool compresses and cold backs can be applied as needed and will help with bruising. Your surgeon will instruct you about activities to avoid for a time. During your initial recovery period, you should expect some swelling, bruising as well as blurred vision. The recovery period typically lasts 7-10 days.

Eyelid surgery is typically an outpatient surgery, so you will be able to rest and recover from the convenience of your home. In the beginning stages of your recovery, there might be some redness in your eyes. This is normal and will diminish over time. Protecting your eyes will be critical for the first few days. Sunglasses are recommended when outside.

What are the Associated Risks with Blepharoplasty?

Similar to other cosmetic surgeries, there are risks and potential complications associated with a blepharoplasty. During your initial consultation with our enhancement team, we will review the considerations you need to know during the planning of your procedure.

How Much Does Eyelid Surgery Cost in Toronto?

A blepharoplasty is a highly personalized procedure. The cost of your Toronto eyelid surgery will vary based on the type of surgery performed along with other factors. The average cost of blepharoplasty surgery at Avenue Plastic Surgery is around $9,500 – $10,000. The average cost of upper eyelid surgery is $5,000 – $6,000 and the average cost of lower eyelid surgery is $5,500 – $7,500. During your consultation, the surgeons will be able to provide their recommendations. Financing options are available that can help make the payment process more manageable for our patients.

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The highly-trained surgeons at Avenue Plastic Surgery are eager to meet you. They are some of the most qualified surgeons in Toronto and widely considered by their patients to offer the best eyelid surgery in the Greater Toronto Area. The human face is beautiful but complex and picking a plastic surgeon that truly understands the anatomy of the face is extremely important. Dr. Golger and Dr. Romey look forward to meeting you and answering your questions.

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I wanted to share my amazing experience with Dr. Golger, Josie, and the rest of his team. From the second I met with Dr. Golger, at my initial appointment, I felt very comfortable and confident with my decision to have cosmetic surgery. I was very excited but nervous about my procedure and both Dr. Golger and Josie kept me at ease. The same night of my operation Dr. Golger called me to see how I was doing. Josie was available any time of day to answer any questions I had. the Saturday night after my surgery I texted Josie with an inquiry and she responded in seconds. Dr. Golger booked continuous follow-up appointments to see my progress and assured me everything was healing properly. I’m very happy and excited about my results and would refer my friends and family to Dr. Golger. Thank you again for everything you have done for me.

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A Quote From Toronto Plastic Surgeon Dr. Alexander Golger

“The eyes are the windows to our soul. As individuals, we stare into each other’s eyes when speaking and interacting. With so much focus, they can also be the cause for insecurities. When meeting with my patients, it’s always my goal to help them achieve more self-confidence with a very natural and rejuvenated look.”- Dr. Alexander Golger

Eyelid Surgery FAQs

Your Eyelid Surgery Questions Answered

Can you combine blepharoplasty with other surgeries?

  • Yes, it’s popular for facelift patients to also rejuvenate the eye area with a blepharoplasty during their surgery. Many patients will also get non-surgical procedures like Botox while getting their eyelid surgery.

Can I work out or swim after eyelid surgery?

  • Eventually, you can return to normal activities. However, during the first three weeks, you must refrain from swimming. Other workout regimens can usually continue after two weeks. Your surgeon will be able to instruct you when it’s safe to begin working out again.

Can I wear contacts or glasses after my Blepharoplasty?

  • After your Toronto blepharoplasty, if you have prescription glasses you can wear them. If you’re going to be outside, it’s encouraged to wear sunglasses. You should not wear contact lenses for approximately two weeks after your surgery.

When can I return to work after blepharoplasty?

  • Most patients typically feel good to go back to work after seven to ten days. However, every patient is different and the recovery will depend on the procedure performed. During your appointment, the surgeons will let you know their precise recommendations on when you can return to work.

How long until I can swim following surgery?

  • Many of our patients enjoy swimming for exercise, which is great! However, following your eyelid surgery, you should refrain from getting in the pool for approximately three weeks.

Why Choose Avenue Plastic Surgery

  • Dr. Alexander Golger is a specialist and expertly trained in the anatomy of the face. Dr. Golger is a board-certified plastic surgeon and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Not only is he an expert, but he is passionate about his craft and provides a world-class service to his patients.
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