The Eyes Have It: Surgical Procedure Refines Eyelid Lifts

    TORONTO, Sept. 18 /CNW/ - They can beckon a suitor. Tear up over a
favorite ballad or roll over in frustration. Quite simply, the eyes have it.
As the focal point of our face, eyes are central to how we express ourselves,
which begs the question: what do the shape and appearance of our eyes say
about us?
    Eyes commonly reveal the first signs of aging. Aesthetic (Cosmetic)
eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is performed to correct problems that are the
result of aging as well as inherited traits that cause patients to seek
treatment as early as their 20s or 30s. If done well, blepharoplasty can have
a dramatic effect on one's appearance, restoring a bright, more youthful look
without the appearance of having undergone surgery.
    Toronto plastic surgeon Dr. Derek Ford, recognized among peers for his
blepharoplasty expertise, advocates a structural approach to eyelid surgery.
He acquired this approach while working with Paces Plastic Surgery in Atlanta,
Georgia, an internationally respected centre for eyelid surgery. Dr. Ford's
approach is founded on maintaining a person's eyelid shape and the youthful
fullness found around the eye area.
    Traditional blepharoplasty surgery involves the removal of fat pads and
skin from the eyelids. In some patients, this may result in a hollowed out
appearance with a distorted lower eyelid shape and an excessively high upper
eyelid crease.

    Dermal fillers and fat injections are currently used to lift or
rejuvenate the upper brow and lower eyelid. The dermal filler or fat graft is
injected directly onto the bone to smooth the area between the lower lid and
cheek and the lateral eyebrow. In inexperienced hands, this technique can
leave a visible contour irregularity in the form of an obvious ridge and
lumpiness on the skin surface. Dr. Ford is often asked to evaluate and correct
such irregularities. Dr. Ford says the only upside to some of these filler
errors is that they are temporary. Fat injections or grafts tend to be
permanent and require correction by surgical means. Ford adds, "Dermal fillers
and fat injections, do have their place and can produce excellent results, if
performed by experienced professionals." However, the risk of complications
using these techniques around the eye is high.
    Dr. Ford prefers a more predictable surgical approach, founded on patient
safety and derived from techniques used to correct eyelid deformities. In his
practice, Dr. Ford uses established techniques that reinforce eyelid
ligaments, and structurally rejuvenate the eyes. Fat is redistributed rather
than removed, thereby allowing Dr. Ford to achieve a permanent blending of the
lower eyelid and cheek junction, and a preservation of youthfully full eyelid
shape, including a crisp upper eyelid crease. In this way, the skin simply
acts as a smooth cover, reflecting the shape of the underlying foundation.
This approach guards against a "rounded eye" appearance which may be seen
following lower blepharoplasty procedures performed incorrectly.
    "One must not forget that the forehead and eyebrows, as well as the
cheeks, frame the eyes," says Dr. Ford, a graduate of the University of
Western Ontario. Dr. Ford has been in private practice for the past four
years. "Droopy eyelids and cheeks can contribute to a tired, sad or angry
appearance." To complement blepharoplasty surgery and achieve optimal facial
harmony, Dr. Ford often performs endoscopic brow lift and a mid-face lift
procedures. These are performed without visible scars as the incisions are
placed inside the mouth and behind the hairline.
    "Patients want to look refreshed, without conveying they've had a
procedure to achieve it," says Dr. Ford, who often accepts referrals from
other physicians to evaluate more difficult cases and to correct complications
arising from prior cosmetic eyelid and facelift surgery. "Eye enhancement
surgery is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures today," says Dr. Ford,
who has authored several journal articles and textbook chapters on
blepharoplasty. "Recovery time is generally two to three weeks, yielding
permanent results."
    Dr. Ford practices at the prestigious Toronto Institute of Aesthetic
Surgery, located at 199 Avenue Road in the heart of Toronto's Yorkville
district. The Institute is a fully accredited and private surgical facility
that is regarded as one of the premier operating facilities in Canada.
    In addition to his much-sought after eye procedures, Dr. Ford offers a
full range of cosmetic procedures for both men and women, such as: the
Endoscopic Brow Lift, Scarless Mid-face Lift, Full Face and Neck Lifts,
Rhinoplasty, Otoplasty and Chin augmentation. Dr. Ford's body contouring
surgery includes: - Breast Augmentation and Reduction, Mastopexy, Male Breast
Reduction, Tummy Tuck, Liposuction, and Circumferential Lower Body Lift: SKIN:
Botox Cosmetic, Dermal fillers including Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm and Fat
Grafting (to erase fine lines, wrinkles and enhance lips), Dermabrasion and
Chemical Peels. See website for locations and more information on treatments: Before and after photos available.

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