FAQ - Questions about cosmetic surgical and non surgical eyelid procedures


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General Questions

Is it possible to improve the appearance of your eyes by having a surgical or non surgical procedure that helps reverse or reduce the signs of aging, including baggy eyes, tired eyes, puffy eyes and eyes with dark circles?

Yes, improving the look of your eyes can have a significant – and very positive – impact on your overall appearance. Dr. Oestreicher can help you achieve that goal with both surgical and non-surgical procedures performed at his cosmetic surgery centre in Toronto.

Dr. James Oestreicher - cosmetic eyelid surgery specialist Toronto
Dr. James Oestreicher is one Canada's foremost eye specialists and a trusted provider of both surgical and non-surgical anti-aging treatments and procedures, delivered at his fully equipped cosmetic surgery clinic in Toronto.

Why have thousands of women and men interested in improving the appearance of their eyes selected Dr. James Oestreicher?

They want the peace of mind that comes with knowing you are dealing with one of Canada's foremost eye specialists, not a general Plastic Surgeon, General Ophthalmologist, Dermatologist, Otolaryngologist (ENT), Facial Plastic Surgeon or General Practitioner.

Is it true that Dr Oestreicher is known as the "physician's physician?

Yes, Dr Oestreicher is known as the "physician's physician" because he has completed procedures for many doctors and their spouses and family.

How long does it take to get a procedure done?

It depends on the procedure requested and Dr Oestreicher's schedule. It's best to book your introductory consultation, provided in Dr. Oestreicher's cosmetic surgery centre, as soon as possible if you want your procedure done in the near future.

Where is Dr. Oestreicher's cosmetic surgery center located?

It is located at 1033 Bay Street, Suite 309, Toronto, Ontario M5S 3A5. Phone: 416-962-5005

Can I see before and after pictures of patients who have had their appearance improved with cosmetic eyelid surgery, Asian eyelid surgery or laser skin rejuvenation?

Yes, Dr. Oestreicher has one of the most extensive galleries of before and after pictures, showing both women and men of varying ages and ethnic backgrounds. More before and after photos are added regularly. The most recent additions include more than 50 new patients added in August 2015.

How have recent innovations in CO2 laser technology made the blepharoplasty procedure more patient-friendly?

There are three key improvements:

  • less swelling
  • more rapid recovery
  • wrinkles near incisions can also be resurfaced

Is it possible to have both a lower and upper eye lift procedure?

Yes, patients have the option of having both upper and lower eye lift surgeries to obtain a more youthful appearance and help reverse the signs of aging.

Can Dr. Oestreicher perform a double eyelid surgery, or Asian blepharoplasty?

Yes, Dr. Oestreicher is known internationally as a specialist in Asian blepharoplasty, also known as "double-eyelid surgery". Schedule an introductory appointment at his cosmetic surgery center in downtown Toronto to learn more.

Is it possible to get rid of baggy eyelids without eye lift (blepharoplasty) surgery?

Dr. Oestreicher is not able to make a recommendation until he has met the patient in person. The same applies for patients requiring any other surgical or non surgical treatments.

Is it possible to get an estimate for the cost of cosmetic eyelid surgery or non surgical cosmetic procedures in advance of seeing Dr. Oestreicher?

No. Dr. Oestreicher must see you in person first to assess your needs, recommend treatment options and explain the costs and risks. You will get your estimate at the conclusion of the consultation and can book your appointment at that time.

Is it possible to get an estimate by forwarding a photo of your face?

No. It is not possible to provide an estimate by just looking at a picture. Dr. Oestricher must see you in person to make an assessment, which takes into account not only the procedure you are requesting, but also your medical history. You can see before and after photos of patients who have had an eye lift surgery by visiting our Gallery.

What are the usual objectives of an Asian blepharoplasty?

The objective of an Asian blepharoplasty is to create a natural appearing fold at an appropriate height in the lid (if the fold is too high, the appearance will look too occidental). In addition, post-operative symmetry is highly important (having the two eyelids in appearance) to achieve the attractive result desired by the patient. Contact our office if you would like to know more about Asian blepharoplasty costs, prices and risks. Visit our Gallery to see pictures of patients of Dr. Oestreicher who have had an Asian blepharoplasty.

Can Dr. Oestreicher correct the unsatisfactory results of an Asian blepharoplasty or double eyelid surgery performed by another medical professionals?

Yes, Dr. Oestreicher has the experience, training and skills required to correct the unsatisfactory results of an Asian blepharoplasty done by another medical professional. For example, he can improve indefinite folds, uneven folds or unequal folds. It is also possible to emphasize or raise the height of an eyelid fold, but it is extremely difficult to reliably lower eyelid folds.

Can baggy eyelids impair vision?

Yes, in severe situations, you may have impaired field of vision. If the impairment is extremely severe, the corrective procedure may in rare cases be covered by OHIP. Other conditions that can impair your vision include eye injury, eyelid cancer, or eyelids that roll in (entropion) or out (ectropion).

Does Dr. Oestreicher perform corrective surgeries?

Yes, Dr. Oestreicher is known as the go-to man for repair of bad eyelid surgery, many of which were performed offshore.

Laser skin rejuvenation

Why was the introduction of laser skin rejuvenation in the 1990s a major breakthrough in eyelid cosmetic surgery?

It gave patients the opportunity to achieve a healthier and more youthful appearance with minimal post treatment healing. Contact our office to arrange an introductory consultation, where Dr. Oestreicher can explain the laser resurfacing procedure, costs, side effects and downtime following a laser resurfacing procedure.

Can laser skin rejuvenation, also known as laser skin resurfacing, be an alternative to blepharoplasty (eyelid tuck)?

Yes, if the objective is limited to removing or diminishing fine wrinkles. It can also be performed in combination with blepharoplasty or other cosmetic eyelid procedures and in most cases is a same-day, out patient treatment.

Who are the best candidates for laser skin rejuvenation?

People with lighter skins tend to get the best results.

Non surgical cosmetic treatments

Why is it preferable to have Dr. Oestreicher administer your non surgical cosmetic treatments?

Choosing Dr. Oestreicher means you can get from one source an expert opinion on what options are available to help you achieve a more youthful appearance and help reverse the signs of aging. Some individuals can achieve the results they want with a cosmetic treatment that does not involve surgery, others will get the best result if they choose a cosmetic eyelid surgery.

What non invasive cosmetic treatments can Dr. Oestreicher provide to help you reverse the signs of aging and have a more healthy, youthful appearance?

Four cosmetic skins treatments are offered by Dr. Oestreicher: Dermal fillers, photo rejuvenation, eyelash enhancement and Botox injections.

How much improvement can a patient expect?

The degree of improvement is typically influenced by the age and health of the patient and whether they want a treatment that will last years or something that may last a few months.


Dr. Oestreicher offers four cosmetic skin treatments: Dermal fillers, photo rejuvenation,
eyelash enhancement and Botox injections.

What is a blepharoplasty?

The cosmetic surgical procedure performed to remove fat deposits, excess tissue, or muscle from the eyelids to improve the appearance of the eyes.

What is laser skin rejuvenation?

The cosmetic procedure, also known as laser skin resurfacing, used to reduce the lines, wrinkles and creases around the eyes for a smoother and more relaxed look. Thanks to new techniques and advances in CO2 laser technology, upper lids heal faster and lower lid surgery can be done 'from the inside', leaving no visible scar.

What is Ptosis?

Ptosis is the medical term for drooping of the upper eyelid, a condition that may affect one or both eyes.

What is Hyperthyroidism?

A condition in which there is overproduction of thyroid hormones.

What is Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery?

Surgical procedures that typically involve management of deformities and abnormalities of the eyelids, lacrimal (tear) system, the orbit (bony cavity surrounding the eye) and the adjacent face.

What is ectropion?

When a lower eyelid turns outward and no longer touches the eye (ectropion) it cannot properly spread the tear film across it.

What is Enucleation?

Enucleation is the surgical removal of the entire eye.

What is Eviceration?

The surgical removal of the contents of the eye, leaving the white part of the eye and the eye muscles intact.

Non cosmetic surgical procedures

Is Dr. Oestreicher qualified to work on deformities and abnormalities of the eyelids, lacrimal (tear) system, the orbit (bony cavity surrounding the eye) and the adjacent face?

Yes, unlike many others who provide surgical and non-invasive eyelid procedures, Dr. James Oestreicher is an Ophthalmologist certified to perform Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

What non cosmetic surgical procedures can Dr. Oestreicher perform?

Dr. Oestreicher's has the special expertise required to handle:

Saving sight worldwide

Does Dr. Oestreicher volunteer his services to help others?

In the early 1990s, Dr. James Oestreicher joined Orbis, an international non-profit, humanitarian organization that works in developing countries to save the sight of the 180 million people worldwide who are blind, severely visually impaired, or at risk of becoming blind.

How does Orbis operate?

Care is provided via the world's only "flying eye hospital" -- a specially equipped DC-10 aircraft that flies to developing countries, bringing practical, hands-on training to local eye doctors, nurses, technicians and health care workers and restoring sight to thousands.

How many countries has Dr. Oestreicher visited?

To date, Dr Oestreicher has made 13 Orbis trips, to locations around the world, including Myanmar (Burma), the Philippines, China (twice), Vietnam (twice), Latvia, India, Bangladesh, Jamaica, Tanzania, Ghana, and Mongolia.

The qualifications of Dr. James Oestreicher

What are Dr. Oestreicher's professional qualifications?

Dr. James Oestreicher is a medical doctor (MD) who is certified as a specialist in Ophthalmology by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCSC). He has also been certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a member of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS), an exclusive organization restricted to a group of highly trained specialists.

There are only approximately 400 worldwide members, all of whom have passed rigorous tests and performed intricate surgery on, in and around the eyes. In fact, Dr Oestreicher now directs the ASOPRS-approved fellowship training program at the University of Toronto, the only one in Canada.

Does Dr. Oestreicher perform non surgical cosmetic treatments?

Yes, Dr. Oestreicher can help you achieve a more youthful appearance with non surgical cosmetic procedures, also known as non-invasive or minimally invasive cosmetic procedures.

Does Dr. Oestreicher perform corrective surgery to repair the unsatisfying results of eyelid procedures done by other medical professionals?

Yes, Dr. Oestreicher is regularly approached to perform corrective surgery on patients who had a previous procedure at a cosmetic surgery center elsewhere in the world. But it is important to remember the results of previous surgeries cannot always be reversed.

Where can I read testimonials from past patients of Dr. James Oestreicher?

Having completed more than 20,000 cosmetic eyelid procedures, Dr. Oestreicher has an extensive library of patient testimonials.

Are Dr. Oestreicher's medical qualifications endorsed by other medical professionals?

Yes, Dr. Oestreicher is respected around the world and you can read letters of endorsement from his colleagues.

Where can I read about the professional qualifications of Dr. James Oestreicher?

Extensive information of Dr. Oestreicher's medical career is available on the web pages that review his professional qualifications, peer reviewed publications, letters, reviews and publications, presentations & special lectures, and invited lectures.

Dr. James H. Oestreicher, M.D., F.R.C.S. (C)    1033 Bay Street, Suite 309, Toronto, Ontario  M5S 3A5   Canada     Phone: 416-962-5005   Fax: 416-962-5856

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