Meet Dr. Thomas Buonassisi, Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon

As one of Canada’s top cosmetic facial surgeons, Dr. Thomas Buonassisi leads the team at 8 West Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Clinic and carries extensive experience, having performed facial cosmetic surgery for over 20 years. Dr. Buonassisi has travelled the world to train with renowned experts in the field, working closely with top surgeons in the United States and Australia.

What makes Dr. Buonassisi one of the most respected and well-known facial cosmetic surgeons?

  • Board Certification in Facial Plastic Surgery
  • American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • American Board of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • Over 20 Years Experience
  • Thousands of Facial Cosmetic Surgeries Performed
  • RealSelf Verified Surgeon
  • Voted 2018, 2019, 2020 Best Cosmetic Surgeon in Vancouver

Being an expert in his field, Dr. Thomas Buonassisi has performed thousands of facial cosmetic procedures and has honed his surgical skills into an artform.


Benefits of Double Eyelid Surgery

Being a very specific form of eyelid surgery, the benefits of this procedure are very specific and the primary focus is on those who do not have a natural eyelid crease and wish for one. Although, there are some additional benefits when having this surgery, which include:

  • Larger, more open eyes
  • More exposed upper eyelashes
  • Less upper eyelid puffiness

How Double Eyelid Surgery is Performed – Incisional and Suture Techniques

At 8 West Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Clinic, Dr. Thomas Buonassisi performs two different types of Double Eyelid Surgery; the Incisional and Suture techniques. Which technique is used depends on a number of deciding factors, and depends on the candidacy of each individual patient. During your pre-consultation with a Patient Care Manager, as well as your in-person consultation with Dr. Buonassisi, which technique is optimal for you will be discussed.
Incisional Technique
Dr. Thomas Buonassisi carefully makes fine incisions in the upper eyelid skin, and removes any excess skin and fat that is necessary. The incision is then sealed using stitches, and the surgical scar is hidden in the new eyelid crease. Double eyelid surgery takes an hour, and patients can return home the same day.
Suture Technique
Rather than making an incision, and removing fat and skin, the Suture Technique (as the name indicates) utilizes a number of small incisions, and surgical thread being placed throughout the eyelid to create a crease. The suture remains in the eyelid, and will compress the eyelid skin to create the crease. This technique can be revised and altered at a later date, by removing the suture, and repeating the procedure.


How Long Does it Take to Recover from Double Eyelid Surgery?

Most patients describe the recovery period from double eyelid surgery to be quite easy. There is typically no discomfort, aside from some slight itching where the sutures are placed. Swelling and bruising is at its worst on day three following surgery, and usually subsides two weeks following surgery. The appearance of the new crease changes over time, with the final result taking shape roughly three months after surgery. Although most bruising and swelling subsides within two weeks of the surgery, residual swelling can last up to three months.


Who is a Candidate for Double Eyelid Surgery?

If you were born with eyelids that do not have a crease, or your creases are asymmetrical, and you are bothered with the appearance of closed, puffy upper eyelids, Double Eyelid Surgery may be the ideal option for you.
You may be a candidate for double eyelid surgery if you have any of the following physical features:

  • Single eyelid (no upper eyelid fold)
  • Asymmetrical upper eyelid folds
  • Single or asymmetrical eyelid and puffy upper eyelids characterized by excess eyelid skin

What’s Covered in Your Pre-Assessment Call

Step 1: Request Your Complimentary Pre-Assessment Session with the 8 West Clinic Team

A pre-assessment session is a complimentary service that we recommend to anyone considering Double Eyelid Surgery. In your pre-assessment session with a patient care manager, they will conduct a photo review with yourself and Dr. Buonassisi on your behalf to confirm that you are a candidate for the procedure. They will also discuss the surgery cost, timeline, and process, as well as any other options that Dr. Buonassisi may suggest to achieve your desired results.


Step 2: Schedule Your Consultation with Dr. Buonassisi

Meet Dr. Buonassisi in person (or online if you are an out-of-town patient) for expectations setting. The surgical consultation is by far the most important part of the cosmetic surgery process because this is the communication tool that helps explain what can be achieved in surgery.

You may ask Dr. Buonassisi to share real patient Before and After photos to help illustrate what can be achieved with the particular surgery you are discussing. This is also your opportunity to ask him any questions.


Step 3: Schedule Your Surgery and Receive Ongoing Care in Follow Up Visits

Our team of medical professionals and patient care managers are here to make your experience a smooth, informative and positive one. We manage all the details of your surgery and schedule a series of follow-up appointments to ensure you are healing well and are happy with your results! We are here to help answer all your questions about recovery.


Learn More with a Pre-Assessment Call

The decision to proceed with Double Eyelid Surgery should be made with the utmost level of care and attention. While it can be exciting to think about how you may look with a Double Eyelid Surgery, it is important to be informed about both the risks and benefits of surgery.

A pre-consultation discussion is a complimentary service with our award-winning, knowledgeable and friendly patient care team, which we recommend to anyone considering any surgery. This service includes a review of your photos to help determine if Double Eyelid Surgery is right for you, plus a discussion of costs and possible surgery dates on top of any other questions you may have before you decide if you are ready to meet Dr. Thomas Buonassisi in person.