This section offers a general overview of the cosmetic and reconstructive procedures offered by Dr. Sunderland. Please follow the links in the left column. Kindly note that the circumstance and experiences of each individual patient will be unique the results of any given procedure cannot be guaranteed. In addition, all surgery carries some uncertainty and risk, including the possibility of infection, bleeding, blood clots, adverse reactions to anesthesia and, in rare cases, more serious consequences. You can reduce your risks by choosing a qualified plastic surgeon and closely following his or her advice, both before and after surgery.
Rhinoplasty corrects undesirable features of the nose to achieve greater balance in facial proportions. It is also done to improve breathing function, and to correct deformities resulting from trauma or birth defects.
A rhytidectomy is commonly performed on men or women over 40 to rejuvenate the face and achieve a more youthful appearance. It improves sagging facial skin and corrects “jowls” by resuspending the ptotic (droopy) soft tissues of the face, tightening muscles, and redraping the skin. A necklift is an essential component of many facelifts, and addresses the changes associated with the aging neck. This procedure is often combined with fat grafting, a technique which restores lost volume to the aging face to achieve a natural, youthful look.
Blepharoplasty can be performed on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. In the upper eyelids it is usually performed to correct excess, droopy upper eyelid skin. In the lower eyelids it is done to correct puffy bags under the eyes which give them a tired appearance. Upper eyelid blepharoplasty is sometimes covered by the provincial health plan if the excess skin leads to impaired vision.
A forehead/brow lift restores a more youthful, refreshed look to the region above the eyes. The procedure corrects drooping brows and improves the horizontal lines and furrows that can make a person appear sad, angry, or tired.
Otoplasty is performed in order to improve the shape, position, or proportion of the ear. It is most commonly done to correct prominent (protruding) ears, but may also be done for other deformities resulting from birth, trauma, or other causes.
Facial fat grafting is a procedure that involves harvesting fat cells from a part of the body (usually the abdomen or thighs) and transferring it to various areas of the face to restore volume. It can be used as a permanent “filler” to correct areas of volume deficiency in the face (e.g. lips, cheeks, around the eyes, along the jawline) that result from aging, traumatic injury, or previous facial surgery.
Mentoplasty is performed to alter the proportions of the chin to improve facial balance. Patients most often complain of a small or retruded chin, although other chin deformities can also be surgically addressed. The small or retruded chin may be augmented with an implant or by surgically shifting a patient’s own chin in a procedure called a genioplasty.
Facial implants may be used to augment various areas of the face to achieve greater harmony between facial features. Facial implants are used most commonly to augment the chin, cheeks, or jawline.
Injectables are a safe, non-surgical method of facial rejuvenation that can be used in the treatment of frown lines, forehead creases, “crow’s feet” around the eyes, and other unwanted lines/wrinkles.
Injection of fillers can be used to fill out, or “volumize”, wrinkled or sunken facial skin and soft tissues that have lost their youthful volume. It works by filling these areas with either temporary or permanent material that is not rejected by the body. These materials may be synthetic or natural, with the most common examples being hyaluronic acid (Juvederm, Restylane, etc.) or your own fat.
Dermabrasion is a procedure that uses controlled mechanical scraping of the superficial layers of the skin. This refinishes the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Dermabrason is most frequently performed for fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth, but can also be used to reduce the appearance of acne scars and other facial irregularities.
Breast augmentation is performed to increase the size of the breasts, improve self- confidence and enhance appearance. Either silicone or saline breast implants can be safely used.
Fluctuations in weight, pregnancy, breast feeding and aging may lead to undesirable sagging of the breasts. A mastopexy is designed to lift the breast, restore volume to the deflated upper pole of the breast, and return the nipple and areola to a more youthful position.
Liposuction improves body shape and contour by removing excess fat from stubborn areas of the body that are resistant to diet and exercise. Liposuction is not performed to achieve weight loss. Common areas of the body that can be sculpted with liposuction include the chin, cheeks, neck, upper arms, above the breasts, abdomen, back, buttocks, hips, thighs, knees, calves, and ankles.
Abdominoplasty removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen, tightens the abdominal muscles and improves the shape and contour of the trunk. The result is a slimmer and firmer abdomen.
Labiaplasty is a plastic surgery procedure for reducing the size of the labia, the folds of skin on either side of the vaginal opening.
Dr. Sunderland is a fellowship-trained craniofacial surgeon, and an expert in all aspects of bone and soft tissue reconstruction of the face and skull. Specifically, Dr. Sunderland performs the following facial reconstructive procedures:
Dr. Sunderland performs a number of hand surgery procedures including: