Many people take action in order to enhance their appearance and make themselves look younger.
Your eyes have an energised appearance and change how fresh you look depending on how tired you are; that’s why having a drooping upper eyelid can make you look older and more tired.
And the best way to improve heavy-looking or sagging eyelids is through upper eyelid surgery at Cairns.
If you’re unsure if this procedure is right for you, we invite you to organise a confidential, no-strings-attached chat with one of our friendly nurses at Cairns by calling (07) 4031 5755 or by filling the form.
What you need to know about blepharoplasty
Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty is a facial surgery that removes excess skin and fat muscle from the eyelids.
The procedure may be performed together with an eyebrow lift and/or a facelift.
1. Eyelid surgery can improve vision
Eyelid surgery can work on both of your upper and lower eyelids. Primarily due to aging, eyelids can start to droop over time, impairing your vision.
Your natural vision is disrupted as loose skin on the upper eyelid creates folds that impact the contour of your upper eyelid.
Does eyelid surgery make eyes bigger?
While it doesn’t necessarily change the size of your eyes, eyelid surgery can make your eyes look bigger as it lifts your drooping upper eyelids, making you look more alert and refreshed.
2. Eyelid surgery will not remove wrinkles or dark circles
Unlike other surgeries, upper eyelid surgery will not get rid of wrinkles and crow’s feet, nor will it eliminate dark circles underneath the eye.
Blepharoplasty eyelid surgery cannot stop the process of aging and will only improve the appearance of your upper eyelids.
What is a good age for blepharoplasty?
Each client’s needs are individualised, so we recommend organising a chat with a Cairns Plastic Surgery nurse for more tailored information.
In our experience, blepharoplasty is most common in those aged 35 and older. However, if for example drooping eyelids run in your family, you may choose to have eyelid surgery sooner.
How does eyelid surgery work?
Incisions are made in the area surrounding your eye area during eyelid surgery. This is usually done in the skin fold of your upper eyelid, where excess skin and fat are removed.
The incision will be closed with a suture and will eventually be removed after a few days.
Blepharoplasty at Cairns usually takes 1-2 hours under general anaesthesia with sedation. It may require you to stay overnight at the hospital.
After blepharoplasty, you may experience some of the following:
- Pain and discomfort
- Sensitivity to light
- Swelling and bruising
- Bruises in the white part of your eyes
Does upper eyelid surgery leave scars?
Scarring will always be part of any invasive eyelid surgery. However, if you choose an expert surgeon, they may make incisions in easily hidden areas where scars can barely be noticed.
However, you may need to inform your surgeon if you are prone to keloids or scarring.
Eyelid surgery recovery
You may need to give yourself time to rest and recover after blepharoplasty eyelid surgery.
Take necessary medications as advised by your surgeon and monitor any necessary symptoms that may happen during recovery.
How long is recovery for eyelid surgery?
Post-surgery care and recovery may take two weeks to a month.
This varies from one patient to another, however if you have any questions or concerns, no matter how small you think they are, our team is always just a phone call away.
Follow specific instructions in post-operative care
After eyelid surgery, your surgeon will share with you specific post-operative care instructions. Some of these reminders may include:
- How to take care of your eyelid after blepharoplasty
- What medications to apply or take to reduce any risk of infections
- Organising a follow-up check-up with your surgeon
Apply ice packs
After surgery, you may feel swelling, discomfort and bruises. That’s why you may need to apply an ice pack to ease the pain.
Protect your eyes from the sun
If you plan to go outdoors, make sure you protect your eyes from the direct sun by wearing dark and tinted sunglasses to protect the skin of your eyelids from wind and sunlight.
Don’t rub your eyes
To avoid eye trauma, soreness, and swelling, you may need to avoid rubbing your eyes to prevent irritation.
Avoid medications and supplements that might increase bleeding
If you have a low tolerance to pain, you may need to avoid aspirins, ibuprofen, and other herbal or medications that might increase your chances of bleeding.
What can you not do after eyelid surgery?
After your eyelid surgery, you may need to avoid lifting heavy objects and doing any strenuous activities such as jogging. Your surgeon will help advise when you can start reintroducing your normal activities to your day-to-day.
Improve and correct your drooping eyelids at Cairns!
Bring back a youthful and fresh look by removing that excess skin and underlying fat from tired and drooping eyelids.
Cairns Plastic Surgery guarantees a safe, healthy and desirable outcome of plastic surgery.
Our Queensland plastic surgery team is here to help you understand relevant, crucial, and important facts and information about blepharoplasty so you can make a well-informed decision. See some before and after eyelid surgery photos here.
Dr Isolde Hertess of Cairns has been a specialist surgeon in Townsville plastic surgery for almost three decades, with extensive experience and expertise performing face and body surgery.
Cairns values your health and safety, and we also make sure that you feel comfortable throughout the entire experience.