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Upper eyelid surgery is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and underlying fat from the upper eyelids.
- Eyelid surgery is also known as blepharoplasty
- Surgery typically takes one hour and is usually performed under general anaesthetic
- Blepharoplasty involves removing excess fat muscle and skin from the eyelid
- This treatment is a good option for patients wishing for a more youthful, fresher appearance
Eyelid surgery can correct drooping upper lids – something that makes you look older and more tired than you feel!
In some cases, upper eyelid surgery can even improve vision that is impaired by sagging or hooded lids.
Blepharoplasty surgery is customised for every patient, depending on his or her particular needs.
It can be performed alone or in conjunction with other surgical procedures like a facelift or brow lift.
What eyelid surgery won’t do
This procedure will not remove crow’s feet or other wrinkles, eliminate dark circles under the eyes or lift sagging eyebrows or upper cheeks, and it cannot stop the process of ageing.
Eyelid surgery can add an upper eyelid crease to the Asian eyelid but it will not erase the racial or ethnic heritage.
How Does Upper Eyelid Surgery Work?
There are a number of ways upper eyelid surgery can be performed. Below are some examples of incisions that can be made around the eye area during surgery.
Incisions in the upper eyelids
An incision is made in the natural skin fold of the upper eyelid. The skin fold of the upper eyelid helps to conceal the scar.
Excess skin and protruding fat are removed. The incision may be closed with a suture that dissolves or a skin suture that will have to be removed after a few days.
What Happens During And After Surgery?
The surgery is performed either as a day procedure, or may require an overnight stay in hospital.
Surgery takes 1-2 hours under a general anaesthetic or a local anaesthetic with sedation.
Ice packs are usually applied after the procedure to assist with the swelling, bruising and discomfort. Vision is blurred initially due to the eye ointment that is used to protect the cornea.
Following surgery, it’s critical that a friend or family member collects you and takes you home.
Recovery time varies between patients. You must allow yourself adequate time to rest, including time off work.
It may take up to 2 weeks or longer for bruising to subside. Make-up can be applied to conceal any residual bruising.
The eyes may feel tight, dry, watery and even sensitive to light for 4 weeks or more. Artificial tears and ointment may be required, particularly at night.
You might also experience double vision. This is due to the bruising of the tissue around the eye muscles, and is usually temporary.
During recovery, sunglasses may assist in avoiding the sun and glare, and to help disguise the surgery.
Alternative forms of management include not treating the skin laxness and bagginess in the eyelids by surgery.
Occasionally, upper eyelid excess is directly related to brow droop. In these cases, improving excess upper eyelid skin and laxity may be accomplished by a brow lift.
Other forms of eyelid surgery may be needed if there are disorders affecting the function of the eyelid such as drooping eyelids from muscle problems (eyelid ptosis) or looseness between the eyelid and eyeball (ectropion).
Minor skin wrinkling may be improved through chemical skin peels and Botox injections.
Eyelid Surgery Cost
Some costs may be covered if eyelid surgery is performed for medical reasons. Speak to your surgeon about any expected costs and additional fees.
To find out more about the cost of eyelid surgery, please contact the clinic on (07) 4031 5755.