Eyelid Surgery, Eyelid Surgery Sydney

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Eyelid Surgery

Technique

Recovery

Costs

Risks

Eyelid Surgery Sydney

The ageing process causes the eyelids to sag and droop, which in

combination with bags and puffiness can make a person appear more tired

and older than they really are.

Both upper and lower eyelid surgery can have a dramatic effect on

rejuvenating your eyes. Surgery is often required for the upper eyelid, however,

a combination of surgical and non-surgical methods can be used to refresh

the lower eyelids.

Technique

Upper Eyelids

Excess skin in the upper eyelid may come to rest on the upper eyelashes giving a heavy or tired look, it also

makes it difficult to wear eye make-up. Prominent fat pads in the upper eyelid can add to the aged look.

Eyebrows often descend as well, and a combination of brow lift and blepharoplasty may be required.

Lower Eyelids

As we age, gravity acts on the lower lids to make them loose and wrinkly, and eventually folds develop in this

area. The muscles supporting the lower eyelid become weak and the underlying fat may bulge forward which

produces bags and can give the appearance of looking tired.

Upper Blepharoplasty

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Upper blepharoplasty surgery in many cases can be performed under local anaesthetic in our dedicated

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procedure rooms, while a general anaesthetic option is also available for the patients that wish to undergo the

procedure in this manner. While the operation is reasonably straightforward, the challenge arises in the preoperative

evaluation and planning.

Your eyebrow position and shape have a large influence on your upper eyelid and in some patients it is the

brow which is the primary problem.In this situation, a browlift may be the more appropriate procedure. Keeping

these two areas in harmony leads to a fresh and rejuvenated appearance.

A strip of excess skin and some muscle is removed from the upper eyelids. Occasionally, a small amount of

excess fat is also removed just from the inside edge of the upper eyelid. The incision is sutured and the stitches

need to come out approximately five days after the surgery.

Lower Blepharoplasty

In much the same way as the upper eyelids are influenced by brow position, the lower eyelid appearance is

influenced by the cheek. This makes lower blepharoplasty a technically more demanding procedure.

An incision is made either directly below the eyelashes or within the inner aspect of the eyelid itself. Depending

on what is required for you, the fatty bulges can be redistributed, removed or in the majority of cases a

combination of both, to achieve a more youthful appearance to the lower eyelid. The structures supporting the

lower eyelid are also tightened, to deliver a more youthful lower eyelid.

Upper and lower blepharoplasty can be combined with other cosmetic facial procedures, such as facelift,

brow lift or non-surgical interventions to rejuvenate the entire face.

Recovery

Local anaesthetic is used during your surgery so your recovery should be relatively painless and you should

only need simple analgesia to control any discomfort after the surgery. You will have some blurred vision

caused by the use of a lubricant in your eyes which is inserted at the end of your blepharoplasty surgery, and

you will continue to use this lubricant and/or eye drops for up to a few weeks after the surgery.

Post-operatively, swelling, discolouration and bruising is to be expected and this generally lasts up to two

weeks. Ice packs may also be used to limit the swelling and bruising, and make-up can be used after a week

to camouflage these signs. Sun protection is paramount and we suggest wearing sunglasses when outside

following your surgery, which also of course also helps cover your bruising.

Temporary swelling after eyelid surgery can affect your vision and your eyes will fatigue more quickly in the

early days after your surgery. You should avoid extended television viewing, reading, or straining your eyes for a

few days after surgery. Contact lenses may be worn within two weeks once bruising and swelling settle. You

may drive and return to work once your vision has returned to normal and you are not taking any strong

analgesia.

Costs

Risks

If you are considering blepharoplasty surgery then it is important that you are informed of the potential risks,

complications and side effects of this surgery.

While all care is taken to minimise or totally avoid these complications and side effects, complications may

and do occur despite the best medical care. It is important that you carefully read and understand the risk

factors and they will be discussed in more detail when you have your consultation with your surgeon.

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