Blepharoplasty is a procedure performed on the upper and/or lower eyelids. It is designed to remove excess skin folds, bulging fat bags and improve eyelid creases.
Blepharoplasty will improve the bags and wrinkles around the eyes, thus improving your overall facial appearance and give you a more youthful and rested appearance.
FAQ’s: Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) Sydney
Suitable candidates for Blepharoplasty are patients suffering from:
- Excess skin hiding the natural eyelid fold
- Loose eyelid skin, sometimes obstructing vision
- Excess skin
- Fine wrinkles in the lower eyelid area
- Bags, puffiness and dark circles
A personal consultation with your surgeon is the first step for any patient considering Blepharoplasty. During your consultation, we will assess your overall eyelid contour, the amount of excess eyelid fat and skin you possess, your eyebrow position, and the condition of the muscles in the area. We will also discuss whether an eye lid tuck, an eye bag removal or more is needed.
For a more complete facial rejuvenation, we may discuss additional procedures that can be performed along with eyelid surgery. Patients frequently combine eyelid surgery with:
- Brow lift to diminish horizontal forehead wrinkles and lift sagging brows
- Laser resurfacing: to reduce the appearance of fine lines and crows feet
- Additional eyelid surgery to improve lower-eyelid muscle tone
Skin folds and fat bulges will be removed and eyelid creases improved. The blepharoplasty procedure usually takes 1–2 hours.
To correct drooping eyebrows or creases of the forehead, temples or cheeks, other procedures such as a facelift or brow lift either with conventional methods or the thread lift technique should be considered.
Blepharoplasty will improve the bags and wrinkles around the eyes, thus improving your overall facial appearance and giving you a more youthful and rested appearance.
You will be issued pre-operative instructions immediately after you make your decision to proceed. It is important to read and understand these instructions when preparing for blepharoplasty in order to ensure the best possible results.
Those instructions may include:
- Refraining from smoking for several weeks before and after surgery
- Avoiding certain medications
- Arranging for help following surgery, such as transport and in-home care for the first 24 hours
Although thousands of people undergo blepharoplasty each year and experience no major complications, all surgical procedures do carry some degree of risk. It is important you are well informed of these risks when considering blepharoplasty.
The discussion of potential risks and complications is one of the most important aspects of patient consultation. During your consultation, we will discuss these potential complications with you, listen to your safety questions, and offer recommendations on how to minimise your chance of risk.
For your comfort and convenience, the blepharoplasty procedure will take place under local anaesthetic with intravenous sedation
Like any surgical procedure, some swelling and bruising is common with this procedure. This generally starts to subside within a couple of days after the blepharoplasty surgery.
Most patients are able to undertake light activities from the next day onwards. Patients may choose to wear dark sunglasses to conceal stitches, bruising and/or swelling. You may be prescribed an oral prophylactic antibiotic along with oral painkillers for first few days after surgery.
The non-absorbent stitches are taken out on day five once the wound has healed. Surgical scars will be situated in the upper eyelid crease or just under the lower lashes, and therefore will be inconspicuous.
For removing lower eyelid fat pads alone, a “trans-conjunctival” blepharoplasty is performed where the incision is made inside your lower eyelid, leaving no visible scar. Sutures are not usually required here as no skin excision is performed.
Most patients who undergo blepharoplasty are very pleased with their results soon after the procedure. Many report looking refreshed and more alert after their eyes have had a chance to heal. Most traces of surgery will subside after two weeks.
After surgery, the skin around your eyes must be carefully protected from the sun and wind. Sunblock and darkly tinted sunglasses will be needed. Though the results of blepharoplasty are long lasting, no surgical procedure will stop the ageing process. ICCM can advise you on how best to maintain your refreshed look.
A blepharoplasty procedure starts from $2,890.