Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) can help improve the appearance of your eyes

Blepharoplasty (also known as eyelid surgery) is a surgical procedure performed to remove excess skin and bulging pockets of fat to improve the upper eyelid creases. Many people choose to undergo blepharoplasty in order to achieve a younger, brighter, better rested appearance. The bags and wrinkles that form around our eyes as we age are one of the biggest sources of frustration to people who feel that their tired, ageing appearance doesn’t fit with how they feel or see themselves.

You may be a candidate for blepharoplasty if your upper eyelids are characterised by:

  • excess skin that hides the natural fold of the eyelid
  • loose skin on the eyelid which may even obstruct your vision
  • your lower eyelids have dark circles, bags, excess skin or puffiness
  • you have fine wrinkles in the area of the lower eyelid

For the Asian population, about 40% have a “single” upper eyelid fold, giving the eyes a hooded appearance. Some people may choose to undergo surgery in order to alter this crease and create a “double eyelid”. This can give the eyes a more open appearance and change the overall aesthetic of the face to give the illusion that the eyes are wider open and brighter. The aim of the surgery is to create a natural-looking crease in the upper eyelid that forms when the eyes are open.

A personal consultation with our 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 eyelid tuck, an eye bag removal, Asian double eyelid surgery, or more is needed.

With Blepharoplasty:

  • Skin and underlying tissue of upper and/or lower eyelids is tightened and trimmed to reduce wrinkles and “eye-bags”
  • Different techniques are available – each is suited to a different clinical presentation
  • Surgical scars are visible for a few weeks but rapidly fade to become unnoticeable
  • Dramatic rejuvenation of whole face can be achieved with attention to this one area
  • Blepharoplasty can be combined with other cosmetic surgical procedures
  • Performed under light sedation and local anaesthetic
  • Recovery 1 – 2 weeks
  • Medicare rebate may apply if droopy upper lids interfere with vision

What is involved in the Asian double eyelid surgical procedure?

There are two surgical methods that can be used to achieve a “double eyelid” result: “open incision” and “closed suture.”

Open incision involves making an incision along the desired eyelid crease and then placing two layers of stitches – one in the underlying structure and one in the delicate layer of skin over the top. This results in the skin being able to slide naturally over the lower layer as the eyes move, creating a very natural look. This technique is more precise and longer lasting than the closed suture technique but does leave a faint scar.

The closed suture technique involves making small punctures in the upper eyelid, along the desired eyelid crease, and then the placement of very fine stitches to create a connection between the muscle layer in the upper eyelid and the new fold of skin. This option is quicker and has very minimal swelling and a quick recovery after the operation. The results of the technique can fade over time, which would necessitate the procedure to be repeated.

Cost: $2,890.00 (closed technique); $3,390.00 (open technique)

Our experienced team can help you achieve the look you desire. If you would like to know more about Asian double eyelid surgery, or to request a consultation, please contact us today.

Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) FAQS

Suitable candidates for blepharoplasty are patients suffering from:

Upper eyelids

  • Puffiness
  • Excess skin hiding the natural eyelid fold
  • Loose eyelid skin, sometimes obstructing vision

Lower eyelids

  • 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 eyelid 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 crow’s 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

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.

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.

  • Upper Blepharoplasty (eyelid reduction) – $3,250
  • Lower Blepharoplasty (eyelid reduction) – $4,500

There are a number of ways to reduce the puffiness of your eyes including getting enough sleep, propping up your pillow, addressing your allergies, avoiding alcohol, consuming less salt, getting more potassium and using a decent eye cream. The most permanent and, therefore, effective treatment is blepharoplasty, which is eyelid surgery on your top or bottom eyelids.

These are caused by fluid retention. This happens when water is stored in excess in the skin tissue underneath the eye. Dark circles appear when blood vessels underneath the delicate skin around the eye, are more prominent than anywhere else. These can both be corrected with minor eyelid surgery known as blepharoplasty.

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 giving you a more youthful and rested appearance. If you are interested in finding out more about this procedure, contact the ICCM team in Sydney today.

ICCM performs eyelid surgery

With our experienced team, we can help you achieve the look you desire. If you would like to know more about blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), or to request a consultation, please contact us today.