If excess or sagging skin around your eyelids is giving you the appearance of being tired, angry, or having ‘heavy eyes’, undergoing upper or lower eyelid surgery can help to restore a youthful appearance by removing or tightening the skin around your eyes. If you suffer from any eye conditions or your vision is blocked due to extra skin or fatty deposits on your upper or lower eyelids, then the surgery may also be of benefit to you.
What is eyelid surgery?
Eyelid surgery – or blepharoplasty – is a type of surgical procedure that improves the appearance of the eyelids by removing or tightening the sagging skin that can appear around the top or underneath the eyes. Excess skin around the eyelid can create a heavy looking eyelid, aged or tired appearance, and in some cases block vision. Upper and lower eyelid surgery aims to remove the excess or fat to restore a youthful and relaxed appearance.
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Who would be considered for eyelid surgery?
If you’re looking to remove excess skin and fat and improve vision, you might consider an upper blepharoplasty.
If you have a misshapen lower eyelid due to excess skin and wrinkles, you might consider lower eyelid surgery which removes skin and fat and tightens the eyelids to correct any perceived drooping or sagging.
Both upper and lower eyelid surgery can be performed if required; this is often referred to as double eyelid surgery.
How can scars be minimised?
Eyelid surgery is usually performed under general anesthetic and can be undertaken during day surgery.
During upper eyelid surgery, an incision is made where the natural crease appears in your lid and along the lash line. The incision is almost never noticeable and scars can be minimised by applying a cold press to help alleviate swelling and bruising. During lower eyelid surgery an incision is made inside the lower lids and this leaves no visible scar.
What is expected after your eyelid surgery?
You will be provided with an at-home care routine after your surgery which will include cleaning sutures along with administering eye drops and ointment to sooth and cleanse your eyes.
Most patients often report that they feel nearly back to normal after 2-3 days, however swelling and bruising can take up to a week to subside, or longer in some cases. You may feel comfortable to return to work during this time frame, as long as your job doesn’t involve heavy lifting or straining.
You can return to wearing contact lenses after 1-2 weeks; however you can wear your glasses immediately (if required). We often encourage patients to avoid any aerobic or high impact exercise for 2-3 weeks after any type of surgery.
Final results are usually seen in about 1-2 months.
What are the potential risks associated with this surgery?
Although upper and lower eyelid surgeries are safe and widely practiced, as with any type of surgery, there are potential risks and complications that may arise. To ensure that you are across all the possible outcomes that could impact your vision, it is important that you discuss any and all concerns with your surgeon during your consultations. Some risks include infection, bleeding, scarring, and vision-related risks. Pre- and post operative instructions and care routines are provided to help avoid potential risks and support a speedy recovery.
During your pre-operation consultations, your surgeon will discuss potential risks associated with the eyelid surgery procedures and outline some post-operation preparation you can do to ensure that you have any pain relief medication or gel packs at home for when you are released from day surgery. As well as preparing you for the operation, your surgeon will also discuss your medical history and any allergies that you may have. Some ‘before’ photos may be taken for your medical records as well.
We require that you cease taking all Aspirin and Aspirin-related drugs including Nurofen, Vitamin E, any blood-thinning antioxidants, fish oils or herbal extracts (including multivitamins) two weeks prior to surgery. If you are taking medications prescribed to you by other specialists you will need to discuss this with your surgeon.
How much does eyelid surgery cost?
The cost of either upper or lower eyelid surgery ranges from $2,700 to $3,200, and with the two combined the cost can be $4,400 to $4,650. Regardless of which surgery you elect to undergo, the cost will depend on how long the procedure is likely to take and also includes surgeon’s fees, anesthetist fees, hospital and theater costs.
If you suffer from an eye condition and you are undergoing a blepharoplasty for medical reasons, you may be covered by Medicare and some private health insurers. Your surgeon can advise you, so ensure you mention any pre-conditions during your early consultations.
As we all know, your facial features undergo changes due to the ageing process, heredity and your lifestyle. This can result in a ‘tired look’ that affects your self-esteem and give people a ‘false impression’ of who you really are on the inside.
Eyelid surgery (Blepharoplasty) can improve your image by giving you a revitalised, refreshed appearance that will help you to look and feel your best.
Although cosmetic surgery cannot stop the ageing process it can improve your overall facial appearance.
Eyelid surgery does this by removing excess skin, muscle or fat from the upper or lower eyelids. This helps give you a more youthful and rested appearance, with a smoother, improved eyelid contour and can be done under local anaesthetic or general anaesthetic.
Blepharoplasty is often combined with other ancillary procedures such as a facelift, necklift, browlift, nose reshaping, laser resurfacing and/or chemical peel treatment.
Although eyelid surgery can correct drooping upper lids and puffy bags under your eyes, it will not lift sagging eyebrows or remove crow’s feet, other wrinkles, or dark circles under your eyes.