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Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery is one of the most common facial procedures and can take years off your face. The surgery removes the excess fat or excess skin from the eye region and can be performed on the upper or lower area of the eye or both. Blepharoplasty gets rid of droopiness above or below the eye and can give you a more youthful look and improve eye comfort. The surgery results in a more open eye, rather than the tried look with droopy bags and saggy eyelids closing your eye shape and hiding your lashes.
Am I eligible for eyelid surgery?
Like any surgery you would need to discuss it with your doctor or medical professional to ensure the surgery is right for you, as safety is always the priority. To give you a general idea if you are experiencing droopiness around the eye region and you are in good health then why not book a consultation with the team at Australian Cosmetic Clinics.
Blepharoplasty eyelid surgery is based on the best outcome for you. Your surgeon will select the right surgical technique that they feel will produce the best results and the technique will depend on many different factors. Factors to be considered are the amount of fat or skin in the eyelid areas, the position of your eyebrows and the condition of the muscles around the area. The surgery itself takes around 1 to 2.5 hours depending on the area.
Generally an incision is hidden within the natural fold of the upper lid and then extends slightly beyond the outside corner of the eye fading into the laugh lines or other existing lines. The excess skin and fatty tissue is then removed through this incision, as this incision is camouflaged in the crease it is almost unnoticeable.
An incision is usually hidden just below the lower lashes, from this incision excess skin, muscle and fat is removed. It can also be redistributed to eliminate puffiness or bulges. With the lower lid other adjustments can be made to correct problems such as muscle laxity and much like upper lid surgery the incision is hidden in a crease. One technique that requires no external incision that can be used in some cases is when the excess fat is removed through and incision placed inside the lower eyelid. With this technique a laser may also be used to minimise the laxity and wrinkles, for better overall results.
Upper & Lower Blepharoplasty
Our frequently asked questions are meant to provide you with a guide to some common concerns regarding our most popular cosmetic surgery procedures. For full details on any surgical or non-surgical procedure performed in our clinics, we recommend booking a consultation with one of our highly experienced surgeons.
How long is recovery time?There is some downtime required after eyelid surgery, t is also very common for patients to experience some bruising and swelling during the first couple of weeks as the tender areas repair. It’s important to protect the skin and area post-surgery and it is recommended to wear a quality sun cream that is suitable for the eye area, this helps prevent premature damage to the eyelid skin to maximise results. It’s important to remember that you can’t take any aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications.
When can I go back to work?It’s important to avoid straining and lifting heavy items for at least two weeks after surgery, however you will be able to resume normal activities around 10 days post surgery. Some patients resume work a few days after surgery if they feel up to it but it’s important to remember that vision may still be slightly blurry so staring at a screen or paper may prove difficult.
Can I use makeup in the recovery period?Yes you can! Patients are allowed to use makeup during the recovery period, however if you have sutures it is recommended to wait until those sutures have been removed. It is also advised that you try and avoid wearing contact lenses until a week after surgery as they can irritate the eye area and cause dry eyes.
Are there any complications?Like any surgical produce there is always potential risks and complications. It is also recommended that you quit smoking before surgery, as not only will it improve your overall results it will also decrease the likelihood of complications occurring. Risks that are more specific to Blepharoplasty are: Excessive skin removal leading to exposure of cornea Asymmetry of eyelids Prolonged dryness, itchiness or watering of the eye Temporary or permanent changes in vision, this is the most serious of the possible conditions. Other risks that may occur are: Infection Bruising, bleeding, haematoma formation Scarring Anaesthetic problems, including Deep Vein thrombosis Allergy Pain