The eyes are one of the most significant features on our face – some say the window to our soul – but over the years they can lose their sparkle as the very delicate skin surrounding them begins to droop or get puffy and the eyebrow line starts to drop.
If your eyes give you a tired or sad look that doesn’t reflect how you feel on the inside, Eyelid Surgery (known as Blepharoplasty) may be an option for you. It can help rejuvenate your eyes, leaving you looking younger and more rested.
What does the procedure involve?
Blepharoplasty involves the removal of skin folds and fatty deposits from the upper or lower eyelids. It is a commonly performed procedure with a very high degree of patient satisfaction and low risk of complications.
The procedure for Upper Eyelid Surgery involves making an incision along the natural eyelid creases in order to disguise scars. Excess skin is removed and, if needed, the muscle is tightened slightly to lift the eye area.
For Lower Eyelid Surgery, an incision is made just below the lower lash line, and excess skin is removed. Fat may or may not need to be removed. Stitches are used to close the wound.
Each individual’s needs will be different so it’s important to discuss your needs in detail with your surgeon. For example, some patients will need the under-eye fat pockets removed altogether, while for others, removing them would result in a hollowed-out look, so it’s more a case of redistributing the fat.
Depending on how extensive your eyelid surgery is, you may only require a few hours stay at the surgeon’s clinic with a local anesthetic, or you may require a day stay in hospital with a general anesthetic.
Can you combine eyelid surgery with other procedures?
Yes, it’s common to combine eyelid surgery with other procedures. It may be combined with a Brow Lift to further rejuvenate the upper facial area, or even a Facelift to enhance and improve the lower part of the face. It may also be combined with non-surgical Medispa procedures such as Laser Resurfacing; Medical-Grade Peels; Wrinkle Relaxer Injections or Wrinkle Filler Injections (Dermal Fillers) or Skin-needling or even V2 boosters. All of these can help improve fine lines in the lid area.
What is the recovery time?
After Eyelid Surgery, you may experience swelling, bruising and dry eyes, which should subside after a week or so. The sutures are usually removed after one week and you should be fully recovered in around 7 to 10 days. The final results of your Eyelid Surgery will become apparent after several weeks, leaving you with a more alert and refreshed appearance.
Are you a good candidate for Eyelid Surgery?
If you suffer any of the following, you may be considered a good candidate:
- Puffiness in the upper eyelids caused by excess fatty deposits
- Loose or sagging skin that creates folds or disturbs the natural contour of the upper eyelid, sometimes impairing vision
- Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid
- Bags under the eyes
- Droopiness of the lower eyelids.
Patients who are likely to get the best results from Eyelid Surgery are adult women and men who have healthy facial tissue and muscles, do not smoke, and do not have an illness or medical condition that could impact healing. Having a positive outlook and setting realistic goals for improvement of the eyelid area also helps to ensure a successful result.
To discuss eyelid surgery further with our highly experienced Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Dr Mark Edinburg, contact us today on (02) 8814 5800 or fill out an enquiry form.