What is a blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid reduction surgery, is a surgical procedure on the upper and/or lower eyelids designed to remove excess skin folds and bulging fat bags. Eyelid reduction surgery will improve the bags and wrinkles around the eyes but will not improve wrinkles of the cheeks, temples or forehead. It also does not correct problems caused by drooping eyebrows.
This procedure can be performed for aesthetic (cosmetic) purposes or for medical/functional reasons, the latter being dependent on strict Medicare eligibility criteria. For upper eyelid reduction surgery to be deemed for medical/functional reasons, your surgeon will need to refer you to an optometrist or ophthalmologist to confirm that your excess eyelid skin obstructs your vision.
When is blepharoplasty desirable?
You may wish to have blepharoplasty surgery to improve your overall facial appearance, or to help correct the effects of ageing; and this may be combined with a face lift.
How would a blepharoplasty help me?
A consultation with your Specialist Plastic Surgeon is the first step when you are considering a eyelid surgery. You should frankly discuss your goals and expectations about looking and feeling better after surgery. You should always keep in mind that the desired result is improvement, not perfection.
How important are psychological factors in relation to a blepharoplasty?
Emotional stability is the primary factor to be considered before any surgery is performed. A “new face” does not guarantee a new life or an end to all personal problems. It is mostly the mental attitude of the individual that determines a successful outcome. A blepharoplasty can improve your appearance and renew your self-confidence; the rest is entirely up to you.
How is blepharoplasty surgery performed?
The procedure will vary depending on your physical features, the amount of skin and fat to be removed, and your surgeon’s judgement. Usually, upper and lower eyelid incisions are marked along natural lines, and extend into the “crow’s feet”, or smile lines, at the outer edge of the eye. Following removal of excess skin and fat, the incisions are carefully closed. The procedure may take 1-2 hours.
The surgery is performed in Perth in a fully-accredited hospital. The surgery can be performed as a day procedure or alternatively with a short hospital stay, under either local anaesthesia (with or without sedation) or general anaesthesia, depending on your general health and the extent of the procedure.
Are there any side effects of eyelid surgery?
You may have some bruising and swelling around your eyes, lasting approximately two or three weeks. Temporary blurred vision and excessive tear production may also occur. You should follow your surgeon’s advice carefully to reduce the risk of complications. Your surgeon will discuss any other specific side effects of this procedure at your consultation.
Will blepharoplasty surgery leave any scars?
Scars are the inevitable result of any surgery, although your surgeon will make every effort to keep your scars as inconspicuous as possible. Thus the scars will be along natural skin lines and creases and will usually fade with time and become barely noticeable.
What results can I expect from blepharoplasty surgery?
A successful operation will give you a more youthful and rested appearance. Skin folds and fat bulges will be removed and eyelid creases improved. To correct drooping eyebrows or creases of the forehead, temple or cheeks, other procedures such as a face lift or a brow lift should be considered. Perfect symmetry cannot be guaranteed as the two sides of our faces are usually not identical.
When can I resume normal activities following eyelid surgery?
Most patients are able to return to work after 7-10 days (perhaps wearing sunglasses). Cosmetics can also be applied at this time but you must remember to protect your skin from the sun.
How much does this procedure cost?
Please contact us online or call us on (08) 9380 0333 and one of our medical secretaries can provide you with more information. Please note that pricing does vary from case to case.
The Australian Foundation for Plastic Surgery (part of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons) is a helpful and reliable source of information online. Their website is an excellent place to research a range of surgical procedures and non-surgical treatments, and view video animations. Click here to visit their website.