Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure, which removes excess fatty tissue and/or loose skin resulting in a youthful and more rejuvenated appearance.
Dr Scott Turner MBBS(Hon), BSc, MS, FRACS(Plast)
Ageing is an irreparable and unrelenting process resulting in loss of elasticity and stretching of skin. Your eyes make an incredible first impression as they are one of the first facial feature people observe and unfortunately they are also one of the first to show the signs of ageing. If you feel that the natural ageing process is making you look tired, you can enjoy a younger, more refreshed and confident appearance with eyelid surgery.
|Anaesthesia:||Local or General Anaesthesia|
|In/Out patient:||In rooms or day surgery|
|Length of surgery:||1-3 hours|
|Recovery:||Most patients are back to work in approximately 7-10 days when swelling and bruising resolves. We advise our patients to avoid strenuous activity for 1 month.|
|Results:||Final results are seen within 6 months, and the duration of those results vary from one person to another due to the quality of their skin and ageing.|
Loose skin in the upper eyelid may come to rest on the upper eyelashes giving a heavy or tired look, it also makes it difficult to wear eye make-up. While fat pads in the upper eyelid bulge forward adding to the aged look. The hooding of the upper eyelids is aggravated by the frequent descent of the eyebrows into the lid area (brow ptosis) as we age and often requires a combination of a brow lift with your blepharoplasty surgery.
The lower eyelid muscle becomes weaker and underlying fat pads bulge forward producing bags. If lower eyelid fat bulging is the only problem, there may be no need for skin or muscle adjustment. It is then possible to perform this procedure without any external lower eyelid scar. An incision is made on the inner aspect of the lower eyelid and the excess fat removed. This is called a transconjunctival blepharoplasty. This has application in very selected cases and will be discussed with you by Dr Turner if it is an option for you. Otherwise the incision is made just below the lash line to prevent visible scars.
What can a Blepharoplasty do for me?
The brow position also plays an integral part in eyelid appearance. Sometimes to achieve the best possible result, Dr Turner may recommend combining an upper blepharoplasty with a brow lift together. While in the lower eyelids, a weak cheekbone (maxilla) that is too far behind the apex of the eye is at high risk of poor outcome and often requires augmentation with simple dermal filler to improve midcheek support.
Some of the many benefits of this surgery include:
• Remove excess and loose skin from around the eyes
• Reduce puffiness
• Correct ‘bags’ on the lower lid
• Improve vision from removal of excess eyelid skin
• Improve ‘hooding’ on the upper lid
• Improve symmetry of the lids
• Correct a drooping lower lid that exposes the white of the lower eye
• Rejuvenate and refresh the appearance of the eyes and face
Am I suitable?
Patients who are in good health and who have loose skin in the upper eyelids that hangs down (‘droopy eyelids’) and/or excess skin, wrinkles, bagginess and dark circles under the eyes. Both can add unwanted years to your appearance.
Your Blepharoplasty Consultation
Firstly, you are fully informed of the normal surgery process, plus possible complications. After a thorough history and discussion about your desires / goals, Dr Turner examines you to assess you are a good surgical candidate. This will focus on your upper face to assess brow position, skin laxity, fat deposits, eyelid tone and position. Routine pre-op photographs are taken.
Not all patients will be suitable. A history of Grave’s disease, glaucoma or dry eye syndrome for example, may disqualify you. Rest assured, Dr Turner will determine your suitability and only perform absolutely the right form of treatment for you. Non-surgical methods using anti-wrinkle injections or dermal fillers may be an alternative, to provide a non-surgical ‘eye lift’ which is a simple injection performed in the comfort of my rooms.