Dr Turner will evaluate your medical history, assess your eye area and consider factors such as how much excess skin is there. From there, 3D images will be taken where you will be able to get a sense of what your outcome will be.
You will be required to bring a referral from your General Practitioner.
With simple non-complex upper eyelid Blepharoplasty, Dr Turner can perform these in his rooms where a mini-operating room is available. If the Blepharoplasty requires a more extensive procedure with fat grafting and remodelling the procedure will be done in hospital under a general anaesthetic. All hospital procedures are performed at a fully accredited operating facility. During your consultation, Dr Turner will determine which category you fall into.
There is usually very little pain after the surgery, although there is usually minor bruising and swelling for the first few days to 1 week after surgery.
Recovery from Blepharoplasty takes between one and three weeks. In the second week scar massage will commence to promote healing and reduce swelling.
There may be a feeling of eyelid tightness or eye dryness and or sensitivity to bright light immediately after the procedure. For best long term results, for the first week to ten days after surgery normal activities should be reduced.
The eyelids will be sensitive for six weeks or so following surgery and should be handled according to your own level of comfort. Returning to work depends on your job demands, Dr Turner will advise you regarding this. You may be able to return to light work (ie. administrative work) within one to two weeks. You should avoid any strenuous exercise for the first 6 weeks.
The surgical incision for upper eyelid reduction will usually almost completely fade within six weeks. What generally remains is a faint scar that is barely visible because of its position, blending into the eyelids’ normal creases.
The incision for lower eyelid correction is either made inside the eyelid and so it is not noticeable, or just beneath the eyelashes on the outside, which heal quickly and are rarely visible after the first few weeks.
If you are basically satisfied with your eyelids but one or more of the following situations apply to you, blepharoplasty surgery may be an option for you:
• Loose or sagging skin that creates folds or disturbs the natural contour of the eyes
• Excess fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the upper eyelids
• Bags under the eyes
• Droopiness of the lower eyelids
• Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid
Dr Turner will examine your eyelids and consider such factors as the size and shape of your eyelids, the quality of your skin and the position.