Blepharoplasty Melbourne

Eyelid Surgery

Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, rejuvenates the upper and lower eyelids through removal of excess skin, muscle and fat. It can change the shape of the eye and improve eyesight if sagging eyelids interfere with vision.

Upper eyelid incisions are hidden in the natural skin crease. Through this, protruding fat is reduced, loose muscle trimmed or tightened, and excess skin removed. Correction of drooping upper eyelids, known as blepharoptosis, can be made through the same incision. The upper eyelid procedure takes over an hour to be performed, as a day case under local anaesthesia and sedation, or general anaesthesia with overnight stay if combined with other facial procedures, such as a brow lift, face lift or chemical peels.

Lower eyelid incisions are placed just below the eyelashes or hidden inside of the lower lid. Skin, alone, may be removed, or the septum released to redistribute fat and eliminate bulging and puffiness. Redundant muscle and skin are trimmed before the lower eyelid is resuspended or a lax lower eyelid repositioned against the eye, such as with an ectropion repair. Lower eyelid procedures are performed under general anaesthesia and take two hours when combined with upper eyelid rejuvenation.

Eyelid surgery creates a more youthful, rested, and alert appearance by refreshing and opening the eyes. Being hidden in the natural eyelid contour, incisions are inconspicuous when healed. There is minimal discomfort and you can return to work after 1-2 weeks. High satisfaction is often reported, and significant complications are infrequent.

After a blepharoplasty, you will be required to rest and keep your head elevated as the initial swelling and bruising settle, and incisions heal. A period of eye “tightness”, photosensitivity, dryness, or teariness may be experienced, especially if these were present before your procedure, and ointment or drops will be used to aid recovery.

If significant forehead and brow descent are present, a brow lift may be required in combination with eyelid surgery. To compliment a blepharoplasty and address pigmentation, fine wrinkles and lines around the eyes, anti-wrinkle injections, fillers, laser resurfacing or peels may be required.

Recovery from blepharoplasty eyelid surgery depends on the type of procedure performed and extend of the change required. Typically, you may return to work and drive after 7-14 days, resume gentle exercise after 3-4 weeks, and resume your usual lifestyle after 6 weeks. Ideal candidates for blepharoplasty eyelid surgery are fit, do not smoke, are not taking blood-thinning medication and have realistic expectations. They should not have high blood pressure, thyroid problems, diabetes, allergies or eye conditions like “dry eye”, as these may increase the risks associated with eyelid procedures.

Following your eyelid surgery, it is important to maintain the results you have achieved. This maintenance will include living a healthy lifestyle and not smoking, as well as regular skin care and sun protection with a high-SPF. For optimal results, peels, regular muscle-relaxing injections and fillers may be recommended.

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To schedule a consultation with Dr Jeremy Richardson regarding eyelid and facial rejuvenation procedures, contact us today on (03) 9486 6721.

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