Blepharoplasty, commonly known as an eyelift is a surgical procedure designed to improve the appearance of the upper and/or lower lids resulting in a more refreshed appearance.
You may find that heavy eyelids, loose skin and puffiness of the upper and/or lower eyelids develop with time, creating an ageing, tired appearance.
Surgery becomes a viable option if these characteristics concern you. In some instances ptosis, or upper eyelid hang that obstructs your vision and, may be eligible for a Medicare rebate.
Lower lid blepharoplasty is purely cosmetic and has no rebates.
Some patients elect to have their eyelid surgery combined with a facelift or brow lift to maximize the rejuvenating effect and further enhance results.
How is eye lift surgery performed?
After careful pre-op marking and assessment of the amount of tissue to be removed, an incision is made in the eyelid crease. A portion of skin is removed to create a defined lid and take the weight off the eye. The result is an improved appearance and a possible improvement in vision.
Lower eye lid blepharoplasty
After careful pre-op marking and assessment of the excess lower lid tissue, an incision is made to remove the tissue. Fat is often placed here to add volume to this area as well and creates a more youthful appearance.
Typical timeline for a Blepharoplasty procedure:
- Usually the procedure is performed either as a day stay or in the Australian Skin Face Body rooms. A blepharoplasty takes between one to two hours.
- The procedure will be performed under either local anaesthetic with sedation, or a general anaesthetic depending on the extent of the surgery.
- After surgery there will be bruising and swelling that may be severe and may take up to two weeks to subside.
- Sutures will be in place which may become itchy- ointment can be applied for comfort.
- There may be excessive tearing or sensitivity to light for the first few weeks.
- You can return to work when you feel safe to drive.