Sounding more like an exotic dessert or a medieval sporting event than a cosmetic procedure, blepharoplasty (otherwise known as eyelid correction surgery) is a popular procedure providing a long-term solution to droopy, tired eyes and aiding in specific vision impairments.
At Toowoomba Plastic Surgery in Queensland, Dr. Mark Magnusson and his specialist team deliver the standard of excellence you expect from experienced eyelid correction plastic (occuloplastic) surgeons anywhere in the world. Here we take a look at what to expect when considering cosmetic eye surgery.
What is Blepharoplasty?
Eyelid correction surgery gives a refreshed look to tired-looking eyes, by lifting and tightening the sagging skin of the upper and lower eyelids. Blepharoplasty creates a naturally youthful look to faces affected by premature ageing around the eye area.
The procedure can also address visual obstruction due to drooping eyelids or large skin folds overhanging the lid margin.
The procedure can be performed on the upper or lower eyelid in isolation or have both the upper and lower eyelids operated on at the same time.
Who should consider Blepharoplasty?
Reshaping and rejuvenation of the eyelid is generally performed in two types of patients; those wishing to undergo surgery for cosmetic reasons and those requiring surgery for a medical condition.
Blepharoplasty is performed for cosmetic purposes on anyone wishing to rejuvenate the eyelid region, reduce the size of the fold of extra skin on the upper eyelid, and reduce bulging caused by fat in the eyelids and fine lines of the lower eyelid.
On the other hand, people who have the fold of skin on the upper eyelid resting on their eyelashes and interfering with their vision, fall into the second category. This problem is usually exacerbated at the end of the day and when you become tired. It can be described as though someone is drawing curtains across your visual field and is known as Dermatochalasis (dermato meaning skin and chalasis meaning eyelashes).
Other patients may have a condition called eyelid ptosis. In this scenario the eyelid margin has dropped and is interfering with vision and may be on its own or in combination with dermatochalasis.
Patients who fall into the second category will receive a benefit from Medicare and their private health fund as this is classified as a medical condition.
What is involved in the procedure?
During a blepharoplasty procedure, excess skin and fat are removed from the upper and lower eyelids, through a small incision. The tissues supporting the eyelid structures are tightened to remove excess folds in the skin.
Does Blepharoplasty need to be combined with a brow lift?
In some cases, a lowering of the eyebrows (brow ptosis) may also cause sagging in the upper eyelids. Depending upon how advanced this condition is, it may be necessary to also raise the brow to achieve the desired effect on the upper eyelid.
If the condition is only mild, a good result can still be achieved by performing surgery on the eyelid alone, however patients can consider either a combined brow lift and eyelid procedure or a brow lift as an alternative. A brow lift has the added benefit of smoothing out the wrinkles on the forehead.
A confidential consultation with Dr. Mark Magnusson at Toowoomba Plastic Surgery can help you decide which is the best option for you.
How long will I take to recover?
Recovery from blepharoplasty usually takes between one and three weeks, with scar massage recommended from the second week following surgery, to reduce swelling and promote healing.
The good news is there is usually very little pain after the surgery, although patients can experience minor bruising and swelling for the first few days. There may be a feeling of eyelid tightness or eye dryness and sensitivity to bright light immediately after the procedure. Normal activity should be reduced for the first week to ten days during recovery, for the best long-term results.
Will there be any scarring?
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 your eyelids’ normal creases.
The incision for lower eyelid correction is either made inside the eyelid so it is not noticeable, or just beneath the eyelashes on the outside, which heals quickly and is hardly visible after the first few weeks.
What are the risks?
There is an incredibly rare chance that surgery to the eye area can cause blindness or vision impairment. According to medical literature this can occur in about 1:40,000 people. The specialist team at Toowoomba Plastic Surgery will speak to you about any risks or concerns you may have prior to surgery to ensure you are fully prepared.