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Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Experienceing droopy or hooded eyelids? You’re not alone.
Upper eyelid muscles can become weak and loosen as we age which causes them to droop or sag. Additionally, when the lower eyelid weakens, deep wrinkles in the skin can appear (these are known as ‘crow feet’). This is due to gravity and loss of muscle tissue.
A blepharoplasty commonly known as ‘Eyelid Surgery’ is the procedures carried out to remove excess skin or fat from the eyelids.
To help combat issues involving eyelids, we offer a range of blepharoplasty surgeries in order to remove excess skin, fat and muscle tissue. Our surgeries are sure to reduce creases, bagginess, and a variety of other concerns to help give your eyes a more youthful appearance.
Benefits of Eyelid Surgery:
- Aesthetically pleasing eyes (Youthful-looking eyes)
- Reduced fat and excess skin
- Boost of Confidence (You’ll feel fab)
Frequently Asked Questions (Our FAQs)
What will happen before my blepharoplasty?
Prior to your surgery is carried out, you will have a consultation with your surgeon to discuss and plan your procedure. During this consultation, your doctor will provide you with all the necessary information about the surgical technique, as well as any effects medication, smoking, and alcohol can have on your surgery.
How will my procedure be administered?
Dependent on whether you have upper or lower eyelid surgery the procedure may differ.
With upper eyelid surgery, the procedure begins with an incision along the eyelid crease. Excess skin, fat and muscle are then removed before the incision is closed. As a result this procedure is known to leave a scar along the natural skin folds of the eyelid but is not very visible.
However, with lower eyelid surgery, incisions are made below the lower lashes or inside of the eyelid. Fat is then removed along with skin, muscle and tendons of the eyelid as required.
Following surgery, suture strips are applied to support the eyelids.
In short, excess tissue and muscles are carefully removed from the subsurface of the eyelid skin. Upper eyelid surgery takes roughly 20 to 30 minutes to complete. Lower eyelid surgery tends to take up to 2 hours to complete.
Will I be under anaesthetic?
For procedures on the upper eyelid, a local anaesthetic will be used alongside sedation. while the general anaesthetic is used in lower eyelid treatments.
What about recovery? (How much downtime will I need?)
Once the surgery is completed, eye patches will be placed over your eyelids. However, these patches will not obstruct your vision. Cold compresses will also be applied to prevent oedema, swelling, and bruising, however, if this does occur, it will usually fade within the first three days following the surgery. We recommend elevating your head with additional pillows to reduce oedema further. Patches and stitches will be removed between seven and ten days after the surgery, and any residual bruising can be covered with cosmetic products.
Additionally, we also recommend avoiding compelling physical exercise, visiting tanning booths and saunas, and sunbathing for at least six weeks following the treatment.
Typically, it is advised that you allow yourself up to a week off of work to begin to recover from eyelid surgery. Also, avoid driving for up to 10 days.
Bruises, swelling and redness may take several days to subside and scarring will fade after time.
Are there any side effects I should expect?
Sensitive and watery eyes which can last up to a few weeks.
Numb or puffy eyelids which can cause difficulty to eyes closing at night.
Bruising can occur which resembles that of a black eye.
Scars can appear pink but will fade in time.
Will there be permanent scarring after this procedure?
A thin pink line may be visible on the curve of the upper eyelid, and under the lashes of the lower eyelid, however, these will fade away after a few months.
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