As we get older, it is common for signs of ageing to show on our face first. In particular, the eyes can develop a tired and sad appearance, due to the decrease in elasticity in our skin and the weakening of muscles in the periorbital area as we age. This can cause the eyelids to stretch and for eye bags and sagging skin to develop. In addition, drooping skin on the upper eyelids can interfere with our vision.
Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery, is a cosmetic procedure that can remove drooping skin and unwanted fat from the upper and lower eyelids to rejuvenate the periorbital area, and in some cases improve peripheral vision. Blepharoplasty helps to create a rested and youthful appearance, by smoothening and tightening the eyelids. The procedure is suitable for men and women in their late 20s to 30s and older.
Before a patient undergoes blepharoplasty surgery, a consultation with an experienced medical professional will take place. This will allow the patient and medical professional to discuss whether lower and upper eyelid surgery will deliver the desired results, what the procedure will involve and which incision technique will be used.
For upper blepharoplasty, any excess fat and drooping skin over the eyelashes is removed from the patient’s upper eyelid to smoothen its appearance and resolve any loss of vision. Dr Scamp will make an incision along the natural upper eyelid folds and outwards from the eye.
If the patient is also undergoing lower blepharoplasty to remove excess fat and sagging skin, an incision will be made below the lower eyelashes. This will also allow for any fat to be repositioned, diminishing the appearance of puffiness and eye bags. However, Dr Scamp may decide that a trans-conjunctival incision should be made, which will involve making an incision inside the lower eyelid. This is used when only fat is being removed from the lower eyelid and not any skin.
After an examination of the periorbital area, Dr Scamp will be able to decide what incision method will provide the most natural and successful results, as well as minimal scarring, for the patient. In addition, a facelift or other facial rejuvenation procedures, such as a brow lift, can be performed with the blepharoplasty. The consultation process will allow patients to ask any questions or concerns they have about blepharoplasty and the risks will also be thoroughly explained before the procedure.
Eyelid surgery will involve patients going under local sedation or a general anaesthetic to ensure a comfortable and painless procedure. An experienced medical professional will decide prior to surgery what the best option for each patient is.
Blepharoplasty will involve incisions being made to the upper or lower eyelids, so that any excess fat lumps or loose drooping skin can be removed. Some fat may also be repositioned on the lower eyelids to reshape and transform the periorbital area. While it will depend on the patient, eyelid surgery can last between one to three hours. After the procedure is complete, the incisions that were made to the eyelids will be secured with suture strips to encourage healthy healing and support the new eyelid shape.
After blepharoplasty, some eyelid swelling and discolouration around the periorbital area is normal, but this will gradually decrease within one week. Ice packs and cold compresses, as well as pain relief, can be used for patient comfort. It is also common for patients to experience blurry vision for a few days after the surgery and this will naturally resolve itself. Patients can be back at work within 10 days. It is recommended to wear tinted sunglasses to protect the eyes from strong wind and sunlight. Any eye makeup and contact lenses should be avoided for two weeks to speed up recovery.
The final results of blepharoplasty will gradually be seen within a few months of the procedure. As the incision techniques used for eyelid surgery are usually along natural folds and creases in the skin, there should be no visible scarring from blepharoplasty.
Eyelid surgery is often performed along with a facelift or other facial rejuvenation techniques. Some people have inherited traits that cause them to have eyelid surgery as early as their 20s or 30s.
If you would like to find out more about blepharoplasty and what it can do for you, you can arrange a consultation with Dr Terrence Scamp today by contacting our Brisbane or Gold Coast clinics.
Blepharoplasty can transform the look of the eyes and reverse the signs of ageing, lifting drooping eyelids and removing puffiness that cause a tired appearance. The removal of excess fat and skin restores the natural contour of the eyes, making them appear refreshed and alert. In addition, the peripheral vision can be transformed, with the removal and smoothing of the upper eyelids.
Fat and loose skin are removed from your upper eyelid area through an incision that is hidden within the natural eyelid fold. The incision extends slightly beyond the outside of your eye where it easily blends into existing laugh lines or other creases. If your upper eyelid problem is aggravated by sagging of your eyebrows, then Dr Scamp may recommend a brow lift.
Treatment of the lower eyelids often requires an incision that is hidden just below your lower lashes. Through this incision, excess skin, muscle and fat are removed or adjusted. Sometimes fat may be repositioned to eliminate puffiness or bulges. If your lower eyelid skin is not excessive, Dr Scamp may decide to use a different technique that removes fat through an incision placed inside the lid.
After surgery, expect some swelling that may persist for a week or longer. Your vision maybe somewhat blurry for a few days, and you will want to wear dark glasses to protect your eyes from the wind and the sun. Within a week you can wear makeup to conceal any remaining discolouration. You can be back at work within 10 days, but bruising can last longer.
Dr Scamp will explain the surgical procedure, risks, recovery time and answer all of your questions at your initial consultation at his Gold Coast clinic.