Interested in Blepharoplasty or Upper and Lower Eyelid Lift Surgery in Melbourne?
Wrinkling and sagging of the upper eyelid skin, “bagginess” under the lower eyelids and at the inner corners of the upper eyelids are often correctible as a day procedure under local anaesthetic. The lower lids require a different technique to the upper lids, and may require a brief hospital stay and general anaesthesia. This procedure is very common and can refresh the entire face, just by eliminating the tired, angry look often created by ageing eyes.
Upper & Lower Blepharoplasty or ‘Eyelid Lift’ both involve different surgical techniques. Upper blepharoplasty can generally be performed as a day procedure in our rooms under local anaesthetic and light sedation. Lower blepharoplasty usually requires a brief hospital stay and general anaesthesia as it’s a slightly more invasive procedure.
There are several approaches used to correct these problems and a detailed discussion with your surgeon is necessary. In most patients, bruising is evident for up to two weeks with some swelling taking another week or so to resolve. Occasionally the healing takes a little longer.
The Upper blepharoplasty procedure involves the removal of the excess eyelid skin via a crescent incision which leaves almost an invisible scar – it is very hard to identify any sign of an upper blepharoplasty surgery after the skin has healed.
Lower blepharoplasty is designed to remove crepey skin below the eyes, as well as fat pads that may appear as ‘bags’. The incision for the Lower blepharoplasty procedures involves an incision on the inside of the lower lid – this can be a little uncomfortable which is why we often recommend general anaesthesia. The scarring from this procedure is also invisible as it’s made inside the lower lid.
Recovery & Risks
The recovery from eyelid surgery is very quick. Some bruising and swelling will be evident for about 2 weeks. The eyelids will be quite itchy as they heal, and eye makeup should be avoided for 2 weeks to ensure infection doesn’t occur. The inside of the eye will be a bit uncomfortable following Lower blepharoplasty, but this should resolve within 7 days.
Pain medication is recommended during the first week to reduce discomfort. Patients should take 2 weeks off work to allow bruising and swelling to subside. If you aren’t concerned about your appearance at work, patients are generally well enough after 5-7 days to return to work.
Risks are very rare but can occur, these risks include infection, muscle damage and scarring.