Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that removes excess skin from the upper eyelids and reduces bagginess around the eyes. It can also help with poor vision caused by droopy upper eyelids.
The surgery can be life-changing, offering a renewed sense of self and an enhanced aesthetic appeal. However, like any surgical procedure, it has risks and complications that you should be aware of.
What is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty Melbourne, also called an eyelid lift or an eyelid rejuvenation procedure, can improve many cosmetic concerns surrounding the eyes. It is designed to eliminate sagging skin and excess fat in the upper and lower eyelids. It can also help reduce under-eye bags and dark circles to give the face a more energetic, alert appearance. It is often performed in conjunction with other facial plastic surgery procedures to achieve comprehensive facial rejuvenation.
The most common problem addressed with a blepharoplasty is ptosis, a medical condition characterized by the loosening or “slipping” of the levator muscle in the upper eyelid. This can create a tired or sleepy appearance and can interfere with your line of sight. Ptosis repair is a surgical correction of this problem, which may be covered by insurance.
During an upper-eyelid blepharoplasty, the surgeon will make an incision within the natural skin crease to remove excess fat and skin. For the lower eyelid, a transconjunctival blepharoplasty may be performed to avoid an external incision.
What are the Benefits of Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty can improve sagging skin around the eyes caused by ageing and lack of elasticity. It is often performed for cosmetic reasons, but it can also improve the field of vision in people whose eyelids have drooped so that they obscure their vision.
In most cases, the procedure involves cutting away excess skin and repositioning fat. It can be carried out on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both.
The procedure usually takes about 1 to 2 hours, and most patients can return home shortly afterwards. Bruising and swelling can reduce within 10 to 14 days. It may take several months for scars to fade. It is important to avoid rubbing the eye area and to follow the doctor’s post-surgical instructions.
People who have this surgery say that they feel more confident and look younger and more rested. Some people even say that their field of vision has improved. If you are interested in having this surgery, ask your doctor if it is covered by your health insurance. If it isn’t, it can still be a worthwhile investment in your appearance and quality of life.
What are the Risks of Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is a safe and effective procedure for most people. It can significantly improve sagging upper eyelid skin, puffy bags under the eyes, and other cosmetic concerns associated with ageing eyes. It can also help those with reduced field of vision due to excessive eyelid skin. This is referred to as upper blepharoplasty and may be covered by some insurance plans.
For your consultation, you can visit some surgeon’s website like Mr. Dean White (https://deanwhite.com.au) the surgeon will take detailed notes about your goals and address any questions or concerns that you have. They will also assess your medical history, including any allergies to medications and blood thinners. They will recommend whether upper or lower blepharoplasty is best for you.
It is important to note that blepharoplasty, Melbourne tummy tuck surgery and ptosis repair are two different procedures. While blepharoplasty is performed for cosmetic reasons, ptosis repair is a medical condition that requires tightening of the eyelid muscles.
Depending on the procedure you choose, our your doctor will make cuts (incisions) in the natural crease of the upper eyelid or on the lower lid. They will then remove excess skin and fat, before closing the incisions. During your recovery, it is recommended that you arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home after the surgery and stay with you overnight to monitor your symptoms.
What is the Recovery Period for Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is a relatively minor surgery, and most people can return home the same day. It is usually performed under local anaesthetic, or general anaesthetic depending on your health and medical history.
During the recovery period, you will be advised to avoid smoking and to apply ice packs to reduce swelling. You should also take care not to touch your eyelids and avoid rubbing the area as this could cause bleeding or bruising. You may experience some discomfort, but this is generally mild and can be controlled with over-the-counter painkillers.
The upper eyelid blepharoplasty removes loose skin and excess fat and helps minimise the appearance of sagging skin. It can also improve your vision if the excess skin is obscuring it. Doctor often recommends this procedure to patients with drooping eyelids.
The lower eyelid blepharoplasty can reduce the appearance of bags, puffiness and excess skin below your eyes. It can also make your eyes look more alert and less tired. It is a popular choice for people who have developed this problem as a result of ageing, or to help with the effects of a recent weight loss or pregnancy.
What is the Cost of Blepharoplasty?
The cost of eyelid surgery depends on how extensive the treatment needs to be. Cosmetic upper blepharoplasty removes excess skin to restore an attractive, youthful appearance to the eyelid area. Cosmetic lower blepharoplasty reduces puffiness by removing or redistributing fat pads to diminish under-eye bags. It is common for both procedures to be combined in a single operation. Cosmetic injectables such as Botox and dermal fillers can be added to minimize lines and wrinkles in the face.
Droopy and sagging upper eyelids and under-eye bags are natural effects of aging, but they can make you look older and tired. Eyelid surgery improves the aesthetics of these areas and can also widen your visual field if excessive tissue obstructs your sight.
At DiBello Plastic Surgery, our surgeon can perform a cosmetic upper and/or lower eyelid blepharoplasty in our in-office surgical suite with local anesthesia. If your droopy eyes are interfering with your vision, insurance carriers may cover the costs of an upper eyelid blepharoplasty under the condition that it is accompanied by formal visual field testing and photographs.