Blepharoplasty (Eyelid surgery/Eye lift) is performed to rejuvenate the appearance of the eyes by correcting excess skin, bulging fat and lax muscle of the upper or lower eyelids.
Droopy eyelids, saggy skin and “bags” can develop area often the first signs of aging and may impair vision if not corrected. These features may be present in younger patients as a result of genetics. Eyelid rejuvenation surgery seeks to create a refreshed, more youthful and aesthetically attractive appearance to the eye and may be combined with other procedures, such as a Facelift.
An in-depth consultation with plastic surgeon Dr Alaina Taylor is required before any surgery is undertaken, where your general health, specific concerns, and anticipated outcomes are discussed to determine your suitability for blepharoplasty surgery. Your medical history will also be addressed, including previous eye surgery or pre-existing eye conditions. A comprehensive physical examination will be performed including taking clinical photographs and further tests may be required including visual field testing.
During your consultation, the information you provide will help to decide what treatment plan best suits your concerns, needs, and expected goals.
Most eyelid surgery procedures are performed in an accredited hospital facility under either general anaesthesia or local anaesthetic +/-sedation. The procedure takes approximately 1-2 hours and is generally performed as a day procedure, however in some cases, an overnight stay is necessary.
For upper eyelid surgery, a small incision is made in the natural crease through which excess fat/skin/muscle is removed. The incision typically heals very quickly and is barely visible. Skin only upper eyelid surgery can be performed in the rooms under local anaesthetic.
For lower eyelid surgery an incision is made just under the lash line to remove excess skin, lax muscle and to remove or reposition (fat transposition) fat.
When fat removal or reposition only is required, the incision may be placed within the conjunctiva of the eyelid (on the inside), so there is no external scar.
Risks and complications
Risks and complications are but there are some side effects associated with blepharoplasty. These include bruising, swelling, eye watering, itchiness and irritation, conjunctivitis. You may be recommended lubricating eye drops and if you wear contact lenses, they should be avoided for ~ 2 weeks post operatively.
Risks and complications include:
- ectropion (eversion of the lower eyelid)
- wound healing problems
- corneal injury
- skin necrosis
Visual changes are rare but can include blurred vision, double vision and very rarely, blindness.
Cost and rebates
Medicare and Private Health Insurer’s will only provide a rebate if vision is obstructed and according to specific criteria as stipulated by Medicare. As all patients individual needs and circumstances are different, the pricing will vary, so please make an appointment to see Dr Taylor to discuss further information and pricing.