Upper eyelid surgery, Lower eyelid surgery
If you are suffering from droopy, heavy or saggy upper eyelids, or baggy, lower eyelids, or puffy eyes then our Aesthetica surgeons may have the solution for you.
Blepharoplasty, also known as upper eyelid surgery, lower eyelid surgery, double eyelid surgery, eyelid rejuvenation.
More About Blepharoplasty
We identify the first visible signs of our own ageing process, as they confront us daily in the mirror-
- changes in our facial skin,
- the downward shifting of the brow,
- fullness and the dropping of our upper eyelid.
How many times have we stretched and lifted the sides of our faces or brow in the mirror to visually turn back the years?
It is often said that…
“Our eyes are the window of our soul.”
As our eyes are the most characteristic feature of our face; they are also the first visible signs of ageing.
The effects of gravity contribute to our eyes looking increasingly tired.
Blepharoplasty is a popular cosmetic surgery procedure to precisely reduce and reshape your eyelids.
Dr Ashley leads our team of cosmetic surgeons. He has over 25 years of experience in eyelid surgery procedures.
They regularly refine their technique and training in the United States.
By continually improving their techniques, you are receiving the latest techniques to give you the best natural-looking, pleasing result.
At Aesthetica Image Centre, we understand and are sympathetic to the sensitive nature of your concerns.
Generally, not many people know what you are going through.
We are happy to share our experiences to help and support you throughout your journey.
Considering Upper or Lower Eyelid Reduction
More often, however, the fullness or baggy eyelids are developmental, and appears in the mid-thirties, becoming even more marked in our later years.
Once the tendency for this to occur is apparent, the eyelid concerns will progressively increase.
The upper eyelid may become so stretched and drooping, to the extent that it can impair your vision. Once this has occurred, the repair is much more difficult and the results may not be as good as with cases of earlier surgical intervention.
All aspects of your upper face need to be considered
- the eyelids,
- the eyebrows
- the corners of the eyes
- the skin around the eyes
- the upper cheeks
Each of these areas needs to be assessed both in isolation and in terms of its effect upon the sum of our other features.
Assessing your eyes
It is important to evaluate the areas around the eye before considering eyelid surgery.
The fullness of the flesh around our eyes leads to wrinkling and sagging of the eyelid (commonly called “baggy eyelids”) which may become more evident under the lower eyelids and at the inner corners of the upper eyelids.
The tendency for this to occur may be hereditary.
The golden rule with blepharoplasty is… the earlier the better!
That is, as soon as you are aware of your eyelids becoming baggy or any of the above conditions become evident, it may be time to take corrective action, in order to ensure optimum results.
Types of Procedures
The results of an early eyelid rejuvenation with a blepharoplasty Melbourne can be highly successful.
Upper Blepharoplasty – Upper eyelid surgery
Firstly, eyelid rejuvenation or upper blepharoplasty procedure involves the eyelid structure and the surrounding soft tissue only.
Secondly, there is no interference whatsoever with the muscles or organs of the eye itself.
And lastly, there should not be undue concern about the possibility of any visual impairment.
The steps for an Upper Blepharoplasty.
- Consultation and assessment
- Making the laser excision
- Removing excess skin and fatty pocket if necessary
- Stitching with very fine sutures
- The final result – more open, wider looking eyes
Lower Blepharoplasty – Lower Eyelid surgery
Lower eyelid surgery or lower blepharoplasty is generally performed using a local anaesthetic and as necessary, light sedation.
However, like the upper blepharoplasty general anaesthetic is not necessary.
In the lower lid, the lower blepharoplasty procedure may be performed from the outside in an analogous way. At which time, usually, some loose skin is removed. The incision line is very fine, taking the shape of a natural lid crease; usually healing without any mark.
The procedure may also be performed from inside the lid, where the incision is made, with no marking on the outer aspect of the lid. This is called a “transconjunctival blepharoplasty”, and is often combined with laser resurfacing.
In addition, double eyelid surgery or double blepharoplasty, upper and lower lids can also be performed at the same time.
Non-surgical facelifting could be an option for the reduction of bags under the eyes or droopy eyelids
Because of your symptoms, you may also be more suited to consider a full non-surgical eyelid lift or facelift. For instance, if your concerns are caused by a droopy brow affecting your eyelids, then based on your consultation you may be able to consider the following –
- Accent RF
- Muscle relaxant injections for the temporary improvement
Frequently Asked Questions
What Questions Should I Ask?
Selecting a surgeon to perform your surgery can often be very confusing.
Most importantly, you should feel comfortable with the doctor you have chosen to perform your procedure and be aware of his experience and aftercare.
The Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery (ACCS) is the only organisation in Australia that certifies surgeons for cosmetic procedures. For more information on their standards of training and experience needed to obtain this certification visit www.accs.org.au.
The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) Members are surgeons who offer cosmetic procedures with recognised qualifications granted by the Australian Medical Council (AMC). However, this recognition doesn’t include an assessment by the AMC of training or expertise in cosmetic surgical procedures like liposuction, vaginal rejuvenation, or breast augmentation.
We have compiled a list of questions you may find helpful whilst doing your research.
Don’t hesitate to ask the Doctor at your consultation, or if you feel uncomfortable doing this then ask at reception or the patient advisor.
To help you determine whether your surgeon is the right fit for you, we have compiled a checklist of questions to ask.
- How many times have you performed the procedure you are recommending? Make sure it is hundreds, if not, thousands of times.
- How many times have you performed my procedure in the last 6 months?
- Are you a trainee? Some cut-price clinics use trainee surgeons.
- Are you a Fellow of the ACCS and are you specifically certified in my procedure?
- If you are a plastic surgeon, have you done any extra training in my procedure?
- Will I receive aftercare?
- What is your own complication rate?
- However, if I am unhappy with my results how much will it cost to correct?
- If required, will there be a specialist anaesthetist to look after me during the operation and will my procedure be performed in a registered theatre?
- Can I see photos of your own work on patients like me?
Finally, take your time and do your research when investigating a surgeon, because it is one of the most important decisions you can make.
All consultations are free, so you can get to know us and understand the surgical procedure.
A personal consultation with an experienced Cosmetic Surgeon is important when you are ready to explore your options.
The price of a blepharoplasty is inclusive.
It includes all your procedure costs, medication and all your recovery and aftercare.
All your consultations, before and after your procedure are included.
Your aftercare also includes Red light treatments which aid in recovery and reduction of swelling and healing of scars.
If you prefer a general anaesthetic then there will be additional anaesthetist and theatre fees.
Your Aesthetica Doctor will place an icepack over the eyelids to help reduce the swelling and bruising. The amount of bruising that you get is very variable: in some people, it is hardly noticeable; in others, it can be like having a black eye.
After completion of your procedure, you should go home to rest.
When can I return to work?
It depends on the blepharoplasty you have had. You will be feeling fine but not looking too good! Due to the swelling and bruising you may like to take a week off!
Blepharoplasty Before and After Photos
We have many Blepharoplasty before and after photos. However, due to the personal nature of these pictures, we prefer to email them to you.
When will I see results?
Blepharoplasty procedures generally heal quite quickly with the stitches, if used, are removed after 5-7 days.
Swelling and bruising, if they occur can take a week or so to settle. You will generally see the final blepharoplasty result after 4- 6 weeks.
Results from an Upper eyelid surgery may be effective for five to seven years. Lower eyelid surgery generally does not need to be repeated.
As with all cosmetic surgery procedures, there is no guarantee and it is not a permanent solution.
Above all, it does not stop the aging process. (that’s some wishful thinking!)
What are the Blepharoplasty risks?
As with any procedure, there are always risks and here at the Aesthetica, we believe every patient should be aware of them. However, the likelihood of these problems occurring is no greater than it is with any other surgical operation.
Scarring: rare. The skin of the eyelid, being the thinnest of any in the body, usually heals very well.
Infection: not common.
Excess bleeding: not common.
Complications to laser resurfacing: not common.
Blepharoplasty is becoming popular - Some interesting facts:
Blepharoplasty is the third most popular cosmetic surgery procedure behind Liposuction and breast augmentation.
It is difficult to get Australian Statistics but over the last 4 years, Blepharoplasty has increased 13% in women and 15% in men.
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