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Eyelid Surgery

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What is Blepharoplasty?

The eyes undergo a variety of changes over time, including skin laxity that leads to drooping upper lids and a perpetually weary appearance. These concerns are often best addressed with surgical procedures designed to produce dramatic, long-lasting results. Whether you don’t like the look of your upper eyelids, the drooping is interfering with your line of sight or both, our surgeons at Niche Plastic Surgery can help you restore your youthful appearance and widen your field of vision.

Upper eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a surgical process that removes excess skin and sometimes small pockets of fat from the top lid that may accumulate as a result of the ageing process. The goal of this procedure is to open the eye and create a refreshed lid contour. As pockets of tissue are removed, and the skin is smoothed, you may also find it is easier to apply eye makeup. We will tailor your surgery to your precise needs to achieve a naturally more youthful look.

Problems Addressed through Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty can correct a range of imperfections and concerns, including:

  • Loose skin that causes the upper lid to droop over the eye
  • Severe drooping that interferes with the line of vision
  • Puffiness above the eye
  • Loss of the natural crease above the eye

To ensure an optimal outcome from your blepharoplasty, clear communication needs to take place between you and your surgeon. At Niche Plastic Surgery, we feel we can achieve this best by having you bring in photographs of yourself when you were younger, allowing your surgeon to see what you looked like before the signs of ageing began to appear. The primary aim is to make you look like a younger version of yourself, not a different person altogether. These photos can help us create that look in the most natural way possible.

Starting the Process

You will have at least two consultations with your surgeon before your procedure takes place. Multiple meetings allow our team to gain a complete understanding of what you want to achieve through your surgery. They also provide you ample opportunities to ask questions and prepare for your operation. We will also take pre- and post-surgery photographs, so you can fully appreciate the changes in your appearance, and we have an accurate record of what was performed.

The technique suitable for your surgery will vary, depending on the concerns you have about your appearance. We often recommend performing a brow lift in conjunction with an upper eyelid lift to produce the most dramatic result. However, this recommendation will be based on what bothers you about your eyes and upper face from both a functional and an aesthetic viewpoint.

Your consultations will also be used to collect all the medical information that might be pertinent for your upcoming surgery. It is essential that you let your surgeon know what medications (both prescription and over-the-counter) and supplements you are currently taking, as some may affect the outcome of your surgery. If you smoke, this can severely compromise your outcome. You will be advised to quit many weeks before and after your procedure to ensure the fewest complications and the best possible results.

About Blepharoplasty

The location for your operation will depend on where your surgeon at Niche Plastic Surgery operates. While most patients will have a general anaesthetic for the procedure, you may be able to undergo surgery with a local anaesthetic, with or without sedation, for some types of upper eyelid surgery alone. An overnight hospital stay is usually not required.

An upper blepharoplasty involves small incisions in the natural crease of the lid so that visible scarring after surgery will be minimal. There are many reasons why your eyelids might droop, and your surgeon will assess the issues before your surgery to achieve the best results for you. Depending on the cause of the deformity, techniques will differ. However, the primary goal of the operation will be to excise excess, redundant skin from your upper eyelids. Once the skin is removed, and a smoother contour is created, your surgeon will close your incisions with fine sutures that will need to be removed within five to seven days after surgery.

Adding a Brow Lift to the Surgery

If a brow lift is added to your surgery, your procedure will be performed under general anaesthesia, and you may spend one night in the hospital before you go home. This operation usually involves two small incisions just behind your hairline. These incisions are closed using sutures or staples. Through these openings, the brow is lifted to create a more youthful appearance.

The sutures or staple need to be removed at one week post-operatively. Before your are discharged from the hospital, you will be given an appointment date and time for those to be addressed by one of our nurses. Once the sutures are gone, your scar will continue to improve over time, and your surgeon will educate you on how to maximise your outcomes. Ultimately, your scar should be barely visible.

Recovery Basics

It is vital during the postoperative period that you allow sufficient time for your body to rest and recover. Your surgeon will advise you to refrain from heavy exercise, excessive work or sports involving physical contact. You should plan to spend a week to 10 days at home away from work and other activities to give your body ample recuperation time. You may not drive until you are fully recovered and off all pain medications. It may take three weeks or more for the swelling from a brow lift to subside so that you can see the full outcome of your procedure. The recovery time for upper eyelid surgery is usually shorter than that of a brow lift or a combination of the two procedures.

You will be given instructions to help keep you comfortable during recovery. We will also provide you with prescription pain medication you can take during the first few days when discomfort may be most significant. You will also have the contact details of your surgeon, and you will be encouraged to call after hours should you have any concerns about your post-operative care or the healing process. During the day, you will be able to get in touch with your surgeon through Niche Plastic Surgery, rather than their direct contact information.

Setting Expectations for Your Results

Because we want all our patients to be fully satisfied with the results of their procedures, your surgeon will discuss your particular scenario and the methods that will be most appropriate for you. It may be that you require just one surgery – either upper eyelid blepharoplasty or a brow lift – or you may need a combination of the two. Your surgeon will be able to give you a realistic assessment as to whether the aesthetic goals you have set can be achieved and the best techniques to produce the results you want.

Blepharoplasty that targets the upper eyelids can offer dramatic rejuvenation results with minimal downtime required. When a brow lift is added, the results can be even more profound. We encourage prospective patients to contact us with additional questions about either of these procedures or to schedule an initial consultation. Current patients are also invited to contact us if they have questions regarding their pre-operative appointment or follow-up questions requiring clarification after the initial meeting. Contact Niche Plastic Surgery on 9853 9705.