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1. What is Blepharoplasty?

In 1818, Dr Von Graefe a German Surgeon coined the term ‘Blepharoplasty’ to describe surgical techniques used to repair eyelid deformities following eyelid cancers. But in 2018 in Sydney and in rest of the world, Blepharoplasty refers to cosmetic eyelid surgery or eyelift.

2. What can I expect to achieve after surgery?

The surgery will rejuvenate your eyelids and give you a fresh and rested look. It reverses the ageing changes by getting rid of loose and excess eyelid skin, correcting droopy or weak upper eyelids and removing eyebags and wrinkles around the upper and lower eyelids to get rid of the tired look.

The surgery can be combined with an eyebrow lift, midface or cheek lift or fat grafting to area around the eyelids and the face for total facial rejuvenation.

3. What is an ‘eyelift' and is it the same as a brow lift?

A brow lift and an eye lift are two different operations. An eyelift typically refers to upper eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty whereas a brow lift refers to surgery to stabilise and lift the eyebrow. In some patients it may be necessary to perform both these operations to improve vision and appearance.

4. If I am thinking about surgery, what should I do first?

Doing your own research on the internet is advisable. You can discuss the surgery with your GP and they may be able to recommend a good Plastic Surgeon. You can come and ask me directly any questions you have about this surgery or any other cosmetic treatment at my practices in either Bondi Junction or Bella Vista in an intimate setting.

5. There is so much information on the web, where do I start?

Most plastic surgeons will have basic information about the surgery on their websites. The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (www.plasticsurgery.org.au) and the Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (www.asaps.org.au) also have some helpful information.

My favourite site is www.realself.com which is like the trip advisor of cosmetic surgery complete with patient stories, experiences and enough information that can help your decision making process. You can view my profile on there too.

6. Is the surgery covered by Medicare and private health funds?

The surgery may attract Medicare benefits and private health fund cover if it satisfies certain stringent criteria and is classified as medical, not cosmetic. If your vision is impaired due to malposition of the upper lids, excess skin resting on your eyelashes or a droopy eyelid (Eyelid Ptosis) Medicare and private funds may cover part of the costs. If the surgery is performed to reconstruct cancer defects, improve accidental injuries, birth deformities and eyelid malpositions such as entropion and ectropion it is considered medical and will attract a Medicare benefit and private health cover. In these cases you will be given a Medicare item number after your consultation.

You should check with your private health fund if your plan covers you for the procedure. Health funds have varying levels of cover and if the surgery is for cosmetic purposes, it's not covered.

7. Will I look different after the surgery? I hate the pulled look.

The focus of a well designed and well executed surgery is to give you a natural look. A natural look is what I specialise in. I focus on restoring normal eyelid anatomy and respect good aesthetics and facial balance, to avoid the stretched, surprised or pulled look.

8. Will my wrinkles disappear after the surgery?

If you have skin only blepharoplasty then it is unlikely that your wrinkles will disappear. However, if you have a blepharoplasty combined with ptosis correction, some of your forehead wrinkles will soften and may disappear after the surgery. If you combine corrugator muscle resection with the surgery, you can get rid of the frown lines. Crows feet wrinkles can be reduced after the surgery but may not be abolished totally.

9. Can I have upper and lower eyelid surgery at the same time?

Yes they can be done at the same time.This way you have one operation, one recovery period and one anaesthetic but the operation will take longer.

10. How much time off work will I need post surgery?

I recommend that you take at least two weeks off work if you are having upper eyelid surgery and three weeks if you are having lower eyelid surgery.

11. Do I need to spend the night in the hospital after the surgery?

You may choose to go home the same day, provided there is an adult at home who can care for you. However, If it dosen’t cost you extra, I recommend you stay overnight and leave in the morning rested. This will allow you to rest and relax for the crucial 12 hours after the operation.

The trained nurses can provide focused eye care, monitor your vision, ensure that you get eye drops, eye ointment and ice packs and you remain pain free.

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RESEARCHING AND PREPARATION

Is the surgery covered by Medicare and private health funds?

If I am thinking about Eyelid surgery, what should I do first?

THE OPERATION

What is involved in Upper blepharoplasty or Upper eyelid surgery?

What is involved in lower blepharoplasty or lower eyelid surgery?

AFTER THE SURGERY

What happens after Eyelid surgery?

Will I look different after Eyelid Surgery?