Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty surgery is a surgical operation to address excess eyelid skin, hooded eyelids and lift droopy eyelids. This surgery can assist with ageing changes seen in people in their 40s, 50s and 60s.
Upper blepharoplasty or upper eyelid surgery is a very useful operation to address either a droopy eyelid excessive lose and upper eyelid skin that falls in front of your eyelids and affects you eyesight and also a large amount of bulging fat that pushes the eyelid down the net result is a much more youthful looking upper eyelid.
Non-Surgical options using skin tightening devices like plasma pens may be useful in select number of cases that have very small amount of loose skin. But surgery is a definitive treatment for hooded eyelids, droopy eyelids, and excess eyelid skin.
Yes, men can undergo eyelid surgery too. Men undergo eyelid surgery to treat hooded eyelids, droopy eyelids and eyebags which are very effective as they offer a definitive solution.
An eyelift is another term used to refer to upper eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty to open up the eyes to improve vision. Eyelift is not to be confused with Browlift which is surgery of the eyebrow. Both browlift and blepharoplasty are frequently combined to support the eyelid.
The eyelids are delicate and complex structures that can be affected by a variety of conditions. There are many causes of eyelid drooping or acquired ptosis.
You will generally see Dr Somia 3 times before your surgery. If you prefer one of these consultations can be held via telehealth. Two consultations are required by law before a date for surgery is scheduled. This is to allow you plenty of time to ask questions and feel comfortable about the procedure. Your third consultation will assist us to prepare you for your surgery (ie paperwork, pre-operative testing).
The surgery takes approximately 1.5 hours to 2.5 hours depending on the procedure recommended and requires an overnight stay in hospital. Our fees include specialist plastic surgeon, specialist anaesthetist, fully accredited hospital theatre, accommodation and 6 months aftercare. A formal estimate will be provided after you have discussed your goals and what is possible to achieve them with Dr Somia.
Each patient recovers at a different rate and anothers recovery should not be compared with yours.
Generally, initial recovery from swelling and bruising is approximately 2 weeks. A return to normal activities can usually be expected after 6 weeks. Full results can be expected 3-6 months after.
You can return to work when you feel well and if your employer has lighter duties for you and will allow you to take time to rest and move around. Most patients take 2-3 weeks off work if they work in an office context. Patients working outdoors or in a physical capacity may need to take up to 6 weeks off work whilst they recover. Talk to us about your specific occupation and surgery.
You can drive when the anaesthetic has worn off, your vision is clear, and you are pain free getting in and out of the care and whilst performing an emergency stop. You should check your vehicle insurance policy for their requirements in this situation.
All surgery carries risks. When travelling overseas on a plane whilst the expectation is a safe journey and arrival, it is understood things could go wrong. The choice of the airline based on safety record and flight path are important elements in determining risk. Similarly, for your surgery, the experience and expertise of your Surgeon, the skill of your anaesthetist and the standard of the hospital will determine the risk. Risks, both general and specific, will be discussed during your consultations and written information will be provided for you to take home.
General risks include pneumonia, deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, stroke, heart attack, allergies, awareness, death, bleeding, infection, sensation change, haematoma and seroma, skin contour irregularities, damage to deeper structures, firmness, delayed healing and tissue death, exposed sutures, dog ears or additional skin golds, dressing issues, asymmetry, scars, lymphoedema and unsatisfactory results.
Risks specific to Blepharoplasty (Eyelid) surgery are: injury to the eye globe, need for extra tissue, loss of vision, changes to tear secretion, conjunctival oedema and chemosis, exposed sutures, upper eyelid malposition, difficulty closing the upper eyelid and corneal exposure, lower eyelid malposition and eyelash loss.
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