Hooded eyelid is a term that is used to describe the typical appearance seen in older people where large amount of excess eyelid skin forms a ‘hooded’ appearance over the eyelids impacting their vision.
There are many age-related changes in the eyelid skin, eyebrow, fat, muscle and bone that cause the appearance of hooded eyelids. In some cases, hooded eyelids occur due to a single cause but frequently there are more than one cause for the hooded eyelid.
Hooded eyelid surgery is primarily functional.
Bby removing the excess eyelid skin, tightening the droopy eyelid and stabilising and lifting the droopy eyebrow improves the visual field and symptoms such as headaches, and heaviness of the eyes. Patients can expect improvement in vision and improvement in performing the activities of daily living.
Hooded eyelid surgery may be partly covered by Medicare and private health fund if it affects your vision as proven by a visual field test done by an Optometrist, your surgery may be eligible for cover.
Droopy eyelid surgery is performed in a licensed facility and usually takes between 1.5 to 2.5 hours, but this can vary from patient to patient depending on procedure performed to correct hooded eyelids.
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 3-4 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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