Face

Blepharoplasty (Eye Lid Surgery)

Introduction

There are a range of external influences that can alter your facial appearance. Ageing, genetics and lifestyle choices all play their part, for better or worse. Blepharoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure that corrects irregularities of the eyelids, resulting in aesthetic and functional improvement around the eye region. The operation can include the removal or reconfiguration of excess skin and fat tissue, while also reinforcing muscles and tendons around the eyes. As is often quoted, ‘the face is the mirror of the mind and the eyes are the window to the soul.’ Blepharoplasty provides an opportunity to present the real you to the world.

Eyes are arguably the most captivating and expressive feature we possess. They transmit the full gamut of emotions to the outside world. They are also one of the first noticeable signs of ageing, especially when they become droopy or puffy. Even though you may feel young and vibrant, another person might misunderstand you solely based on external appearances, and think that you are tired and worn-out. Blepharoplasty is the answer.

The surgery can be performed on people of all ages to correct irregularities, but is most often associated with patients who are noticing unwanted changes around their eyes over time. In some people, the upper eyelid has drooped down over the upper eyelid fold, and simple tasks such as driving and reading can be negatively affected. Disfigurations can also affect the lower eyelid function.

Blepharoplasty surgery goals

The surgery aims to re-establish correct functioning of both upper and lower eyelids, while simultaneously improving eye-region aesthetics. Surrounding tissues connected to the eyebrows, cheeks and nasal-bridge can also be modified to provide long-lasting or permanent results. Blepharoplasty will tighten facial structure, improve muscle tone and eliminate unwanted skin.

The procedure is not undertaken to remove fine lines, wrinkles or dark circles under the eyes. There are alternative surgical and non-surgical procedures to accomplish those goals. All this and more can be fully appreciated in a consultation with Dr Ellis Choy.

The consultation

Dr Ellis Choy is considered one of Australia’s finest plastic and cosmetic surgeons. His reputation is the result of the highest attainments during intensive study and fellowships, plus his unrivalled dedication to perfecting surgical procedures during the past two decades. Dr Choy will spend the time with you to inform you of your options and his professional yet gentle attitude will ease any concerns you may have.

A consultation will provide greater understanding of your eye function and also determine the influence of previous operations or underlying conditions on blepharoplasty outcomes. Other factors taken into consideration include skin type, age and ethnic background. As with any plastic surgery, it’s important to apply healthy lifestyle habits for best ongoing results, and to keep expectations and aspirations realistic.

The physical examination will determine the best means of resolving aesthetic and functional deficiencies including eye-muscle slackness, excess eyelid skin or malposition.

Blepharoplasty procedure

Upper eyelid surgery

Appropriate lines and creases are marked in order to keep any scarring invisible along your natural skin folds. An incision is made, and loose skin, excess fat and unwanted tissue is removed.

Lower eyelid surgery

An incision is made near the lash line or smile creases under the lower eyelid. Skin, muscle and fat are removed, and the incision closed with very fine sutures. Some situations require internal sutures that leave no scarring.

Blepharoplasty surgery cost will vary depending on individual requirements, the amount of surgery needed, and the time taken to perform the operation. Dr Choy will outline these details during your initial consultation.

The operation is usually over in two hours, and recovery and improvement will begin immediately.

Blepharoplasty recovery

In some cases, sterile bandages are applied post-surgery. Ointment or drops for preventing dry eyes may also be prescribed. Some swelling and bruising is a perfectly normal reaction to any invasive operation, and this should subside within a couple of weeks.

Discomfort is often greatly alleviated by elevating the head slightly or applying a cold compress. Any additional medications required can be prescribed by Dr Choy. Environments that aggravate symptoms (sticky, dry or itchy eyes) or inhibit recovery should be avoided for a time.

Have a look at the gallery for some before and after pictures that show the dramatic improvements that can be attained by blepharoplasty.

Blepharoplasty (Eye Lid Surgery) 3D Animation