Before undergoing eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, Sydney based cosmetic surgeons will ensure that the patient is fully informed about what this procedure involves. It is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in Australia, and it aims to remove excess skin from around the eyelids, as well as excessive fat and muscle, to improve the overall appearance.
Sometimes referred to as an eyelid lift, this procedure aims to rejuvenate the appearance because it is taking away or tightening up the sagging or drooping skin around the eyes. Actually, the term eyelid lift is a misnomer, because during blepharoplasty, Sydney surgeons do not truly lift the eyelid at all.
Bags under the eyes can be very pronounced in a number of individuals, and this can occur at any age. However as people get older the delicate skin around the eye does become easily damaged and can sag and wrinkle. The brow above the eye starts to droop and a “sunken” look to the eye does not help the overall appearance.
It is not just age that causes this to happen. Some people are born with a slight defect, or illness or injury may cause the eyelid to drop, making it difficult to see, as well as causing the individual to feel very self-conscious. Occasionally pockets of fat spots occur under the eye, and again these blemishes are unsightly, so blepharoplasty at one of Sydney’s top clinics is a good option to choose.
Double eyelid surgery
There is a growing trend for double eyelid surgery, which creates a crease or fold in the upper eyelid of the patient. This fold is present in most individuals and common to most ethnic groups, but in about half the Asian population it is not present, along with around 60% of people with Downs Syndrome. This is purely a cosmetic choice and the personal decision of the individual who may want this procedure undertaken.
During and after the surgery
Depending on the type of procedure, the surgeon will administer a sedative or anaesthetic. The skin around the eye is marked showing where the skin will be trimmed, or fat removed, and the process begins. This can take around an hour but it really is dependent on whether fat is being removed (or added to plump up the skin) or if skin is being removed, and not muscle and so on.
During an upper blepharoplasty, Sydney cosmetic surgeons can sometimes elevate the upper eyelid margin to widen the eye if heavy skin folds are weighing down the eye, causing it to droop. However it is important to note that this is not the same as tightening the tendon and muscle that elevates the eye, which is known as ptosis surgery.
Afterwards patients can use a cold compress to reduce the swelling around the eyes and will need to take it easy for the first day or so. Once the bruising and swelling is reduced and the stitches removed, the patient will start to see the benefits in around four weeks or so.