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Blepharoplasty – Eye lift surgery

Friday 3 May 2019

 

 

Eyelid surgery (also called an eye lift or blepharoplasty), reduces bagginess from lower eyelids and removes excess skin from the upper eyelids. This surgery is usually done for cosmetic reasons. An eye lift will not eliminate dark circles under the eyes, crow’s feet, or other facial wrinkles.

Depending on what we’re doing, if we’re doing an endoscopic brow lift that can last five to seven years. Removing skin from the upper eyelid that can last for ten to twelve years.

Preparing for eyelid surgery is complex. First, you’ll need an initial consultation with Dr Pillay, The Wembley MediSpa’s Plastic Surgeon to discuss your concerns and desired outcomes for your eyelids.

The upper eyelids are addressed first. Here, your surgeon will make a small cut and remove excess skin, as well as muscle and sometimes fat. Some of these tissues might be moved to other areas surrounding the eye before your surgeon closes the incision.

The lower lid blepharoplasty usually involves removal of fat, which contributes to the under-eye bags, as well as sometimes removing a small amount of skin. The incision may either be on the inside of the eyelid or on the outside underneath the lower eyelashes.

Recovery

Recovery from blepharoplasty is relatively short compared with other types of surgeries. Immediately after the procedure you’ll be moved to a recovery room. You’ll be monitored for side effects and, unless there are any complications, you’ll go home the same day.

It’s important to rest for a few days immediately following eyelid surgery. You might experience some swelling and pain. Your doctor may recommend you take ibuprofen to relieve these symptoms. It can take a week or two for these symptoms to fully go away. Your surgeon may also recommend ice packs for the next couple of days.

Blurry vision and sensitivity to light are also possible short-term side effects. You can’t wear contact lenses for two weeks following eyelid surgery. Be sure to have an alternative, such as prescription glasses, on hand.

You don’t need to keep your eyes covered throughout the entire recovery phase, but you might be sent home with gauze to protect the area. You’ll also need to make sure you gently wash the area and keep it clean. After a few days, you’ll see the surgeon again for an evaluation and to remove any stitches as necessary.

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