Eyelid Surgery/ Blepharoplasty – Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide & Gold Coast
Eyelid Surgery, also known as Blepharoplasty, modifies the shape of the upper and lower eyelid.
Some quick facts about Eyelid Surgery/Blepharoplasty
- Corrects drooping upper lids and puffy bags below your eyes.
- The procedure takes 1 to 3 hours.
- We use local anaesthesia (for upper eyelids) or general anaesthesia (for lower eyelids).
- It can produce some temporary discomfort, swelling, dryness of the eyes and other few side effects for the first few weeks after the surgery.
- Post operative recovery is quick: patients can go back to read within 2-3 days, back to work within a week and wearing contact lenses after 2 weeks.
- Results are often permanent.
- Risk of complications is reduced to a minimum when the procedure is performed by a qualified surgeon. Our surgeon will discuss the procedure in details with you.
- Cost is approximately $5,000.
Eyelid Surgery (technically called Blepharoplasty) is a procedure that removes fat, usually along with excess skin and muscle, from the upper and lower eyelids. Eyelid surgery can correct drooping upper lids and puffy bags below your eyes; those features that make you look older and more tired than you feel and may sometimes interfere with your vision.
Eyelid Surgery won’t remove crow’s feet or other wrinkles, eliminate dark circles under your eyes or lift sagging eyebrows. While it can add an upper eyelid crease to Asian eyes, it will not erase evidence of your ethnic or racial heritage. Blepharoplasty can be done alone or in conjunction with other facial surgery procedures such as a Face Lift or Brow Lift.
What is the Eyelid Surgery/ Blepharoplasty procedure?
The aim of the procedure is to correct drooping upper eyelids and puffy bags below the eyes by removing excess fat, skin, and muscle. The procedure usually takes 1 to 3 hours and usually uses a local anaesthesia with sedation (for upper eyelid) or general anaesthetic (for lower eyelid).
Are there any side effects?
Side Effects may include; temporary discomfort, tightness of lids, swelling, bruising, temporary dryness, burning, itching of eyes, excessive tearing and sensitivity to light for a first few weeks after treatment.
What is the recovery like after Eyelid Surgery/ Blepharoplasty?
Recovery is relatively quick. Patients expect to be reading within 2 to 3 days, back to work within 7 to 10 days and resuming wear of contact lenses in 2 weeks or more. Strenuous activities and alcohol intake is allowed after about 3 weeks. It will be several weeks before all bruising and swelling is gone. Keeping your head elevated will reduce swelling and bruising.
How long do the results lasts?
Results usually last several years and are often permanent, results may vary from patient to patient.
Are there any risks or complications I should be aware of?
Risks include temporary blurred or double vision, infection, bleeding, swelling at the corners of the eyelids, dry eyes, formation of whiteheads, slight asymmetry in healing or scarring, difficulty in closing eyes completely (rarely permanent) and pulling down of the lower lids (may require further surgery).
When eyelid surgery is performed by a qualified surgeon, complications are infrequent and usually minor. Nevertheless, there is always a possibility of complications, including infection or a reaction to the anaesthesia. You can reduce your risks by closely following your surgeon’s instructions both before and after surgery. At Cosmos Clinic, Dr Ellis Choy undertakes all our Blepharoplasty’s. Dr Choy is an experienced FRACS surgeon. For Dr Choy’s profile please, click here.
What does Eyelid Surgery/ Blepharoplasty cost?
Initial consultation is between $150 and $220. Out-of-pocket expenses are approximately $5,000. Upper-eyelid surgery may be covered by insurance if used to correct visual field defects.