What is Blepharoplasty?
A blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) is an operation to remove excess skin and fat from your eyelids and to tighten your skin and soft tissues around your eyes.
As we get older, the skin loses its elasticity and gravity pulls down on the soft tissues of our eyelids, causing them to sag.
Excess skin in an upper eyelid can sometimes hang down low enough to interfere with our vision.
Sometimes a drooping eyebrow and forehead can make our upper eyelid look as if it is sagging.
Skin in a lower eyelid can lose its tone, sag and develop wrinkles, and appear puffy caused by bulging fat pads.
Tell me more about the operation
This operation usually takes an hour to 90 minutes.
An upper-eyelid blepharoplasty is usually performed under a local anaesthetic that is injected in your eyelids. Dr Fotouhi will make a cut on the natural skin crease just above your eyelid. They will remove any excess skin and fat that is pushing through the muscle.
- A lower-eyelid blepharoplasty is performed under a local or anaesthesia or deep sedation.
Dr Fotouhi will make a cut along the rim of your eyelid below your eyelashes or through your conjunctiva (internally) to just beyond the outside edge of your eye. He will remove any excess skin, and remove or redistribute any fat that is pushing through the muscle (fat transposition).
How long does it take to recover?
You will be instructed not to bend or do excessive exercises for the first week.
You wouldn’t be able to wear eye make-up or drink alcohol for 2-3 weeks, and you should keep your face out of the sun.
The results of a blepharoplasty can last for up to 10 years.
How much does it cost?
Upper eyelid Blepharoplasty: from $1500
Lower eyelid Blepharoplasty: from $2500
For the patients whose Visual field is affected by their heavy eyelids, there might be a possibility of medicare rebate for their procedure for up to 100%. Please talk to your Doctor for further information.
Dr Fotouhi should welcome any questions you may have regarding fees. You can book your complemantary consultation by contacting our surgery on 5911 7014.
What complications can happen?
Like any other surgery, some complications can be serious and can even cause death.
less common (specific) complications
too much skin is removed
swelling of the conjunctiva
bleeding into your eye socket