Eyelid surgery, also referred to Blepharoplasty, can be required for a number of reasons including sagging eyelids, hooded eyes, and double eyelid correction. Chelsea Cosmetics has experts in both upper and lower eyelid surgery. Read this page for information on our eyelid surgery techniques and FAQs; if you have any further questions, fill in the enquiry form on this page, and we will be happy to answer any questions about giving your eyes a lift.
Operating Time for cosmetic eye surgery– 1 to 3 hours.
Recovery after your eyelid lift:
- Post your eye surgery, the incisions will be covered with thin sterile bandages
- A cream may be put on to avoid dryness
- The treated area may swell up and bruise for a few weeks, based on the degree of surgery
- We recommend using extra pillows while lying down to elevate your head above the heart level as this helps in the healing process
- Application of ice packs or cold compresses for the initial 48 hours, usually it helps to reduce the swelling
Once the anesthesia starts to wear off, you may experience tightness or soreness in your eyelids.
Some patients may also feel a mild stinging sensation. Three to five days after surgery, your surgeon will remove the fine sutures used to close the incision.
Post Eyelid Surgery Care
Although normal activities may be resumed post your eyelid lift like using a computer, watching television or reading, they should be minimal, as your eyes may feel tired easily. You may notice that your eyes are itchy and for a few days and your surgeon may also advise using eye drops. If you wear contact lenses, they should be avoided for one or two weeks as they may briefly cause discomfort when you start to wear them again.
Care should be taken by wearing sunglasses as your eyes will be sensitive to the sun, wind and other irritants for a few weeks. If possible, excessive blinking should be avoided as it may increase swelling further. Alcohol should also be avoided as it tends to dry out the eyes resulting in fluid retention and can also prolong recovery.
Scars may appear pink up to six months post your cosmetic eye surgery but they should fade away eventually and hardly be evident. Eyelid scars heal quite well due to the skin around the eyes being thin and rarely forming keloids. For the first two weeks, any activity that increases the blood flow to the eyes should be avoided, like crying, lifting, bending or exercise.
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Eye Lift Surgery Methods
During the eyelid lift surgery, surplus fat, skin and loose muscle tissue are taken out from the upper and/or lower eyelids. It is generally an outpatient procedure. Local anesthesia is administered with intravenous sedation, also known as ‘twilight sedation’. An incision is made using a radio frequency unit to keep bleeding to a minimum throughout the surgery as well as to remove unwanted fat.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
For your lower eyelid lift, an incision is usually made in the crow’s feet, the crease is 1-2 mm just below the eyelashes. As this area already has lines, the scars are not very obvious. Traditional methods known as the skin-muscle flap and the transconjunctival method are the most commonly used for performing lower blepharoplasty. In this method, an incision is made adjoining to lower lashes, concealing it to the maximum.
The surgeon lifts the skin to remove a small quantity of fat before removing excess fat and muscle from the lower lid.
Transconjunctival blepharoplasty is usually performed when patients have a pouch of fat under their lower eyelids but no loose skin. The incision is concealed inside the lower eyelid so it leaves no obvious scars. It is commonly carried out on patients who are younger and have flabby lower eyelids and elastic skin.
Upper Eyelid Surgery
An upper eyelid lift requires making an elliptical cut in the crease of the upper eyelid within the natural fold of the skin, to remove excess skin and fat.
The surgeon then draws a line to select the lower edge of skin that will be removed, which will finally turn into scars after surgery. The next step in your eyelid surgery is to mark the surplus skin on the upper eyelid.
Subsequent to that, extra skin and fatty tissues are removed together with a thin layer of muscle to enhance the contour of your eyelid crease. A single layer of sutures is used to close the incision, generally concealing the scar in the upper eyelid fold. A single long stitch, known as a running stitch, is commonly used during the upper eyelid lift.
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Most Popular FAQs
5 to 10 days post eyelid lift.
Cosmetic eye lift surgery can be performed on people over 30 years; often eye bags run in families and depending on your genetics can start showing at a young age.
Cosmetic eye surgery may incur minor complications like a temporary blurred vision for a couple of days, burning, stinging, gritty sensation in the eye, excessive tearing and a slight asymmetry.
Sometimes after the sutures are removed, tiny whiteheads or milia may appear.
However are easily treated by the surgeon.
Serious complications involve reduced sensation in the eyelids, dry eyes, difficulty in closing eyes completely, obvious or hardened scars or pulling down of the lower lid.
Bleeding behind the eye called a retrobulbar hematoma is a more severe but rare complication.
Usually the procedure takes 1-2 hours.
The procedure can be done under local or general anaesthesia. You can discuss your option with Dr Attalla during the consultation. Extra cost will be for general anaesthesia.
The results last for years after the surgery. Some patient’s results can last longer than other depending on your skin care.
The procedure is done using radiofrequency and the downtime usually from 1-2 weeks.
Medicare covers partially the procedure In some conditions when the eyelid skin affects the patient’s eye field otherwise if it is only for cosmetic reason medicare rebate does not apply.