Eyelid surgery, also referred to as Blepharoplasty, is a solution for a number of issues including sagging eyelids, hooded eyes, and double eyelid correction. Chelsea Cosmetics has experts in both upper and lower eyelid surgery, and we look forward to helping those looking to explore reshaping their eyelids.
It is important that you discuss your goals or needs with our team to ensure that you do require a lower or combined upper and lower Blepharoplasty procedure. In some cases patients require non-surgical or surgical solutions, it is always best to be well-informed and ensure that the procedure you are considering is the one that is right for you.
Chelsea Cosmetics Blepharoplasty Melbourne
Chelsea Cosmetics offer a range of procedures focused on the facial region, however, eyelid surgery may be the right solution for you if you experience any of the following conditions:
- Draping skin over the eye that obscures your vision
- Folds created by sagging or loose skin
- Excess fat that appears as puffiness beneath the eyelid
- Constant bags under the eyes
- Droopiness of the lower eyelids
The Benefits of Eyelid Surgery
Blepharoplasty can help to restore the youthful eye qualities lost with aging by removing excess eyelid skin. While there are things you can do at home to combat the ageing of your eyes, addressing this sign of aging is beneficial for your outward impressions, but this sign can affect your eyes giving them a constant look of tiredness. Puffiness or bags around the eyes, or excess skin and elegant lines of the lower eyelid, can be rectified with this simple procedure.
Chelsea Cosmetics Melbourne will discuss the expected outcomes and possible side effects of the procedure during your consultation. Speak to us today if you are considering, or have any questions about Blepharoplasty.
Eyelid Surgery for the Upper Eyelids
As we age the skin above the eye stretches causing an excess which can lead to a hooding effect. Chelsea Cosmetics are able to remove this skin under local or general anaesthesia depends on the complexity of the procedure and patient preference.
The benefits include:
- Reduced sagging, crepey eyelid skin
- Reduced puffy-looking eye areas above your eyes
- Greater visible eyelid platform or lid crease which looks firmer
- Creates a more comfortable application of eye makeup or mascara
- Reduces the tired, aged facial appearance
- Greater visibility of upper eyelashes
- Improves field of vision
Eyelid Surgery for the Lower Eyelids
As the lower eyelid skin stretches, often caused by the fat behind it, bags can form that are not diminished by quality sleep. To decrease these, the fat behind the bags can be removed under local anaesthesia.
The benefits include:
- Rejuvenation of droopy lower eyelids
- Reduce eye bags under the eyes.
- Reduced bulges and shadows under the eye area
In some cases, a laser can be used in place of a scalpel for the necessary incisions which can result in less bleeding, and a faster recovery time. This is a case by case basis however as there are advantages and disadvantages of laser eyelid surgery comparing to a non-laser eyelid surgery.
The causes of bags and hooding
When we get older, our skin loses elasticity, and as the eyelid skin is some of the thinnest, it is often the first to show a decline. Removal of this excess skin can result in long-term visual improvement. Ageing isn't the only issue, however. Consider the fact that water moves around parts of your body that are low in sodium to those that have the most. The area around your eyes is particularly susceptible to this which is why a dinner heavy in salt often results in morning-after puffiness.
When removing bags under the eyes, the skin can often be wrinkled, something which laser skin resurfacing can rectify by tightening.
Recovery after your eyelid lift
- Incisions will be covered with thin, sterile bandages
- A cream may be put on the treated area 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 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 eyelid surgery like using a computer, watching television or reading, they should be minimal, as your eyes may feel tired more easily. You may noticed that your eyes are itchy and for a few days your surgeon may also advise you 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 also be avoided as it may increase swelling further. It is also helpful to avoid alcohol as it tends to dry out the eyes resulting in fluid retention and can also prolong recovery.
Scars may appear pink for up to six months post your cosmetic eye surgery, but they should fade away eventually and won’t 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.
Should you experience any excessive swelling in the eyes or pain, please call our emergency number immediately, and we will advise you what to do to avoid any severe complications. The staff at Chelsea Cosmetics are highly trained however and will do what they can to ensure that the amount of risk is minimal. The risks will be discussed during your free consultation to ensure that you are well-informed and comfortable before the procedure.For Eyelid Blepharoplasty, Melbourne uses Chelsea Cosmetics
The experienced staff at Chelsea Cosmetics Melbourne are on hand to ensure that eyelid surgery is right for you while answering any questions you may have about the procedures during our free consultation.
You may be eligible for eyelid appearance rejuvenation and require a lower or combined upper and lower Blepharoplasty procedure. Our experienced team, however, will assess your situation as you may be eligible for anti-wrinkle injectables or dermal fillers. There are often non-surgical and surgical solutions available to rejuvenate the eye area.
If drooping eyelids or constant bags are affecting your confidence, contact us today to see if you are the right candidate for eyelid surgery, and refresh your look with Chelsea Cosmetics. Contact us today and we will book a consultation to evaluate your situation and understand your goals.
“Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from another appropriately qualified health practitioner.”
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.
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.
The procedure usually takes anywhere between 1-3 hours depending on the patient and the level of work required.
The procedure is often completed under local anaesthetic; however, if you would like to undergo surgery under general anaesthetic, that is also possible. If you would prefer general anaesthetic, you can discuss this option with Dr Attalla during the consultation. Patients should be aware that the use of general anaesthetic will incur additional costs.
The longevity of eyelift surgery is dependent on the patient, the type of surgery, skin care routines, and other possible factors. Typically, you can expect that if you follow the post-procedural care instructions, your eyelift results will last for years after the surgery.
Once the procedure is complete, the base level expected recovery time is approximately two weeks. During this time, you should minimise sun and wind exposure, reduce reading and screen time (computer use and television watching), and avoid any activity which will cause increased blood flow to the eyes. Obeying all instructions provided by your doctor will help you to heal faster and reduce the risk of any complications or unwanted side effects.
If you suffer from a condition where your field of view is affected by your eyelids and surgical intervention is necessary, Medicare will provide partial coverage for the procedure. If, however, the surgery is for purely cosmetic reasons, the Medicare rebate is not applicable.