We all love our eyes to sparkle. But when our eyelids begin to droop — whether it’s due to age, ptosis or other medical disorders — undergoing a blepharoplasty is often the best option available for you to correct or restore the natural proportions of your eyelids.
During your initial consultation, I will outline my experience and skill as a specialist plastic surgeon in blepharoplasty along with my approach to eyelid surgery; an application that provides my patients with the right symmetrical shape and balance to the face. I will also review your medical history along with any pre-existing health issues that may affect the desired results including any history of glaucoma, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, any prescribed or over-the-counter medications that you’re taking, allergies or side-effects from anaesthesia, and any history of high blood pressure or other circulatory issues.
Of course, what sort of results will you achieve will be the pressing question during the consultation.
It is important to remember that any surgery will come with an element of risk and post-operative side-effects. If you’re a smoker, you are increasing the further risk of complications.
For upper eyelid surgery, fine incisions are usually made in the eyelid crease so when it heals, the scar is not noticeable.
For Asian patients seeking a wider, fuller eye to complement the natural almond shape, a blepharoplasty will leave a visible crease or fold in the upper eyelids.
During the procedure, excess skin and any deposits of fat will be removed before sutures are applied to tighten the underlying tissue.
Because the incision in upper eyelid surgery is made in the natural skin folds [crease of the eyelids], there will be little or no visible scarring once the area has healed. Within the year, the scar tissue will be minimal in the crease, and makeup may be used to conceal any marks. With lower blepharoplasty, an incision will be made on the inside of the lower eyelid, and all scarring will remain hidden.
After surgery, your sutures will be supported with surgical tape, and the procedure will leave you with bruising and swelling. You may likely experience mild pain or discomfort, numbness, dryness and itching and be sensitive to light. Excess swelling may also temporarily interfere with your vision.
As such, I will prescribe eye drops or the appropriate medication to alleviate any symptoms.
So it is essential that you:
• Spend as much time resting during the first week and restrict your activities.
• A follow-up appointment will be scheduled three days after the procedure. After a week, I will remove the sutures.
My experienced team and I will also monitor your progress including any prolonged symptoms associated with pain or swelling. Your comfort, safety and well-being is always a priority.
Post Operative Care
Another concern of patients is the required downtime for recovery. I recommend that you take at least 7-10 days off work following surgery.
For most patients, the swelling will substantially decrease after the third day. By the second month, the healing process will begin to peak, and your quality results will be revealed, leaving you with a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance.
It is important to note that the surgery will correct any specific conditions; however, as with any cosmetic procedure, you will continue to experience the effects of ageing within a decade.
Always remember, it is an honour to age gracefully and remain in excellent health.
If the procedure is carried out for medical reasons, some of the costs may be covered by Medicare or private health insurance with the appropriate Medicare Benefits Schedule [MBS] item number. You will also be assessed by an ophthalmologist (eye specialist) before your surgery in order to meet Medicare’s rebate criteria. All associated costs with the procedure will be provided during your consultation.
Blepharoplasty will be performed at my clinic, and a referral will be required by your general practitioner. The procedure typically takes an hour under a local anaesthetic.
I look forward to assisting you on your cosmetic journey.
Dr Lionel Chang [MB BS FRACS]
Disclaimer: Results will vary with every patient and the enclosed information is a general overview.