Blepharoplasty (Upper Eyelid Surgery)
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WHAT BLEPHAROPLASTY (UPPER EYELID SURGERY) TREATS
At the Dermatology Institute of Victoria we offer upper eyelid blepharoplasty only. If you are interested in more extensive eye surgery we recommend booking a consultation with the Dermatology Institute of Victoria's plastic surgeon Mr Jeremy Richardson.
Upper eyelid blepharoplasty is used for the correction of excess fullness or hooding of the upper eyelid, which in some cases can obscure peripheral vision.
HOW DOES THE PROCEDURE WORK?
As we age, the delicate skin of the upper eyelid loses its elasticity and may hang down in a fold, giving a hooded appearance to the eyes. Volume loss in the tissues of the forehead, temples and eyebrows can occur, which can all lead to an unsupported eyelid structure contributing to sagging of the eyelids. In the most extreme cases, the sagging skin rests on the eyelashes and partially obscures peripheral vision. This is commonly an inherited tendency and may cause the appearance of perpetual tiredness. The procedure works by surgically removing excess skin, muscle and fat.
WHAT WILL THE PATIENT EXPERIENCE DURING THE PROCEDURE?
More extensive blepharoplasty procedures are often performed in a day surgery or hospital under a light general anaesthetic, which is why we only offer upper blepharoplasty in our clinic as it is less invasive and can be performed under local anaesthetic.
An incision is made in the natural crease of the upper eyelid. Excess skin, underlying muscle and protruding fat are removed, and the skin edges are closed with fine stitches. A fine scar results, which usually fades with time and is mainly hidden in the eyelid crease. The procedure takes approximately one hour.
WHAT CAN THE PATIENT EXPECT AFTER THE PROCEDURE?
After the procedure the patient's eyes may be swollen and/or bruised for 7-14 days. In most cases dissolvable sutures are used however this is not always the case, so the patient may have stitches in the crease of their eyelid, which will need to be removed at their 1 week post operative review.