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Aging of the periorbital region often creates that undesirable tired look which often makes us look much older.
Eyelid surgery is also known as a blepharoplasty, Our surgeons can help revitalise the periorbital region including the eyelids and support tissues, improving the appearance of the upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both. This provides patients with a more youthful, rested and more alert look.
Centre for Surgery perform both upper blepharoplasty and lower blepharoplasty:
Upper Blepharoplasty overview
- Upper blepharoplasty involves the removal of loose skin that can cause multiple wrinkles or hooding on to the eyelash line. A repair of the eyelid muscle must also occur if there is droopiness in this structure.
Lower Blepharoplasty overview
- Surgery on the lower eyelid is known as a lower blepharoplasty. The oculoplastic surgeon will position the fat within the lower eyelid, which eliminates the much disliked baggy appearance. The most appropriate technique of blepharoplasty will depend on where stretched skin and excess fatty deposits are located around the perioribital region. As an expert in periorbital facial anatomy, an oculoplastic surgeon will determine the best approach during your consultation.
Just over half of people of asian origin are born without a visible upper eyelid crease – a fold in the area just above the eyelashes. Our oculoplastic surgeons offers an Asian blepharoplasty procedure that creates a natural looking crease on the upper eyelid, creating an improved shape.
Having an oculoplastic surgeon perform your asian blepharoplasty means you get the expertise of a surgeon with deep experience of the periorbital region of the face. It’s important to note that there is a difference between Caucasian and asian eyelids. The Caucasian lid crease is somewhat larger than an Asian eyelid crease, and also tapers closer to the eyelashes as the fold goes out. The goal with Asian eyelid surgery is to avoid giving an appearance that resembles a caucasian look to an Asian face. the key is to create an entirely natural look.
Our oculoplastic surgeons have extensive experience in performing blepharoplasty surgery. The most common indications for blepharoplasty are:
Loose skin: Laxity of the skin and tissue under the eyes gives an aged appearance, and blepharoplasty is used to smoothen out the fine lines.
Droopy eyelids: Having excess upper eyelid skin can lead to droopy lids, which give the appearance of tiredness and fatigue. Severely droopy eyelids can even impair vision.
Eye bags: During the aging process, people can develop bags underneath the eyes. Excessive stretching of the lower eyelid layers is often the most common reason for the formation of eyebags, and is a problem that is efficiently corrected with a blepharoplasty procedure.
Heavy, droopy eyes: Eyelids that have excessive amounts of fat can make you look tired all the time. This fat can be extracted during the surgery, leaving you with a more alert appearance. The key however, is to extract the right amount of fat to avoid the sunken appearance. Choosing an oculoplastic surgeon at Centre for Surgery means you get specialised expertise delivered within excellent day surgery facilities.
Blepharoplasty or Eyelid surgery will enhance the periorbital region. It is commonly performed for older people as well as those of asian origin. During the aging process, skin elasticity diminishes which often causes drooping eyelids because of the added effect of gravity over the decades. Lower blepharoplasty is used for skin laxity and loose muscle which often needs to be tightened up.
The ideal patients for blepharoplasty are those who are healthy non-smokers with no serious eye diseases and have realistic expectations of what can be achieved.
The following are reasons to have blepharoplasty
- Periorbital puffiness amplifing the aged look
- Droopy eyelids that make you look very tired, even if you feeling energetic.
- Droopy eyelids that droop so much as to impair vision
The brow lift helps to minimise the creases that occur across the forehead, or those that appear high on the bridge of the nose. It also helps to reposition low or sagging eyebrows.
Unlike eyelid surgery alone, the brow lift offers the patient a more youthful appearance of the eyebrows, along with a more rested appearance of the upper face and eye area.
Your surgeon will discuss the full range of treatment options and determine if this is the right procedure for you.
During the blepharoplasty consultation, you will be able to state your ideas, concerns and expectations about a proposed blepharoplasty procedure and what it can achieve.
The oculoplastic surgeon will:
- Take a full history and perform a thorough examination
- Explain the procedure of blepharoplasty
- Provide an opinion on your suitability based on your needs and preferences
The specific technique of which blepharoplasty procedure to employ will depend on your underlying condition and the degree of skin laxity.
A blepharoplasty surgeon can be either from a plastic surgery, ENT surgery, maxillofacial surgery or ophthalmology background. All four surgical specialities are fully trained to perform blepharoplasty.
What happens before the actual blepharoplasty procedure?
It is recommended to stop smoking two weeks before the procedure and you will also have to stop certain medications to minimise the risk of bleeding after your procedure.
What does the blepharoplasty procedure involve?
In upper blepharoplasty, the surgeon removes skin that is loose and causing wrinkling. In lower blepharoplasty surgery, the fat will also have to be repositioned to eliminate the puffiness and eyebag appearance.
What is an asian blepharoplasty?
Asian blepharoplasty is a type of blepharoplasty surgery that creates a crease in the upper eyelid when the crease is absent. Many men and women choose to have this procedure to increase the definition of the eyes.
Am I a good candidate for blepharoplasty?
You must have real expectations because although eyelid surgery can improve your appearance people may not always notice it. The procedure is suitable for both men and women with most patients being over 35. However, droopy eyelids can also be hereditary so those may consider eyelid surgery at a younger age.
Does blepharoplasty result in a lot of discomfort?
The eyelid surgery causes minimal discomfort. Simple medications such as paracetamol will control the pain in most cases.
Will I be bruised and swollen after blepharoplasty?
There will be some bruising and swelling after the surgery, which is managed with elevation and cold packs.Patients can return to work one week after the surgery.
Will a browlift be needed?
Browlift surgery can be performed in conjunction with eyelid surgery. Browlifts can reduce the forehead creasing and also the frown lines. It can also resposition the brow up to 1cm higher to provide excellent correction of low lying dropping brows.
Will I have scars after blepharoplasty?
Scarring is minimal, and the scars will become almost invisible when the eyes are open.
When can I resume gym activities after blepharoplasty?
You can restart gym actvities three weeks after the blepharoplasty procedure.
Are the results permanent?
Blepharoplasty surgery is virtually permanent. The results could be affected by the aging process however.