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Melbourne Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

A blepharoplasty (aka eyelid surgery) is a procedure that cosmetic surgeons use to address a variety of issues related to the upper and lower eyelids. Although most blepharoplasty procedures address cosmetic issues, there are also functional issues that surgeons correct with blepharoplasty procedures. Men and women throughout the Melbourne, Australia, area choose the experienced surgeons at Chelsea Cosmetics to address their eyelid issues with eyelid surgery procedures: These issues include sagging eyelids, monolids, hooded eyes and loose skin at the corner of the eyes.

Eyelid Surgery Procedures Available in Melbourne, Australia

The blepharoplasty technique a surgeon uses is the one that meets the patient’s specific needs.

A Cosmetic Blepharoplasty

A cosmetic blepharoplasty concentrates solely on improving the appearance of the eyes.

Upper and lower blepharoplasty procedures can help an individual look more youthful and refreshed. After a combination eyelid surgery on the upper and lower lids, that constant look of exhaustion that many patients experience is no longer present.

A pinch blepharoplasty concentrates on reducing the number of wrinkles next to the eye.

During an Asian blepharoplasty (aka ethnic blepharoplasty), the surgeon can create an upper eyelid crease, decrease the epicanthal fold and make the eye appear wider.

A Functional Blepharoplasty

A functional blepharoplasty concentrates on addressing issues that negatively affect an individual’s vision (e.g., a droopy upper eyelid) or overall eye health (e.g., ectropion and entropion).

Typically, medical insurance and Medicare do not cover eyelid surgery, however, if a functional blepharoplasty is medically necessary, the insurance may cover a portion of the procedure. To determine if a patient’s blepharoplasty is medically necessary, patients usually take a visual field test.

Who Is a Good Candidate for a Blepharoplasty in Melbourne, Australia?

Although there are no restrictions placed on age, most people who have blepharoplasty procedures in Melbourne, Australia, are 18 years or older.

A good candidate for eyelid surgery is someone who:

  • Is in good health.
  • Does not have a serious eye condition (when consider
  • Is a non-smoker.
  • Does not use any products that contain nicotine (e.g., chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes).
  • Has healthy facial muscles and tissues.

An individual who is thinking about having a blepharoplasty must have realistic expectations about what the surgeon can accomplish with an upper, a lower, a pinch, an Asian or a combination blepharoplasty.

Benefits of eyelid surgery:

  • An Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty – during an upper and lower blepharoplasty, cosmetic surgeons can widen an individual’s eyes, eliminate eye bags, lift a drooping upper lid or raise a sagging lower eyelid, as well as address conditions like ectropion and entropion.
  • A Pinch Blepharoplasty – the surgeon excises the loose, excess skin located just outside the corner of the patient’s eye.
  • An Asian Blepharoplasty (aka an Ethnic Blepharoplasty or Double-eyelid Surgery) – the surgeon can create the patient an upper-eyelid crease, decrease the fold in the upper, inner corner of the eye, remove excess fat, widen and enhance the shape of the eye.

Who Is Not a Good Candidate for a Blepharoplasty in Melbourne, Australia?

Men and women with chronic eye infections and severe dry eye are not good candidates for cosmetic blepharoplasty procedures.

Who Should Consider Having Eyelid Surgery?

Individuals with any of the characteristics below may want to consider learning more about the blepharoplasty procedures available in Melbourne, Australia.

Men and women may want to consider eyelid surgery if they have:

  • Loose or sagging skin that creates folds in their eyelids.
  • Upper eyelid skin that drapes down over their pupil, negatively affecting their peripheral vision (i.e., a droopy upper eyelid).
  • A lower eyelid that sags, making the white portion of their eye (i.e., sclera) visible.
  • Bags causing puffiness beneath their eyes.
  • A lower eyelid that turns inward (i.e., entropion) or turns outward (i.e., ectropion).
  • Excess, loose skin just outside the eye.
  • A monolid (aka an epicanthic fold) refers to the lack of a crease in the upper lid.
  • An individual with a monolid who would like to have double eyelids can have an Asian blepharoplasty.
  • Folds located in the upper, inner corner of the eye.

What Can an Upper Blepharoplasty (aka Eyelid Lift) Accomplish?

Although there are things that men and women can do at home to slow the natural ageing process of the eyes, regaining the youthful qualities that have already been lost usually requires surgical intervention. Experienced surgeons at Chelsea Cosmetics, in Melbourne, Australia, perform eyelid lifts to help men and women look more youthful.

At Chelsea Cosmetics, experienced surgeons can:

  • Reduce crêpey, sagging skin on the upper lid.
  • Create the patient a lid crease that looks firmer.
  • Reduce puffiness above the eyes.
  • Provide patients with a greater visibility of their upper eyelashes and eyelids, which allows for a more comfortable application of eye makeup, including mascara.
  • Reduce the eye characteristics that make an individual appear tired and aged.
  • Lift a droopy upper eyelid to improve the patient’s field of vision.
  • Address sagging or loose skin that negatively affects the contours of the eye.

What Can Lower Eyelid Surgery Accomplish?

During a lower blepharoplasty, an experienced surgeon in Melbourne, Australia, can rectify a variety of the issues causing an individual to appear tired and aged.

Issues surgeons correct during a lower blepharoplasty include:

  • Puffiness.
  • Excess lower eyelid skin.
  • Bulges and shadows underneath the eye.
  • Ectropion.
  • Droopy skin on the lower lid.
  • Entropion.

A patient who just wants to address bags beneath the eyes may be a good candidate for a lower blepharoplasty using just local anaesthesia.

Many patients choose to have additional treatments (e.g., laser skin resurfacing) after their lower blepharoplasty to tighten loose skin and smooth out wrinkles in the eye area.

The Importance of Addressing Entropion and Ectropion With Lower Eyelid Surgery

Entropion

When the lower eyelid turns inward towards the eye, the individual has a condition referred to as entropion.

When an eyelid turns inward, its skin and lashes may rub on the eye and its cornea. This rubbing can damage the cornea, cause redness, eye irritation and watery eyes.

Issues that can contribute to entropion include infection, age and scarring on the inside of the lower lid.

What Is the Cornea?

The cornea is the transparent, dome-shaped part of the eye. Since the cornea is a main contributor to the visual power of the eye, it is crucial for individuals with entropion to have eyelid surgery as soon as possible.

Neglecting to Correct Entropion Can Have Dire Consequences

Left untreated, entropion can cause a corneal abrasion, an ulcer on the cornea, an infection, scarring and even perforation.

Ectropion

If an individual’s lower eyelid sags and turns outward, he or she has a condition referred to as ectropion.

Ectropion can result due to trauma, age, a burn on the eyelid, a tumour or a skin disease. Just like entropion, this condition is uncomfortable, causing the individual to experience a dry globe and watery eye. In addition, the affected eye is sensitive to both wind and light.

Lower eyelid surgery to address entropion and ectropion restores the normal position of the eyelid. After surgery, the lid protects the eye, thus eliminating the irritating and painful symptoms associated with these two eyelid conditions.

An Asian Blepharoplasty

Approximately 50 percent of Asians inherit a monolid (epicanthic fold). Today, Asian men and women with monolids have plastic surgeons create them a natural-looking, upper-eyelid crease.

Some benefits of an Asian blepharoplasty include:

  • Eyes that are more symmetrical.
  • A nicely defined upper eyelid crease.
  • Larger eyes that are more expressive.
  • A beautifully enhanced upper eyelid fold.
  • A decrease in puffiness.
  • The ability to apply eye makeup more effectively.
  • A decrease in the visibility of the epicanthal folds.

An Asian Blepharoplasty in Melbourne, Australia

The surgeons at Chelsea Cosmetics use two different methods when performing Asian eyelid surgery, the open method and the suture method.

The Open Ethnic Blepharoplasty Method

Asian men and women who have thick eyelid skin, a thick muscle or excess skin on the eyelid may be good candidates for an open Asian blepharoplasty.

An Asian Blepharoplasty Using the Suture Method

This method is less invasive. Individuals who can benefit from this method have thin eyelid skin. With this method, the surgeon creates a crease in the patient’s upper eyelid using sutures.

Blepharoplasty Procedures in Melbourne, Australia: Procedure Steps

The anaesthesia a patient receives depends on the extent of his or her blepharoplasty procedure. Some patients stay awake during their procedure, these patients just receive a local anaesthesia. However, there are patients who require general anaesthesia, which puts the patient into a deep sleep. Before surgery, the plastic surgeon and the patient discuss which type of anaesthesia the surgeon recommends.

A General Overview of the Blepharoplasty Procedures Available at Chelsea Cosmetics, in Melbourne, Australia

At Chelsea Cosmetics, eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure that takes from 30 to 60 minutes. The length of a patient’s surgery depends on whether he or she is having a single blepharoplasty procedure or a combination of procedures.

An Upper Blepharoplasty in Melbourne, Australia

Once the patient is comfortably asleep (i.e., general anaesthesia) or the local anaesthesia takes effect, one of the highly skilled surgeons at Chelsea Cosmetics carefully creates an incision along the natural crease of the lid. Creating the incision at this location ensures it remains well hidden in the patient’s natural upper eyelid crease.

After creating the incision, the cosmetic surgeon:

  • Removes fat deposits.
  • Tightens tissues.
  • Removes excess skin.
  • Tightens the muscles.
  • Can deepen the patient’s lid crease by removing a strip of the muscle surrounding the eyelid (i.e., orbicularis oculi muscle).

The cosmetic surgeon uses very fine dissolvable or removable sutures to close the incision.

A Lower Blepharoplasty in Melbourne, Australia

After the local anaesthesia takes effect, or a patient who receives general anaesthesia is comfortably asleep, the surgeon creates an incision. This incision may be external, directly beneath the lower eyelid’s lashes, or internal on the pink surface that is just inside the lid.

The location of the incision depends on which lower eyelid issues the surgeon is to address.

A Subciliary Lower Blepharoplasty (aka External-Incision Lower eyelid Surgery)

With an external incision, the cosmetic surgeon can access all the tissues of the eye.

Through an external incision, the plastic surgeon can:

  • Reduce or reposition the fat.
  • Lift and tighten the muscle.
  • Remove loose, excess skin.

Surgeons usually use dissolving stitches to close the incision on the lower eyelid. These stitches dissolve slowly over a period of a few days.

Since the surgeon creates the external incision beneath the eyelashes, it is difficult to see and, as time passes, the incision fades.

A Transconjunctival Blepharoplasty (aka Internal-Incision Eyelid Surgery)

This lower blepharoplasty method is for someone who only needs to have the surgeon address excess fat beneath the lower lid.

After creating the incision inside the lid, the surgeon can:

  • Modify the fat underneath the eye.

The surgeon closes internal incisions with dissolvable stitches. These incisions are well-hidden inside the eyelid; therefore, most patients cannot even see them.

A Pinch Blepharoplasty

For a pinch blepharoplasty, patients typically receive local anaesthesia. Nonetheless, those who choose to have a combination of eyelid surgeries during the same surgical session will most likely receive general anaesthesia.

During a pinch blepharoplasty, the surgeon gently pinches some of the excess skin near the outer corner of the patient’s eye; this is the amount of skin the surgeon trims away. The highly skilled surgeons at Chelsea Cosmetics strategically hide this incision beneath the lower eyelashes.

The surgeon closes the incisions using very fine, removable or dissolving sutures.

Asian Eyelid Surgery

The type of anaesthesia a patient receives (e.g., local or general) depends on the extent of the patient’s procedure and whether the surgeon is performing multiple procedures during the same surgical session.

Once the patient’s anaesthesia takes effect, the surgeon creates an incision along the top of the upper eyelid.

While performing an Asian blepharoplasty, the surgeon can remove excess fat, alter the height of the eyelid, add a natural-looking crease and decrease the epicanthal fold located at the upper, inner corner of the patient’s eye.

If a patient desires, the surgeon can also strategically trim fat and muscle away to enhance the shape of his or her eyes.

A Blepharoplasty Using a Laser Instead of a Scalpel

There are times when the surgeon can use a laser instead of a scalpel to create the incisions in the upper and lower eyelids. Using the laser results in less bleeding and a quicker recovery time. During the initial consultation, the surgeon will determine if an individual is a good candidate for laser eyelid surgery.

What to Expect Directly After a Blepharoplasty in Melbourne, Australia

Patients who receive general anaesthesia frequently experience nausea. The surgeon wants to know if the patient has had this side effect in the past. If so, the surgeon may be able to provide the patient with medication to prevent its onset.

The surgeon may apply cream to the patient’s eyelids before covering them with a thin, sterile bandage.

Once the anaesthesia wears off, patients can expect to experience mild pain and discomfort.

Inflammation and bruising in the area surrounding the eye is normal.

After surgery, the eyes are extremely light sensitive and may feel wet, dry or irritated. Depending on the degree of the patient’s surgery, his or her eyes may swell up and remain bruised for several weeks.

If the surgeon closes the incisions with fine stitches, the surgeon removes them a few days after surgery.

Before heading home, the surgeon provides the patient with specific instructions to follow. These instructions include using cold compresses to reduce inflammation. Patients may also receive eye drops. Although these drops tend to blur the patient’s vision, they help prevent the eyes from becoming dry and also reduce the risk of infection.

What to Expect During Recovery

Dry, burning and itchy eyes are somewhat common following eyelid surgery; nonetheless,
patients must avoid touching, rubbing or scratching their eyes. Eye drops can help alleviate these symptoms; however, the eye drops the patient uses must be approved or prescribed by the surgeon.

Following the plastic surgeon’s wound care directions will help the patient feel more comfortable as he or she recovers. Proper care also reduces the likelihood of the patient developing an infection.

Although patients can resume reading, working on their computer and watching TV, they may find that their eyes tire more easily.

To keep their eyes safe as they heal, patients need to wear a pair of dark sunglasses while they are outside in the sun, as well as in areas that are brightly lit. Furthermore, sunglasses can protect their eyes from wind and airborne irritants.

Patients who wear contacts must avoid wearing them for at least a week, possibly two. When the patient begins wearing contacts again, he or she may initially experience some discomfort.

Patients have to refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages. These beverages dry out the eyes and contribute to fluid retention, which could prolong the patient’s recovery.

Patients must not wear any eye makeup until their wounds have healed completely.

Excessively blinking can increase inflammation; therefore, patients need to avoid doing this.

For the initial 14 days following surgery, patients must avoid activities that increase blood flow to the eyes (e.g., lifting, exercising, crying and bending).

Eyelid Surgery Results

Blepharoplasty results are permanent and become evident several weeks after surgery. However, it can take up to 12 months for the incisions to heal completely and scars to fade. It is crucial that patients avoid exposing their eyelids to UV light before they completely heal.

Although the results are permanent, the body’s natural ageing process continues, therefore, as time passes, the patient’s eyes will change.

A Consultation for a Blepharoplasty in Melbourne, Australia

During the consultation, patients must be able to provide the surgeon with information related to their medical history and desired surgical outcome.

Information should include:

  • Chronic medical conditions (e.g., diabetes).
  • Previous surgical procedures.
  • Current medications, herbs and vitamins.
  • Allergies to latex and medications.
  • What the patient would like the surgeon to accomplish during his or her blepharoplasty procedure.

After reviewing the patient’s information, the surgeon examines his or her eyes. In addition, the surgeon may take measurements of the patient’s eyelids. If the patient is a good candidate for an upper, lower, pinch, Asian or combination eyelid surgery, the surgeon discusses the possible outcomes and potential complications with the patient.

If the patient decides to move forward, the surgeon may take photos of his or her eyes. The surgeon refers to these photos while creating the patient’s personalised eyelid surgery treatment plan.

Some patients can accomplish their goals with a non-surgical eye-enhancement procedure. When this is the case, the surgeon discusses these options with the patient. At Chelsea Cosmetics, we want each patient to be well-informed as to his or her surgical and non-surgical options. This allows the patient to choose the procedure that he or she feels comfortable with.

Preparing for a Blepharoplasty

On the day of surgery, patients need a driver and an overnight caregiver. Since patients usually require assistance walking, for-hire transportation on the day of surgery is not a feasible option.

Since the eyes are extremely sensitive following eyelid surgery, patients need to purchase a pair of dark sunglasses. They have to bring these with them on the day of surgery.

The head needs to remain elevated, even during sleep. To accomplish this, have a couple of extra pillows on hand. This elevation helps reduce swelling. However, patients need not be alarmed if they awaken bruised and swollen for several days after surgery.

Take several days off work or school. Although patients can return to work within a few days of their eyelid surgery, they still need to take it easy for a couple of weeks.

Stop smoking and using other products that contain nicotine for at least 4 weeks before and 4 weeks after eyelid surgery.

Discontinue taking certain medications (e.g., NSAIDs, blood thinners), herbal supplements (e.g., Kava Kava, St. John’s Wort, Ginkgo Biloba) and vitamins (e.g., vitamin E and vitamin K) for at least 10 days before and 10 days after.

If a patient experiences excessive inflammation in the eyes or a substantial amount of pain, to avoid severe complications, please call the emergency number for Chelsea Cosmetics right away.

Potential Complications Associated With Eyelid Surgery

As long as an experienced surgeon performs the blepharoplasty procedure, complications are rare. Nonetheless, knowing the potential complications before any surgical procedure is vital.

Risks and possible complications associated with a blepharoplasty include:

  • The development of a granuloma, which is a small nodule resulting from inflammation.
  • An infection.
  • Vision changes.
  • Blood clot development.
  • A negative reaction to the anaesthesia or other products used during surgery.
  • Bleeding behind the eye.
  • Difficulty closing the eyes all the way.
  • Eyes that look sunken in.
  • Inflamed, itchy scars.
  • Bleeding in the eye.
  • Excessively dry or watery eyes.
  • Numbness, which may be temporary or permanent.
  • The need for an additional surgery to address complications.
  • Vision loss.

To decrease the likelihood of experiencing these kinds of complications, individuals should choose an experienced cosmetic surgeon to perform their blepharoplasty procedures.

Determining How Much a Blepharoplasty Costs

After an initial consultation, the surgeon can determine how much eyelid surgery will cost. Men and women who need a functional blepharoplasty may be able to file a claim with their insurance company. The surgeons at Chelsea Cosmetics recommend that individuals call their insurance company before scheduling their consultation to find out exactly what the patient needs to send them, so they will pay the claim (e.g., a letter of medical necessity).

The experienced, highly skilled surgeons and professionally trained staff at Chelsea Cosmetics dedicate themselves to providing each patient with the exceptional care they deserve.

To learn more about the eyelid surgery options available in Melbourne, Australia, contact Chelsea Cosmetics at +61 3 8822 3472 to schedule a complimentary consultation today.

The address for Chelsea Cosmetics in Melbourne, Australia is: 2/114 James Street, Templestowe, Victoria.

 

Eyelid Surgery FAQ

What is eyelid surgery?

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 Melbourne 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 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.

What does eyelid surgery help with?

Blepharoplasty can help to restore the youthful 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, or excess skin and elegant lines of the lower eyelid, can be rectified with this simple procedure.

What are The Benefits of Eyelid Surgery?

  • Reduced sagging, crepey skin
  • Reduced puffy-looking areas above your eyes
  • Greater visible eyelid platform or lid crease which looks firmer
  • Creates a more comfortable application of makeup or mascara
  • Reduces the tired, aged facial appearance
  • Greater visibility of eyelashes
  • Improves field of vision

What are the benefits of Lower Eyelid Surgery?

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 bags can be lessened under local anaesthesia.

The benefits include:

  • Rejuvenation of droopy lower eyelids
  • Reduce bags under the eyes.
  • Reduced bulges and shadows under the eye area

What are the causes of eye 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.

What does UPPER EYELID surgery address?

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 depending on the complexity of the procedure and patient preference.

What is the eyelid surgery recovery process like?

  • 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. 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.

What can eyelid surgery address?

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 eye bags
  • Droopiness of the lower eyelids

 

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