Eyes are beholder of beauty. Whenever we meet and greet somebody, our eyes make the first contact. Glowing eyes surrounded by well-toned clear skin of the eyelids are of paramount importance for the beauty. Eyes are also the first indicators of the advancing age. Loose wrinkled skin of the eyes, drooping eyebrows and eyelids, presence of bulging and baggy eyelids can give a tired and aged looks to a person. Presence of excessive wrinkles or crow’s feet on the outer corners of eyes can be unattractive sometimes.
Eyelid surgery, or an eyelid lift, is a cosmetic procedure that removes and/or tightens “creepy” or sagging skin around the eyes resulting in a smoother, tauter appearance. As a person ages, excess fat as well as skin accumulate in certain areas of the body. These signs of ageing affect even the eyes. When these happen, you may always have that fatigued, tired, old, and even and angry look. One major factor that contributes to such appearance is ageing. As you grow older, the muscles surrounding the eyes weaken, the skin around the eyelids stretches, and ultimately fat will accumulate and surround the area around the eyes. This condition is commonly referred to as eye bags and may not only make you look older, but may also affect your eyesight. However, there is a medical procedure called eyelid surgery that can help you solve this eye condition. Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to eliminate fat accumulation as well as excess muscle and skin from the eyelids. This procedure can be performed on either the upper eyelids or lower eyelids.
If both your upper and lower eyelids are affected, you can also choose to have eyelid surgery performed on all of them. Blepharoplasty is recommended to individuals who would like to look younger than their actual age, appear more alert, and of course look a lot more refreshed. While this type of cosmetic surgery can help you appear vibrant and younger, there are some questions that you need to ask before you undergo eyelid surgery.
What are the different types of eyelid surgery?
There are several types of eyelid surgery that are used to enhance the appearance of the eyelids. Here are the following types of blepharoplasty:
Upper Eyelid Surgery
This type of blepharoplasty is used to improve two of the most common problem areas. The first area is the excess skin affecting the upper eyelid that is often referred to as the hooding of the upper eyelid. The next problem area that this type of eyelid surgery improves is the puffiness in the middle as well as the inner corner of the upper eyelid. This problem is usually caused by herniation of fat. Since these common eyelid problems can also affect your eyesight, upper eyelid surgery can be used to improve your overall look as well as prevent problems with your vision.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
This type of eyelid surgery is performed in order to eliminate the puffiness located in the lower eyelid. This puffiness is what most people refer to as eye bags and they appear under the eyes. This is caused by the accumulation of excess fat and excess skin that can result from several factors including ageing. A person who is affected by the accumulation of fat and skin around the eye area will always appear tired, fatigued, and look older. If you are experiencing this problem, undergoing a lower eyelid surgery can bring back your rested, alert, and younger appearance.
Asian Eyelid Surgery
As Western eyes are different from Asian eyes, the Asian eyelid surgery is specifically designed to improve the appearance of Asians. The major difference between Asian eyelids from Western eyes is the anatomical structure of the orbital septum. Orbital septum is the layer of the eyes that is responsible for holding back the fat. With Asian eyelids, this layer extends further down towards the margin of the eyelids. This type of surgery is similar to the more traditional eyelid surgery, but will ensure that the ethnic features will remain. Asian eyelid surgery is also referred to as the double eyelid operation or the Asian blepharoplasty.
Benefits of Eyelid surgery:
- Improvement in the peripheral vision
- Having a more alert and refreshed appearance
- Restoring the youthful appearance of the eyelids
- Increased self confidence
- Improved overall appearance
Planning your surgery:
At Sydney Plastic Surgery Clinic, before starting any cosmetic surgery procedure, Sydney cosmetic specialists will examine all of your medical history as some patients may have medical condition that require pre-planning. Similarly before Eyelid surgery, we analyse and check your medical history to make sure that you do not have any type of allergies and you are not on any medication that will make you bleed. Sydney cosmetic specialists are the best cosmetic surgeons in Sydney, it is our duty to take care and assess all factors prior to performing the surgery. Your goals and expectations will also be discussed. At Sydney Plastic Surgery Clinic, we make a profile for each patient with his before and after situation of surgery. You will need to discuss whether to do all four eyelids or just the upper or lower ones, whether skin as well as fat will be removed or transposed to another area and whether any additional procedures are suitable.
Performing eyelid surgery takes around one to three hours to complete. This will depend on the extent of the surgery and on the areas of the eyelids that the surgeon will perform the procedure on. If the eyelid surgery will be performed on all four eyelids, the time needed to complete the procedure will be longer. Sydney cosmetic specialists perform surgery on the upper lids first, then the lower ones. Working through these incisions, they separate the skin from underlying fatty tissue and muscle, remove or transpose excess fat and often trim sagging skin and muscle. The incisions are then closed with very fine sutures.
After eyelid surgery at Sydney Plastic surgery clinic, your eyes will be lubricated with ointment. It is normal that after eyelid surgery you feel your eyelids tight. Sometimes pain will be associated, so you need to take medicine prescribed by Sydney cosmetic specialists. Upper eyelid surgery and lower eyelid surgery are among the commonest procedures that Sydney cosmetic specialists perform.
After initial 24 hours, you will be able to watch TV and read newspaper. Your stitches will require removal after 5 days normally. Eyelid swelling and discoloration will gradually diminish and you will be able to get back to your work in 7 days. Sydney cosmetic specialists will advise you to take rest for 2 more days to achieve the best results. You will also be advised to avoid hard activities that may lead to high blood pressure in the first week
Plastic Surgery Costs
- Upper Eyelid Reduction (Droopy upper eyelids)
- Total Cost: $3,900 (including Surgeon’s fee, Assistant Surgeons fee, Anesthetist