What is Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)?
Blepharoplasty, also referred to as eyelid surgery or an eyelid lift, involves removing and positioning excess skin or fat from the upper and lower eyelids. Eyelid surgery can correct drooping upper lids and puffy bags below your eyes. These features make you look older and more tired than you feel and may even interfere with your vision.
Your eyelid surgery consultation
You and your surgeon should discuss your goals for this eyelid surgery. You should also discuss whether skin as well as fat will be removed, and if any other procedures such as brow lifting are needed. Do not hesitate to ask your doctor any questions you may have, especially those regarding your concerns about the results.
To make an appointment for an eyelid surgery in Perth, feel free to contact us at any time.
The surgeon performs the procedure in hospital as a day case. It is performed under general, or local anaesthetic with sedation. The procedure can take up to an hour. There are three distinct surgeries available: upper eyelid, lower eyelid or double eyelid surgery. We mainly recommend upper eyelid surgery to patients who are experiencing vision impairment due to a sagging upper eyelid. This eyelid surgery opens the eye to create a more youthful eye shape. Our team uses a lower eyelid surgery to remove wrinkles and correct fat pocket protrusion to create a smoother looking eyelid. The surgeon makes a crease in the upper eyelid when performing eyelid surgery. This creates a wider looking eye.
To begin, the surgeon makes cuts following the natural lines of your eyelids. The cuts may extend into the crow’s feet or laugh lines at the outer corners of your eyes. The surgeon then separates the skin from tissue and muscle. He will remove excess fat, and often trim sagging skin and muscle. The surgeon will close the incisions with fine dissolvable sutures.
The surgeon will perform a trans conjunctival blepharoplasty on patients who have pockets of fat beneath their lower eyelids but do not need to have any skin removed. For this procedure, your surgeon will cut inside the lower eyelid, as this leaves no visible scar. Our team performs this procedure on younger patients with thicker, more elastic skin.
Blepharoplasty costs at Rodin Clinic Perth
Our team at Rodin Clinic Perth will determine the cost of your procedure. Firstly, the surgeon will listen to your desires for the treatment to develop your tailored quote. Several factors impact the cost including the surgery and hospital fees. The surgeon will explain the eyelid surgery before giving you your quote.
A Medicare rebate is available for specific cases of blepharoplasty. Medicare will only approve cases that are medically necessary for a patient. They do not cover lower eyelid surgery because it is purely cosmetic. To receive a rebate, patients must provide documented evidence from an optometrist that their upper eyelid interferes with their vision when their eye is relaxed.
Each health insurance company covers different procedures. Some will cover blepharoplasty. However we recommend checking with your provider. Lower eyelid surgery is purely cosmetic and is not covered by health insurance. Contact Rodin Clinic to book a blepharoplasty consultation with our team.
After an eyelid surgery, your eyelids may feel tight and sore. You can control any discomfort with pain medication. You may experience swelling and redness of the eyelids. Your vision may blur for the first 24 hours. Your surgeon will instruct you to keep your head elevated for the first day. Use cold compresses to reduce swelling and bruising. You will be shown how to clean your eyes, which may be gummy for a week or so. For the first few weeks you may also experience sensitivity to light. We recommend avoiding alcohol and physical activity as you recover. It is important you protect your eyes from the sun and debris.
It will be two weeks before your eyelids feel and look normal. We recommend securing time off to allow your eyes time to recover. You should also organise care for your children so you can fully focus on resting. You will be given an aftercare plan before the procedure. We will then organise check ups to ensure you are taking the correct steps in caring for yourself. Blepharoplasty can take around three months to fully recover from. Patients find they can return to their jobs and routine after two to three weeks of rest. After three weeks you are allowed to return to physical activity.
What are the risks of undergoing eyelid surgery procedure?
There are few risks with upper eyelid surgery. However, with lower eyelid surgery, a droopy lower lid is a clear risk. This is often only temporary, but further surgery may be required if this persists.
Every surgical procedure involves a certain amount of risk, and it is important that you understand these risks and the possible complications associated with them. In addition, every procedure has limitations. An individual’s choice to undergo a surgical procedure is based on the comparison of the risk to potential benefit. Although the majority of patients do not experience these complications, you should discuss each of them with your plastic surgeon to make sure you understand all possible consequences of blepharoplasty surgery.
How to choose a Blepharoplasty clinic in Perth
When deciding on a blepharoplasty clinic for you, it is important to consider certain elements. Firstly ask your eyelid surgeon about their training and experience with blepharoplasty. You should look for a surgeon who has experience and training performing eyelid surgeries. Ask your doctor what they have planned for your case. You will then ensure your ideal results can be achieved. Each surgeon will provide you with a tailored treatment plan that considers your medical history. To determine if the clinic is the right one for you, we recommend comparing their before and after images. As a result, you will see the progress and results they produce.
We recommend researching each clinic. You will learn about their success rate and how long they have been in business. A website that is up to date and maintained means that their team and practices are too. Patients should take note of their first impressions and trust their instincts. Read a clinic’s reviews to gain an idea of the clinic. Finally, we recommend booking multiple consultations. This is to ensure you are not missing out on your dream clinic without realising!a
Blepharoplasty - Eyelid Surgery Before and After Gallery
It is best to recover at home where things are familiar, and you can access help. Some people go away for their recovery and that’s fine as long as you have access to wound care and help with daily chores.
Dr Cooper will prescribe you pain medication and drops to use after your eyelid surgery. Should you have concerns about the pain relief then you need to address these with your doctor.
Plastic surgeons undergo training which involves at least seven years post graduate study. As part of that program, they learn about cosmetic surgery. Under current legislation anyone can call themselves a cosmetic surgeon, provided they are a doctor. However, you must have a higher qualification in plastic surgery to call yourself a Plastic Surgeon. Dr Cooper is a qualified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon who performs cosmetic surgery.
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