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FAAS Accredited Precision Eyelid Surgery

Is saggy skin above your eyes causing you to appear tired or impacting your vision?

As we grow older the skin around the eyes is one of the first areas you see the evidence of the ageing process. The ravages of age and sun damage, as well as other environmental and genetic factors, cause the gradual sagging of the skin above and below the eye. This gives those affected by this common condition the appearance of tiredness and being aged beyond their years. Precision Blepharoplasty provides an effective and safe solution to this condition with minimal downtime and great long term outcomes.

What you need to know about Blepharoplasty?

  • Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin from the upper and or lower eyelids with the effect of improving vision and addressing the appearance of ageing and tiredness.
  • An Upper Blepharoplasty removes the excess or stretched skin of the upper eyelid to reduce a puffy, ‘hooded’ eyelid appearance. A Lower Blepharoplasty can help surgically reduce under-eye ‘bags’ and provide improvements to under-eye wrinkles, lines and puffiness.
  • Blepharoplasty is the most common cosmetic surgical procedure performed internationally.
  • The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic with procedural sedation and takes about 120 minutes from your arrival in the clinic to having you heading home.
  • By around 1 week you should be able to return to work or social functions with minimal makeup and limited evidence that you have had surgery other than a big smile and fresh eyes.
  • Surgical Blepharoplasty generally has effects that last for 10-12 years before the natural ageing process continues its inevitable work.
  • Some insurance providers will cover Blepharoplasty for significant visual impairment.

FAQs - The answers you need

Excess sagging skin is most often due to age-related changes in the connective tissues of the skin and support structures of the eyelids. This condition may be typical for your family or associated with chronic conditions especially skin conditions such as dermatitis (eczema) or allergies. Chronic exposure to sunlight and cigarette smoking can worsen these changes.

Blepharoplasty is a very safe procedure for almost everyone suffering from droopy upper or lower eyelids. Although health insurance only covers conditions that impact your vision it is the most common cosmetic surgical procedure performed internationally. Some medications need to be stopped 1-2 weeks prior to surgery to avoid complications. There are some rare conditions that your surgeon will ask you about that may mean it is not an appropriate surgery for you but these will be reviewed at your preoperative assessment.

Removal of excess upper eyelid skin is carried out as day case surgery, generally under local anaesthesia. Occasionally the surgery is performed under local anaesthetic with sedation. You will lie on a couch in the operating room. Your face will be cleaned with antiseptic iodine solution and sterile drapes will be placed around your face. The surgeon will use a pen to mark out the skin to be removed. The ink will wash off later. Anaesthetic is then injected under the eyelid skin, which feels sharp and stings for about ten seconds. After this, the eyelid will be numb and the surgery will not hurt.

The excess skin and fat are cut away. The skin incisions are then closed with sutures, which will either dissolve or be removed in about 1 weeks time. At the end of the operation, the antiseptic is washed off, the ointment is put on the wounds and cooling eye pads are applied to the lids to minimise swelling and bruising. Eyelids normally heal very well and the wound is hidden in the natural skin crease of the lid.

Immediately after the surgery, you are placed in a recovery room with cooling eye pads that are left on for 30 minutes or so to help reduce bruising. If your eye feels sore when the anaesthetic wears off, we provide simple painkillers which are very effective in managing almost all postoperative pain. Normally, the discomfort will settle within a day or two.

You should not drive yourself home after the operation due to the medications we provide and the possible impact on your vision from the surgery. Before you leave the clinic you will be given an ointment to use for a week or so after the surgery. It is normal for the eyelids to appear swollen and bruised for some time after this operation and there may be a little bleeding from the wounds in the eyelids for a short time.

The eyelids should be cleaned gently with tissues soaked in cooled, boiled water. Avoid rubbing your eyelids for a period of 3-4 weeks. Most forms of light exercise and a normal work pattern may be resumed within a few days of surgery. Most clients can return to work after the first week with minimal signs of bruising or evidence of surgery that can be covered up with simple make-up or concealer. Eyelid makeup can be worn on the surgical site from about 24hrs post removal of sutures.

​We then follow you up in the clinic or via a virtual consult at 6 weeks to ensure your complete satisfaction with the surgery.

Like any surgical procedure, there are always risks to consider. Generally, these are short term and resolve spontaneously but very rarely long term complications can occur.

  • Bruising and swelling of the eyelids are common. This usually settles within 1-2 weeks. The surface of the eyeball may also swell (chemosis). These changes will settle after a few weeks.
  • Dry, gritty eyes for a few weeks can be helped with lubricant eye drops and ointment. Your vision may be slightly blurred for a few days.
  • A postoperative infection may develop in the lids – they would become tender, red and swollen and the wound may break down. If this happens then you should contact the clinic since antibiotic tablets may be needed to help correct this and allow the lids to heal. It might be necessary to restitch the wound once the infection has settled.
  • Bleeding after the operation is usually slight and stops within a short time. If bleeding continues you should contact the clinic in case further treatment is required.
  • Very rarely, too much skin is removed and if this causes problems with lid closure, the skin will need to be replaced.
  • Sometimes some loose skin persists, often at the outer end of the eyelid and further surgery may be required if it still causing a visual problem.
  • Unsightly scarring, persistent eyelid swelling or other unusual skin changes are extremely rare complications.
  • ​Extremely rarely, severe bleeding around or behind an eye can cause permanent loss of vision.

At Skin on Forty-Five, we try to keep our costs simple and affordable. We have multiple payment options including laybuy to make this stress free and affordable.

​Upper blepharoplasty costs including presurgical assessment, surgical resources and theatre cost as well as follow up come to around $3499. Some clients with significant visual impairment can access their private health insurance to contribute to their costs.

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