Blepharoplasty can relieve the heaviness of excess upper and lower eyelid skin, while giving you a fresher, more youthful appearance

Blepharoplasty surgery

Blepharoplasty refers to the surgical removal of excess skin from the upper or lower eyelids.
It is suitable for people who feel that the skin of their eyelids has stretched or sagged with age. Some women even have difficulty applying make-up because of their loose upper eyelid skin. The excess skin of the upper eyelid can also stretch to the point of obstructing vision or causing chronic tiredness of the forehead and brow region.

If your eyelids are obstructing your vision, then this is a valid medical reason to have blepharoplasty at Waverley House in Adelaide. To be more precise, if your eyelids rest on your eyelashes when you gaze directly ahead, then you may be entitled to Medicare or private health insurance rebates. If you are primarily concerned with your appearance and you do not have any physical symptoms related to the eyelids, then the procedure is considered cosmetic in nature and won’t necessarily be covered by your insurer.

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Types of eyelid surgery

In theory, upper and lower eyelid blepharoplasty is simple in terms of the execution and it offers subtle results. There are many variations to the procedure that allow it to be tailored to your face and specific requirements. Blepharoplasty can be an extremely powerful tool for refreshing the upper face.

Benefits of Blepharoplasty

At Waverley House in Adelaide, our aim is to relieve any symptoms associated with heavy eyelids and brighten the eyes, all the while maintaining a natural appearance. In men, less excision is required height and width-wise in order to maintain a more masculine appearance. In women, it is important not to over-resect to avoid an overly enhanced end result.

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Blepharoplasty FAQs – What You Should Know

How successful is cosmetic eyelid surgery in general?

Blepharoplasty has a high success rate, especially when it is performed by qualified and experienced surgeons such as those at Waverley House in Adelaide. It is, however, important for patients to have realistic expectations about what can be achieved but your results will be discussed with you during your consultation.

What can I expect to happen during my blepharoplasty procedure?

If you will be working on both your upper and lower eyelids, your upper eyelids will be addressed first. To remove the excess skin, muscle and fat, an incision is made along the fold of the eyelid – this way scarring can be kept to a minimum. For the lower eyelid, an incision is made just below the lashline, which is also a natural crease that will hide any scarring. Excess fat, muscle and skin are removed from this area too. The average procedure takes about two hours to complete. There is no ideal age for this surgery – it really depends on how much the eyelids are affecting your appearance or your vision.

Will blepharoplasty get rid of dark circles and crow’s feet?

No, this is not the aim of eyelid surgery. If anything, there will be a subtle difference to the area around the eyes as the skin is tightened but this will be different for everyone. Dark circles can be slightly reduced but again, this varies between patients and there will more than likely still be a bit of darkness under the eyes after surgery. If you have additional aesthetic concerns, you can discuss these with your surgeon during your consultation as there are other treatments that you can consider to treat these issues.

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Will there be noticeable scars after my eyelid surgery?

There is always a risk of scarring after surgery but the eyelids actually heal particularly well when compared to other areas of the body, mainly because the skin is thinner. Any scarring will be barely visible, so this is not something you need to be worried about. The only time that some scarring can be seen is when the eyes are closed.

Should I consider an eyebrow lift instead of blepharoplasty?

You may need a brow lift if the hood of your eyelid extends past the corner of your eyelid. Basically, if you can push your brows up slightly and it corrects the appearance of hooded eyelids, a brow lift might be a better choice. With this being said, an eyebrow lift is sometimes performed in conjunction with blepharoplasty and facial injections to achieve the desired end result.

How long will the results of my blepharoplasty surgery last?

In most instances, the results of blepharoplasty last at least 10 years, if not a lifetime. This is mainly because the eyelid surgery is designed to correct genetic factors that affect the eyelids, not general ageing. If anything, some patients just need to schedule a slight touch up years later in order to maintain the results of their surgery.

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