Blepharoplasty – Eyelid Surgery Sydney
Eyelid Treatment and Surgery Sydney
Eyelid Treatment and Surgery Sydney, Dr Roberts specialises in Blepharoplasty, lower and upper eyelids treatment. The eyes are often called the ‘windows to our soul’, and are a prominent feature of any face. Eyelid treatment and Surgery (Blepharoplasty) improves the appearance of the area surrounding the eyes: the upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both. It is a cosmetic procedure that corrects heavy, wrinkled or baggy eyelids and gives a fresher, more youthful look to the eyes. Here dietary factors, ageing and over-exposure to the sun can eventually cause our eyelids to relax and droop. Loose skin may develop around our upper and lower eyelids, fatty deposits can cause bulging, and “bags” may develop on the lower eyelids. The latter is due to protrusions of fat into the lower eyelid tissues. The result can be a tired and sad look and, and when particularly pronounced even an angry look. The age at which these changes appear is variable—usually from the 40’s onwards, however they can appear earlier. The best time to have surgery is when the changes are not extensive – before the skin is severely stretched. Fortunately, cosmetic procedures can correct many of these problems.
Eyelid treatment and Surgery (Blepharoplasty) can improve:
- Loose or sagging skin around the eyelid
- Bags under the eyes
- Extra skin and fine wrinkles
- Droopiness of the lower eyelids
- Excess fatty deposits (puffiness beneath the eyelid skin)
- Droopiness of the lower eyelids
The Cosmetic Medical Centre, established in 1988, is staffed by fully qualified medical practitioners with over 30 years experience in the surgical treatment of appearance and cosmetic problems, Dr. Roberts and his team will provide you with the best available treatments in a safe and secure professional environment.
Frequently asked questions
How is the surgery done?
The Operation is performed on both the upper and the lower eyelids to remove skin and protruding fatty tissue. In the upper eyelids, an incision is made in the natural folds of the eyelids, making them virtually unnoticeable when healed. In modern lower eyelid surgery, the incision is made on the inside of the lower lid thereby avoiding watery eyes and visibility of the scar.
Deciding on an operation
During the initial consultation the surgeon will make a thorough evaluation of the facial features to determine whether surgery is indicated and will then discuss any questions and concerns relating to the surgery. A successful outcome not only depends on the skill of the surgeon, but also on your realistic expectations about what can be achieved, and your general wellbeing. Once a surgery is agreed upon, pre-operative photographs are taken to help the surgeon plan the operation.
Where is surgery performed? Is hospitalisation necessary?
With blepharoplasty surgery, hospitalisation is not necessary and the procedure is performed in our fully licensed Day Surgery Centre. You will stay a short while after the surgery and can then go home. It is essential that you arrange to have a friend or family member to drive you home and to preferably stay with you during the first one or two days after surgery.
Keeping you comfortable
Pre-operative medications to relieve tension and local anaesthetics to numb the facial area during surgery are commonly administered. This assists in keeping you comfortable and free of pain during and following the operation. If desired, an intravenous sedation can be administered.
The Laser Technique provides
Minimal bruising and swelling with a good post-operative recovery period. Laser cuts and seals the blood vessel and as a result, there is no bleeding during the surgery and minimal post-operative bruising and swelling. With laser surgery, you are able to return to work and social activities soon after the procedure – usually within 5-7 days.
Minimal post-operative pain
The laser energy soothes small nerve endings in the skin.
Safe and precise
Laser is a safe and precise procedure as the absence of bleeding during the operation means improved visibility for the surgeon and less need for electrocautery to control bleeding.
The immediate after-effects
After the operation, some swelling can be expected. The swelling usually subsides within the first few days, and the bruising is usually not visible. There may be mild discomfort for a short time after surgery and this can be easily controlled by taking Paracetamol and applying ice packs. Significant pain is rare. Sutures are removed five to seven days after the surgery and/or can dissolve themselves. Makeup can be applied shortly thereafter.
Results to expect
With the elimination of excessive sagging skin and fat around the eyelids, the patient should have a more rested and youthful appearance. Just how much improvement will be made depends on the individual’s physical characteristics.
Risks are minimal. There are inherent risks in any surgical procedure, and these will be discussed thoroughly with your cosmetic surgeon during your consultation. Many thousands of successful eyelid operations are performed each year.
What are the possible complications?
Bruising and swelling, usually only for a few days. Infection: Can occur after any operation, but we have never had an infection following blepharoplasty.
Visibility of the scar
This is rare as the skin on the upper eyelid in most people heals as an imperceptible scar and is concealed by placing it in the skin crease of the upper lid, however some people have a tendency to form thicker scars. The lower eyelid incision is placed on the inside of the eyelid and therefore there is no visible scar at all.
Asymmetry of the upper eyelids
Many people have slightly asymmetrical eyes before surgery and become aware of this when inspecting their eyes after surgery. This can occur even if at the time of operation equal amounts of skin are removed – but it is very rare.
Insufficient removal of excess fat
Can occur after the operation, but is rare
Fees for Cosmetic Surgery and operative facilities vary widely and depend on the extent and complexity of the surgery. Please discuss this with the doctor at the time of your consultation.
“As a guideline, upper eyelid surgeries around $4000, and is approximately $4000 for lower eyelid surgery. If both eyelids are done at the same time the cost is roughly $7000.
The costs for surgery may be partially covered by private medical insurance and/or the expense related to surgery may be taken into account as an income tax deduction under the income Tax Act number 159P; speak to your accountant regarding your eligibility.
Before & After
Dr Roberts’ extended experience in both the dermatological and surgical specialties has enabled him to develop a holistic approach in the cosmetic and beauty industry. His practice is focused on achieving natural looking beauty by the application of both surgical and non-surgical skills.