Blepharoplasty surgery also referred to as an eyelid reduction, is a cosmetic procedure that involves removing excess skin and fat around the upper or lower eyelids to eliminate tired, puffy eyes whilst improving vision and revitalising the appearance. Eyelid reduction surgery is often performed on the upper eyelids to target sagging or drooping which can cause vision impairment or enhance the signs of aging. Lower eyelid surgery is also an option for patients concerned about the appearance of under-eye bags, puffiness, or drooping lower eyelid. The surgery can vary depending on which area of the eyelids are being targeted, and if both eyelids require surgery, they can be combined into one procedure. Eyelid reductions can often be performed with other surgeries such as a facelift or brow lift. Plastic surgeon Dr Grant Fraser-Kirk will discuss what options best suit your health and your anticipated outcomes.
What can be achieved with an eyelid reduction?
There are a variety of achievements an eyelid reduction procedure can provide patients, including:
- Rejuvenated, fresh, and youthful appearance
- Removal of excess sagging skin and fat deposits
- Elimination of fine lines and wrinkles, creating a smoother appearance
- Improved vision
How is eyelid reduction surgery performed?
Blepharoplasty is day procedure performed under local or general anaesthetic. If patients require surgery on both upper and lower eyelids, the upper eyelid will be operated on first. Incisions for upper eyelid reduction surgery are made in the natural creases and folds of the eyelids to ensure scar visibility is lessened. The incisions allow for the removal of excess skin, as well as a reduction or repositioning of fatty deposits. The muscles are then tightened to create a revitalised appearance. Lower eyelid surgery involves making an incision just below the lower lash line to tighten the skin and reduce or reposition fatty deposits. In some cases, a transconjunctival incision is made inside the lower eyelid to correct and reposition the skin and fat deposits or to allow for fat removal. Skin is not removed with this incision. Once the desired changes have been made, Dr Fraser-Kirk will close the incisions with sutures. Eyelid reduction surgery can take between one and a half to two hours, depending upon the extent of surgery needed.
What can I expect during recovery?
Immediately following surgery, it is normal to experience bruising, swelling, and pain. The bruising and swelling will be the worst the day after. Lubricating ointment and pain medication may be prescribed to help patients recover. A cool compress and gauze may be required over the coming weeks to protect the eyes and soothe any discomfort. Most patients fully recover roughly two weeks after surgery.
General recovery instructions:
- Take sufficient time off work – up to one week may be required.
- Avoid scratching or rubbing around the surgical site.
- Avoid looking at a screen for the first couple of days to give the eyes a rest.
- Wear sunglasses if outside to avoid exposure to irritants such as dust or dirt.
- Take prescribed medications, ointments and eyedrops.
- Elevate the head while sleeping for the first few days.
- Attend all post-operative appointments.
It is imperative that you follow your post-operative recovery plan as prescribed by Dr Fraser-Kirk to ensure proper healing and minimal scarring occurs. Your general health and healing should be a top priority during this time. Dr Fraser-Kirk will ensure he is available to answer any questions you may have or help with any post-operative issues that may arise.
How much will eyelid reduction surgery cost in Sunshine Coast?
The cost for eyelid reduction surgery will vary depending on a variety of factors, and this will be outlined during a consultation with Dr Fraser-Kirk once he has evaluated your personal needs and goals for the surgery. Costs are generally influenced by surgeon costs, anaesthetist fees, hospital fees, and post-operative care costs, including the extent and complexity of surgery required.
It may be worth consulting with an ophthalmologist (eye specialist) if vision impairment is the primary reason for surgery, as a referral might be needed to book a consultation. Patients may be eligible to be covered by Medicare or their private health insurer if they meet the required criteria.
For any questions regarding procedure costs, please contact us.
What are the associated risks and complications?
No matter the procedure, there will always be an element of risks or complications involved that patients must be aware of. The following are risks and complications associated with blepharoplasty surgery:
- Light sensitivity
- Temporary vision changes
- Itchy and dry eyes
- Excessive bleeding
- Anaesthesia complications
- Poor scarring
Patients who follow their individualised recovery plans will mitigate their potential for risks or complications, including minimisation of scarring where possible. Dr Fraser-Kirk will be available for any questions or issues that may occur after surgery, as our clinic believes patients should have unprecedented access to their surgeon.
Book your consultation Dr Grant Fraser-Kirk today
Our philosophy centres around a patient-focused approach where the consultation is an important element in your treatment as Dr Fraser-Kirk will be able to evaluate and understand your individual needs and anticipated goals for surgery. Dr Fraser-Kirk works with his patients to develop a tailored surgical solution designed at empowering a healthier self.