Undergo cosmetic eyelid surgery, also called Blepharoplasty, on the Gold Coast with the help of a specialist plastic surgeon
As we age, eyelids can start to look droopy, puffy and cause excess skin to sag over the lashes, making you appear tired and older than you really are. Droopy eyelids can also affect your visual field, which can impact your self-esteem and your quality of life. Cosmetic eyelid surgery, also referred to as blepharoplasty, can help solve these issues by restoring the skin around the eyes. The result is a natural, youthful appearance that reduces visible signs of ageing. Vision improvements can also be achieved by minimising the sagging lids.
Is blepharoplasty covered by Medicare or health funds?
In severe cases of loose upper eyelid skin, an item number may be used to attract a Medicare and health insurance rebate. To find out if you are eligible for a Medicare rebate—or a private health fund rebate—please contact Medicare. They will not only let you know if you are eligible but also tell you which paperwork you will need to fill out prior to surgery.
The blepharoplasty procedure
A blepharoplasty procedure requires external incisions made along the natural skin lines of the eyelid. This ensures that any scarring is well hidden after surgery.
All excess fat, muscle, and skin are then trimmed away from the eyelid before it is sutured closed to form its new shape. This procedure is often performed as a day procedure in an accredited hospital under anaesthesia and usually takes around 1 hour. While this procedure produces permanent results, it won’t stop the effects of the natural ageing process. However, overall, the results are long-lasting and look natural.
Patients will need to arrange for someone to drive them home after surgery and spend a day or two at home with them. This is particularly helpful if you have children at home.
The recovery period after blepharoplasty
Complete recovery from eyelid surgery can take up to 2 weeks. After 2 to 7 days, your stitches will be removed. During this period, it’s imperative that you get a lot of rest. You can expect some redness and swelling after the procedure but this will fade over time.
It’s important to keep the eye area clean until the eyelids have healed completely. Sleeping with your head in an elevated position can help reduce swelling. If you wear contact lenses, you should avoid them for about two weeks. Any strenuous activities should be avoided for two weeks too.
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Eyelid Surgery Before and Afters
Eyelid Surgery Before and Afters
Is cosmetic eyelid surgery right for you?
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your eyes, or are having difficulty with your peripheral vision, you may be an ideal candidate for eyelid surgery. Clients with realistic expectations and those who can take the necessary time off to recover are most suited to this surgery.
How much does eyelid surgery cost?
The final cost of eyelid surgery will be slightly different for everyone because patients have different needs. Along with your specific requirements, surgeon, anaesthetist and hospital fees will be factored into the final cost. As mentioned, under certain circumstances, this procedure could attract a Medicare rebate. Dr Doyle can provide you with a more accurate estimate following your blepharoplasty consultation.
Are there any major risks involved with eyelid surgery?
As with any form of surgical procedure, blepharoplasty also carries some risks. Asymmetry, scarring, eye dryness, temporary vision changes and infection are all potential complications associated with eyelid surgery. Dr Doyle will tell you exactly what to expect after surgery and how to care for your eye area to avoid any unnecessary complications.
What steps should I take to prepare for this procedure?
To enhance the healing process, it’s recommended that you stop smoking before your eyelid surgery. There are also certain medications and supplements that thin the blood that need to be avoided prior to your procedure. Dr Doyle will take you through these requirements during your consultation. If you use contact lenses, glasses or have had eye-related surgeries in the past, be sure to mention this during your consultation. It’s also best to arrange for someone to assist you at home for a day or two after your surgery.
Are there any alternatives to blepharoplasty?
While there are a number of cosmetic procedures that will rejuvenate the eye area, blepharoplasty will still create the most dramatic results. Eyelid surgery is the only solution for severe eyelid ptosis (sagging) and is the only way to create permanent results. You can speak to Dr Doyle about the possibility of combining your surgery with non-surgical treatments later on if you are worried about the future appearance of your eye area.
If you would like to know more about eyelid surgery, or to book a consultation, please contact us today.