Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) and Facial Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Procedures

Wrinkles and lines often first start becoming noticeable around your eyes, eyelid area and forehead. The more-delicate skin around your eye area can either make you look many years older than you actually are – OR, if you’re lucky and have avoided sun damage – several years younger.

Because our eyes are a key focal point of our face, the Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) procedures are some of the most popularly requested cosmetic surgery procedures for facial rejuvenation across all genders. A Blepharoplasty usually means an upper eyelid lift but it could mean an upper or lower eyelid lift – or both (combined Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty Surgery).  There is also a Canthoplasty technique for lower eyelid rejuvenation or problems such as a drooping lower eyelid or eyelashes that are irritating the eye due to lax eye area skin droopiness.

Eyelid Lift Surgeries are one of the first facial surgeries chosen to help improve the appearance of an ageing face.

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Because our eyes are such focal points, you are likely to feel that sagging eyelids leaves you looking:

  • tired
  • worried or grumpy
  • puffy
  • older than you actually are

This is particularly true of the upper eyelids in relation to Facial Ageing perceptions. Research indicates that having drooping eyelids significantly increases the perception of ageing of the face.

Sagging eyelids or puffiness and wrinkling of the skin in the eyelid area are the most commonly heard complaints in terms of how people say they feel when they look in the mirror after a few decades have passed.

The feeling maybe even worse for people who have genetic traits, sun damage, sleeping issues or even food allergies that make their eyes appear puffier or less ‘refreshed’ than it would otherwise appear.

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About Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) – Upper Eyelid Surgery

The most effective treatment for the upper eyelid area is an eyelid lift or eyelid reduction surgery (blepharoplasty).

  • This surgery will involve an incision made on the upper eyelid.
  • The incision is often concealed in the natural fold of the eyelid.
  • Through this ‘skinny’ incision, excess skin and excess fat in the eyelid area is removed (but not TOO much or you’ll end up looking ‘hallowed’ so be sure to choose your Plastic Surgeon carefully and fully understand the potential risks).

The remaining eyelid skin can then be positioned properly, in a way that looks more youthful and leaves the patient looking refreshed and well-rested, but NATURALLY so, not ‘overdone.’

The effects of blepharoplasty surgery can be quite marvellous in terms of facial rejuvenation of the entire face.

Pre-Operative Care for Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery

Mr Richard Maxwell will give you specific information before your eyelid rejuvenation surgery. In general, however:

  • A few weeks before you undergo cosmetic eyelid surgery, it’s important that you refrain from smoking and consuming alcohol (pre and post surgery).
  • You may also be asked to STOP taking certain supplements and some medications prior to your eyelid surgery as well. This is because some medications and supplements increase your tendency to bleed and bruise after surgery.
  • You’ll want to arrange for a friend or family member to help care for you a bit at home for a day or two after your eyelid surgery. This is because there’s a good chance you will feel sore and a bit swollen or bruised (temporary swelling around the eye area after a blepharoplasty surgery can potentially limit your vision).

Post-Operative Care for Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery

  • After Plastic Surgery on your upper or lower Eyelids, you can expect a certain amount of swelling, some tightness and discomfort.
  • Swelling or discomfort can often be managed with the use of COLD compresses and over-the-counter PAIN medications.
  • You may also notice that your eyes will start watering after your procedure – this is typically quite normal but Mr Maxwell will give you specific information.
  • Dryness around the eyelid area after your Surgery is also commonly experienced by some patients, and this can be helped with special ointments (ask Plastic Surgeon Mr Maxwell what he recommends for this).

After Eyelid Lift Surgery (Blepharoplasty) by Mr Richard Maxwell

Avoid wearing Contacts after Eyelid Surgery during your Post-Op Period after Eyelid Surgery.

  • For the first week after surgery, it is best to REST your eyes and NOT overly strain your eyes.
  • You won’t be able to wear contact lenses for a period of weeks (ask your Surgeon for details).
  • You’ll want to also avoid reading a lot, watching a lot of television or using the internet a lot.
  • For the first few weeks after surgery, you’ll want to wear dark glasses to protect your eyes from sun exposure.

Be sure to also avoid the activities that Mr Maxwell tells you to avoid during your healing process.

These include performing heavy lifting, bending, shoulder stands and other inverted yoga positions, or other strenuous or taxing physical activities that may be apt to cause pressure behind your eyes. The pressure behind your eyes should be avoided whilst you’re healing.

Do not start wearing contact lenses again until after Plastic Surgeon Mr Maxwell advises you that it’s permissible to do so.

For more information, send an enquiry form below or phone a Patient Care Advisor on (03) 8849 1462 and ask to see Mr Maxwell in his Williamstown or Hawthorn Clinic locations.

Additional Procedure information on Eyelid Surgery is available on our Blepharoplasty pages. Or Register to attend one of our Free Monthly Events.

Last updated: January 3, 2020
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Dr Richard Maxwell
Mr. Richard Maxwell graduated in medicine from Monash University in Melbourne in 1981. He trained in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Alfred Hospital, the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Victorian Plastic Surgery Unit in Melbourne. He completed his training in 1989, gaining the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

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