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Eyelid Surgery – Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty in Melbourne by Dr Richard Maxwell

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.

Are you a Candidate for Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

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

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 such a feature of our face, you are likely to feel that sagging eyelids leaves you looking tired

  • Do you suffer from:
    • Droopy eyelids?
    • Under eye bags?
    • Puffy eyelids?
    • Excess skin and fine wrinkles?
    • Impaired vision due to drooping upper eyelids?
    • Ageing around the eyes?

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.


Combined Upper & Lower Blepharoplasty

Upper and lower eyelid surgery, separately or combined (‘double bleph’), can help to reduce the perception of ageing inappropriate candidates by restoring a toned, healthy-looking skin area above and below the eye area.

Lower Eyelid Surgery Melbourne

Ageing and Genetics can cause wrinkled excess skin and bags to develop under the eyes, making individuals appear older or more tired than they actually are. The bags consist of thickened (‘hypertrophic’) muscle, bulging fat and excess skin in various combinations. Lower eyelid surgery (lower blepharoplasty) can reduce and/or eliminate the effects of lower eyelid ageing.

Lower eyelid surgery commences with an incision beneath the lower eyelashes. This incision is carefully placed so that the resulting scar will be barely noticeable to others. Then excess muscle tissue is removed. The bulging (‘prolapsed’) fat may be removed or put back behind the eyelid where it came from, or utilised as fat grafts to fill the ‘tear trough’ depression between the eyelid and the nose. If fat excess is the only issue, then this can be approached from inside the eyelid thus leaving no visible scar (‘trans-conjunctival blepharoplasty’) but this procedure may leave excess skin behind. Swelling and bruising around the eyes resolves over ten days.

Upper Eyelid Surgery Melbourne.

Over time, the ageing process can cause the upper eyelids to droop and sag as loose skin develops and fatty tissue begins to bulge forwards. Sometimes there is so much loose skin that it hangs over the lashes, partially obscuring the field of vision. Dr. Maxwell performs upper eyelid surgery as a hospital day stay procedure.

The first step in the procedure is to trim away the excess skin. Bulging fat is then removed or restored to its proper place behind the eyelid. The eyelid skin is then closed with a running suture which is removed five days later. The corrugator muscles which cause the frown lines between the eyebrows can be removed during upper blepharoplasty to permanently eliminate these lines. This is an alternative to injections of muscle paralysing agents which need to be repeated every 4 to 6 months.

For more information about this type of blepharoplasty or other rejuvenating procedures such as the facelift or brow lift,  contact the office of Dr. Maxwell  today to schedule a consultation.


Before and after Photos of Upper Eyelid Surgery from a real patient

Blepharoplasty procedures for droopy upper eyelids and baggy eyes: procedures for anti-ageing & eyelid lifts to enhance the appearance of your eyes

About the Upper Eyelid Surgery Procedure

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 effective 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).

Recovery After Eyelid Lift Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

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 Dr 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.

upper blepharoplasty eyelid surgery

When it comes to fighting the signs of aging and looking rejuvenated, one facial feature that needs to be concentrated on is the eyes. The eyelids and the area around the eyes can make you look years older or years younger. This is particularly true of the upper eyelids, as major sagging or wrinkling may make you appear tired or grumpy. Many patients visit the practice of Melbourne area plastic surgeon  Richard Maxwell specifically so that issues with the eye area can be addressed.

About Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

The most effective treatment for the upper eyelid area is  Melbourne eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty). This surgery will involve an incision made on the upper eyelid  which is concealed in the natural fold of the eyelid. Through this incision, excess skin can be removed and the remaining eyelid skin can be positioned properly. The effects can be quite marvelous, helping you shed years in a rather subtle procedure.

Following Our Instructions

When you come in for a consultation, Mr. Maxwell will determine if eyelid surgery is right for you. Prior to any surgery at our  practice locations, we will be sure to provide you with detailed instructions for pre-operative and post-operative care. It is  important that you follow these instructions closely as they will help you avoid any adverse side effects or complications after surgery. It is a great way to ensure the most positive experience possible after surgery and for the years ahead.

Pre-Operative Care for Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery

A few weeks before you undergo cosmetic eyelid surgery, it’s important that you refrain from smoking and consuming alcohol. Both of these can affect the healing process, so you’ll actually be asked to quit for a few weeks after surgery as well. You may be asked to stop taking certain medications or food supplements prior to surgery as well. Be sure to arrange for someone to help you home after surgery and to  assist you for a day or two after surgery.

Before arriving for surgery:

  • Be sure to bathe and wash your face thoroughly
  • Do not wear any eye makeup
  • Do not wear your contact lenses
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing
  • Remove nail polish

Post-Operative Care for Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery

After surgery, a certain amount of swelling and discomfort is natural and can be managed with the use of cold compresses and pain medication. Patient’s may also notice their eyes watering. Some dryness around the eyelid area is common and can be addressed with the use of ointment.

For the first week after surgery, be sure not to strain your eyes by excessively reading, using the internet, watching television, and so forth. 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 any sort of heavy lifting, bending, or strenuous physical activities since that can put undue pressure behind the eyes. It’s important that you avoid wearing your contact lenses until Mr. Maxwell  advises it is okay to do so.

Note that these times are general estimates and your experience may vary. This is especially true if you undergo eyelid surgery in conjunction with another procedure, such as  Melbourne facelift  and so forth.

Schedule a Consultation for More Information

To learn more about cosmetic eyelid surgery and why it may be a great option for you and your needs, contact our Victoria plastic surgery practice  today.

Eyelid Lift Surgery or Blepharoplasty for Eyelid Rejuvenation

The eyelids are often the first area of the face to show signs of ageing, with sagging, wrinkled skin especially in the upper lids and excess skin, wrinkles and bags in the lower eyelids. These changes make people look tired even when they are not, often inviting unwelcome comments from those around them. Dr Richard Maxwell performs eyelid surgery in Melbourne – also known as blepharoplasty –  to restore a fresher and more youthful appearance.

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