The eyes are key elements in facial expression; they convey emotion, vitality and age. They are also the first feature of the face to show signs of aging. The eyelids begin to sag, become loose and baggy making you look tired, old, sad or even grumpy.
Blepharoplasty or eyelid rejuvenating surgery is the removal of excess skin, muscle or fat from the upper and lower eyelids while retaining the natural shape of the eye, thus creating a refreshed and more youthful appearance.
Dr Eddy Dona has been a specialist plastic surgeon since 2007, and is a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons. From your first clinic visit, and throughout your surgical journey, Dr Dona and his team will be there to make it as smooth as possible.
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Your first visit to Dr Eddy Dona will allow you to discuss any questions you have regarding Blepharoplasty. Dr Dona will assess and advise you on your options taking into consideration your desires and expectations and reasons for wanting the procedure.
Do not take any blood thinning medications such as; aspirin or any medicine containing aspirin, large amounts of vitamins or anti inflammatory drugs.
You should cease smoking for at least 2 weeks prior to surgery, as it increases surgical and anesthetic risks and can lead to serious complications.
Your complete medical history should be made aware to Dr Eddy Dona, fully disclosing all health problems. All relevant details should be disclosed when you fill out your “Patient Registration Form” and during your initial consultation.
There are 3 possible incision locations depending on which areas need attention Dr Dona will advise which will apply to you. The upper eyelid and lower eyelid can be treated in the same operation.
The incision is made in the natural crease line, which is usually 8mm to 12 mm above the eyelash line. Excess skin and fat pads are removed. The scar sits in a natural crease and is practically invisible when your eyes are open.
The incision is made just under the eyelash line in the lower eyelid. Skin and muscle is elevated and then excess skin is removed along with removing or tightening up the lower eyelid fatty layer.
The incision is made inside the lower eyelid, no external scar is produced. This technique is used when no skin or muscle adjustment is needed, only fat removal.
You can usually drink fluids and eat a light meal two to three hours after eyelid reduction surgery.
The discomfort is usually mild and limited to the incisions. Some bruising and swelling is to be expected in the area and usually subsides in three to four weeks. Sleeping with your head elevated will reduce swelling.
Any stitches or dressings that are used will typically be removed after 1 week during your first follow-up appointment.
Pain relief will be prescribed if required. You are not permitted to drive while you are taking prescription pain relief or sedatives.
You can resume normal everyday activities a few days after surgery but do not smoke, undertake strenuous activity or consume a lot of alcohol during healing.
It is advised to take between two and three weeks off work. Healing is usually complete within a few months.
You may need to clean your eyes as they sometimes get crusty and itchy. Lubricating eye drops may be used. Your eyes may also be sensitive to light for a few days. You may wear sunglasses, use sunblock and wear a hat to protect your face when outside.
Make up may be worn after about 10 days.
There may be some temporary changes in vision that usually resolve quickly. Contact lenses cannot be worn for at least two weeks.
It is important to keep in mind that improvement in appearance rather than perfection is the goal of surgery.
However, a refreshed, less tired more vibrant look is the aim of eyelid rejuvenating surgery.
Whenever someone is having an anaesthetic, no matter what it’s for, then things can potentially go wrong. That is why no surgery should be considered “minor”. Of course, whilst the chances of the following potential problems occurring are extremely small, you still need to know about them:
All these potential problems are standard for any operation, although some operations and some patients have an increased risk of developing them.
Specific complications include, but are not limited to:
Insurance plans and medicare will cover eye lift surgery if your vision is obstructed and it is functionally disturbing. There are specific criteria before the procedure will be approved by medicare. Speak to Dr Dona about whether you may qualify to have some of your surgical costs covered by your health fund.
Dark circles under and around the eyes, crows feet or droopy eye brows will not be removed through eye lift surgery.
Other operations that may be performed in conjunction with eye lift surgery include brow lift, rhinoplasty, facelift and neck lift.
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