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Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) – Better Health Channel

Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) – Better Health Channel


Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a type of surgery that alters the appearance of the upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both. The aim is to improve the appearance of the area surrounding the eyes and to improve vision obscured by drooping eyelids.

Blepharoplasty can alter:

If you are concerned about the way you look, or are thinking about cosmetic treatments to boost your confidence, there are alternatives. These may include lifestyle changes or learning to accept yourself the way you are.

Before you opt for blepharoplasty, some of the important issues to keep in mind include:

Some costs of blepharoplasty may be covered if it is performed for medical reasons for example, if the eyelids drape onto the eyelashes and block your vision. Ask your surgeon about any out-of-pocket costs you can expect. Visit Private Health for more information on private health insurance.

You may want to ask your doctor for advice about finding a suitable specialist surgeon or hospital where blepharoplasty is performed. At your first consultation, you should ask the surgeon about their training and experience. It is preferable to have this procedure done by a surgeon who is specially trained to perform blepharoplasty and who has a lot of experience in carrying out this type of surgery.

Before the operation, you need to discuss a range of medical issues with your doctor or surgeon. They will talk to you about your:

You may have a local anaesthetic and sedation, or a general anaesthetic. Your surgeon will advise you on which is the best option for you.

The operation differs according to the details of the surgery, but generally, the surgeon will:

Tissue glue, or fibrin sealant, can be used to hold tissue layers together during surgery and to reduce bruising after surgery. It is made from elements of human blood that are produced from donor blood plasma. The plasma is screened for hepatitis, syphilis and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) before use. The blood components are also heat-treated to prevent any possible virus transmission.

Tissue glue has been used safely for many years as a sealant in cardiovascular (heart) and general surgery.

After the operation, you can expect:

All surgery carries some degree of risk. Some of the possible complications of blepharoplasty include:

This is not a complete list. For example, your medical history or lifestyle may put you at increased risk of other complications. You need to speak to your surgeon for more information.

Be guided by your surgeon, but general self-care suggestions include:

Post-surgical swelling will reduce over time. Many people find that blepharoplasty makes a real difference to their appearance, especially if they had very loose upper lid skin or large bags underneath their eyes. Your final results will show within several weeks, but it may take up to a year for incision (cut) lines to fully heal.While blepharoplasty can be expected to correct certain conditions permanently, you will continue to experience the effects of ageing.

There are no other medical alternatives to blepharoplasty that can reposition or reshape the eyelids. Talking to a counsellor or psychologist may help you overcome your concerns about your appearance and you may decide that you like yourself the way you are.

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