Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is one of the most common cosmetic procedures in Australia. An…
If you’re considering a cosmetic procedure such as an eyelid lift, it’s important to know what your options are and the risks involved.
In this article, we’ll give you an overview of the surgical procedures for getting rid of excess skin on the upper or lower eyelids. You’ll also learn about some common side effects that may occur after surgery and what steps you can take before or after surgery to help with recovery.
Blepharoplasty, commonly known as an eyelid lift, is a cosmetic procedure that removes excess skin, fat and muscle from the upper lids (upper blepharoplasty) or lower lids (lower blepharoplasty).
Blepharoplasty can also be performed to correct droopy eyelids (ptosis), remove excess fat, tighten the muscles that retract your upper lids and reduce the appearance of bags under your eyes.
Eyelid lifts are a very common procedure used to improve saggy or drooping upper or lower eyelids due to ageing or genetic factors. The procedure may be performed alone or in combination with other procedures such as facelifts, brow lifts and neck lifts.
If you have any questions or would like more information about eyelid lifts, take a look at our blepharoplasty FAQ or get in touch with our friendly team, who will be happy to give you more information.
Blepharoplasty is a safe procedure, but like any other major surgery, it should not be taken lightly. Blepharoplasty can result in mild to severe bruises and swelling that typically lasts around one week. Other complications may include infection, bleeding, misplaced stitches or poor cosmetic results.
Most blepharoplasty procedures can leave some scarring. However, the scars may be camouflaged with makeup and are usually well hidden. In most cases, the scars will fade in time as your body heals.
You can also minimise scarring by choosing a skilled and experienced surgeon. Dr Shahidi has received the highest qualification awarded to Australian Surgeons — FRACS (Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) — which means he is very well qualified and you can undergo surgical procedures with confidence.
Eyelid surgery procedures typically take around two hours.
Most patients are able to go home the same day as their surgery, but it is important that someone is available to help provide support. Even those who don’t require an overnight stay will probably need time off work to recuperate.
For those who are wondering, “how long does it take to recover from a blepharoplasty?”, most swelling and bruising will have subsided within a week or two. You may notice the scars for a few months but these too will fade as your body heals the area.
The cost of blepharoplasty varies based on the complexity of the procedure and the amount of time required for your surgery.
You can get an estimation of the costs of surgery by calling our office or getting in touch via our contact page.
After you have your initial consultation with Dr Shahidi, you will be given a full breakdown of costs so that you can plan accordingly before your surgery.
Blepharoplasty is a major eye surgery that can have some side effects. The most common complications from blepharoplasty are swelling and bruising, which are normal after surgery. In rare cases, you may experience an infection or poor healing of scar tissue.
If you’re wondering how to reduce swelling after blepharoplasty, there are a few steps you can take. For starters, it’s important to keep your head elevated and any eye makeup off of the treated eyelid. Try not to rub or touch the incision area for at least one week and avoid any irritation. Be sure to use cold compresses and over-the-counter pain medication as directed by Dr Shahidi and his team.
Dr Shahidi only performs upper lid blepharoplasty surgery. If you have more questions or concerns about having an eyelid lift or any of the cosmetic procedures we offer, be sure to check out our FAQs or get in touch with our team.
Dr Shahidi consults with new patients every Tuesday, so feel free to make an appointment to speak with him and take the first step towards younger-looking eyes.