Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)
Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) at our Adelaide Practice, South Australia
Our eyes are often the first thing people notice about us. They are the window to the soul. Excess skin drooping around your eyes, crow’s feet and ageing changes can make you appear tired, and older than you really are. In some cases it may even affect your vision.
Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, performed by Dr. Richard Hamilton at our Adelaide practice, is a cosmetic procedure that removes excess skin folds and sometimes fat from the upper and lower eyelids, eliminating sagging lids above the eyes and puffy bags below the eyes. Dr. Hamilton also expertly performs surgery to correct Eyelid Ptosis, a medical condition where an eyelid droops significantly due to muscle weakness. Blepharoplasty procedures require thorough individual analysis for Dr. Hamilton to assess which procedure will best meet your goals of eyelid rejuvenation.
The Eyelid Surgery Procedure
Upper Eyelid Surgery
Upper eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), is an extremely delicate procedure in which Dr. Hamilton removes excess fat and skin through an incision hidden within the fold of the eyelid. He then reattaches the muscle that elevates the eyelid, to both the tarsal plate and eyelid skin, which results in a refreshed, more open appearance of the eyelid. Because the incision is placed in the crease of the eye, it is barely visible after healing. This procedure gives a great deal of satisfaction to patients.
It is sometimes also advantageous to add a small amount of fat graft under the brow to enhance the rejuvenation.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
Lower eyelid surgery to reduce puffiness and bags is usually treated either on its own or in conjunction with a short scar facelift. Dr. Hamilton removes excess skin and muscle, then repositions the bulging fat to fill in the hollows under the eyes, called the tear trough. This technique cleverly both removes the puffiness and restores a youthful contour. The incision is made below the lower lashes or in the natural crease, so that it will be virtually invisible after healing is complete. Eyelid surgery typically takes about 1 to 3 hours. In younger patients the tear trough is treated by injectable fillers, and in others fat grafting may be used. Lower Eyelid problems require careful analysis for Dr. Hamilton to decide which procedure will be best for you.
Recovery after Eyelid Surgery
Always performed on a day surgery basis, eyelid surgery at our Adelaide Plastic Surgery clinic, called Hamilton House Day Surgery typically has very few after effects, with upper eyelid surgery recovery taking just a few days, and lower eyelid surgery taking just a little longer to settle.
Patients may experience some swelling, bruising, and discoloration around the eyes, which usually subsides after a few days. Dryness in the eyes can be alleviated with an ointment provided by Dr. Hamilton, which may temporarily cause blurry vision, which soon subsides. Activities that can dry out the eyes, such as reading, wearing contact lenses, and watching TV should be avoided for the first few days after surgery. Dr. Hamilton will go over all details of the procedure and what to expect at your consultation, including discussing openly and frankly about rare but potential risks and complications. Eyelid surgery can dramatically rejuvenate the overall appearance of your face, making you appear much younger and more alert. Contact Hamilton House Day Surgery today to see if eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is right for you.