Drooping or puffy eyelids can give the whole face a tired appearance, making both men and women look much older than they feel. In addition, excess skin around the eyes can cause problems such as impaired vision, eyelid infections and headaches.
Upper eyelid surgery (or upper blepharoplasty) corrects these issues by removing excess skin from the eyelid, leaving the patient with a less tired, more youthful-looking face. This procedure may be combined with a brow lift for optimum results.
Dr Avery has over a decade of experience in plastic surgery and has been performing upper eyelid surgeries in Newcastle since 2013.
If you are considering upper eyelid surgery or a brow lift, book a consultation with Dr Avery and together you can discuss the different options available, developing a personalised treatment plan.
Once a local or general anaesthetic has been administered, a small incision is made within the natural eyelid crease, where scarring will be hidden. Excess skin and fat is trimmed away and if necessary, the muscles may be repositioned. The remaining skin is then lifted and the incision closed with sutures.
An uncomplicated upper eyelid procedure is generally a day surgery lasting one hour depending on any additional operations, with another hour of recovery time before the patient can go home.
There will be some bruising and swelling, which generally subsides about 1-2 weeks after the operation. Patients will need to apply a cold compress and keep the head elevated reduce post-operative pain or swelling.
Patients recovering from upper eyelid surgery may return to work and normal activities within 1 week. Exercise and other strenuous physical activity should be avoided in the first few weeks following surgery.
A customised pain relief program will be created for each patient and issued before leaving the hospital. If circumstances change at any stage during the recovery period, then the pain medication can certainly be adjusted accordingly.
Scars from a upper eyelid surgery are very small and hidden within the new crease of your eyelid. They will generally fade to almost invisible, although this can vary depending on how well your skin copes with scarring.