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) is purposed to correct these issues by removing excess skin from the eyelid. 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.
During your initial consultation, Dr Avery will assess your relevant medical history and before going any further, ensure that upper blepharoplasty is a safe and appropriate choice for you.
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.
A relatively simple procedure, upper blepharoplasty aims to remove excess skin and fat tissue from the upper eyelids and correct any unevenness. All blepharoplasty procedures are performed in an accredited private hospital, usually as a day procedure, with appropriately trained support staff.
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.
As with any operation, the patient will need to organise somebody to drive them home and it is recommended that they have another adult stay with them during the first night after surgery.
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.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner. Dr Avery is a member of the two leading professional associations for plastic surgeons in Australia, ASAPS and ASPS. Their websites provide additional information regarding plastic surgery in Australia that you might find useful, please visit ASAPS and ASPS.