Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

Your Guide To Eyelid Lift Surgery

Upper Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) Perth

Eyelid lift surgery (blepharoplasty) is a procedure in which the eyelids are lifted to rejuvenate the appearance of the eyes. This procedure reduces sagginess and droopiness around the eyelids.

 

 

eyelid surgery perthAs we age the skin in the eyelids thins and stretches.  Fat within the eye socket can also bulge forward stored in the shape of the eyelids.  In the upper eyelid, the skin excess can sometimes cause visual obstruction if the eyelid skin drops beneath the lash line.  These changes can be improved with a blepharoplasty.

 

Sometimes excess of skin in the upper eyelid (dermatochalasis) is exacerbated by the eyebrow itself dropping.  This can be corrected with a brow lift which can be performed at the same time as a upper blepharoplasty/eyelid reduction.  

 

With ageing sometimes, the muscle that opens the eyelid thins and stretches away from the upper eyelid.  This results in the lid margin moving down which can give rise to eyelid asymmetry or obstruction if severe.  This can be improved with a blepharoptosis repair.

Before and after blepharoplasty by Dr David Gillett

before and after Blepharoplasty by Dr David Gillett
Before and After Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) by Dr David Gillet
side view Before and After Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) by Dr David Gillet
eyelid surgery to remove excess skin

After the Surgery

You will wake up with cold packs on your eyes to help swelling, if these bother you they may be removed. Your vision at first will be blurry because of ointment in your eyes. To help with swelling we recommend you sleep with your head elevated. Raise the head of your bed or sleep on two pillows.

Cleaning the Area

It is necessary to keep suture lines clean. We refer to this as an eye toilet. Please use a salt solution from the chemist. With clean hands and cotton make up pads dip into salt solution lightly squeeze and wipe pad across suture line once, then discard pad. Repeat process 3 – 4 times. With a cotton bud apply a thin smear of prescribed eye ointment to the suture line. Use a new cotton bud for each suture line.

Pain Management

Your anaesthetist will provide you with instructions regarding pain medication and a prescription if necessary.

Appointments

First Post Operative Appointment
We will see you in the rooms 4 – 7 days after your operation. At this stage we will check your progress, remove and trim the sutures and answer any concerns you may have.

Second Post Operative Appointment
Your next post operative visit will then be scheduled, for removal/trimming sutures. Expect to have some bruising and swelling – the amount you have is individual. This will settle over the following few weeks.

When Can I Resume Activities?

Most patients can return to work after 7 – 10 days. Bruising can be disguised. If you wish to discuss camouflage make up please bring this up at your next post operative visit with the nurse.

Report the Following Post Operative Concerns

  • Fever (with a temperature of more than 38 C) or chills.
  • Heavy oozing or bleeding from a wound.
  • Increased swelling around a wound site.
  • Increased pain.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Difficulty in passing urine.
  • Spreading redness around the wound.
  • A foul odour from a wound
If you have any of these post operative concerns or queries please ring the rooms on (08) 9284 4966.