Is Blepharoplasty the right choice for me?
The final decision will be made between yourself and Dr Kelly. However, the following reasons are most typical of people choosing to undertake this surgery:
- “Looking tired” all the time
- Difficulty in applying make-up
- Feeling more aged than you are
- Hereditary factors have caused premature ageing
- Affected vision due to overhanging upper lids
Blepharoplasty "eye lid surgery" explained
Loose skin, surplus fatty tissue and relaxed muscles are removed to tighten the skin and leave a flatter, more youthful appearance. Upper and lower eyelids can be operated on together or separately.
Scars on the lower lid are just below the lash line and in the crease of the upper lid, and will normally fade quickly to leave faint white lines. Sutures are removed between 5 and 7 days post operatively and a pair of dark glasses will help hide the bruising and swelling during the recovery period. Most people return to work between 1 and 2 weeks after surgery.
Before your surgery
Specific to Blepharoplasty, you may be advised to undergo an eye test if you have any concerns about health issues in your eyes. You may be advised to purchase a gel pack for use when you get home from the hospital to act as an “ice-pack” to reduce swelling and bruising.
The day of your surgery
Dr Kelly will visit you in the ward and mark your eyes with a pen, in preparation for surgery. Dr Kelly will also obtain your final consent and give you time to ask any last-minute questions. When you wake from your surgery you can expect to have ice packs over your eyes to keep bruising and swelling to a minimum. Painkillers will be available should you require them and eye ointment may be given to you.
Dr Kelly will advise you in relation to how long to stay off work-usually between 1 and 2 weeks depending on the extent of surgery. You need to rest and avoid bending down. If eye ointment has been given to you, you need to continue using this as recommended by Dr Kelly. Continue to use your “ice pack” to relieve bruising and keep the scars dry and clean until sutures are removed. It is very important that you attend the appointments, which have been made for you and see Dr Kelly post operatively.