Are you in Brisbane and considering Blepharoplasty?
In this blog, we share details about both upper eyelid and lower eyelid blepharoplasty, including who is a good candidate and what to expect during recovery.
Some of our patients opt for the upper eyelid surgery as the skin is so excessive it’s actually drooping over the eye and impairing their vision.
Other people might receive comments about looking tired or angry and choose to have the surgery brighten their appearance.
Keep reading to find out more or click here to schedule an appointment with Dr Yang.
Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty Brisbane
Upper eyelid surgery carried out by Dr Samuel Yang – a qualified Plastic & Reconstructive surgeon – is fairly straightforward.
It involves the excess skin and a small strip of underlying muscle being removed. Sometimes some of the fat in the region is also removed, to make the eyes look less puffy.
The scar sits in the upper eyelid crease, and due to this location and the thin skin in the area healing well, this scar tends to be very inconspicuous.
Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty Candidate
Dr Yang says there are two primary reasons people carry out this type of eyelid surgery – function and aesthetic.
- Functional benefit:
Some people have excess skin on the upper eyelid which obstructs their visual field.
For patients who fall into this category, this procedure is not purely cosmetic. Therefore, they may be able to claim a Medicare item number, if they have an optometrist demonstrate the reduced vision field due to excess skin.
- Aesthetic benefit:
Aesthetic benefits include:
- Brighter, refreshed look
- Increased eye shadow area
- Results are subtle. People can expect to look “well-rested” and “refreshed”, rather than “worked on”.
Lower Blepharoplasty Brisbane
A lower eyelid blepharoplasty is a bigger operation, when compared to the upper eyelid surgery.
It usually involves lifting the mid-faced tissue, tightening the attachment of the lower eyelid to the outside of the orbital rim/ bone of the eye.
Also, the operation can involve re-draping fat in the lower eyelid to potentially get rid of puffiness of the grooves that form in the lower eyelid (also known as the tear trough area).
With this procedure the scars can either be on the inside of the eyelid, or at the margin of the eyelid skin.
Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty Candidate
People who may benefit from this type of surgery are those who still have good integrity in structure of the lower eyelid, but they have excess skin or bagginess.
Blepharoplasty patients may experience the following after the operation:
The puffiness typically starts to resolve by the end of the first week.
By the 6-week mark the majority of the puffiness will be gone, and by the 3-month mark it should be settled.
How long do blepharoplasty results last?
If done properly, the results of blepharoplasty should last years – if not decades.
However, it’s important to note that while this surgery will rejuvenate the eyes’ appearance, the tissue surrounding the eye will continue to change with time and age, droop and sag.
Dr Samuel Yang is an experienced plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgeon based in Brisbane.
A fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and a member of both the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Australian Medical Association, Dr Yang has been practising in both the private and public systems since 2013.
Dr Yang aims to help his patients pick the best surgical option based on the desired result, and ensures they are comfortable and informed before making any commitment.