What is Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)?
Eyelid surgery is known in medical terms as blepharoplasty. It is a plastic surgery used to address the aspect of the eyelids for both men and women usually over 40 years old. In some cases, the procedure might be deemed necessary even sooner in life.
The surgery to address the eyelids aims to provide patient with an alteration in both the form and function of the eyelids. During the procedure, Dr Hunt aims to address any excess skin and fat tissue at the level of the superior and/ or inferior eyelids.
There are two types of blepharoplasty, upper eyelid and lower eyelid. The procedures can be performed either at the same time or separately, depending on the patient’s needs and specific characteristics.
How is Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) done?
Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is often performed with the patient under general anaesthesia.
The procedure can take 30 minutes or up to two hours, depending on the complexity of each case and whether the procedure is performed only on the upper and lower eyelids or both.
The incisions on the upper eyelids are performed along the creases of the eyelids, so they are generally quite hard to see. Fat and skin tissue is eliminated, and the incisions are sutured.
When it comes to the lower blepharoplasty, the incision is 1-2 mm lower than the eyelashes. If there is just fat tissue that needs to be excised, Dr Hunt might use just a transconjunctival incision – on the interior (inside) part of the eyelid. In this case, the incision is not visible at all after the surgery is performed.
Why Patients Might Consider Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
There are a number of reasons in which patients might consider undergoing eyelid surgery (Blepharoplasty), such as:
- Helping to remove a loss of elasticity of skin in the eye area
- Addressing wrinkles and fine lines
- Altering the aspect of the face
- Altering the eye contour
Recovery after Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
The recovery period after eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is often of no more than two weeks. During this time, you can experience a certain level of swelling and even bruising at the level of the operated area. These are normal side effects of the procedure that subside on their own within the next days and weeks following the intervention.
It is recommended to avoid strenuous physical activities during these first two weeks after eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty). Sleep with your head elevated, and don’t bend your face forward. Here are more recommendations for the recovery period:
- Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol for at least two weeks
- Keep the incisions site clean and dry at all times
- Avoid steam and heat getting directly in your face
- Don’t rub your eyelids
- Avoid makeup and skincare at the level of the incisions
To avoid risks and complications that could occur during the recovery period make sure to follow Dr Hunt’s indications.
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Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) Costs Sydney – How much does Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) cost in Sydney NSW?
The cost of Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) in Sydney, Australia varies for each patient depending on the type of procedure, the aesthetic outcomes you desire, and the time required in theatre. Your total cost will include surgeon’s fee, anaesthetist fee, hospital fees and surgical aftercare & support.
If your eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is required for medical reasons and meets strict criteria, you may be eligible for a Medicare rebate and Private Heallth subsidy, which will cover some of the costs of the surgery. For example, if an eyelid is interfering with your vision, this could qualify for a rebate. Dr Hunt can provide you with more information on this during your consultation once the severity of your eye concerns has been established.
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Dr Hunt prides himself on providing the most appropriate techniques and practices for all patients, which begins from the first consultation.
The extent of the work that’s needed and the technique that Dr Hunt decides on will play a role in the final cost of eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty). Many patients tend to pair their eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) with other procedures such as a brow lift, which will alter the final cost. During your consultation, Dr Hunt will take the time to understand what your concerns are and what you want to achieve. You may have a procedure for upper eyelids only, lower eyelids only or both eyelids. During your consultation, Dr Hunt will review your medical history, perform a comprehensive assessment of your eyes, face and brow, discuss risks and provide you with an accurate cost for your blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery procedure.
Considering eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty)?
Should I have eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty)?
Patients who would like to alter the appearance of their eyelids or are looking to address functional concerns related to the upper or lower eyelids may consider blepharoplasty.
If your peripheral vision is being hampered by your eyelids you may be able to claim a Medicare rebate and Health Fund subsidy.
What's involved in a Blepharoplasty - Eyelid Surgery?
Dr Hunt will discuss your eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) with you in detail during your personal consultation. However he performs all eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) under a local or general anaesthetic administered by one of his preferred aneathetists in the hospital of your choice.
Before beginning your surgery, Dr Hunt will mark his intended incision sites, following the natural lines and creases of your upper and lower eyelids. In some instances he may recommend working on your lower eyelid via tiny incision on the inside, which is known as transconjunctival blepharoplasty.
During surgery, Dr Hunt will remove any excess fat, skin and muscle from above and/or below the eye, before gluing the skin.
When can I go home after Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)?
You can usually go home on the same day as your surgery. You should stay home for the rest of the day, with cold packs over your eyes to reduce any swelling or bruising. When you’re discharged, you’ll be given a prescription for pain medication and for an ointment to keep your eyes moist while you sleep.
Will I have to return for post-operative care?
You’ll return to see Dr Hunt five days after your surgery, when he’ll remove the very fine sutures in your eyes. You’ll then have another follow-up visit a week later, so Dr Hunt can check on your progress and remove the remainder of your sutures.
How long will I be off work after Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)?
You should plan on taking one to two weeks off work. You’ll have blurry vision for around a week after your surgery, and the swelling will usually subside within seven to 10 days.
When can I resume my normal activities?
You’ll be swollen and bruised for between five and 10 days after surgery, and should take it easy and not over exert yourself until you’re fully healed. You’ll need to sleep with your head elevated on two pillows during this time.
When will I see the final results of the surgery?
It will generally take around three weeks to see the final result of your blepharoplasty.
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About Dr Jeremy Hunt
Dr Hunt has worked with thousands of patients across his 20-year career. This is reflected in his role as Spokesperson for the ASPS – Australian Society of Plastic Surgery. Dr Hunt is also a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and Supervisor of Plastic Surgery Training at Sydney Children’s Hospital.
Dr Hunt has a strong interest in helping his patients achieve their desired results by employing the most appropriate practices for each individual patient.
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Dr Maryam Seyedabadi
Dr Maryam Seyedabadi has recently joined Dr Hunt’s practice in Edgecliff and is now available for consultations on a range of plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery for breast, body and face.
She is just one of the very few dually qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeons, completing both medical and dental degrees. This gives her a unique skillset and ability for face surgery, orthognathic & jaw surgery.
As a Sydney Female Plastic Surgeon, Dr Maryam offers surgery by women for women. She is supported in clinic & theatre by a completely female surgical team for those who prefer being operated on in a women-only or more female-friendly private hospital environment.