Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
- Non cosmetic elective procedure
- Hospital fees may covered by private health insurance
- Day surgery only and can be performed under local anaesthetic in clinic
- Cosmetic elective procedure
- Not covered by private health fund or medicare
- Day surgery only
Blepharoplasty is a face-saving procedure that helps erase fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes that age your appearance. Also known as eyelid surgery, this beautifying procedure helps reverse the damage done by
- Sun damage
- Muscle movement (squinting, smiling)
At Form & Face in Bondi Junction, Dr Benjamin Norris brings both surgical expertise and aesthetic skill to both upper and lower blepharoplasty. He uses eyelid surgery to help patients regain a youthful facial appearance and, in many cases, improved vision, as well.
Treating Ageing Eyes with Blepharoplasty
As you get older, the skin on your eyelid stretches and the supporting muscles begin to weaken in strength. This may cause excess fat to gather above and below your eyelids, which in turn leads to
- Extra skin and fine wrinkles in the lower eyelid
- Droopy lower eyelids that reveal too much white below the iris
- Loose saggy skin that creates folds and/or changes the natural contour of the upper lids
- Excess fatty deposits that make the skin of the eyelid appear puffy
- Bags under the eyes
As well as making you look older, these changes in the skin can affect your vision. Many patients come to Form and Face complaining of reduced peripheral vision, particularly on the upper and outer edges.
Dr Norris’s extensive experience with blepharoplasty can rectify the most bothersome around-the-eye issues. Our patients who have successfully undergone the procedure achieve both aesthetic and functional improvements to the eye area.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Blepharoplasty
If you are in good health, have a good attitude and realistic expectations about the changes that eye surgery will make in your life, you are most likely a good candidate for blepharoplasty.
Blepharoplasty can do many wonderful things, but Dr Norris reminds our patients at Form and Face that this procedure cannot
- Lift sagging eyebrows
- Get rid of crow’s feet
- Erase dark circles
Many of the visitors to our practice choose to undergo blepharoplasty at the same time as other facial procedures including a brow lift, facelift and skin resurfacing.
The transformative results can be magnificent.
Dr Norris cares about his patients. Their satisfaction is his utmost concern. Your medical history will be reviewed and Dr Norris will personally evaluate your eyelids assessing
- Facial dimensions (to ensure a natural looking, symmetrical outcome)
- Skin tone
- Condition of the underlying muscle tissue
To ensure the best possible outcomes, Dr Norris will meet with you to discuss your reasons for choosing eyelid surgery. He’ll also
- Ask about your goals
- Address your concerns
- Ensure your expectations are realistic
- Discuss what you ultimately hope your eyelids will look like
Then it’s time to smile! We document all of our eyelid surgery patients with before-and-after photographs for their medical records.
Should you have any questions, everyone at Form & Face is dedicated to help you find the answers. When you and Dr Norris have finished yourconsultation, you’ll be introduced to Shannon. Shannon is our Practice Manager and “patient guide” par excellence.
She’ll discuss your options for surgery and provide you with a detailed, but easy-to-understand quotation for the procedure. Should you decide to schedule your surgery at that time, you will be asked to schedule a second consultation prior to your procedure.
How to Prepare for Upper and Lower Eyelid Surgery
Dr Norris requires that all patients must stop smoking 2 months before embarking on any type of cosmetic surgery. Smoking inhibits circulation and good circulation is essential to healing and optimal outcomes.
Additionally, any medications you are taking that are associated with a risk of increased bleeding should be discontinued two weeks prior to surgery. This applies to over-the-counter preparations, prescribed drugs, and herbal supplements, as well. The only exceptions are medications that have been approved by your surgeon.
Finally, you will need to arrange for a patient escort to take the “new you” home after your procedure at Form & Face.
What Happens During Blepharoplasty
Blepharoplasty is generally performed as an outpatient procedure. In some instances, however, particularly if other procedures are being performed at the same time, Dr Norris performs eyelid reduction surgery at a hospital.
Procedures performed at Bondi Junction do not require general anaesthesia. The friendly faces of the Form and Face team who will all be working hard to make you feel comfortable and at-home will be surrounding you. If you are having work done in hospital, you will meet another member of your team, the anaesthetist.
The specifics of an eyelid surgery vary from patient to patient. Generally, Dr Norris spends approximately one-hour each performing upper or lower blepharoplasty. The complete procedure takes about four hours.
The graphic below illustrates some of the incision lines that Dr Norris uses during blepharoplasty on the upper and lower lids.
What to Expect After Upper or Lower Eyelid Surgery
When your surgery is complete, you will be taken to a recovery room and monitored for any post-surgical issues. It is possible that you will temporarily experience
- Numbness in the surgical area
- Swelling and bruising around your eyes
- Bruising visible on the whites of the eyes
- Blurred vision
- Extreme sensitivity to light
All of the above reactions are common and to be expected and will correct themselves during recovery. Dr Norris works individually with all patients to tailor a pain management and recovery program that is best for them. You’ll go home with easy-to-understand post-operative instructions, and a prescription for pain medication.
The first two days following surgery are the most uncomfortable. One the fifth day, you will return to see Dr Norris at Form and Face to have your stitches removed.
In two weeks, most of the evidence of your blepharoplasty will be gone. You may return to work, but should avoid heavy lifting or use of the upper body. Light exercise is appropriate, but it is generally advisable to wait about six weeks before resuming your regular workout schedule.
This is something that you will discuss with Dr Norris.
Possible Complications Associated with Eyelid Surgery
Blepharoplasty may cause:
- Injury to eye muscles
- Skin discoloration
- Dry, irritated eyes
- Difficulty closing your eyes or other eyelid problems
- Noticeable scarring
- The need for follow-up surgery
All surgeries carry some degree of risk including blood clots, a negative reaction to anaesthesia, etc. When you visit Form and Face for your consultation with Dr Norris, he will review all the risks and help you determine whether eyelid surgery is the best solution for you.
We invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr Norris by using the form below, or calling us on 1800 376 677
Together you can discuss eyelid surgery, lay out a treatment plan that will help you achieve your goals, and obtain a personalised price estimate.