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Eyelid Surgery Gold Coast

What is Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, is a surgical procedure that involves the removal or repositioning of excess skin, fat or muscle tissue the eyelids. It’s commonly performed for cosmetic purposes, helping to reverse the aging process and create a more youthful appearance. In other cases, however, eyelid surgery is used for medical reasons, such as correcting a patient’s drooping upper lids, which can obscure their eyesight.

What Types of Eyelid Surgery Are Available?

Lower Eyelid Surgery – performed on the lower lid to help reduce the presence of bags under the eyes. This is achieved by removing the fat that sits directly behind the lower eyelid skin.

Upper Eyelid Surgery – performed on the patient’s upper eyelid, this is typically implemented for medical purposes. When we age, the skin in our upper eyelids lose their elasticity which creates sagging, often known as ‘hooding’. This droopy skin can have a detrimental impact on our eyesight. During surgery, the excess skin is removed, eliminating any ill effects that may have been caused by the sagging skin while greatly improving the patient’s appearance.

Double Eyelid Surgery – also known as East Asian blepharoplasty, due to its prevalence in East Asian countries, this cosmetic procedure involves the creation of a crease in the upper eyelid, resulting in a double eyelid.

Who Is Eligible for Eyelid Surgery?

Any patient whose vision or appearance is being impaired by excess skin in the upper lid or loose skin in the lower lid, is a suitable candidate for eyelid surgery. Both conditions carry unwanted side effects, be it cosmetic or functional.

Who is Not Eligible for Eyelid Surgery?

People who suffer from eye conditions such as glaucoma have, have high blood pressure or who have had a heart attack in the past, could be put at risk by undergoing eyelid surgery and may be deemed unsuitable for blepharoplasty. Even those who have not been officially diagnosed with an eye condition, are required to have their eyes examined by ophthalmologist before they can be considered for eyelid surgery.

What is The Recovery Time?

Whether undergoing upper, lower or double eyelid surgery, it typically takes around 7 to 10 days for the wound to heal well enough to be able to return to work. Immediately following the procedure, patients will experience some swelling and bruising. Your specialist will provide you with specific instructions on caring for your post-operative wound.

Eye drops are typically administered to help minimise the risk of infection while analgesics are used to help dull the pain. Stitches are removed from the skin around several days following the procedure. Lower eyelid surgery doesn’t require any stitches, but still takes a similar time to heal.

Are There Any Side Effects?

As with any surgical procedure no matter how minor or straightforward, there is always a possibility that complications will occur. Side effects such as excessive bleeding, infections or allergic responses to the anaesthetic have been reported in cases throughout the world, but such instances are extremely rare. At Skin Clinic Robina, all surgery is performed with the strictest adherence to safety and sanitary standards to minimise the risk of such problems occurring.

How Long Does the Procedure Take?

Standard upper eyelid surgery generally requires between 45 minutes and 1 hour to complete. Lower eyelids often require a similar amount of time but surgery can vary, based on a number of factors, which will be discussed with your doctor during your consultation.

How Long Do the Results Last for?

The effects of lower eyelid surgery will typically be permanent, while upper eyelid surgery often lasts between 5 to 7 years. In instances where excess skin on the upper lid becomes problematic once more, a brow lift is recommended, rather than a second upper blepharoplasty procedure.

Why Choose Skin Clinic Robina?

Our doctors are trained in the very latest eyelid surgical procedures to ensure that you receive the best possible outcome. From your initial consultation, through to the completion of your surgery, we provide first class customer services that guarantee the highest levels of patient satisfaction.

Contact Skin Clinic Robina

For all matters concerning eyelid surgery (Blepharoplasty) at our Gold Coast clinic, please contact the friendly team at Skin Clinic Robina today to arrange a consultation with one of doctors.