Eyelid Reduction / Blepharoplasty

Our eyes are regarded as the windows to our souls and it is often the first thing someones notices.

Unfortunately as we grow older the skin of the eyelids and surrounding structures weaken and become loose. This can lead to excess skin in our eyelids or allow the fat around the eye to bulge. These changes can make our eyes appear tired, sad or angry. People will often complain that their eyes feel heavy. The skin of the upper eyelids can hang down to the point that it affects our peripheral vision and make tasks like driving a car all the more difficult.

For all these aesthetic and practical reasons, surgery called blepharoplasty is a viable option for eyelid rejuvenation enhancing one’s appearance while maintaining a natural youthful look.

A blepharoplasty is a procedure that can be performed on either the upper or lower lids, or both in combination.

Eyelid Reduction - Before and after Blepharoplasty
Eyelid Reduction – Before and after Blepharoplasty

How to prepare for blepharoplasty

When you first visit Palm Clinic, our friendly and professional Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Mills will ask you a few questions about your medical history and your expectations around the procedure. This is done to provide us with the necessary information on previous procedures you’ve undertaken, any allergies, circulatory problems, and your alcohol, tobacco, and history of medication use.

Setting appropriate expectations for the outcome of the procedure will ensure you are happy with the result of the surgery. Despite being minimally invasive and requiring minimal time in theatre, we still want you to be fully informed about the process and the outcome.

What happens during a blepharoplasty?

The Upper eyelids is most commonly done under Local Anaesthetic at Palm Clinic by Dr. Mills. This is a walk in, walk out procedure which takes around one hour. Excess skin and fat around the eye is removed, and the scar is usually a fine barely prerceptible line hidden in the recess of the eyelid

Dr. Mills also offers a lower eyelid blepharoplasty for fullness or loose skin of the lower eyelid.

Ways you can improve recovery following blepharoplasty

To ensure you heal as quickly as possible, there are a number of steps you can take following blepharoplasty.

Things to avoid:

  • Smoking.
  • Straining and heavy lifting.
  • Heavy cardio exercise such as running or aerobics.
  • Rubbing your eyes.
  • Using contact lenses during the healing process.
  • Harsh sun and wind – weather.

Things that can help:

  • Cold packs and pain relief are given. Bruising can occur lasting up to 10 days.
  • Lubricating drops can provide relief while healing.
  • Sleeping with your head raised.

If you have any questions about the blepharoplasty procedure, or would like to learn more about the surgery services Palm Clinic can provide, contact one of our friendly team today for a chat.

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Consulatation at Palm Clinic with Dr Sam DunnConsulatation at Palm Clinic with Dr Sam Dunn

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