Are you unhappy with the look of your eyelids? Do you always look tired, despite being well rested? Do your upper eyelids feel heavy? Or do your lower eyelids always have dark circles and bulges that you are unhappy with? Eyelid surgery may seem like a drastic measure, but it may be the answer for you.
A consultation with Dr Gavin Sandercoe will help you understand how you can achieve the rejuvenation that you are looking for. The modern options include everything from anti-wrinkle injections to traditional eyelid operations.
What is involved in a blepharoplasty?
In the last few decades, the different techniques of blepharoplasty have expanded dramatically. However, at the core of all these techniques are still a few basic principles. These are:
1. Place incisions along natural skin creases and in places we expect to see lines in the eyelids
2. Conservative removal of excessive skin
3. Manipulate the deeper structures (muscle, fat pads) into a shape that is more common in younger patients
4. Close the wound under as little tension as possible, to hide the scars as well as possible
A blepharoplasty only addresses the eyelid appearance. In order to appear in balance, the eyelids need to be assessed in partnership with their adjacent cosmetic sub-units of the face. The upper eyelid appearance is strongly influenced by the position and shape of the eyebrow and forehead, and the lower eyelid is a combined structure with the midface/cheek. Often these adjacent facial sub units benefit from rejuvenation at the same time, and a combined procedure provides more substantial results that last longer.
An upper eyelid blepharoplasty may also be used to create a more Caucasian eyelid fold in Asian patients (Westernisation), or to assist raising an abnormally droopy upper eyelid (Ptosis repair).
When should I think about a blepharoplasty?
Patients that benefit the most from their blepharoplasty are in their 40s or older and have specific concerns about the appearance of their eyelids. Adjunctive procedures such as anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers are often helpful in getting the greatest result from your rejuvenation. For some patients, the non surgical options create enough improvements for satisfaction.
Want to discuss your options?
Sydney Plastic Surgeon Dr Gavin Sandercoe and his team will help you decide which course of action is best for you to achieve the appearance you are aiming for.
Find out more during a surgical consultation.