Blepharoplasty

Overview

Eyelid surgery, also known as a blepharoplasty, is a procedure that removes excess fatty tissue and/or loose skin surrounding the eyes to give the area a more rejuvenated appearance.

 

Procedure

The aim of eyelid surgery is to improve facial appearance and reduce the signs of ageing by treating:

  • Loose or sagging skin that creates folds or disturbs the natural contour of the upper eyelid, sometimes impairing vision
  • Excess fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the upper eyelids
  • Bags under the eyes
  • Droopiness of the lower eyelids, showing white below the iris (coloured portion of the eye)
  • Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid

 

Notification

Specific risks and complications associated with eyelid surgery include:

  • Bruising and swelling
  • Pain and discomfort
  • Removal of too much skin, possibly exposing the cornea to injury
  • Asymmetry of the eyelids
  • Noticeable scarring of the incisions
  • Itchiness, watering or dryness of the eyes
  • Drooping of the lower eyelid which will usually recover but occasionally requires further surgery
  • Temporary changes in vision. In rare cases, changes in vision may be long lasting or permanent
  • In extremely rare cases, eyelid surgery can lead to blindness. Smoking, pre-existing eye disease, straining, lifting and coughing can add to this risk

 

Estimated Cost

Cost is always a consideration in elective surgery. Prices for a tummy tuck can vary widely between Specialist Plastic Surgeons. Some factors that may influence the cost include the surgeon’s experience, the type of procedure used and the geographic location of the office.

Costs associated with the procedure may include:

  • Surgeon’s fee
  • Hospital or surgical facility costs
  • Anaesthesia fees
  • Prescriptions for medication
  • Post-surgery garments
  • Medical tests

Your surgeon should welcome any questions you may have regarding fees.