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Fix Droopy Eyelids: How to Get Rid of Excess Eyelid Skin

17 December 2019

Eyelid Surgery Kotara

Is your brow bowing under the pressure? As we age, our skin loses its ability to resist the relentless weight of gravity, causing soft tissue – including your eyelids – to sag, wrinkle and sometimes impact your day to day life. As your eyelids lose tone, the excess skin can impede vision, changing skin elasticity woes into a potentially dangerous health problem. If you find yourself struggling with droopy eyelids, blepharoplasty may be what you’re looking for to fix it for good. Read on and find out everything you need to know about droopy eyelid surgery.

What is Upper Eyelid Surgery?

Upper eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, removes saggy skin and fatty deposits from around your eyes, reinvigorating the area by tightening soft tissues that may otherwise lead to future issues.

What is the Difference Between Cosmetic and Functional Blepharoplasty?

Cosmetic procedures are not strictly necessary, but there’s a lot to be said for elective surgeries that boost a patient’s mental or emotional wellbeing. Functional blepharoplasty, on the other hand, is performed under medical circumstances, when loose skin impairs vision, irritates the orbital area or makes wearing glasses and contacts difficult.

How Much Does Blepharoplasty Cost?

As you research eyelid surgery cost and general pricing, keep in mind the final number will differ from estimates available online. As a ballpark budgeting figure, you could expect to pay between $2200 to $5000 AUD for an upper or lower blepharoplasty, while surgery on both locations will set you back anywhere from $5000 to $8000 AUD.

What are the Benefits of Eyelid Surgery?

Besides looking years younger, medical patients will enjoy unencumbered vision once again, making it easier to fit contact lenses, drive long distances or slip on reading glasses.

Inside the Operation…

Eyelid reduction surgery (blepharoplasty) is performed by a qualified eye surgeon. Upper eyelid procedures require a local anaesthetic injection into the eyelid, while lower eyelid surgeries are performed under general anaesthetic. Total operation time is approximately 60-90 minutes.

What About Recovery?

Your eye specialist will arm you with the knowledge required to get through the first week following surgery. Generally speaking, you’ll be given an antibiotic cream to keep infection at bay and while eye-patches are cool, they’re very rarely applicable. Don’t be afraid to put your glasses on any time after the surgery – although be careful of the sutured skin. The stitches themselves will dissolve on their own after 4-7 days. If you experience anything beyond mild discomfort, or you’re concerned your recovery symptoms are outside the norm, get in touch right away. You can never be too careful!

Don’t live with droopy eyelids. Put your eyesight first with Eye Specialists. Contact us to discuss your needs and book in your Optometrist consult.

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