Cosmetic and reconstructive eyelid surgery
The skin on your eyelids is the thinnest on your face, so it is often the first to show signs of aging. The most common reasons for eyelid surgery are:
- droopy eyelids (ptosis)
- excess skin or fat on the upper or lower eyelids causing the them to appear heavy or puffy (dermatochalasis)
- eyelids turning outwards causing soreness and watering (ectropion)
- eyelids turning inwards so the eyelashes rub against the eye and cause irritation (entropion)
- eyelid tumours (both benign and malignant)
Unlike a general plastic surgeon, we specialise in eyelid surgery. We also understand the complete needs of the eye, such as how the eyelid performs in relation to the eye, which is very important for eyesight.
During your eyelid surgery consultation we’ll listen to your concerns and perform a full examination. Based on this exam we’ll make a recommendation on what surgery will best suit your goals. Costs will also be discussed during your consultation.
Dr Ravi Singh performs most of our eyelid surgeries. He trained as an oculoplastic surgeon in London. Oculoplastic surgery is branch of ophthalmology that deals specifically with eyelid problems.
Types of cosmetic and reconstructive eyelid surgery
There are different types of eyelid surgery. Which procedure we recommend will depend on your condition.
Upper and lower eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty)
Blepharoplasty is surgery used to repair droopy upper eyelids, or to remove excess skin or fat on the upper or lower eyelids. Blepharoplasty can help improve your vision if excess skin or fat is obstructing your sight. It can also help you look younger. The same procedure can be used on both upper and lower eyelids.
Other types of eyelid surgery
We can do surgery to correct eyelids that are turning outwards (ectropion) or that have turned inward (entropion). Various different techniques can be used to correct these conditions depending on how severe they are.
We can also remove eyelid tumours. The line where the eyelashes attach to the eyelid is a common spot for skin cancers. These cancers can often be removed and the area reconstructed with good cosmetic results.
Cost of eyelid surgery
The cost of your surgery will vary on the type of procedure you are having done, but will be discussed with you fully during your consultation. Eyelid surgery may be covered by insurance if the need for the procedure is medical in nature (i.e. the condition is severely affecting your vision, or you need a malignant tumour removed). Cosmetic eyelid surgery is generally not covered by insurance and will need to be paid for privately.
Eyelid surgery process and recovery time
Surgeries usually take between 20 – 30 minutes. They can be performed at a clinic or the day hospital. You typically won’t need to stay for more than half a day. Unlike many other clinics, Eye Specialists offers surgery under local anaesthetic with sedation. This reduces your downtime, as well as the cost of your surgery. You should avoid blood thinners prior to surgery.
After surgery it’s best to take it easy for a while; don’t try to do too much. Use ice packs on your eyelids for the first 48 hours after surgery for a faster recovery.
You can generally return to driving three days after surgery. For two weeks you should avoid heavy lifting and stay out of dirty, dusty environments. Keep the area dry; showering is fine, but no swimming.
If you are thinking of having cosmetic or reconstructive eyelid surgery, contact us today to set up a consultation. At Eye Specialists we offer excellent patient care every step of the way – from diagnosis and treatment to post-operative follow-up.