Eyelid Lift Surgery in Melbourne and Sydney
Eyelid Lift or Eyelid Surgery, also known as Blepharoplasty, corrects the effect of ageing around the eyes and eyelids. Aging, drooping eyelids hamper the most expressive part of our body. Some patients complain that their eyelids also affect their ability to see.
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Dr Richard Sackelariou is a leading plastic surgeon for Blepharoplasty surgery in Melbourne and Sydney helping patients seeking better vision, younger and more attractive eyes. With over 20 years experience, he is a calm, caring and precise surgeon.
Sun damage, natural ageing, and the effects of gravity over time cause drooping eyelids. Your heritage also impacts your development of dropping eyelids. Many patients seek blepharoplasty early to prevent premature aging caused by hooded and drooping eyelids.
Your eyes are the most expressive part of your face. Open and expressive eyes and eyelids can give the impression of a satisfied and happy person, while on the other hand droopy or lowered eyelids give the impression of fatigue and old age.
Aesthetic eye surgeries are a set of surgical procedures that improve the appearance of the eyes and in some cases their functionality by removing vision obstructions.
Ageing of the upper face and eyes
Aging leads to skin laxity and bone atrophy (the underlying structures that support your skin change, such as muscles and bones, which leads to sagging skin). This eventually leads to visible sagging around your eyes, cheeks, neckline or jowls.
During life, the eye area slowly changes appearance, and fullness, skin elasticity, and good tone are replaced by drooping skin and old appearance.
What are the Benefits of Cosmetic Eyelid Lift Surgery?
Some reasons patients seek eyelid surgery include feeling they look old or tired even when they’re rested.
Vision range impairment can occur due to sagging eyelid skin obscuring the iris. This leads to patients constantly raising their eyebrows to see better.
- Many pre-surgery patients report difficulty applying eye-shadow or mascara to their eyes, or that they cannot see their upper lashes due to sagging upper eyelid skin.
- Still others have functional eyelid difficulties such as inward-turned eyelashes or a lower eyelid that doesn’t fully come up to the eye.
Reducing upper eyelid skin (called a Blepharoplasty or Eyelid Lift) helps restore a more youthful, rested and alert appearance.
Removing fatty pouches beneath the eyes (eye bags) also restores a brighter, youthful look. A smoother-looking area under or around your eyelids restores a brighter or more alert look, or a more rested appearance, which many report is more youthful in appearance.
After a successful cosmetic eye correction, the face and eyes get a fresh, youthful look. Patients generally feel better and report a jump in self-esteem, confidence, and quality of life.
Those who suffer from vision issues due to the changes in the structure of the skin and muscles, usually report a huge functional eye improvement.
Aesthetic correction of the eye area can be very easily combined with other surgical procedures, and thanks to the expertise and experience of Dr. Sackelariou, the results are dramatic and lasting.
Am I a Good Candidate for Eyelid Lift Surgery?
Dr. Sackelariou usually performs cosmetic eye surgeries on people who want anti-aging treatment.
However, in some cases, cosmetic eye surgery goes beyond the cosmetic problems that patients most often encounter. If the drooping skin, accumulated subcutaneous tissue, or weak muscle tone affects your vision in any way, eye surgery correction may be the right choice for you!
Like any other corrective procedure, cosmetic eye surgery also requires certain conditions to be met in order for the patient to be a good candidate.
You should be a non-smoking person with good overall health. In the first place, this means that you do not suffer from serious illnesses and other medical conditions that could endanger your safety.
Also, you need to be a mentally stable person, confident in your decision, and aware of all the risks, complications, and results that this procedure can provide you.
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The Eyelid lift Surgical Procedure
Eyelid Lift Surgery requires expertise in planning and surgical execution.
- Old Eyelid procedure techniques simply remove excess skin and fat
- This leaves a hollow or sunken appearance to the eyes creating an unattractive, gaunt face
Plastic Surgeons like Dr Sackelariou, with extensive facial surgery and eyelid rejuvenation expertise, take into account the individual patient’s eyelid area and the exact volume changes that need to be made. As a result, patients achieve natural-looking, aesthetically pleasing surgery result. Upper Eyelid Surgery (Upper Blepharoplasty or Lower Eyelid Surgery) needs to be performed with precision and appropriate planning.
Eyelid Surgery techniques include fat grafting or redistribution of the fat where necessary ensuring you have the best possible outcome for your face and features.
How is the eyelid lift operation performed?
- Excess skin of the eyelids is removed through incisions or cuts in the upper and lower eyelids as well as adjustments made to the underlying tissue of the upper and lower eyelids. In some cases excess fatty tissue might be removed from your eyelids and the fat of the lower eyelids may be re-draped down onto your cheek. This is done to smooth the eyelid contours, correct bulging of the lower lid which often causes a noticable groove between eyelid and cheek.
How long does the Eyelid lift operation take?
- The length of time the operation takes depends on exactly what you’re having done. Typically, the procedure takes between one and two hours.
Do I have to stay in hospital?
- You are not required to stay overnight in hospital.
What happens after surgery?
- After the blepharoplasty procedure your eyes will be covered by a padded dressing for several hours. You may experience pain along the incision lines and your eyes might feel strange and a little tight. Your surgeon will prescribe you simple medication to help alleviate these symptoms.
Most Popular Eye Surgery Procedures by Dr. Sackelariou
Dr. Sackelariou is one of the leading experts in Eyelid Surgery, also known as Blepharoplasty. Eyelid Surgery is one of the most common eye plastic surgeries. This surgical procedure successfully resolves all signs of aging in the eye area.
Recovery after Blepharoplasty
Eyelid surgery healing and recovery continues for some time after surgery. Your eyelids may also heal slightly differently. No person’s eyelids are perfectly symmetrical before or after eyelid surgery; as all faces have differences from side to side. However some asymmetry can be corrected during surgery. A small revision procedure can correct any minor irregularities after eyelid surgery.
Your surgeon recommends no smoking for at LEAST three weeks before surgery. Further, you should not begin smoking again for a minimum of three weeks or more after surgery.
Dr Sackelariou advises that you do not take aspirin, or medication containing aspirin, at least two weeks before surgery. Ask us about your other medications and supplements and how they may impact your healing and recovery, during your consultation.
If you have any questions about Blepharoplasty, be sure to raise them with your surgeon. Always ask all questions regarding the procedure and voice any concerns you might have during a consultation. Only proceed with surgery once you understand the procedure, costs, potential complications or side effects, and the necessary healing and recovery times and protocols.
Recovery from cosmetic eye surgery is relatively short compared to some other types of surgery.
Patients are generally discharged to home care on the same day, except in cases of heightened caution and complications. In the first week of recovery, cold compresses can be used to speed up and facilitate the healing process, and reduce swelling.
Thanks to the experience and techniques that Dr. Sackelariou uses during aesthetic eye surgeries, most patients carry out the recovery process without much pain or discomfort.
In case you are more sensitive to pain, Dr. Sackelariou will prescribe you the appropriate medication to make it easier to endure the first period in which patients are usually more sensitive.
For more information on recovery, you can visit our recovery page with instructions and guidelines to help you get your recovery going as smoothly as possible.
What does Dr. Sackelariou do differently?
Dr. Richard Sackelariou is a leading plastic surgeon in the field of aesthetic eye surgery, blepharoplasty, and other procedures designed to both functionally improve eye role and the aesthetic appearance of the eye area.
As the greatest expert in eyelid rejuvenation procedures in Australia, Dr. Sackelariou has become one of the best and most famous plastic surgeons in the country, resulting in thousands of satisfied patients and even more eye surgeries!
Patients love his caring manner, his dedication to excellence, and his extensive expertise in surgical planning for a natural-looking, harmonious result.
Thanks to the experience and expertise of Dr. Sackelariou in the field of eye surgery, patients experience a very quick and easy recovery, along with beautiful and long-lasting results.
How Much Is Eyelid Surgery?
Eye surgery is an individual procedure, specially tailored to the needs, desires, and capabilities of each patient.
Some patients require less invasive procedures that require less time and effort, while others require more extensive procedures that take longer and are more complicated.
For this reason, without prior consultation, it is impossible to set a price that would apply equally to all patients.
You can visit our pricing page to learn more about payment, approximate prices, payment methods, and more.
Complications and Risks of Eyelid Surgery
Complications and risks are very rare in patients who decide to have eye surgery with Dr. Sackelariou.
But it is important to mention that no matter what, like any invasive procedure in plastic surgery, eye surgery also comes with certain risks.
These types of surgeries usually carry a small risk of bleeding, bruising, and infection.
Other risks can be blurred vision, dry eyes, itchy eyes, muscle damage, and scarring, but with proper care and following the instructions of Dr. Sackelariou, they are almost impossible.
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FAQ About Eyelid Surgery
Can upper and lower eyelid surgery be combined?
- That. In fact, most patients who opt for this type of eye surgery most often undergo both procedures at once.
Can dermal fillers achieve a similar result as with cosmetic eye surgery?
- Unfortunately, dermal fillers and some other non-invasive treatments can only help to one degree. In patients with more pronounced signs of aging, Dr. Sackelariou recommends a more extensive procedure of plastic eye surgery.
How long do the results of plastic eye surgery last?
- The results of eyelid correction usually last for many years, depending on a number of individual factors.
Frequently Asked Questions
Risks & Complications of Eyelid Lift Surgery
All surgical procedures carry some small risk of complications. Today’s anaesthesia and surgical procedures are safe, and while it is unlikely that you will experience any difficulty, there is a small chance bleeding or infection may occur.
In 2-3% of cases Bleeding can occur, and if it does it will most likely happen immediately following surgery or that night. If the bleeding is persistent you may need to return to the operating theatre.
Because of the superior healing qualities of the face, infection after blepharoplasty is uncommon. However, if infection does happen it will become evident within one week of treatment. Infection after blepharoplasty can be treated with antibiotics. The results of surgery may be negatively affected in the unlikely event infection happens.
When blepharoplasty is performed the incisions are placed where they will blend with the natural lines of the upper and lower eyelids. During the first 2 or 3 weeks the scars might be slightly thickened and pink. Once scars have matured—which can take up to 2 years—you can expect them to be minimal.
However, it should be noted that while we take great care to make the neatest incision closure possible, wound healing can be unpredictable, and some patients have been unhappy with some aspect of the incision lines.
While it is rare, hypertrophic (widened or thick) and keloid (overgrown) scars can happen. It is also possible for scarring around your eyelids to result in tightness and tethering. If tightness does occur in the early stages of healing this can result in a widening of the eye or slight turning out of the eyelid, known as ectropion. If this does occur, it should resolve by six weeks after surgery and can be helped by regular massage. In cases where the eyelid is turned in, known as entropion, is even less likely to occur than ectropion.
Post-surgery swelling can affect the contour of your eyes for some months and during this time improvement in eyelid contour can be expected.
During the early post-operative phase of treatment it isn’t uncommon for some blurring of vision to occur.
For this treatment you will have general anaesthetic. Prior to having the anaesthetic your anaesthetist will let you know what to expect with general anaesthetic and what to expect when you wake you. If you have any questions regarding general anaesthetic, it is best to ask your anaesthetist.