Upper Blepharoplasty – Eyelid Lift
With aging there are changes that occur around the eyes that makes a person look very tired all the time. The skin loses elasticity and excess skin in the upper eyelids folds over resulting in a loss of definition of the lid crease and feeling of heaviness in the upper eyelids. If the skin excess is significant, it overflows the lid margin and can be seen in the upper field of vision, almost like a curtain.
The appearance of the eyelids can be improved with surgery.
The eyelid lift procedures aim to give you a fresh youthful look, with the eye lids looking smoother and more defined.
Upper blepharoplasty is suitable for anyone with excess skin in the eyelids. It is essentially an eyelid lift. It can be performed under local anaesthetic and the procedure takes around 1 hour.
- Duration of surgery: 1hour.
- Anaesthesia: Local.
- Duration of inpatient stay: Day case surgery for upper.
- Wounds healed in: 1 week.
- Scars matured in: Settle in 3 to 6 months, fully matured in 12 to 18 months.
- Back to light work (Desk job): 2 weeks
- Back to cardiac exercise / fast walking: 2 to 3 weeks.
- Back to labour intensive work / Exercise: 4 to 6 weeks.
- Sexual activity: 4 to 6 weeks.
- Able to drive: 1 to 2 weeks (Should be able to see clearly and apply emergency stop)
- Shower / bath: Keep dressing dry for one week.
- Sun bathe: Keep the scars covered or protected with a high factor sun protection cream until they mature in about a year or so.
- Garments: None, dressing tape for 1 week.
- Avoid contact lenses for 4 weeks and makeup for 2 weeks.
- Post-operative review: 1 weeks, 3 months (As often as necessary if clinically indicated)
- Post-Operative pain/discomfort: 2 to 3 days
- Potential risks: (Every effort is made to reduce the risk of complications, but potential risks are) Bleeding, bruising (‘black eyes’), swelling, haematoma, infection, delayed wound healing, skin necrosis, scars – hypertrophic, stretched, sensitive, asymmetry, numbness, lagophthalmos (inability to close eyelids fully), Ectropion (pulling down of lower eyelid, Corneal abrasion, Conjunctivitis, watering of eye, dry eyes, Chemosis (fluid retention in white of eye), Residual skin excess or fat prominence, Blindness with lower eyelids surgery, risks associated with general anaesthetic, blood clots in legs or lungs.
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