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Eyelid Surgery Gold Coast

As we age, the muscles around the eyes become more relaxed, and the eyelids begin to droop and sag

This gives a tired and aged appearance. The upper eyelids can fall onto the eyelashes, feel heavy and impair vision. Drooping of the lower eyelids may result in puffiness and bags under the eyes. Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery, will restore youth to the face by lifting and opening the eyes, and improving the patient’s vision.

What is Eyelid Surgery?

Blepharoplasty is the surgical procedure to reduce skin and fat excess and tighten muscles in the eyelids. Patients who consider eyelid surgery usually find their fat deposits are drooping due to muscle laxity. The surgeon will either use cautious muscle tightening or skin excision to restore youth to the eyelids. Dr Sawhney performs an effective and efficient procedure in most patients with muscle tightening and limited if any fat excision. This reduces recovery time and risks of problems. Eyelid Surgeon, Dr Sawhney prefers to perform a muscle tightening procedure that pushes some of the fat pads back to their youthful position avoiding the gaunt look from over resection of fat pads.

The surgeon will perform the surgery under local or general anaesthesia depending on the patient and the procedure type. Dr Sawhney will hide the cuts and thus resulting scars in the natural skin folds. He closes the incisions with minimal internal sutures and a combination of external sutures which he removes at your first visit. Then he applies thin pieces of tape or “steristrips” to the closed cuts so you can go home the same day.

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The skin around your eyes is one of the first areas of your face to show visible signs of ageing. As skin ages, it gradually loses its elasticity and muscles under the skin of the eyelids lose tone. Behind your eyelids are pockets of fat that bulge when the skin and muscle become loose. These cause “bags” under the eyes that can make you look tired and even angry when you are not. Find out how blepharoplasty can help.

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What can you expect from Blepharoplasty

improved muscles around the eyes

correct saggy undereyes

fix drooping eyelids

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Do I need a brow lift?

In a significant proportion of patients whose eyelids have aged, the brows have descended to a lower level too. In a small proportion it is mainly the eyebrow that has descended into the upper eyelid such that upper eyelid surgery or Blepharoplasty alone would not have the desired effect. Sometimes a brow lift alone would give a more effective rejuvenation.

The trap for less experienced surgeons is the patient that has compensatory brow elevation. This is when a patient has heavy eyelids from descent or brow descent that they compensate for by raising their eyebrows on eye opening. When they close their eyes the brows drop again. The importance of assessing this is that if upper eyelid surgery alone is performed this may remove their need to raise their eyebrow on eye opening and over a couple of months they will stop doing so. At that point they will feel like their brows have dropped and also think you have cut out too much skin and pulled their eyebrows down.

The ideal situation is to perform combined upper eyelid and brow lift surgery. At your consultation, Dr Sawhney will assess this and discuss it with you if he feels it to be an issue for you.

Blepharoplasty Procedure

There are three different types of procedures. The procedures are the upper eyelid, lower eyelid and double eyelid surgery. Firstly, the surgeon administers either IV sedation or general anaesthesia. Dr Sawhney will discuss with you the best option for your surgery. The surgeon will make a cut once the patient is sedated. Each procedure uses a different incision site to access the skin, muscle and fat of the eyelid.

Upper Eyelid Surgery

The upper eyelid cut is made in the natural creases of the eyelid. The eyelid surgeon will then reposition the eyelid fat, skin and muscles as well as removing excess fat and skin. Surgeons use the upper eyelid surgery to improve vision impacted by sagging eyelids and restore youth to the eye. This procedure focuses on the upper eyelid and creates the appearance of a more open eye. In some cases, a patient’s sagging eyelids impact their eye function. An upper eyelid surgery can restore function to the eye.

Lower Eyelid Surgery

The lower eyelid cut is made either below the lash line or on the inside of the lower eyelid. The eyelid surgeon then positions and removes excess fat and skin through this cut as well as tightening the muscle. This procedure focuses on treating the lower eyelid and softening the eyes. The procedure also restores a youthful look to the face and removes wrinkles.

Double Eyelid Surgery

A double eyelid surgery is used to make the eye look larger. The surgeon then creates a crease in the upper eyelid to adjust the appearance of the eyes. This surgery is popular in East Asia.

In all cases, the surgeon closes the cut with sutures or skin glue. The procedure takes between one and two hours depending on the method. As a result, this procedure is usually a day procedure.

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How much does an eyelid surgery cost on the Gold Coast?

Eyelid Surgeon, Dr Sawhney will determine the individual cost of each treatment for his patients. In your consultation, Dr Sawhney will discuss the cost of your eyelid surgery so it is important to book a consultation prior to your treatment. As a result of surgery and hospital fees, the price is adjusted accordingly. In your consultation, Dr Sawhney will discuss your ideal outcome for the procedure before determining which procedure works best for your case. Our Sculpted team will create a tailored quote for you prior to your treatment.

You should check if eyelid surgery procedure is covered by medicare or health insurance. Eyelid surgery is covered by some private insurance however it is important to check with your insurance company as to what they cover. If you qualify under your private insurance and qualify, your health fund can pay a significant part of your surgery costs.

Some patients may be eligible for a Medicare rebate on the upper eyelid surgery if they meet the criteria. There is no Medicare rebate for lower eyelid surgery. Medicare will only cover procedures that are medically necessary unlike cosmetic surgeries. When a patient has drooping upper eyelids that impair their vision, this is covered by medicare.

Dr Sawhney will discuss if you are eligible for a rebate in your consultation before getting your quote from our helpful staff at Sculpted Gold Coast Clinic. Contact our clinic and book your next eyelid surgery consultation with Dr Sawhney.

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Blepharoplasty Recovery

After surgery, patients can usually drink and eat light meals within two to three hours. Patients who undergo an upper eyelid surgery can return home the same day. Dr Sawhney will provide you with recovery instructions to ensure the best recovery possible. After your eyelid surgery, you will have some bruising, soreness and swelling. Most of this will settle by one to two weeks. Using ice packs at home can help with your recovery. Dr Sawhney will also prescribe you pain medication to combat these symptoms. Patients should elevate their head when sleeping, to reduce swelling. It is important to avoid rubbing the eyes to avoid trauma. The patient will clean their surgical site as it is known to become crusty and itchy.

Patients should avoid physical activity, heavy lifting, swimming and sports during the recovery process. As a result of your eyes being sensitive to light, avoid sunlight and wear sunglasses to protect your eyes until the surgery is fully healed. Due to this, we recommend avoiding contact lenses for two weeks after the procedure. Avoid straining your eyes in the first week by avoiding reading, watching television and using computers. In week one you will come to have your dressings and sutures removed.

Importantly, patients must avoid wearing makeup or drinking alcohol for a few weeks post-surgery. Finally by week four, the swelling has usually resolved and you can see most of the final result. Your incisions will fully heal after a year. We recommend patients of double eyelid surgery to take time off work to rest. Most importantly, patients should take time to rest and recover. Finally, the results of an eyelid surgery can improve the appearance of the eyes.

Risks and Complications

As with any surgery, there are potential risks and complications with this procedure. Firstly, patients will experience pain, discomfort, swelling and bruising after the surgery. These symptoms will reduce over a few days to a week and are common for a surgery such as this.

The risks of surgery include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Blood clots
  • Dryness of the eye
  • Scarring
  • Eyelid closure problems
  • Drooping eyelid or ptosis
  • Tearing called epiphora
  • Injury to the cornea (surface of the eye)
  • Allergic reactions to sutures, dressings or antiseptic solutions

This surgery also has quite specific risks. In this surgery, too much skin can be removed resulting in further measures needing to be taken. The surgical site could bleed into your eye socket or the conjunctiva could swell. Some patients experience double, blurry or impaired vision post-surgery. There is also a risk of temporary or permanent areas of numbness and some patients find it difficult to close their eyes. Lid lag is a risk that can occur post-surgery which temporarily pulls down the eyelid. The lower eyelid can have ectropion, where the eyelid turns outwards, allowing for infection to occur.

The eyes can seem more sunken in after an eyelid surgery due to the removal of too much fat. In rare cases, some patients experience vision loss or complete blindness. Some patients find that their scars become inflamed and itchy. Asymmetry can occur with an eyelid surgery. As a result of a flawed surgery, revisional surgery is sometimes needed. Smokers or those with an eye disease are more likely to experience risks. Dr Sawhney will explain these in detail during your Blepharoplasty consultation at the Sculpted Gold Coast Clinic.


Eyelid Surgery Gold Coast

In your consultation with Dr Raja Sawhney at our Sculpted Gold Coast Clinic, you will discuss your goals for the surgery to determine the correct procedure for you. Eyelid surgeon Dr Sawhney will spend time getting to know you and your needs before determining the best course of action for your concerns. He will determine if you are suitable for eyelid surgery after discussing your health history. Finally, Dr Sawhney will create a tailored treatment plan for each patient. Contact our team today to book your eyelid surgery consultation.

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