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Blepharoplasty

An Eyelid Reduction (or Blepharoplasty) is an aesthetic surgical procedure on the upper and/or lower eyelids designed to improve eyelid creases and to remove excess skin folds and bags around the eye. The surgical technique will depend on your particular physical features, the extent of the surgery and the particular method applied by your surgeon at the Aesthetic Day Surgery to best meet your needs. Usually, upper and lower eyelid incisions are marked along natural lines, extending into the smile lines at the outer edge of the eye. Following removal of excess skin and fat, the incisions are then carefully closed. An eyelid reduction is often performed as part of a facelift procedure.

Following a successful eyelid reduction, patients can in general expect an overall improvement in facial appearance with a noticeable reduction in the effects of aging – providing a more youthful and refreshed look. The surgeons at the Aesthetic Day Surgery will give you a realistic indication of the results you can personally expect from an eyelid reduction during your initial consultation.

What is an Eyelid Reduction?
An Eyelid Reduction (or Blepharoplasty) is an aesthetic surgical procedure on the upper and/or lower eyelids designed to improve eyelid creases and to remove excess skin folds and bulging fat bag. Performed to improve the bags and wrinkles around the eyes, an eyelid reduction however will not improve wrinkles of the cheeks, temples or forehead.

How is an Eyelid Reduction performed?
The surgical technique will depend on your particular physical features, the extent of the surgery and the particular method applied by your surgeon at the Aesthetic Day Surgery to best meet your needs. Usually upper and lower eyelid incisions are marked along natural lines, extending into the smile lines at the outer edge of the eye. Following removal of excess skin and fat, the incisions are then carefully closed. An eyelid reduction is often performed as part of a facelift procedure.

What results can I expect?
Following a successful eyelid reduction, patients can in general expect an overall improvement in facial appearance with noticeable reduction in the effects of aging – providing a more youthful and refreshed look. The surgeon at the Aesthetic Day Surgery will give you a realistic indication of the results you can personally expect from an Eyelid Reduction during your initial consultation.

Is an Eyelid Reduction suitable for me?
The decision to go ahead with an aesthetic procedure is a very personal one. The first step is a consultation with one of the qualified plastic surgeons at the Aesthetic Day Surgery. Whatever your reasons you should frankly discuss your personal goals and expectations with respect to the outcome of the procedure (both physical and emotional) with your surgeon. As with any aesthetic surgery you should always keep in mind that the desired result is improvement, not perfection.

How long will the procedure take?
Depending on the extent of the procedure, eyelid reduction surgery may last anywhere from one to two hours. However, please keep in mind that this is only actual surgical time. To ensure the highest standard of personalised patient care, attention to details and results, the Aesthetic Day Surgery requires you to spend appropriate time both immediately before and after the procedure within the Day Surgery. In general you would need to allocate up to a full day of your time to allow for pre-operative procedures, the surgery itself and appropriate post operative care. (Note: this time would be in addition to your initial and follow up consultations with an ADS Surgeon).

How long will it take me to recover after an Eyelid Reduction?
Recovery times do vary from one patient to the next. In general most patients will require rest for the first several days following the procedure with stitches being removed usually on the 4-6 day. Most patients are able to return to work and normal activities after 7-10 days (perhaps wearing sunglasses).

Will the procedure leave any scars?
The advanced surgical techniques applied by the surgeons at the Aesthetic Day Surgery are designed to minimise (and where possible eliminate) all visible scarring. Any scarring as a result of an eyelid reduction will be along the natural skin lines and creases of the eye and will usually considerably fade with time and become barely noticeable.

Are there side effects or potential complications of the procedure?
Your surgeon at the Aesthetic Day Surgery will discuss side effects and any potential complications directly with you at your initial consultation. In general, patients undergoing an eyelid reduction can expect some bruising and swelling around the eyes lasting approximately ten to fourteen days. Temporary blurred vision and excessive tear production may also occur. Following the advice provided to you by your surgeon will help to reduce these side effects and the risk of any complications.

Is there any risk of damage to the eye during the procedure?
There is minimal risk of damage to vision or the eye. Your surgeon will discuss complications with you which are relevant to the surgery you are contemplating.