Eyelids when we age can appear droopy, puffy and cause excess skin to sag over lashes making you appear tired, and older. Droopy eyelids can also affect your visual field. The use of cosmetic eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty, can help solve these issues by restoring the skin around the eyes to create a natural, youthful appearance that reduces these visible signs of ageing. Improvements to vision often occur by minimising the sagging lids.
Is Blepharoplasty covered by Medicare or health funds?
In severe cases of loose upper eyelid skin, an item number may be used to attract a Medicare and health insurance rebate. To find out if you are eligible for a Medicare rebate—or a private health fund rebate—please contact Medicare. They will not only let you know if you are eligible but also inform of what paperwork you will need to fill out prior to surgery.
The Blepharoplasty procedure
Blepharoplasty procedure is performed with external incisions made along natural skin lines of the eyelid.
All excess fat, muscle, and skin are then trimmed away from the eyelid and sutured closed to take its new shape. This procedure is often performed as a day procedure in an accredited hospital under anaesthesia and usually takes approximately 1 hour. This procedure is considered permanent in many cases but will not prevent natural effects of the ageing process in the future.
The recovery period after Blepharoplasty
Complete recovery from eyelid surgery can take up to 2 weeks. After 2 to 7 days your stitches will be removed, and during this period it’s imperative that you get a lot of rest. You can expect some redness and swelling after the procedure but this will fade over time.
Eyelid Surgery Before and Afters
Is cosmetic eyelid surgery right for you?
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your eyes, or are having difficulty with your peripheral vision, you may be an ideal candidate for eyelid surgery. Client’s with realistic expectations and who can take off the necessary time to recover are most suited to this surgery.
If you would like to know more about eyelid surgery, or to book a consultation, please contact us today.