Cosmetic Surgery

Blepharoplasty: Enhancing Your Appearance with Eyelid Surgery

Introduction to Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty, commonly known as eyelid surgery, is a transformative procedure designed to rejuvenate the appearance of your eyelids. This surgical process, carried out in Tauranga or Whakatane, involves the removal of excess skin, fat, and muscle from the upper and/or lower eyelids, resulting in a fresher, more youthful look.

Not only does blepharoplasty serve cosmetic purposes, but it also significantly improves daily functioning for patients whose peripheral vision is obstructed by excess skin. This procedure can be performed independently or in conjunction with other facial surgeries, such as a brow lift or facelift, for a comprehensive facial rejuvenation. Combining procedures ensures a more balanced and harmonious outcome, addressing multiple areas of concern.

Key Details of the Procedure

  • Duration: 1 to 2 hours
  • Cost: From $6500 in clinic, $12000 to $18000 at Grace Hospital
  • Anaesthetic: Local anaesthetic or General anaesthetic
  • Length of stay: Day stay surgery

Post-Surgery Care and Downtime

  • Showering: You can shower the wounds the day after surgery.
  • Exercise: Light exercise is permitted 1 week after surgery, while strenuous exercise can be resumed 4 weeks post-surgery.
  • Driving: You can drive 2 days after surgery if swelling is minimal.
  • Work: You can return to desk-based work after 1 week.

Frequently Asked Questions about Blepharoplasty

Am I a good candidate for blepharoplasty?

If you're troubled by excess skin on the upper eyelids that hangs over the eyelashes, puffiness or bags under the eyes, drooping lower eyelids, or fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, you may be a suitable candidate for blepharoplasty.

Will there be visible scarring after blepharoplasty?

The incisions for blepharoplasty are strategically placed within the natural creases of the eyelids, resulting in minimal visible scarring. For upper eyelid surgery, the incision is usually hidden in the crease of the eyelid. For lower eyelid surgery, the incision is often made just below the lower lash line or inside the lower eyelid. As a result, the scars are usually well concealed.

What is the recovery process like after blepharoplasty?

Post-blepharoplasty, you may experience some swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort around the eyes. Cold compresses, prescribed pain medication, and adherence to post-operative care instructions can help manage these symptoms. Most patients can resume normal activities within 7 to 10 days, although it may take a few weeks for the swelling to fully subside.

When will I see the final results of blepharoplasty?

While some improvements will be noticeable immediately after the surgery, the final results of blepharoplasty become more apparent as the swelling subsides and the tissues heal. It may take several weeks to a few months to see the full benefits of the procedure. The results of blepharoplasty can be long-lasting, but the natural aging process will continue, and individual results may vary.

Are there any risks or complications associated with blepharoplasty?

Like any surgical procedure, blepharoplasty carries potential risks and complications. These can include infection, bleeding, scarring, dry eyes, temporary or permanent changes in sensation, asymmetry, difficulty closing the eyes completely, or unsatisfactory results. Mr Butler will discuss each of the potential risks with you in detail during your consultation in Tauranga or Whakatane.