Your eyes have been called the window to your soul and for good reason. The eyes are a focal point for your appearance and when they don’t look their best, you often don’t feel your best. Over time the skin around the eyes becomes thinner and loses its elasticity and displaced fat pockets may cause puffiness or ‘bags’ under the eyes. Excess skin may result in hooding of the upper lids, which in some cases impairs vision. As a result, the eyes and often the entire face may have a more tired, drawn and aged appearance.
Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is designed to refresh and rejuvenate the appearance of the eyes and restore more youthful lid contours. In this procedure, excess skin and fat pads are removed, re-draped and repositioned resulting in a smoother, brighter more youthful look.
A blepharoplasty can address problems in the upper, lower or both eye lids depending on the anatomy and needs of each patient. It may also be combined with other surgical procedures such as a face lift or brow lift to provide additional rejuvenation.
• Remove excess and loose skin from around the eyes
• Reduce puffiness
• Correct ‘bags’ on the lower lid
• Improve vision from removal of excess eyelid skin
• Improve ‘hooding’ on the upper lid
• Improve symmetry of the lids
• Correct a drooping lower lid that exposes the white of the lower eye
• Rejuvenate and refresh the appearance of the eyes and face
In addition to surgical enhancement, non-surgical techniques such as chemical peels, dermal fillers and wrinkle relaxers can aid in improving the textural or surface changes around the eyes. These can include improvement of fine lines, deep wrinkles, crow’s feet and thin papery skin. Dr Watts will discuss with you which procedure or combination of procedures will deliver you the best, long lasting and youthful results. His Perth-based practice is always happy to receive enquiries and field your questions.
Dr. Watts performs blepharoplasty surgery on an outpatient basis using local anaesthesia with sedation. The length of the procedure will depend on many factors including extent of repair and combination with other procedures but on average takes 1-2 hours to complete. Incisions for upper eyelid surgery are usually placed inside the natural crease of the lid, where visible scarring will be minimal. Lower lid surgery may involve an incision just under the lower lashes or inside the lid. After surgery you will be observed for a few hours to ensure your initial recovery is progressing well before you are allowed to return home with a friend or family member.
Written procedure specific information sheets will be given to you in order for you to prepare for your surgery and the recovery period. You may experience mild discomfort after the procedure and so a postoperative analgesia regime will be tailored to meet your specific needs. In general, you can expect possible bruising and swelling to have settled within 1-2 weeks. As part of your postoperative care plan you will be required to administer regular eye drops and ointments to aid in your recovery. It is important to note that contact lenses cannot be worn for at least one week and heavy exertion must be avoided for 2 weeks post surgery.
Dr Watts and his team are dedicated to providing ongoing care, support and guidance throughout your entire journey. They will be readily available to answer any further questions you may have to ensure a safe and smooth recovery. For more information please call our office to schedule a personal consultation with Dr Watts to discuss how eyelid procedures can turn back the clock and give you a fresher and more rejuvenated appearance.