Removal of bulging fat and wrinkles from around the eyelids enhances facial appearance by removing the tired and ‘worn-out’ look. Droopy eyelids are caused by excessive skin. By surgically reducing th...Continue Reading
Upper Eyelid Surgery (Droopy Eyelids)
Before & After Gallery Upper Eyelid Surgery (Droopy Eyelids)
About The Procedure
Blepharochalasis, or droopy eyelid surgery not only serves as a way to rejuvenate the face, it can also help to clear obstructions to your vision caused by saggy eyelids. Droopy or “sleepy,” upper eyelids and excessive bags on the lower lids are a common condition from people seeking cosmetic improvement when it comes to the eye area.
Many elements; from excessive expressions, various allergies, and over-exposure to the sun can be a cause of droopy eyelids, which usually involves loose skin infringing on and bending the eyelashes down. Patients complain of “crows feet “due to wrinkling around the eyes.
How can this be improved with cosmetic surgery?
Dr. Hodgkinson is highly experienced in this field; which is important for this surgery, as it requires just enough excess skin and tissue to be removed during this procedure to create a firm and appealing appearance.
The main risks associated with too much tissue being removed during this surgery is the risk of a constant “startled” appearance, or the inability to properly close your eyes. This can lead to further issues such as dry eyes and other ophthalmological problems. When it comes to the lower lids, bulging fat can be removed by Dr. Hodgkinson to alleviate eye bags and reduce any dark rings under the eyelids.
Relief for people with Visual occlusion
A very heavy eyelid that droops or sags due to excess folds of skin can cause issues with vision as the folds hang down over the eyelid, bending the eyelashes. In some cases, the eye may not even open completely. This is known as visual occlusion.
Dr. Hodgkinson can correct the issue of visual occlusion with upper eyelid surgery while making other enhancements around the eyes with a range of procedures, such as the brow lift. By removing excess tissue from the eyelids, they will be able to open their eyes fully, and this will increase the patient’s field of vision, while also creating a more youthful and refreshed appearance. Those diagnosed by Dr. Hodgkinson with visual occlusion may be eligible for a Medicare rebate, which would include no GST applied to your fees.
What has caused my eyelids to droop?
Eyelid sagging can be caused by a number of factors, including your genetic or ethnic background, allergies, large amounts of sun exposure, and the simple process of ageing. This issue can create a visual impairment whilst also making the face look old, tired, and stern. Most blepharoplasty patients note that the feedback from their friends and family post surgery, is that they have a more refreshed look after the procedure. Comments are they look rested or healthy.
When it comes to the procedure itself, it is vital that your blepharoplasty surgeon has years of experience and a level of finesse. Inexperienced surgeons can often neglect to remove enough tissue, creating a disappointing result with significant scarring. Or, if too much tissue is removed, the patient may not be able to close their eyes properly or look to hollow, which will create a series of other issues.
What will Medicare cover when it comes to droopy eyelids?
In most situations, Medicare will not cover cosmetic surgery; however, it is a little bit different when it comes to sagging eyebrows. If the condition hinders your vision, you may require the procedure to restore your vision, which could allow for Medicare to cover the surgery.
It is important to note that Medicare can be quite stringent in their assessment and approval process as there has been a rapid rise in the number of blepharoplasty procedures, some of which are purely cosmetic, which has cost Medicare millions of dollars.
To be eligible for a rebate, you will need to meet Medicare’s requirement that your peripheral vision is actually impaired by the condition. In most cases, people with droopy eyelids often fail to realise that the droopy skin is actually narrowing their field of vision. If your eye skin is touching the lashes then you likely have 25% visual field occlusion.
If this is the case, the benefits of functional eyelid surgery can create a significant improvement in both vision and peripheral vision, as well as your everyday quality of life, especially driving.
Dr. Hodgkinson’s experience with droopy eyelid surgery
As a cosmetic surgery expert, Dr. Hodgkinson has over thirty years of experience, not only with procedures concerning the eye region, but also surgeries around the face and nose areas..
Dr. Hodgkinson is a member of the Oriental Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (OSAPS) and has a significant amount of first-hand experience with issues caused by the areas around the eyes. This includes both aesthetic and practical concerns. Dr. Hodgkinson has worked on-site with a range of prominent surgeons in Asia while also speaking as a guest lecturer at various conferences on the topic of eye surgery over the past 20 years.
Many patients specifically seek out Dr. Hodgkinson due to his expertise in customising eyelids and other facial surgeries that result in a truly natural look. This is the perfect antithesis for those who steer clear of cosmetic surgery due to fears that it will look obvious that they have had some. With a range of advanced techniques, Dr. Hodgkinson can provide his patients with permanent results that turn back the clock, providing a look similar to that of their younger years.
Dr. Darryl Hodgkinson customises his work to the physical features of his patients while working with them to achieve realistic and aesthetically pleasing results. Dr. Hodgkinson is well-known for the significant importance he places on the personal relationship he forms with his patients and the comfortable environment he creates to help reach the best possible results. Sought-after by people all over the world, Dr. Hodgkinson often sees repeat patients who trust the high quality of his work, and the above-and-beyond experience provided by his team.
- I am having issues with my peripheral vision. Will droopy eyelid surgery help?
If droopy eyelids have caused problems via an obstruction to your peripheral vision, the procedures offered by Dr. Hodgkinson can be of benefit. It is, however, essential to recognise that not all causes of peripheral vision obstruction can be rectified with cosmetic eyelid surgery. Conditions exempt from the benefits of cosmetic surgery can include glaucoma, a detached retina, occlusions, and compression of the optic nerve. If you suffer from a loss in peripheral vision, we strongly recommend that you see an eye doctor for an accurate diagnosis before considering any kind of cosmetic procedure. Dr. Hodgkinson may refer you to an ophthalmologist if you have “dry eye” syndrome or eye problems, like glaucoma.
- What are the timeframes involved in this procedure?
Timeframes vary due to the complexity of the procedure required for your specific wants and needs. In most cases, droopy eyelid surgery can be performed on an outpatient basis with local anesthetic. This leads to a surgery time of around one to two hours. You will require someone to drive you home post-procedure.
- How long will the recovery period take?
In most cases, patients can head home once approved by our skilled team, and the local anesthetic has worn off. Recovery times will vary for every patient based on their healing ability and the complexity of their procedure. As a general rule, stitches that are not self-dissolving can be removed after 5 days. Dissolving stitches are used on the lower lids. A full recovery is expected around the one-month mark.
Dr. Hodgkinson can help improve your tired look with droopy eyelid surgery
- Will this procedure cause a lot of pain?
Many patients are surprised by just how comfortable droopy eyelid surgery can be. Panadol or various other sedatives can be used to reduce discomfort if required. Patients may also use ice soaked eye pads to help reduce any swelling after the procedure with soothing eye drops also available if needed. We do not bandage the eyes or occlude your vision.
- Will there be any side-effects as a result of the procedure?
Droopy eyelid surgery may create swelling, bruising, or redness within a few days of the procedure; however, this is entirely normal and no cause for alarm. Some patients may experience light sensitivity, or watery eyes, which is also to be expected. Keeping your head elevated and using s cold compress can reduce swelling with eye drops or creams also available to minimise discomfort.
- What should I do if I have issues after the procedure?
The aftercare process and services of Dr. Hodgkinson's team are second to none. Team members are on-hand to ensure you do not experience any difficulty. Dr. Hodgkinson and his team's skill level and dedication to your safety creates the highest amount of care for all patients.