As we age, it’s normal for the muscle and skin around the eyes to weaken. This is what causes drooping eyelids and bags under the eyes. But here at Real Cosmetic Plastic Surgery in Moonee Ponds, VIC, Mr Stephen Salerno can offer you eyelid surgery, also known as a blepharostaphy, and restore a youthful and more pleasing appearance to your eyes. Read on to learn how this groundbreaking procedure can benefit you.
Eyelid Surgery: How Long Do the Results Last?
This incredible cosmetic procedure corrects damaged or ageing skin, as well as other important tissues, around the eyes. The results are always long-lasting, although the exact length of time will depend on what type of procedure you undergo.
For instance, an upper lid blepharoplasty, which corrects droopy eyelids, creates results that last for between five and seven years. Meanwhile, the results of a lower lid blepharoplasty, which improves sagging and undereye bags, can last for an incredible twenty years. Unlike a lot of cosmetic treatments that require touch-up sessions to maintain results, these procedures don’t need any follow-up.
What Kind of Eyelid Surgeries Are Available?
The eyelids can start to show signs of ageing in several different ways. That’s why we offer a few different options when it comes to this type of procedure.
Upper Eyelid Surgery
With age, our skin loses elasticity and starts to sag more. This is why our eyelids start to droop and become looser. Our eyelids play a big role in how we express our emotions. Sagging eyelids can make us look sad or tired when we’re not. More severe cases can actually obstruct a person’s vision.
In an upper eyelid blepharoplasty, very small incisions are made along the upper eyelids. These are done specifically in the creases so the incision marks remain unnoticeable. Excess skin and fat are removed via these incisions. This procedure can be used to remedy the above symptoms, making the patient look more alert and refreshed. In cases where the eyelids are interfering with a person’s sight, patients may find this issue has improved.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
Sagging skin can also cause heavy bags under the eyes. These bags often make a person look tired and worn out, no matter how rested and full of energy they might be. What’s worse is that bags can develop at a very young age, so they might be making a person look older than they are too.
But a lower eyelid blepharoplasty removes the extra fat and skin that’s accumulated there, again utilising tiny incisions that don’t leave any noticeable scarring. Patients who undergo this treatment love how rejuvenated and more youthful they look afterwards.
Here at Real Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, Mr Salerno understands that often these aesthetic issues with the upper and lower eyelids go hand in hand. That’s why we can offer a surgery that combines the two procedures, remedying all your concerns in potentially one simple session.
We can even discuss combining this surgery with other cosmetic procedures so that you can receive optimal results and get the face you’ve always dreamed of. We can talk about this during your consultation, where you can learn more and decide what option will work best for you to reach your beauty goals.
What Will Treatment Be Like?
The first step is a consultation. This is our chance to get to know you and learn about what you’re hoping to get out of treatment. We can determine if this method will best help you achieve your goals, or if there’s another treatment we can offer you that would work better. We’ll also look over your medical history to make sure you’re a healthy, suitable candidate for this procedure. If everything looks good, we’ll design your treatment plan which we’ll follow on the day of your surgery.
We’ll give you some steps to follow ahead of your appointment so that your body is prepared and we can achieve the best results from your surgery. This might include taking supplements or medication or avoiding blood-thinning medicines like aspirin or fish oil tablets. We also might ask that you stop eating a certain time before your procedure. We’ll be able to give you more specific instructions upon talking to you and knowing your lifestyle.
On the Day
This procedure generally takes between one and two hours to complete. The exact time will depend on what kind of eyelid surgery you’ll be undergoing.
We’ll start by giving you anaesthesia so you’re comfortable throughout the treatment. Even with anaesthetic, Mr Salerno is an incredibly gentle and dedicated surgeon who will treat your face and skin with the utmost care.
Once you’re under, he’ll make small incisions around the targeted area and accurately remove fat and skin that’s causing your cosmetic concerns. The locations of these incisions will depend on what kind of eyelid procedure you’re getting, but they’ll always be small and discreet. We commonly close them with sutures once Mr Salerno is done.
Patients appreciate that this procedure only requires a short healing period afterwards. Throughout this time, we’ll advise you on some small life changes, including how you wash your face, how much time you spend on your phone or watching TV, and how you work out. These are just small steps to ensure your healing eyes stay healthy and unaffected as you recover. They’ll only be short-term changes and soon you’ll be able to return to your normal lifestyle.
So you can rest and recover after your procedure, we recommend getting a friend or family member to look after you for a few days. Someone who can help you with preparing food, and help around the house. Many patients like to set up a little “recovery room” so they have a designated space to relax and recuperate.
The Healing Process
Throughout your recovery period, you may be advised to take medication so you can heal as effectively as possible. You’re encouraged to get this medicine before your appointment so you can start taking it as soon as you’re all done. We will also typically provide you with antibiotics after treatment that rapidly speed up the healing process. You’ll likely need to take them for about a week after your session. Some patients also use drops to keep their eyes hydrated after the procedure.
During this time, we’ll advise you to regularly administer cold compresses on your face, as well as keeping your head elevated so blood and fluid don’t rush to your eyes.
What Are Some Non-Surgical Ways I Can Look After My Eyes?
There are a variety of ways to protect the skin around your eyes. Even if you do undergo surgery, it’s important to always look after your eyelids so that the best results are achieved and maintained. Shielding them from the sun and UV rays is one of the most effective ways to keep the skin around your eyes tight and healthy. Using sunglasses and hats, and always wearing sunscreen, will ensure your eyes stay protected even on the sunniest of days.
It’s also important to have a good skincare routine. Dermatologists recommend products that are fragrance-free and have proven anti-aging benefits such as hyaluronic acid or retinol. If a new skincare regime sounds daunting, don’t worry. During a consultation, we can advise you on some products that will work for your skin type, or even discuss you seeing a dermatologist.
Can I Wear Contacts While My Eyes Heal?
It’s generally recommended that patients should not wear contacts for roughly three or four weeks following surgery. The same goes for makeup and in particular eye makeup; the longer you leave it the better your eyes will heal.
Who Is an Ideal Candidate for This Procedure?
If you’re over the age of eighteen and are struggling with droopy, puffy eyelids or heavy under-eye bags, you may be a good candidate for this treatment. Generally, adults over thirty-five struggle with these afflictions, but they can develop younger; factors like sun exposure, genetics, and fluctuating weight can cause the skin around the eyes to change regardless of age. We also encourage all genders and skin tones who are interested in this procedure to come in for a consultation.
We will have to look through your medical history in great detail to make sure you’re an eligible candidate. People who have experienced eye problems such as glaucoma may not be suitable to undergo this treatment. Likewise, those with bleeding issues, diabetes, and other medical concerns that affect blood flow may not be able to have this treatment. If this is the case, we can recommend a number of alternative treatments that may achieve similar results.
People Who Look Older or More Tired Than They Really Are
Puffy, droopy eyes can make a person look older, more tired, or sadder than they are. They can be hard to cover with makeup, and in the case of men, they likely don’t even wear makeup. This can be crippling for a person’s confidence, making them embarrassed or self-conscious.
No one should feel uncomfortable in their skin, and Mr Salerno and his staff believe it’s deeply important for people to feel like they have control over their bodies and the way they age. If you want to look more like you feel – younger, vibrant, and gorgeous – then this procedure may be right for you.
People Who Are Having Trouble Seeing
Some candidates may be struggling to see because of sagging eyelids. If this is happening to you, an upper eyelid blepharoplasty may be useful in restoring vision.
Those Seeking Discreet, Natural-Looking Results
If you don’t want people to know you’ve undergone a procedure, this eyelid surgery may be ideal for you. The results restore balance and youth to the skin around the eyes without making you look “worked on”; you’ll simply look refreshed and rejuvenated, perhaps as though you went on a relaxing vacation. Because it’s targeted to just around the eyes, the rest of your face, such as your brows or cheeks, will remain unaffected, which further enhances the natural look.
If, however, you’re interested in treating concerns on these other parts of the face, we can discuss options such as a facelift.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
Even though puffy, droopy eyes are a normal part of aging, it doesn’t mean you have to accept them. Enjoy rejuvenated, refreshed eyes that can enhance your whole face and leave you looking years younger with eyelid surgery. Contact Mr Salerno and his expert staff at Melbourne Plastic Surgeon in Moonee Ponds, VIC, today.