Men looking to rejuvenate droopy upper eyelids, dark circles and other effects of the sun and ageing might consider cosmetic surgery for eyes.
Eyelid rejuvenation surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a relatively easy cosmetic procedure and works to reverse concerns like loose, sagging skin and wrinkles. One of the most popular plastic surgery treatments, blepharoplasty improves the appearance of the upper eyelids, lower eyelids or both, and gives a rejuvenated appearance to the surrounding area of your eyes.
Dr Lim specialises in facial plastic surgery and is known for creating a naturally tighter appearance and a more youthful look. During your consultation, Dr Lim will discuss all your options, as it is possible to combine blepharoplasty with other procedures, such as a brow lift.
While cosmetic surgery for eyes can be expected to correct certain conditions permanently, you will continue to age naturally. Lifelong sun protection will help to maintain your results.
Following the procedure, you will have fine stitches in your upper and/or lower eyelid. The ends of these will be secured to your face with surgical tapes, which must not be removed. These stitches require no special care except to keep them dry after showering or washing your face.
Initial healing may include some swelling, bruising, irritation or dry eyes and discomfort that can be controlled with medication, cold compresses and ointment. Your final results will appear within several weeks, but it may take longer for your incision lines to fully refine.
Dr Lim will do his best to minimise scarring, and the surgical method and required incision will be discussed with you in the consultation process.
Eyelid surgery is individually customised to each patient depending on their personal requirements — during the consultation period, Dr Lim will take you through all available options and possible outcomes.
The procedure involves removing sagging skin, creating a naturally tighter appearance for a more youthful look. Dr. Lim will mark the area of the eyelid to be concentrated on. Excess skin or fatty tissue may be removed to enhance the appearance and function of the eyelid.
Blepharoplasty is performed under general anaesthetic in an accredited hospital. For lower eyelid surgery, you will be required to stay in hospital overnight. Dr Lim will review you post-operatively and give you specific instructions on how to care for your eyes. He will prescribe analgesia, antibiotics and ointments that will aid healing and reduce the potential for infection and bruising.
My Klinik staff will stay in touch with you after the procedure, monitor your progress and answer any questions or concerns as they arise. You’ll have reviews with Dr Lim one week, one month and three months after surgery.
Our goal is to make your experience as easy and comfortable as possible — Dr Lim and the My Klinik staff are always willing to answer any questions you may have.
Pre and Post-Operative Care
- You must fast prior to your procedure — do not eat, drink (even water) or chew anything for at least six hours before your procedure. The hospital will ring you the day before your procedure to confirm your admission time.
- If you have a gastric band or sleeve, you will need to have a fluid diet the day before your surgery and fast for at least eight hours on the day of your procedure.
- Notify Dr Lim of any medications that you are currently taking.
- Do not take any medication that contains aspirin, or any anti-inflammatory or herbal medication for two weeks before your procedure. Aspirin thins the blood, which can result in unnecessary blood loss during your procedure.
- Do not smoke for six weeks before and six weeks after your procedure. Smoking decreases blood flow to the skin and may delay the healing process or increase the risk of blindness.
- Do not drink any alcohol for two days before and two days after your procedure as it can interfere with the anaesthetic you will be given on the day.
- Vitamin C may help reduce your healing time and is recommended for two weeks before and two weeks after surgery.
- Do not wear any nail polish, make-up or jewellery to the hospital and leave any valuables at home.
- You will need to wear comfortable, loose clothing that does not need to be pulled over the head or face before and after surgery. It is also recommended that you wear comfortable (not form fitting) sunglasses for your journey home.
- On the day of your surgery, please do not apply any cream or lotion to your face.
- Dr Lim will normally visit you in the hospital the morning after your procedure. Dr Lim will also be in contact with the nursing staff during your stay. You can usually go home the day after your surgery.
- General anaesthetic can take a few days to recover from — it can be quite normal to feel a little slow or out of sorts for a few days.
- Following the procedure, you will have fine stitches in your upper and/or lower eyelid. The ends of these will be secured to your face with surgical tapes, which must not be removed. These stitches require no special care except to keep them dry after showering or washing your face.
- Dr Lim will remove your stitches at your one-week post-op review. Eye make-up may be worn after the stitches have been removed.
- Some swelling and bruising is normal and no cause for alarm — it may take up to two weeks for this to disperse. You may apply cold compresses or ice packs to the area for the first three days to help reduce the swelling and bruising.
- You will be given medication for the pain. The amount of pain you feel after the operation varies from person to person. If you are concerned about the amount of pain you are in, or you feel you cannot control the pain, you should inform the nursing staff while in hospital, or call My Klinik if you are at home.
- It is crucial that you finish the course of antibiotics you are prescribed to prevent any post-op infection.
- You will be given a prescription for chloromycetin ointment and this should be applied into your eyes at night.
- It is best to sleep and rest in an upright position, on two or three pillows, until the stitches have been removed. This helps to reduce the swelling.
- You may wash your hair one to two days after your procedure. Avoid bending down as this may make bruising and swelling worse.
- Do not smoke for six weeks after your procedure as this may slow the healing process and affect wound healing.
- Avoid strenuous activity such as jogging and housework for the first two weeks. These types of activities raise the blood pressure and may cause bleeding.
- You will not be able to drive for two days after the procedure due to the sedation. You should be careful driving in the following weeks as you may experience a tearing sensation, light sensitivity, blurring or double vision.
- You will not be able to wear contact lenses for three weeks.
- Contact My Klinik if any of the following develop:
- A temperature higher than 38°C or chills
- Severe pain
- Heavy bleeding from the incisions
- Redness around the incision which is spreading
- Loss of feeling on any part of the face
- A change in vision.
- Dr Lim and the nursing staff are available to you as you recover — should you have any concerns or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact My Klinik. For after-hours concerns, please contact the hospital where you had your surgery and they will be able to contact Dr Lim as required.
Eyelid Surgery FAQs
If you are basically satisfied with your eyelids but have one or more of the following concerns, eyelid surgery may be an option for you:
- Loose or sagging skin that creates folds or disturbs the natural contour of the eyes
- Excess fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the upper eyelids
- Bags under the eyes
- Droopiness of the lower eyelids
- Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelids.
Blepharoplasty is best suited for patients in good physical health who have realistic expectations about the outcome of the procedure. While most people who undergo blepharoplasty are older than 35, it is possible to undergo this surgery at a younger age if the appearance of your eyes bothers you, or if you have heavy bags under your eyes.
Eyelid surgery involves removing sagging skin, creating a naturally tighter appearance for a more youthful look. Dr. Lim will mark the area of the eyelid to be concentrated on. Excess skin or fatty tissue may be removed to enhance the appearance and function of the eyelid.
Your first consultation with Dr Lim will take around 45 minutes and you are most welcome to bring a support person with you. Due to social distancing measures as a result of COVID-19, the support person may not be able to enter the rooms (depending on the number of persons in the rooms at that particular time).
Dr Lim will take the time to discuss the procedure with you, the changes you desire, and any other issues related to the appearance of your eyelids that you feel are important to you. This will help Dr Lim understand your expectations and determine if they are achievable.
Dr Lim will explain the risks of surgery and discuss the methods of blepharoplasty surgery with you. Your eyelids will be assessed, and a few measurements and photographs will be taken to plan the procedure.
You do not have to make the decision to proceed with the surgery at this initial consultation. You will be given a written quotation and information to take home to read.
Dr Lim will examine your eyelids and consider factors such as the size, position and shape of your eyelids and the quality of your skin.
Please come to the consultation prepared to discuss your medical history. This will include information about any medical conditions you have, medications you are currently taking, allergies you have, other medical treatments you have received and any previous surgery you have had.
A second consultation, at no extra cost, is usually required if you wish to proceed with surgery.
We recommend taking vitamin C for a week prior to the surgery.
Avoid products that contain aspirin, glucosamine, herbal supplements, fish oil and krill oil for four weeks before surgery. We also strongly recommend avoiding alcohol, and not smoking for six weeks before and after surgery. Smoking can negatively affect the healing process.
On the day of surgery, patients should wear comfortable, loose clothing that does not need to be pulled over the head or face. Don’t wear any make-up, jewellery or nail polish.
We want to make this experience as easy as possible — you will be given all pre-operative instructions prior to your procedure but please don’t hesitate to call My Klinik if you have any questions or concerns before your surgery.
Dr Lim performs all surgeries at fully accredited hospitals — Lakeview Private Hospital and Westmead Private Hospital. Blepharoplasty surgery is performed under general anaesthetic and, for lower eyelid procedures, you can expect to be in hospital overnight.
Please contact the hospital a day before surgery to confirm your admission and fasting time. On entering the hospital, you need to report to the admissions desk and the staff will direct you through the admission process. Dr Lim and the anaesthetist will both see you prior to surgery and Dr Lim will make some markings on your eyelids.
After the procedure, you will spend some time in the recovery room where you will be closely monitored until you are fully awake and returned to your rooms. Dr Lim will visit you in hospital the morning after your surgery.
The first days after surgery are usually the most uncomfortable and painful, particularly when you are moving around or coughing. Like most operations, it is not painless; you will be prescribed pain medication during this period and Dr Lim will provide a prescription for you upon discharge.
It is also normal to feel tired and a little slow for a day or two following a general anaesthetic. Your eyelids may feel tight and sore, and your eyes may be covered with a bandage.
Everyone is different, so the recovery period following this procedure varies from person to person. Most people are back to their normal routine in approximately seven to ten days. The eyelids will be sensitive for six weeks following surgery and should be handled according to your own level of comfort.
Returning to work depends on the demands of your job — you may be able to return to light work within three to four weeks. Dr Lim will discuss your individual situation with you before and after your surgery.
I understand that all surgical procedures have risks involved; how do I find the information to make an informed decision?
We endeavour to make sure our patients are as informed as possible. While some of the potential risks seem frightening, it is important for you to be aware that they can occur. During consultation, Dr Lim will take you through the risks involved and the potential complications.
Some of the possible complications are:
- Removal of too much skin, possibly exposing the cornea to injury
- Asymmetry of the eyelids
- Noticeable scarring
- Itchy, watery or dry eyes
- The final result may not be as the patient desired (e.g. drooping of the lower eyelid) and may require follow-up procedures
- Changes in vision — this is usually temporary but can be long-lasting or permanent in rare cases
- Blepharoplasty can lead to blindness in extremely rare cases.
Dr Lim will monitor your progress carefully and our staff will stay in contact with you during the post-operative period. You will be seen at frequent intervals over the first twelve months. Your relationship with Dr Lim and the nursing staff does not end once you have had the procedure.
If you have any questions or concerns after your operation, you are always welcome to call My Klinik.
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