You can tell a lot about a person by looking into their eyes. Droopy eyelids can send the wrong message! Droopy eyelids can make you look tired and older than you are. An eye lift is a surgery to correct droopy eyelids and “open up” the eyes. Droopy eyelid surgery is a popular choice among women and men. Eyelid surgery removes excess tissue and fat from the eyelid, giving eyes a refreshed, youthful appearance.
WHO NEEDS SURGERY?
You may opt for cosmetic eyelid surgery to improve the appearance of your upper and/or lower eyelids. Often, the surgical procedure improves the looks of the entire eye area. People with bags under their eyes look years younger once the lower eyelid is smooth again.
Sometimes people develop droopy eyelids as they age. Others inherit hooded eyes that are apparent from an early age. Even those who use makeup to draw attention away from the feature eventually end up needing hooded eyes surgery. For many people, hooded or droopy eyelids are a more serious problem. Once the sagging skin reaches their eye, it can interfere with their vision.
Health insurance almost never covers cosmetic eye surgery. However, if you require eyelid lift surgery for the upper eye to improve your vision, you might be able to recover part of your costs. If your droopy eyelids are interfering with your vision, schedule a consultation to find out your options to pay for drooping eyelid surgery.
Droopy eyelids often cause your eyes to look smaller. If you have excess tissue or bags on your eyelids, eye enlargement surgery can help open up your eyes. Regardless of whether you are considering cosmetic eyelid surgery to improve your appearance, or an eye lift for medical reasons, every procedure begins with a consultation.
Before deciding on eyelid lift surgery, your doctor will ask you about previous surgeries and past or current medical conditions. He’ll talk with you about your expectations and determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure.
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Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
Expect to spend about 30 minutes to an hour with Dr William Mooney for a thorough blepharoplasty consultation.
You will first be greeted by Dr Mooney’s receptionists, they will ask you to fill in a form with basic details.
One of Dr Mooney’s trained nurses will begin by taking high resolution images for subsequent digital images. The nurse will also provide a pre-consultation.
This is followed by a formal consultation with Dr William Mooney.
He will assess your full medical history and a medical examination is performed.
We then move onto a cosmetic assessment, examining other features, nationality, gender, age and previous treatments the patient may have undergone.
Dr William Mooney will then discuss operative planning, risks and complications.
We always have at least two consultations before surgery. This cooling off period is essential as this is such an important life decision. It is a healthcare stipulation for young patients but we apply to all patients.
At our subsequent consult, we discuss the finer details of the pre-operative treatment; what to wear, eat, think and do as your operation approaches.
We will not move forward until the patient and doctor are fully appraised and happy with the plan.
You will be a suitable candidate if your eyes look tired or if your eyelids appear hooded.
If you look at your parents and they have a more significant version of this hooded and tiredness, blepharoplasty is an excellent procedure to consider. It is an effective cosmetic procedure, which returns a freshness and youthfulness to the eyes and face, which people, even close friends find it difficult to pick!
The eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) can take up to one hour.
Surgery can be performed in a clinical setting or under aesthetic in the operating theatre.
Careful measuring and assessment is performed in the consultation and immediately preoperatively.
The eyes are prepared for surgery and judicious excision of skin fat and sometimes muscle is performed.
Any minor bleeding is stopped and the incision is closed with meticulous micro sutures.
It is a day procedure and sutures come out at day seven to nine.
Bruising can last up to two weeks and we suggest patients take two weeks off work.
No, the patient should not experience any pain during the procedure. Minimal bruising can last a week or so.
Yes, minimal bruising can last a week or so following blepharoplasty.
Two weeks off work is sufficient following blepharoplasty.
Dr Mooney and the pre-operative nurse will go through all of your operative planning a couple of weeks before blepharoplasty.
Some food such as chilli, garlic and galangal do increase prolonged bruising.
Dr Mooney first performed blepharoplasty in 1999.
Yes, visible stitches are in place.
Prior to your eyelid (blepharoplasty) surgery, you may be advised to stop and start certain supplements and medication.
Dr Mooney and the pre-operative nurse will go through all of your operative planning a couple of weeks before surgery.
Typically, Dr Mooney will ask our interstate blepharoplasty patients to stay in Sydney for 10 days.
Typically, Dr Mooney will ask international blepharoplasty patients to stay in Sydney for three weeks.
Eyelid surgery (Blepharoplasty) is typically a purely cosmetic procedure and cannot be claimed via Medicare or Private health fund.
However, if Dr Mooney deems this a medical procedure i.e. If the skin is impairing the patients vision, a small portion of this procedure can be claimed via Medicare. Depending on the level of health cover you have, there may be claimable items such as hospital cover. This will be determined following a consultation with Dr William Mooney.
Patients have a good idea of the results after three weeks. Final results can take up to 6 months to occur.
Patients can return to light exercise after two weeks’ and normal exercise after four weeks.
Yes, although we warn younger blepharoplasty patients, as years go by and as aging continues there is a chance of a subsequent procedure, after some decades.