28 Jan The Facts About Blepharoplasty
When you first look at a person, the area of the eyes is the initial point of focus. Our brains automatically use this area to assess the person’s age. Sometimes due to lifestyle, environment or genetics, this area has changes to reflect an image that the individual doesn’t feel matches their age. A blepharoplasty procedure seeks to rejuvenate the eye area to restore a more youthful and refreshed appearance.
Dr Zacharia’s Approach
Each patient requires an individualised approach. Dr Zacharia will examine the eyes in the context of the whole face. Ratios, as always, play an important part in any surgical assessment of the face. In particular the distance between the eyebrow height and eyelashes, the lashes and the lid crease, and the lid crease to the lowest brow hair. Any asymmetry found between each eye in this process is also taken into consideration by Dr Zacharia. This procedure requires meticulous accuracy as the results must maintain a natural look without diminishing the function and movement of the eyes.
Upper blepharoplasty surgery can produce dramatic changes. The effect is that the eye area appears more open and creates a youthful appearance. A simple upper blepharoplasty involves surgically removing excess skin of the upper eye lid. This reveals a more defined eyebrow and eye crease; eliminating the ‘hooded’ lid look associated with ageing.
The lower eyelid is a very small area and the appearance of ageing in this area is related to two factors. The first being the length of the lower eyelid (the area from the lash line to the curve of the cheek in the mid face). As we age, the muscle that forms this high sitting youthful cheek starts to droop as early as our 20’s, thus causing the lower lid area to enlarge. The second is the protrusion of fat pads in this area. As we continue to age and the cheek continues to drop the protrusion of this fat pad becomes more prominent resulting in what is commonly referred to as ‘bags’ under the eyes. A lower blepharoplasty involves a small incision on the inside of the lower eyelid in order to access the fat pad. In this procedure it can either be removed – or repositioned.
Surgery times are usually about 1.5 hours for each area and stitches are removed about 5 -7 days after the procedure. As the incisions are made in the creases of the upper eyelid and/or on the inside of the lower lid, there is very little tell-tale signs that this procedure has been performed. Results become apparent gradually, with swelling and bruising subsiding after approximately 2 weeks revealing a rejuvenated eye area.
To learn more about blepharoplasty procedures book a consultation with Dr Michael Zacharia to discuss your options, email [email protected] or phone 1800 685 438
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