In recent decades cosmetic treatments have focused heavily on allowing patients to dramatically improve the appearance of their eyes often boosting their confidence and raising their self esteem.

If you’re unhappy with the way that your upper or lower eyelids look, there are many options to improve this with one of them being eyelid surgery.

As we are the eye lid and laser cataract adelaide experts (we are I promise!), we’ve made this mini guide that will inform you about everything you need to know about cataracts, who can get them, what to expect from the laser surgery, and then a few tips on how to get over the surgery.

What is Eyelid and Cataract surgery?

Laser cataract surgery

Also known as blepharaoplasty, eye lid surgery aims to alter the appearance of either the upper or lower eyelid, or sometimes both. This is done to improve the appearance of the area directly surrounding the eyes themselves.

What does the surgery involve?

The surgery can be done under a local or a general anaesthetic. You should consult your surgeon about which one is the best option for your particular procedure. It’s highly likely you may be required to have two separate operations if you are having both your upper and lower lids altered.

Every operation will be slightly different however the general process is:

  • • An incision is made in the skin fold that runs across the eyelid (this treats the sagging of the upper lid)
    • Another incision is made just below the lashes or on the inside of the lower lid (this treats the lower eye lid)
    • Once the incisions are made, excess skin is removed and excess fat is either repositioned or removed completely
    • Sometimes the underlying tissue needs to be tightened – this is generally done with stitches
    • Incisions are then closed with either; tissue glue, stitches or surgical tape.

What is eyelid surgery best for?

There are a number of circumstances in which eyelid surgery can be a good option for patients who are bothered by the appearance of their eyes. It is effective in treating draping, loose or sagging skin – these can often obscure vision therefore their treatment is not solely cosmetic. It is also helpful in removing fatty deposits, which create puffiness around the eye and for those with large bags under their eyes.

However it’s important to remember that this type of surgery cannot lift eyebrows that are sagging, nor can it eliminate crow’s feet or dark circles around the eyes.

For more info about laser cataract surgery or eye lid operations, head over to the main website at: sportsmed.com.au or tonymenzorthopaedics.com.au