Lower Eyelid Surgery Melbourne
Aging changes in the lower eyelid plays a central role in the overall changes of midface aging. These changes are often multifactorial and often several treatment modalities may be combined to give the best possible result. These changes often lead to:
- Excess skin or “bags” under the lower lid;
- A deep groove near the inner part of the lower eyelid, sometimes known as the “tear trough”;
- Out turning and loosening of the lower lid exposing the inner lining of the lower lid (ectropion); or
- Drooping of the midface leading to heavy naso-labial folds; the folds on either sides of the nose.
Why do eyebags form?
Aging changes in the lower eyelid plays a central role in the overall changes of midface aging. These changes are often multifactorial and often several treatment modalities may be combined to give the best possible result.
These changes often lead to:
- Excess skin or “bags” under the lower lid.
- A deep groove near the inner part of the lower eyelid – the “tear trough”.
- Out turning and loosening of the lower lid exposing the inner lining of the lower lid (ectropion).
- Drooping of the midface leading to heavy naso-labial folds (folds on either sides of the nose)
What treatment options are available for lower eyelid rejuvenation or eyebags?
For many patients Lower eyelid rejuvenation can be performed through non surgical methods such as dermal filler and anti-wrinkle injection in combination with skin resurfacing techniques.
These non surgical methods has the advantage of being quick to administer, minimal swelling or downtime and being able to see results immediately after treatment.
In more severe cases, especially where there is skin excess or significant midface descent, lower eyelid surgery (lower blepharoplasty) may be required.
Surgery has the advantage of being able to correct the underlying problems at an anatomical level. There is also the option of facial fat transfer (fat grafting) which is often performed at the same time to restore volume in the midcheek area. In most cases, surgery will require a longer recovery, but in most cases surgical results last longer than non surgical methods.
If I need surgery, where it leave a visible scar?
This would depend on exactly what you require. In some patients, a “trans-conjunctival” approach may be used which leaves a scar on the inside of the lower eyelid which is not generally a visible area.
In other patients a “sub-ciliary approach” may be required which will leave a very faint line on the outside of the lower eyelid immediately below your eyelashes. Even though this is a visible scar, in the vast majority of patients this scar will mature over time to become almost invisible.
Where is surgery performed?
Your operation may be performed at our fully equipped procedure room in our main facility in Box Hill. If deeper levels of sedation is preferred, the operation can be performed at a number of fully accredited private hospital.
In a private hospital, one of our fully accredited specialist anaesthetists will administer the anaesthetic and care for you for the duration of the operation.
What can I expect in terms of recovery after surgery?
Generally eyelid surgery is performed as a day case in the rooms or hospital.
It is common to have:
- Some mild discomfort following the procedure, which is usually well controlled with oral medications.
- Swelling and bruising which persists for several days (in suture methods), or 1-2 weeks following incision method. Overall, in 80% of our patients, the majority of swelling will be resolved by 2 weeks.
Most patients usually return to office work after one week. Light exercise and physical activities can usually resume after 2 weeks. Heavy sporting activity usually need 3-4 weeks of recovery.
Can I see some photos of results?
Yes, but as a member of the RACS and ASPS, Mr Lin adheres to strict practicing and ethical guidelines which prohibit before & after photos on our own website.
Representative photos will be available in our rooms and will be shown to you during your consultation with Mr Lin.
*Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.