Eyelid surgery, Geelong

What is it?

Blepharoplasty is surgery on the upper eyelid skin to correct a hooded appearance. Sometimes this extra skin can give rise to difficulties with vision. This procedure removes excess skin from the upper eyelids which gives the eyes a fresher, more youthful look and will help correct any visual disturbance.

Am I suitable?

  • You need to be in good health.
  • Have no other eye problems.
  • Your upper eyelids are droopy or heavy.
  • The excess skin is interfering with your vision.

Your initial consultation will be with Mr McDonald who will discuss your medical history and perform a thorough clinical consultation. Mr McDonald will have a full discussion with you about the risks and complications of the surgery, and he will not agree to perform any procedure on you unless he feels the benefits significantly outweigh the risks.

What can I expect if I have the procedure?

  • Pre-operative photos will be taken.
  • Upper eyelid blepharoplasty can be performed in our rooms or in hospital as a day procedure.
  • You will need someone to drive you home and stay with you for 24 hours post-operation.
  • There will be some swelling and bruising. You will be given ice packs to use over the first couple of days to help control swelling.
  • You will be given lubricant for your eyes to be used at night.
  • Pain and discomfort should be controlled by Nurofen and/or Panadol.
  • You will be given a post-operative information sheet.
  • You will need two weeks off work.

The procedure

The operation is performed under local anaesthetic – with sedation if done in hospital.

  • The procedure takes approximately one hour.
  • An incision is made which follows the natural creases of the eyelid. The incision is extended a little way into the crows’ feet area and the excess skin is excised.
  • The wounds are closed with non-dissolving stitches.

Follow up

We will keep in close contact with you after your procedure and see you in four to five days to remove sutures. You can phone our rooms anytime and there is a recorded message after hours. You will be reviewed three months post-procedure and photos taken.

Complications

These may occur with any surgical procedure. These will be discussed in detail in your consultation with Mr McDonald. The risks of complications are reduced if you are healthy and a non-smoker.

The first step to a new, more confident you is an initial consultation with one of our knowledgeable and friendly team members. During this session you will be invited to ask all your questions to ensure you are happy and comfortable, and we will discuss the procedure itself and the care you will receive during and afterwards.

Mr Anthony McDonald also performs other cosmetic medical procedures including liposuction, breast lifts and breast reductions, as well as other facial surgery such as ear surgery.