Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery (Blepharoplasty) is an effective means of rejuvenating your eye region, including the brow and your upper and lower eyelids. This surgery is ideal as both a cosmetic procedure and to improve vision in patients whose eyelids are beginning to obstruct their eyes.

While non-surgical treatments can be effective in treating “crow's feet” or other superficial wrinkles around the eyes and forehead, in more advanced cases Eyelid surgery is the better option for your desired goals. As the eyes are the first thing most of us notice when looking at a face, many people choose Eyelid surgery before considering other procedures.

Dr. Edmund Ek is a highly skilled Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic surgeon specialising in facial aesthetic surgery, and Eyelid surgery in particular. He will consult with you about what you want to achieve from your operation, explaining the pros and cons of the procedure.

This surgery is effective in treating the following:

  • Sagging eyelids that block vision or rest on the upper eyelashes
  • Droopiness or asymmetry of the upper eyelids (ptosis)
  • Excess skin or “bags” under the eyes, including the crease underneath (the "tear trough")
  • Sagging of the lower lid exposing its inner lining (ectropion)

If you suffer from any of the above conditions and would like to discuss your surgical options, please contact Dr. Ek's office on (03) 8419 0900.

Making the decision to undergo surgery

While you may already have decided that you want surgery, Dr. Ek will still take the time to talk about what goals you desire from your procedure.

If you and he together establish that surgery is the best route to achieve what you envision, he will then start planning the operation with you.

Through a combination of before-and-after photographs of previous patients, anatomical diagrams and plain-English explanations of what's possible, Dr. Ek will provide you with as much information as possible to help you determine what outcomes you want to achieve.

Understanding the procedure

Eyelid surgery involves a combination of surgical techniques to remove excess skin from the eye area, and in some cases remove or redistribute fat from the peri-orbital region.

This surgery is usually performed under a general anaesthetic, although in some cases local anaesthetic may suffice. Upper eyelid surgery is commonly performed as day surgery however in cases when both upper and lower eyelid surgery is performed, Dr Ek will arrange for you to remain as an inpatient overnight to make sure you are comfortable before you go home.

Dr. Ek will make every effort to hide any incisions to limit (or eliminate) the chance of visible scars.

What results or outcomes to expect

The results of your Eyelid surgery will usually become apparent within several weeks. Most patients report a considerable difference in their appearance, and in many instances the issue (such as drooping eyelids blocking vision) is permanently reversed.

However it is important to note that everyone is different – what worked for someone else may not necessarily work the same way with you. It is also important to note that any lifestyle or environmental factors, such as smoking or excessive squinting, can limit the effectiveness of the operation.

If you are concerned about fine lines around your eyes, Dr. Ek may recommend additional treatments such as a Facelift or other non-surgical procedures to achieve the desired effect.

To find out more about Eyelid surgery with Dr. Ek, call us today on (03) 8419 0900.