Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, has been a popular topic in the media lately. In this blog, we’ll go over some vital information that Dr Murray has shared about the procedure. Dr Murray refers to blepharoplasty as peri-orbital rejuvenation because it’s a complex process that involves more than just removing excess skin.
For example, addressing the fat pads in the upper eyelid is essential because if they’re not repaired, they can protrude or pop out later, even if the skin has been repaired. The upper lid can be treated with a simple skin-only procedure or a three-layer procedure that includes skin, fat, and muscle. It is vital to understand the cause of the eyelid drooping or sagging as it can be caused by the brow alone, the eyelid alone, or a combination of the two areas. If your brow is in a regular place, you may find that you have very little skin sagging, and the heaviness is caused by a sagging brow. If you have a flat, low brow, and upon lifting it, there is still sagging, this means that the skin, fat, and muscle in the brow and eyelid are causing the sagging together.
Regarding the lower eyelid, there are three fat pads that can be treated by making minor cuts and removing fat from inside the eyelid. Cutting the eyelid on the outside and stitching it can cause ectropion, where the eyelid turns outward. The inside of the eyelid is a better option as there are no stitches or scars. However, if there is a deep tear trough, fat transfer may be required to fill in the hollow.
Finally, if you have loose and crepey skin, laser treatment can be used as an alternative to cutting a big piece of skin out, which can cause the eyelid to droop. Overall, blepharoplasty is a complex procedure that requires careful consideration and the expertise of a cosmetic practitioner. If you would like to understand more about your anatomy, and discover if a blepharoplasty is the right decision for you, book a consultation with Dr Murray today at 1300-new-you.