MAY 2012 NEWSLETTER: Blepharoplasty

It’s already May 2012 and things are moving forward in my practice. Yana has joined and settled in well taking the role as practice manger to heart and we love having her with us. Yana is also a fully qualified skin care therapist with experience and training in chemical peels and skin medica facials. If you are looking for this kind of treatment then please book directly with Yana.

Introductions aside I want to focus this month on Blepharoplasty or “corrective Eyelid Surgery”. Blepharoplasty surgery, although having a quick recovery time does require some down time for the first few days.

“The gleam back in your eye”

I hope you enjoy what follows.

What is Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty or cosmetic eyelid surgery, is a plastic surgery procedure aimed at improving the upper and lower eyelids. Aesthetically this means opening the eyes and removing that tired and grumpy look associated with droopy eyelids.

if you have full and heavy eyelids, with or without prominent bags under the lower lids, then you are the ideal candidate for this surgery.

However, if you are encountering substantial eye issues such as glaucoma, or dry eyes, you might unfortunately not be eligible for Blepharoplasty but it is always best to make an appointment to visit Charles for clarification.

How is Eyelid Surgery performed?

The upper blepharoplasty specifically targets and rectifies the drooping skin that overhangs the upper lid. During Upper eyelids surgery Charles will remove skin and a small amount of fat from the inner corner of your eye.

The lower blepharoplasty, on the other hand, is a superb option to improve the “bags” that form beneath the eye. This surgery usually entails an incision underneath the eyelashes (subciliary approach) or through one inside the eye (transconjunctival).

What surgeries can you combine with Blepharoplasty?

A number of other cosmetic procedures such as facelift, neck lift, brow or forehead lift, neck and cheek liposuction may be safely performed at the same time as Blepharoplasty.

It usually takes Dr Serrurier between one and two hours to perform a Blepharoplasty, and in some cases he can perform the procedure in his rooms to minimize patient cost.

What about scarring?

Scarring from Eyelid surgery should not be of much concern. Of course this will all be explained in detail during the consultation process. But if lower lid incisions are made through the conjunctiva there will be no visible scars. If the incision is made below the lashes (subciliary) the scarring is well concealed.

Similarly, the upper lid incisions are made above the lashes and then the scar is well concealed in the tarsal crease.

Post Op Recovery

In most cases you will be discharged without spending the night in hospital.  On the fifth post-operative day, Dr Serrurier will remove the stitches. This can be slightly painful.

The results of blepharoplasty will not last forever. Revision surgery is uncommon since the fat pads do not regrow after they’ve been removed. The skin, however, may need to be removed again as one ages.

Going Home?

 You will be able to return to work a few days after your Blepharoplasty. However, you should avoid exercising for about three weeks after surgery.

You will be able to wear contact lenses one week after upper eyelid blepharoplasty and two weeks after lower eyelid blepharoplasty. Glasses and makeup can be worn a few days after the surgery.

 It is unlikely that your vision will be affected by the surgery. You might find it a bit blurry for a few days and it may take you 7-10 days before you feel comfortable out and about on the town.

Dr Charles Serrurier

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon
MBBCH (Wits), FCS Plast. Surg (CMSA)
PR. N0. 0304131                                             

Suite A9, Life Fourways Hospital

Cedar Road & Cedar Avenue West
TEL: 011 875 1630
FAX: 011 875 163 Dr Charles Serrurier


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