Upper and Lower Eyelid Surgery in Singapore

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Dr Marco Faria Correa is a plastic surgeon with 35 years of experience treating patients from various countries and backgrounds. He has a deep understanding of the varied needs and body types of his international patients.

Dr Marco is skilled in performing cosmetic surgeries, including the Upper and Lower Eyelid Surgery.

What is Upper and Lower Eyelid Surgery?

Upper and lower eyelid surgery, medically known as blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure aimed at correcting imperfections, deformities, and disfigurations of the eyelids. It also serves aesthetic purposes, enhancing the eye region’s appearance by removing excess skin, fat, and muscle.

This surgery can address issues like drooping upper lids and puffy bags below the eyes, which are often signs of ageing or genetic predisposition.

Upper and Lower Eyelid Surgery Procedure

Initial Consultation

The initial consultation involves an assessment to understand the patient’s facial anatomy, focusing on the eyes’ structure, skin quality, and overall facial balance. The patient’s medical history, including any previous eye surgeries or conditions, is thoroughly reviewed. This session also allows patients to discuss their aesthetic goals, concerns, and any hesitations they might have regarding the procedure.

Pre-operative Assessment

Pre-operative assessment includes detailed eye examinations, skin elasticity tests, and possibly, imaging studies to get a clearer understanding of the underlying structures. Patients are told how to prepare for surgery, such as by avoiding certain medications, smoking, and alcohol, to reduce surgical risks and enhance recovery.

Surgical Procedure

The surgical procedure varies depending on whether it involves the upper eyelid, lower eyelid, or both. For upper eyelid surgery, incisions are typically made along the natural crease of the eyelid, allowing for the removal or repositioning of fat deposits, tightening muscles, and removing excess skin. In lower eyelid surgery, the incision is made just below the lash line or inside the eyelid (transconjunctival approach) for fat removal or redistribution.

In general, the procedure is carried out as follows.

  • Marking: Before the surgery, the areas needing treatment will be marked.
  • Anaesthesia: The patient is then sedated using local anaesthesia.
  • Making Incisions: While operating, small incisions are made along the eyelid’s natural lines, through which excess tissue is removed or repositioned.
  • Lifting Tissue: The surgeon then lifts the cheek tissue to account for fat loss below the eyes.
Post-operative Care

Patients are provided with detailed instructions on caring for their eyes, managing discomfort, and recognizing signs of any potential complications. The instructions may include using cold compresses to reduce swelling, taking prescribed medications, and avoiding strenuous activities.

Follow-up appointments are scheduled to monitor the healing process, remove sutures if necessary, and address any patient concerns.

Advantages of Upper and Lower Eyelid Surgery

Some benefits of upper and lower eyelid surgery include:

  • Restoration of Youthful Appearance: This surgery reduces the appearance of wrinkles, drooping, and puffiness around the eyes, contributing to a more youthful and refreshed look.
  • Enhanced Vision: For some individuals, sagging upper eyelids can impede vision. By removing excess tissue, this surgery can widen the field of vision, improving overall sight.
  • Customization to Individual Needs: The procedure is highly tailored, considering the unique anatomical features and aesthetic goals of each patient, ensuring personalised results.
  • Minimal Scarring and Natural Results: Skilled surgeons perform the procedure with precision, leading to minimal scarring, often hidden within the natural eyelid crease.
  • Improvement in Self-Perception and Confidence: Many patients report a boost in self-esteem and confidence following the surgery, as it addresses long-standing concerns about their appearance.

Ideal Candidates for Upper and Lower Eyelid Surgery

Ideal candidates for this procedure include:

Individuals Experiencing Age-Related Changes: Those who have noticeable signs of ageing around the eyes, such as drooping eyelids and under-eye bags, are ideal candidates.

People with Healthy Facial Tissues and Muscles: Optimal candidates have good skin elasticity and muscle tone, which contribute to better surgical outcomes.

Non-smokers or Willing to Quit: Smoking can hinder the healing process. Non-smokers or those willing to quit during the pre-and post-operative periods are ideal.

Individuals with Realistic Expectations: Understanding the realistic outcomes of the surgery and having a positive outlook is necessary.

Persons Free from Serious Eye Conditions: Patients should not have any active eye diseases or conditions that could complicate surgery or recovery.

Results And Longevity Of Upper And Lower Eyelid Surgery

The results and longevity of the procedure rely on a couple of factors:

  • Visible Improvements with Natural Ageing: While the results are noticeable, they are also subject to the natural ageing process. Patients can enjoy a rejuvenated appearance, but it does not stop future ageing.
  • Long-Term, But Not Permanent Results: The effects of the surgery are long-lasting, often for several years, but not permanent. Ageing and lifestyle factors will eventually alter the appearance.
  • Role of Post-operative Care in Results Longevity: Proper aftercare and a healthy lifestyle, including adequate sun protection and a nutritious diet, can extend the longevity of the results.
  • Periodic Follow-up: Regular follow-ups with the surgeon can help in maintaining the results and addressing any ageing changes over time.

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Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
#10-26/27, 38 Irrawaddy Road
Singapore 329563

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    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    What is the recovery time for upper and lower eyelid surgery?

    The recovery period varies, but most patients can resume normal activities within 10-14 days. Complete healing and final results may take several weeks to months.

    Are there risks associated with this surgery?

    As with any surgical procedure, there are risks such as infection, reaction to anaesthesia, and scarring. These are minimised when performed by a qualified surgeon.

    How long do the results of eyelid surgery last?

    The results of eyelid surgery are long-lasting, often for several years. It does not stop the natural ageing process.

    Is eyelid surgery painful?

    Patients typically experience minimal pain during the procedure due to anaesthesia. Post-operative discomfort is usually manageable with prescribed pain medication.

    Can eyelid surgery correct vision problems?

    While eyelid surgery primarily addresses cosmetic concerns, it can improve peripheral vision obstructed by drooping eyelids.

    How do I know if I am a good candidate for this surgery?

    Ideal candidates are in good general health, non-smokers, and have realistic expectations. A detailed consultation is the best way to determine suitability.

    Will there be visible scars after the surgery?

    Incisions are typically made along the natural lines of your eyelids, which helps to minimise visible scarring.

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