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Eyelids

Blepharoplasty
"The eyes have it. Your eyes are what people look at when they communicate with you. The shape of your eyes defines you and should not change with surgery. Tailoring the surrounding tissues is known as blepharoplasty." Peter Callan

Eyelid surgery

Eyelid surgery is also known as blepharoplasty. Upper blepharoplasty addresses excess skin and sagging or drooping upper eyelids. Lower blepharoplasty addresses baggy or loose lower eyelids.

Blepharoplasty can be combined with eyelid ptosis surgery. In eyelid ptosis surgery it is the eyelid margin that is too low, not just the overhanging skin. The excess skin is addressed by the blepharoplasty. Sometimes for upper eyelids, a brow lift may be necessary in addition to blepharoplasty, or a brow lift alone may be the answer.

Your operation

Dr Callan performs all his surgery in state of the art facilities at St John of God Hospital in Geelong. Blepharoplasty and eyelid ptosis surgery are usually done as a day procedure. Occasionally blepharoplasty can be performed as an office procedure.

While not particularly painful, some people feel discomfort the first night and you will receive medication to ease this.

If the upper eyelids require surgery, usually excess skin is removed from the area and the upper eyelid fold is recreated with or without ptosis surgery.

Often the lower eyelids are just a reflection of the descent of the cheeks with age. Fat bags may need to be tucked in, and skin tailored if necessary. The lower lid area is then softened by elevating the cheek or some fat, just as it was when you were younger.

Why are the eyes so important?

We may quickly jump to other features on the face but it’s always the eyes we focus on. If someone doesn’t look you in the eye when talking to you it can be a little disturbing to some! So what if we feel our eyes look tired, or asymmetric, or we can’t see properly because the skin touches or falls over our eyelashes, or our eyelid itself droops and interferes with vision?

The eyes are one of our most important features.

Before and after

Move slider right and left to see the result of blepharoplasty combined with ptosis surgery.

Your results

We want you to look your best. Nobody should notice well-performed  cosmetic plastic surgery because you look totally normal and unoperated. This surprises people. People should only notice if somebody sees the before photo.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you are welcome to seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified specialist.

Your recovery

There will be some swelling and bruising so recovery time ranges from one to two weeks.

It may help to use gentle cool compresses for the first few hours but no drops or medications other than mild pain relief are required.

The incisions from the surgery for upper eyelids are always present but fade over the first six to twelve months. For lower eyelids the incisions are usually inside the eyelid, although occasionally there is an incision on the eyelid which is difficult to see. As a rule the incision lines are inconspicuous and generally seem to fall naturally into the fold for the upper eyelid or in the shadows of the lower eyelid.

Your consultation

The procedure will be discussed in more detail during your consultation with Dr Callan. You will have the opportunity ask questions and talk through your reasons for surgery and the expectations you have about the result. The operation and any risks associated with surgery will also be discussed.

You may also like to see other photographs of people who have had the type of blepharoplasty or eyelid ptosis surgery you may be suitable for. Note that our gallery is only of our patients who consent to their photographs being shown (for which we are exceedingly grateful).

Your surgeon

Blepharoplasty surgery is one of Dr Callan’s specialist areas. With 25 years’ specialist experience, Dr Callan is renowned for his exacting standards and beautiful, natural results.

As an expert in the field, Dr Callan is in the best position to properly assess and discuss your concerns and expectations. He is a member and former president of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons and is a member of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, the Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, the Australasian Academy for Facial Plastic Surgery, an international member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and honorary member of the Canadian Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

Committed to remaining at the forefront of advancements and innovation in his field, Dr Callan is a prominent figure and regular speaker at national and international conferences. Dr Callan’s specialist areas also include rhinoplasty, face lift surgery, and breast surgery.

Dr Peter Callan

Dr Callan was trained by some of the world’s finest plastic surgeons both here and overseas. After obtaining his Specialist Plastic Surgeon qualification in Australia he undertook further training in Britain, Canada and the United States. He is an innovator and an educator, and is on the faculty of the Triennial Masters Symposium on Blepharoplasty and Facial Rejuvenation.

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