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Blepharoplasty and Ptosis repair eyelid surgery AT BEST PRACTICE EYECARE OPHTHALMOLOGIST SUNSHINE COAST

Upper Eyelid Reduction

Common types of Eyelid Surgery:

There are two common types of eyelid surgery, and the distinction can often be unclear between a Blepharoplasty, often known as an eyelid lift, and Ptosis repair. Both operations deal with the fragile tissue surrounding the eyelids, but in order to choose the one that best suits your needs, it’s important to know the differences between the two procedures.

What is Blepharoplasty?

With age, our collagen and elastin production, the two proteins which keep skin taut, is decreased. Without these two proteins, the skin around the eyes begins to loosen and sag, resulting in a tired and aged appearance. A Blepharoplasty (“blef-uh-roe-plas-tee”) surgery is a cosmetic procedure where a qualified ophthalmologist removes excess skin tissue on the upper eyelids. This procedure aims to improve the appearance of the eye and create a more youthful appearance. 

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What is Ptosis?

When the levator muscles deteriorate and are unable to lift the top eyelids correctly, it leads to a medical condition known as eyelid Ptosis (“toe-sis”). When Ptosis is severe, the eyelid may sag to the point that it impairs a patient’s eyesight resulting in vision loss in the outer field of vision, headaches and eyestrain. To see clearly, individuals with severe symptoms of eyelid Ptosis must elevate their brows or eyelids.

Eyelid Ptosis can be caused by various conditions, such as congenital, inherited, specific muscular-neurological problems and trauma to the eye. The most frequent cause of upper eyelid Ptosis is age-related levator muscle separation. With age, the levator, “lifting” muscles in your eyelids, can become stretched, making the upper eyelid droopy. However, this condition can also be present at birth (congenital Ptosis) and be caused by some neurological disorders.

In Ptosis repair surgery, a professional ophthalmologist will tighten the weakened levator muscles, raising the position of the upper lid. Strengthening and shortening this muscle improves the general appearance of the eye and eliminates impairments to the individual’s vision.

About and After the Procedure:

If you’re suffering from a droopy eyelid, Ptosis repair or a Blepharoplasty surgery conducted by an ophthalmologist lifts the eyelids, providing improved vision and appearance, and restoring your eyesight. Blepharoplasty is generally a cosmetic procedure to enhance the appearance of the eye and can also improve the functionality of the eye if the excess skin is causing a field defect. Similarly, Ptosis repair improves the functionality of the eyelid by tightening the eyelid muscle.

This type of eyelid surgery is generally conducted under local anaesthesia and is an outpatient procedure where patients can go home the same day as the surgery. Complications during this procedure are uncommon, but your ophthalmologist will advise you of any potential risks.

After the procedure, swelling around the eyes and cheeks is expected and can last up to 36 hours after surgery. As such, it is advisable for you to have someone drive you home. Ice packs can help reduce this swelling, but the site should be kept dry for the first 24 hours after surgery.

You will be given antibiotic ointment to put in the eye regularly for up to three months after the operation. There may be some discomfort at the wound site; take Panadol as required. Your surgeon, Dr Karpa, may also recommend other ointments or treatments for any dryness you may experience.

Best Practice Eyecare is a leading Sunshine Coast ophthalmologist and eye care specialist. We are based in the beautiful coastal suburb of Golden Beach and provide an eye care service of the highest standard with a relaxed, friendly, patient-focused approach.

We service patients across all areas of the Sunshine Coast, including Caloundra, Kawana, Mooloolaba, and Maroochydore.  We also regularly see patients from elsewhere in the region, including centres such as Kilcoy, Nambour and Cooroy.

Our practice is led by surgeon Dr Michael Karpa who treats a wide range of eye conditions such as cataractsglaucomamacular degenerationdry eyes, and flashes & floaters. Dr Karpa also undertakes eyelid surgery, including blepharoplasty (often known as an eyelid lift), and ptosis repair.

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