What is a blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty comes from the Greek blepharon meaning 'eyelid' and plasty meaning 'to mold/form'. It is also known as an 'eyelid lift'. This is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance and function of the eyelids. It involves the removal or reshaping of tissue such as skin and fat, to improve the patient's appearance, self-confidence and visual function.
Where is the incision?
How long do results last?
For upper eyelids, the incision is hidden in the upper eyelid crease. Lower eyelid surgery is usually done from inside the eyelid which results in scarless surgery.
Every patient is unique in their anatomy and presentation. We expect results to last at least 10 years if not longer, however this depends on factors such as patient age and family history, skin quality, smoking and sun exposure.
Will I be awake during surgery?
These procedures are performed under local anaesthetic with or without sedation. Your comfort and safety are my priority. I offer patients either oral or intravenous sedation before we 'freeze' or numb the area. Once this is done, patients are very comfortable for the procedures which last between 1-3 hours (depending on what needs to be done).
Where is the surgery done?
The surgery is performed at a private surgical centre. These are much like private offices with all the benefits we have in the hospital operating room. Currently (as of March 2021), patients need to have a negative Covid swab within 72 hours of surgery.
What is the average down-time?
The first week after surgery involves the most healing but patients can usually function well with no significant limitations. Within 2 weeks, most patients return to their normal level of functioning. We provide written instructions on what to expect and what to avoid after surgery.
What are the possible side-effects/risks?
This is an important discussion that Dr. Hussain will have with you at your consultation. It depends on what is being performed but the commonest side-effects are bruising and swelling (which gradually resolve over 1-2 weeks). Others are rarely infection, possible dryness of the eyes, rarely need for more surgery, bleeding or effects on vision.
What is the wait-time to be seen and for surgery?
This depends on whether you are referred through your family doctor or optometrist, or whether you would like a private consultation (at a charge). Referrals can take longer to be seen (sometimes up to a year). Private consults can be arranged very quickly at the patient's convenience. Private surgery can also be booked very quickly within a couple of weeks, again at patient convenience.
What does surgery cost?
Fees for surgery include the surgeon fees, surgical facility fees and postoperative follow-ups. The total cost depends on what surgery is being performed and also whether the patient wishes to have intravenous sedation (given by extra staff). Therefore there is a wide range of cost which is best discussed at your consultation.