Eyelid surgery (Oculoplasty)
Oculoplasty refers to both functional and cosmetic plastic surgery procedures to your eye, eyelids and their surrounding structures. It can make you look younger and more alert and, also keep your eyes working properly.
What is an oculoplasty?
There are a number of frequently performed oculoplasty eyelid surgery procedures including:
• Ptosis correction – performed on drooping upper eyelids that can make you look tired and may affect your vision and cause eye discomfort. Surgery can give a more alert, youthful appearance and, improved eye function.
• Entropion correction – corrects outward turning eyelids that often have a red-rimmed appearance.
• Ectropion correction – corrects inward turning eyelids that rub your eyes.
• Misdirected eyelash surgery – corrects eyelashes that grow the wrong way and irritate your eye.
• Eyelid growth removal – removes growths on your eyelid that are typically benign but could eventually become malignant.
• Dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR) – creates a new by-pass route to connect your upper tear ducts to your noise to drain your tears, if you have a blocked tear duct.
• Lower and upper blepharoplasty – cosmetic surgery to correct hooded or droopy eyelids or eyebags by removing excess skin or fat from your eyelids. It may also improve your vision.
• Reconstructive surgery – surgical reconstruction of eyelid defects caused by injury, a burn, tumour removal or a birth imperfection.
What are the benefits of an oculoplasty?
The benefits of oculoplasty are that it treats many medical eyelid conditions that arise from aging, injuries, infection and, growths. An oculoplasty can reduce irritation of an eye condition, improve your vision and cosmetically rejuvenate your eyes.
What does an oculoplasty involve?
Oculoplasty surgery will depend on the type of procedure you require. It may be performed in an outpatient setting or in theatre. You may have a local anaesthetic or a general anaesthetic. As West Valley is a day case facility, you will go home the same day.
During the procedure, your surgeon will perform the necessary oculoplasty surgery to meet your needs. It will often involve making an incision on or around your eyelid and removing tissue and then closing the incision.
Your oculoplasty recovery will depend on the type of oculoplastic procedure you have had. Your surgeon and care team will give you recovery instructions for you to follow when you go home.
It’s likely that you will be asked to take it easy and partake in minimal activity for the first few days to help minimise swelling, bruising, discomfort, and postoperative complications. It may be recommended that you apply cool compresses on your eyelids initially. If you have stitches, they will be removed in an outpatient clinic a week or two after your surgery. Pain relief may be recommended depending on the treatment you have had. The time necessary to recover from oculoplastic surgery depends on the type of procedure performed, and can vary for each individual. Most people are able to return to work and social activities about two weeks after surgery.
What complications can happen after an oculoplasty
Oculoplastic surgeries typically have a low risk of complications and, often patients report little discomfort during their recovery. However, as with all operations there are risks of complications and your surgeon will discuss with you in detail before your procedure the possible complications specific to your oculoplasty procedure.
Oculoplasty with West Valley Hospital
Oculoplasty at West Valley Hospital is performed by oculoplastic surgeons who are ophthalmologists (eye doctors) who have specialised in eyelid and facial plastic surgery. They routinely do surgeries in these areas.
Our oculoplastic surgeons understand the delicate anatomy and function of your eyelids. They offer easy access to convenient appointments to assess the health of your eyes and function of your eyelids and will then discuss your eyelid surgery needs. We have a dedicated ophthalmology suite to perform your oculoplasty surgery and two laminar flow theatres and, you can rest and recover in our relaxing recovery facilities.
We offer a number of finance options to pay for your eyelid surgery, including: All-inclusive Total Care where a single one-off payment at a pre-agreed price delivers direct access to all the treatment you need for complete reassurance, pay as you go and, medical finance loans.