Eyelid ptosis surgery (eyelid lift, eye lift, lazy eyelid surgery)
What is it?Eyelid ptosis surgery is surgery on the upper eyelid to correct
an eyelid that is too low and obscures vision or just look s
too low. It may also address loose skin in the eyelids and
can include a brow lift. In eyelid ptosis surgery it is the
eyelid margin that is too low, not overhanging skin. oFr loose
overhanging skin only see “blepharoplasty” information sheet.
Is Mr Callan experienced at this procedure?Mr Callan has over 20 years of experience at this procedure.
He performs eyelid ptosis surgery regularly and keeps up
to date with the latest techniques. As a fully trained plastic
surgeon, Mr Callan performs this procedure to the highest
Can I see photographs?You can see photographs of people who have had this
procedure when you have your consultation. As Mr Callan
performs this procedure frequently, we have a large number of
photographs of women who will have had a problem similar
Who has a blepharoplasty?Men, women and occasionally children with an upper eyelid
that is hanging too low. While often only one side is affected,
in older people both sides may be affected.
Am I suitable?You need to be sensible, honest about your reasons, happy
with your informed decision, and be as healthy as possible.
You should have normal vision (apart from needing glasses)
and have no other problems with your eyes. The reason for
your droopy eyelid must be one that has a surgical cure and
not due to a medical condition. Mr Callan can usually assess
this but you may also need to see an ophthalmologist.
What would make me unsuitable?Smoking, being outside the BMI (body mass index) range of
18-28 although exceptions may be made for eyelid surgery ,
under stress when making your decision, or having a medical
condition that would make surgery unsafe.
How is it done?Mr Callan performs all his surgery at St John of God
Hospital in Geelong, a fully accredited hospital. The type of
surgery depends on your specific form of ptosis. The mos t
common form requires repair or tightening of the eyelidopening
mechanism through an incision in the upper eyelid.
Occasionally some skin is removed and the upper eyelid fold
What are the benefits?What you get out of surgery is entirely a personal matter. If
your eyelids interfere with vision or look asymmetric then
surgery may help a lot and may make you feel better about
your appearance in general.
What are the risks?All surgery carries some element of risk. You can
minimise your risk by being as healthy as possible and
as psychologically prepared as possible, by selecting an
experienced and qualified surgeon, and giving yourself a
stress free time during which to recover. The particular risks
and complications of this surgery will be discussed at your
first consultation. The most common of these is some residua l
mild asymmetry after surgery, which can usually be corrected
within a few days with a minor adjustment. There are othe r
risks common to all surgery and you will be make aware of
Will I have scars?The incisions for the surgery are always present, but fade over
the first six to 12 months. As a rule the incision lines ar e
inconspicuous unless specifically searched for, and seem to
fall naturally into the fold for the upper eyelid.
How long will I be in hospital for?Eyelid surgery is usually done as a day procedure. While not
particularly painful, some people are uncomfortable the first
night. You will be given medication to keep you comfortable.
How long will I need to recover?This varies but usually ranges from one to two weeks due to
bruising and swelling. You must not drive until you are fully
recovered from both the anaesthetic and the discomfort of
surgery. If in doubt, don’t.
Do I need anything else after surgery?No. It may help to use gentle cool compresses for the firs t
few hours and some eye lubricating ointment may be required
while your eyelid gets used to its new position.
Will I need to be seen after surgery?Yes. We will keep in close contact with you by telephone for
the first few days and then will see you about 3-5 days after
surgery, then at three weeks and three months. You are of
course welcome to call or visit any time with any concerns.