Five Biggest Mistakes Surgeons Make for Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Rejuvenation Surgery)

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Common Eyelid Rejuvenation Surgery Mistakes

  • Do you have droopy eyelids?
  • Are people constantly asking you if you are tired?
  • Do you notice that your eyes don’t look as fresh – or refreshed – as they once did after a great night’s sleep?

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You may be a candidate for an eyelid rejuvenation or an eyelid lift procedure (Blepharoplasty). Eyelid lift surgery is highly effective when done correctly. But before you have eyelid surgery, learn more about the potential pitfalls – the common mistakes some Surgeons can make during Blepharoplasty / Eyelid Rejuvenation.

When you look in the mirror, do you sometimes hold up your eyelids with your fingers? Do you pull the upper facial skin back with your hands – trying to imagine how your eyelids might look if they were surgically lifted or corrected?

You might be ready to look into surgery, but here’s what you need to know before choosing a Surgeon.

The first thing to know is that Eyelid Surgery, whilst very popular amongst women and men who want to look younger or have more noticeable eyes, is NOT a simple procedure.  It is complex, and because it is so close to the eye area, it is also potentially risky if the wrong procedure is performed OR if it’s NOT performed by the right Specialist Surgeon.

Here are the top 5 mistakes surgeons can make with a Blepharoplasty / Eyelid Rejuvenation

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1. Too much fat gets removed

There is something called too much of a good thing.

One of the most common mistakes of blepharoplasty is for your surgeon to remove TOO much fat. This is sometimes called “hallowing”

This takes the appearance of your eyelids from youthful and fresh to taught and frankly startled!  It’s not what most people are wanting to look like after Surgery, and an Experienced Oculoplastic or Plastic Surgeon with extensive experience often knows how to avoid this because they’ve had such extensive experience – but a less experienced, or less skilled Surgeon, can get it very wrong.

Help to avoid this by with your surgeon before the operation what end result you want. And ASK to see before and after SURGERY images of your Surgeon’s eyelid lift surgery patients’ results.

What to ask your Surgeon for:  You’ll want a conservative, natural-looking result that is also long-lasting.
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2. Your eyes are VERY bruised

Everyone reacts differently to surgery and some patients are known to bruise more readily than others. However, a top Plastic Surgeon can sometimes minimise the post-op bruising due to having a finessed, highly skilled approach.

Whereas an overly aggressive eyelid lift procedure can result in more extensive bruising around the eyelid and eye area.

Most bruising does heal on its own, but there might be a long-lasting difference in the appearance to the eye region OR a longer healing period.

You definitely want to choose a Surgeon with surgical finesse, precision skills and extensive experience. Selecting an experienced, certified and qualified Eyelid Surgeon, such as Dr Patrick Briggs will significantly lessen your chances of having this happen.

Remember to ask to see previous patients before and after pictures and ask to speak with prior patients who’ve had the procedure done by your Surgeon.

3. The eyes appear asymmetrical

You finally take the leap for eyelid surgery to remove your eye bags. But the results don’t match!

Having mismatched or asymmetrical eyelids after blepharoplasty is a common mistake that can occur with Eye Lid surgery.

It can occur due to the tissues having been over-excited – or simply due to natural changes in the way each eye responded to surgery or to healing processes.

This is something that can be corrected with revision surgery after the full healing time has passed post-surgery.  Some of this can be avoided but there is some unknown in how the two sides of the face will heal (and we all know that the two sides of a face are anything but perfectly symmetrical).

4. Your lower lid is in the wrong place

Lower lid surgery is extremely delicate and micro-centimetres make all the difference.

Mal-positioning of the lower lid is a big mistake that can give your eyes the appearance of being different sizes, or even make it look as if you have a squint.

Again, revision or secondary surgery can fix this once healing time has passed and tissues have regained their pre-surgical state.

5. You can’t fully close your eyes – THE BIG ONE

Perhaps the most concerning risks of a Blepharoplasty procedure is losing the normal function of your eyelids when a Doctor or Surgeon takes too much skin away or creates incisions in the wrong place. We have seen this as a major complication of cheap overseas surgery.

When too much skin is removed during a blepharoplasty, you may have difficulty completely closing your eyes. Sadly, this is really hard to repair as once the skin is removed you can’t add it back. Nowhere else on your body is the skin as thin and delicate as your eyelid. So it is always better for your surgeon to be overly conservative the first time – and occasionally go back and remove a bit more in a second or revisionary surgery.

How to Help Avoid Undesired Surgical Outcomes in Eyelid Rejuvenation

This is something that can be avoided by selecting an experienced Surgeon that has an outstanding track record and a very precise, precision skilled approach to eyelid surgery.

This means careful measuring and marking of the eyelid skin to be excised, and an acute understanding of the laxity of the skin as well as your unique facial anatomy, BEFORE taking anything off!

So what is a Blepharoplasty and why is it so complex?

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Eyelid lift surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a form of facial surgery that can dramatically rejuvenate your entire appearance. It tends to involve ‘skinny incisions’ and careful readjusting of the skin and fat tissues around the eyes, with sagging skin removed surgically through excision processes.

No puffy looking, sagging upper eyelids! No more under-eye ‘bags’.

Blepharoplasty is a popular surgery option if you have:

  • Eyelids that droop or sag
  • Persistent eye bags that don’t improve with getting a great nights’ rest
  • Eyelid appearance concerns that cannot be remedied with make-up
  • Fat deposits either on or surrounding, your eyelids
  • Eyes that look puffy no matter how much water you drink or how much sleep you get
  • Eye area wrinkles or too much skin on your lower eyelids
  • Vision impairment caused by too much skin around the eyes (ptotic upper eyelids)
  • A desire to look fresher and more “lively” around the eye area
However, it is an extremely delicate and complex procedure, so it has potential pitfalls you’ll want to know about beforehand.

See Blepharoplasty Before and After Photos

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Eyelid Surgery by Dr Richard Sackelariou. To see more real patients before and after photos visit the procedures page for Eyelid Surgery including Ptosis repair or go to our Blepharoplasty before and after page.

Always Choose a Qualified and Experienced  Specialist Plastic Surgeon for your Surgery

It can help to choose a clinic with experienced Eyelid and Facial Rejuvenation Surgeons for the best Blepharoplasty Surgery outcomes.

Our team of eyelid lift surgeons is amongst the most respected and highly experienced Plastic Surgeons in Australia. Our Team includes Dr Patrick Briggs and Dr Richard Sackelariou in Melbourne and Sydney and Dr Patrick Briggs in Melbourne.

Please contact a Patient Care Team at Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery today to book your consultation.

Book a Consultation or arrange a Free 15-minute Phone Chat with our Patient Liaison Manager.

Send an enquiry form today or phone 1300 264 811 and ask for Michelle.

How to Book your Initial Consultation for Eyelid Surgery

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  • A Referral from your GP or from your specialist is helpful but NOT essential – you can have a consultation without a GP Referral
  • Schedule a confidential consultation with your selected Surgeon by paying the $300 booking fee.

*Disclaimer: Individual results can vary significantly from patient to patient.
The information we provide is of a general nature. To find out what to expect for your preferred procedures, arrange to see one of our Specialist Plastic Surgeons for a full history and surgical consultation. Read more about surgical outcome variability on our Disclaimer page.

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Last updated: 29/04/2022
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Dr Patrick Briggs - FRCS, FRCSI (Plast. Surg)
Dr Patrick Briggs is an experienced Specialist Plastic Surgeon Now based in Melbourne, Australia. He is an expert in Breast, Body and Face Surgery with a special interest in Gender Assignment Surgery. Dr Briggs has been published widely in surgical literature; he is trained and experienced in all aspects of Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery. Dr Briggs’ extensive experience across multiple surgical fields has allowed him to refine his skills to produce optimum results for his patients. Combined with his experience, Dr Briggs continually attends conferences and seminars to extend his knowledge and training surrounding the latest and best surgical techniques and equipment. By doing so he is able to provide his patients with the highest level of care and skill ensuring quality results.

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What to do next?

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Disclaimer: Results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly. Results may also be impacted by a variety of factors including your lifestyle, weight, nutritional intake and overall health. Consult your Specialist Plastic Surgeon for details. This information is general in nature and is not intended to be medical advice nor does it constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Surgery risks and complications will be covered in detail during a consultation with your Surgeon.