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Possible Risks and Complications
Like all surgical procedures, blepharoplasty carries potential risks and complications. While complications are relatively uncommon, it’s essential to be aware of them before undergoing surgery. Dr. Mistry will discuss these risks during your consultation. Some potential risks and complications of blepharoplasty include:
- Bleeding: Excessive bleeding during or after the surgery is possible, though rare. It can lead to haematoma formation, where blood collects under the skin, requiring drainage.
- Infection: Infections at the incision sites are uncommon but can occur. They are typically treated with antibiotics.
- Scarring: While Dr. Mistry uses techniques to minimise scarring, some scarring is inevitable. Most incisions are well-concealed in natural creases, but individual healing and scar formation can vary.
- Dry Eyes: Temporary or, rarely, long-term dryness of the eyes may occur after surgery. Artificial tears and other remedies can help manage dry eyes.
- Asymmetry: Achieving perfect symmetry in eyelid surgery can be challenging, and subtle differences in size or shape may remain after surgery.
- Ectropion: Ectropion is a rare complication where the lower eyelids turn outward, leaving the eyes exposed and potentially causing irritation.
- Entropion: Entropion is another rare complication where the lower eyelids turn inward, leading to discomfort and irritation.
- Changes in Sensation: Temporary or permanent changes in sensation around the eyes and eyelids can occur, leading to numbness or altered sensitivity.
- Vision Changes: In extremely rare cases, there may be changes in vision, including blurriness or double vision. These usually resolve on their own or can be treated.
- Delayed Healing: Some individuals may experience delayed wound healing or wound separation, especially if they have certain medical conditions or habits, such as smoking.
- Anaesthesia Risks: General anaesthesia carries inherent risks, but adverse reactions to anaesthesia are uncommon.
After Surgery Recovery
The after-surgery recovery of blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) is an essential phase in achieving successful results. Dr. Mistry and his team will provide you with detailed post-operative care instructions to support your healing process. Here’s what you can generally expect during your recovery period:
- Immediate Recovery: After the surgery, you may experience some mild discomfort, swelling, and bruising around the eyes, which is normal.
- Cold Compresses: Applying cold compresses to the treated area can help reduce swelling and alleviate discomfort. Dr. Mistry will guide you on the appropriate use of cold compresses.
- Eyelid Ointment: You may be prescribed an ointment to apply to the incision sites to promote healing and reduce the risk of infection.
- Rest and Head Elevation: Rest is crucial during the initial recovery period. Keep your head elevated while sleeping to minimise swelling.
- Stitches Removal: If non-dissolvable sutures are used, they will be removed within a week or as advised by Dr. Mistry.
- Eye Protection: Protect your eyes from sunlight and wind, especially during the first few weeks of recovery. Sunglasses can be helpful in shielding your eyes and reducing sensitivity.
- Avoiding Strain: Avoid activities that may strain your eyes, such as reading for extended periods, using digital screens excessively, or engaging in strenuous activities, during the early recovery phase.
- Swelling and Bruising: Swelling and bruising are common after blepharoplasty but should gradually subside over the following weeks.
After blepharoplasty with Dr. Mistry, attend follow-up appointments for monitoring and addressing concerns. Most patients can resume normal activities within 1 to 2 weeks, with residual swelling improving over time. Follow post-operative instructions diligently for a smooth recovery and optimal results. Reach out to Dr. Mistry’s team for guidance and support if needed during the healing process.
Blepharoplasty in Newcastle
If you would like to enquire about having a blepharoplasty procedure in Newcastle, or if you would like to book a consultation, contact the team at Dr Mistry’s today or call 02 4002 4198.
It is recommended to avoid wearing makeup and contact lenses for the first week following your blepharoplasty surgery or as directed by Dr. Mistry. This allows your eyes to heal without any potential irritation or infection.
You should refrain from driving until you receive clearance from Dr. Mistry. Driving should be avoided until your vision and reaction time have sufficiently recovered after the surgery. Follow Dr. Mistry’s guidance and ensure your safety before resuming driving activities.
Yes, after your blepharoplasty, Dr. Mistry may recommend using artificial tears or prescribed eye drops. These eye drops help prevent dryness and soothe the eyes during the initial recovery period. By using eye drops as directed, you can promote a more comfortable healing process and reduce any potential discomfort associated with dry eyes after the surgery.
Understanding the difference between cosmetic surgery vs. plastic and reconstructive surgery
Cosmetic surgery is a medical specialty that primarily focuses on enhancing a patient’s appearance. It is associated with aesthetic goals aimed at improving or altering physical features to achieve a more pleasing look.
Cosmetic surgery procedures are entirely elective, and they are not typically covered by Medicare or private health funds. In most cases, patients pay for cosmetic surgeries out of their own pockets.
One important distinction to note is that cosmetic surgery is not associated with the Medical Benefits Schedule (MBS) in Australia, and as a result, there are no corresponding MBS item numbers or codes for these procedures. Therefore, individuals who choose to undergo cosmetic surgery can expect to bear the full cost of the procedure. Surgical costs include (but are not limited to):
- Fee for surgeon
- Fee for anaesthetist
- Fee for theatre
Plastic and reconstructive surgery, on the other hand, is a medical specialty that is primarily concerned with restoring or improving the aesthetic and function of the body.
These procedures often involve addressing congenital abnormalities, trauma-related injuries, or medical conditions that affect a person’s appearance or bodily functions. Importantly, many plastic and reconstructive surgery procedures may qualify for coverage by private health fund providers.
In Australia, plastic and reconstructive surgery procedures are typically associated with MBS item numbers. If the criteria specified in the MBS guidelines are met, private health fund providers may partially cover the cost of these procedures. This means that patients who meet the necessary requirements under their insurance policy can benefit from reduced out-of-pocket expenses when undergoing plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Surgeries such as Abdominoplasty for example can be both a cosmetic or reconstructive procedure.