Eyelid Reduction Surgery/Blepharoplasty Surgery
At Géniale we provide safe and effective eyelid surgery to our clients. Eyelid surgery, also known as a blepharoplasty, is a procedure that removes excess fatty tissue from the upper and the lower eyelids to improve facial appearance, reduce signs of ageing and sometimes to improve vision. The process can treat:
Sagging skin folds that affect the upper eyelid and may impair vision
Excess fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the upper eyelids
Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid
Lower eyelid sagging that exposes too much of the eye
Bags under the eyes
Upper eyelid reductions and lower eyelid reductions are the most common plastic surgery operations. They are often done at the same time as other facial surgery procedures.
Géniale’s highly-experienced and well-qualified cosmetic surgeons will provide you with the best professional advice and ensure that you receive the most suitable treatment. They are committed to ensuring that the patient’s journey towards long-term healing and wellness is well guided and supported by the best and most honest advice available.
DO I NEED A CONSULTATION FIRST?
Here at Géniale, we will take the time to discuss a personalised approach with you. Eyelid reduction surgery is a highly individual procedure depending on your face shape, age, and many other factors. It may not be suitable for everyone.
Our surgeon will assess your condition, your needs, as well as your general health, and recommend the treatment best suited to you. Eyelid reduction surgery may be a good option for you if you are physically healthy (and a non-smoker), do not have any serious eye conditions and have realistic expectations.
HOW IS THE TREATMENT CARRIED OUT?
Blepharoplasty surgery procedures are performed as day procedures under local or general anaesthesia and sedation. Cold compresses are used in order to minimize any swelling in the first 24 hours. Swelling is usually quite minimal and there is only a small amount of bruising.
Blepharoplasty is performed by making a small incision in the natural crease of the upper and/or the lower eyelid. This avoids prominent scars.
Every treatment at Géniale is personalised for the individual client. We invite you to make an appointment today. Come and meet our highly experienced team to discuss your treatment options.
PHONE: (02) 9181 3999
Modern surgery procedures are very safe but there are always small risks and the possibility of complications do occur. Many of the risks are discussed during consultation and if some risks are high for a client, alternative treatments will be recommended.
However, there are some common risks of lower and upper eyelid reduction surgery:
Bruising, swelling, pain and discomfort will occur but are usually minor
Removal of too much skin may expose the cornea to injury
Asymmetry of the eyelids
Scars are an inevitable part of any invasive surgery—noticeable scarring of the incisions is a risk
Itchiness, watering or dryness of the eyes
Drooping of the lower eyelid after surgery will recover but occasionally may require further surgery
Temporary changes in vision—in rare cases, changes in vision may be long-lasting or permanent
In extremely rare cases, eyelid reduction surgery can lead to blindness—smoking, pre-existing eye disease, straining, lifting and coughing can add to this risk
Eyelid reduction surgery is performed using general anaesthesia or local anaesthesia. While modern anaesthesia is very safe it does have some risks. Your surgeon or the anaesthetist will ask you about medications you have taken and your allergies.
Géniale’s surgeons aim to minimise scarring and to keep your scars as inconspicuous as possible by locating the incisions in easily hidden sites. That way, scars will be along natural skin lines and creases. Scars may fade with time and become barely noticeable. If you are prone to scarring, you should advise your surgeon.
As with all surgical procedures, revisional surgery may be necessary to correct minor irregularities.
*Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Is it right for me?
We understand how difficult the decision is to undergo any procedure, no matter how minimal. Eyelid reduction surgery may be a good option for you if you are physically healthy (and a non-smoker), do not have any serious eye conditions and have realistic expectations.
How long before I see results?
Once the sutures (stitches) are removed and the slight swelling and bruising have gone the results will be clear and obvious.
How long is the recovery time?
One week after an upper blepharoplasty the sutures (stitches) are removed from the upper eyelid. There are sometimes no sutures with a lower blepharoplasty, as it may be performed on the inner eyelid. In both cases you can go back to work or mix socially in seven to eight days.
Will there be any scars left after this procedure?
Our experienced plastic surgeons will aim to minimise scarring and make any scars as inconspicuous as possible by making the incisions in natural skin lines and creases, which will disguise the scars. Most scars will fade with time and become less and less noticeable. However, If you are prone to scarring, you must advise your surgeon.
Will I need anaesthetic?
Blepharoplasty surgery procedures are performed as day procedures under general or local anaesthesia and sedation. Cold compresses are used in order to minimize any swelling in the first 24 hours. Swelling is usually quite minimal and there is only a small amount of bruising.
How long does the procedure take?
The duration of the procedure is dependent on which areas are being treated, and how many areas are being treated. Typically, the procedure lasts between 2-3 hours.
Are there any special instructions post-operation?
We suggest you prepare a recovery area in your home to make it easier for you when you return home with lots of pillows, ice packs, and a telephone within easy reach. We also ask you to get a relative or friend to drive you to and from the clinic and to stay with you for the first 24 hours after you return home.
WHAT RESULT DO I GET?
Results can be seen as little as 15 days after the first treatment with more dramatic results visible between 6-8 weeks. Once the fat cells are gone they leave a more sculpted you.
In the article below, Dr Mike Shenouda, founder of Géniale, Medical Aesthetics and Skin Cancer Centre, tells us what you can really expect from the body sculpting treatment of fat freezing. Dr Shenouda obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine and Surgery in 1986 and pursued further training at London’s Hammersmith Hospital, Bond University and the Australasian College of Aesthetic Medicine.
Now, with over 19 years expert experience in skin cancer medicine and surgery, Dr Shenouda is passionate about delivering a wholistic approach to skin cancer treatment, medical aesthetics and wellness to achieve long-term healing and wellness and to create a positive self-image through superior aesthetic results.
MB; BCh; FRACGP; Dip Derm PDSCS; Dip SCCS
Diploma of Practical Dermatology (UK)
Diploma of Skin Cancer Surgery
Certificate in Advanced Cosmetic Medicine
Member of Australasian College of Aesthetic Medicine (ACAM)
The Verdict on Fat-Freezing
Is it sci-fi fantasy or can you really just freeze your way to the body you always wanted?
Imagine a quick, non-invasive procedure that could reduce stubborn areas of fat. It’s virtually painless, touted as safe, and has zero downtime. Sound too good to be true?
Meet cryolipolysis. Also known as fat freezing. The fat in the area the patient wants to decrease is painlessly sucked into a wand-like, non-invasive device which then breaks down the fat cells with cold temperatures. The FDA approved procedure takes approximately one hour with many clients napping, working away on their laptop or ipad, reading or using their phone throughout the duration of the treatment. In the weeks after the treatment, your body naturally eliminates the frozen, dead fat cells (apoptosis) through your liver. People start to see results just a few weeks later. Three months later the area (which had been frozen for the hour or so long treatment) should have shrunk by 20-40 per cent.
As a Doctor of Medical Aesthetics for twenty years, the science behind fat freezing stacked up to me. I knew that fat cells died from freezing a significant time before skin and other cells were affected, therefore the technology made sense.
Once I saw the research results and the approval by Food and Drug Association government agency, I knew it was a game changer in the body sculpting arena.
Comparison to Liposuction
I offer both liposuction and fat freezing procedures at Géniale. My decision for a substantial investment in cryolipolisis is based on practical hands-on managing and following up on my patients treated by all other modalities
Fat freezing is also only a fraction of the price of liposuction, starting at $400 per area from reputable providers - while liposuction costs several thousand.
I find that the results of fat freezing and liposuction are very similar. Both procedures are used to permanently remove excess fat from specific body parts such as the belly, back, thighs, arms and chin, although neither is intended for weight loss.
Fat freezing is a nonsurgical procedure, meaning there is no cutting, stitching, anesthetizing, or recovery time necessary.
Liposuction, on the other hand, is an invasive surgical procedure that involves cutting, stitching, and anesthetizing.
However, Liposuction patients normally only require one treatment. While many fat freezing clients are satisfied with one session, some clients choose to undertake a few sessions spread out over several weeks to achieve their desired results. One of the biggest advantages of fat freezing over liposuction is that, unlike liposuction, fat freezing goes beyond fat removal to tighten the skin and add firmness to the treatment areas.
The risks and side effects of Fat Freezing
Fat freezing risks are rare and short-lived. The most concerning of the risks is PAH.
Paradoxical adipose hypertrophy (PAH) is the unintended stimulation of tissue growth, following a treatment. Paradoxical tissue growth is a phenomenon observed occasionally with device-based therapies. For example, paradoxical hypertrichosis can occur after laser treatment for hair removal.) The phenomenon seems to be more common in male patients undergoing Cryolipolysis. When PAH presents after fat freezing, the treated area actually enlarges instead of decreasing.
However, PAH has a recorded incidence rate of less than 0.0051%. Which means that out of the 4 million procedures, only about 200 cases of PAH have been reported. PAH is treated by subsequent fat freezing procedures, although you may require laser treatment or liposuction if symptoms persist. Fortunately, PAH is highly treatable, and most patients are extremely pleased with their end results.
Fat freezing risks are much higher if you opt to use DIY methods such as store-bought applicators. Doctors, dermatologists, and other fat freezing experts use professional-grade applicators. My decision to substantially invest in the fat freezing machine technology I did at Géniale, my beauty centre, was based on my knowledge and experience when comparing it with other modalities on the market for body sculpting. I followed up on my patients after using other technology for body sculpting, The machine I purchased had proved to be the most effective and efficient with the greatest customer satisfaction.
The expert also needs to be well trained to avoid the common side effects.
For instance, a professional fat freezing doctor will always use a well-lubricated gel pad with their applicator to reduce (frozen) burn risk. The well-trained professionals will also understand body contouring and will ensure the applicator is placed on correctly to avoid unwanted changes in body contour.
Final Verdict: The truth about Fat freezing?
Fat freezing remains one of the safest and most effective fat removal procedures and the subsequent skin tightening is a serious bonus. It has no reported debilitating effects and none that are even remotely life-threatening.
To minimise any of these risks, avoid DIY procedures with store-bought products. It’s imperative to choose a well-trained expert to administer your fat freezing procedure. Consult an expert who will assess whether you qualify as a fat freezing candidate.
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Géniale contact details
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Ph: (02) 9181 3999