Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

Eyelid surgery or Blepharoplasty – the medical term for this procedure – is an operation to remove excess skin around the eye area. Excess skin and bags can not only make you look tired and drained but can also make you look much older then you are – or want to look.

Why have Eyelid Surgery?

Eyelid surgery or Blepharoplasty is a specialized surgery, which can help take years off your face. Some people notice over time, that their skin has become saggy with large ‘hoods’ found above their eyes. In addition they may also notice strange pockets of fat stored under the eyes. It is at this stage that individuals then seek the advice of a plastic surgeon.

Blepharoplasty does not only refer to the eyelids, but includes the area around the eyes as well. This procedure helps to remove the excess sagging skin from around the eyes as well as the fatty tissue. This surgery can also be used to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles which are often known as ‘Crows Feet’ which can be found in the corners of the eyes.

There are many benefits to having eyelid surgery. Having a small procedure like this can boost an individual’s confidence and helps to increase their self esteem. This procedure can also help the individual to apply make up in a quick and efficient fashion as well as improve the overall look and ‘freshness’ of the face.

When considering having eyelid surgery, your plastic surgeon will go through the two areas – upper and lower eyelids. The surgeon will then help you to make the decision to have either one of the two surgeries or both at the same time.

Upper eyelid surgery for some can be extremely simple and can consist of just a local anaesthetic and a light sedation. The surgeon will use a light sedation as this means that the recovery time for the procedure will be much quicker than that of a general anaesthetic.

The eyelid surgery begins with a small incision that will be made along the crease of the upper eyelid. As this is a natural crease, it will be invisible to others and just seem like the natural line you have there already.

The next step of this procedure is similar to facelift surgery, where by the surgeon will peel the skin away from the underlying tissue and will then remove any excess fat, tighten up the muscle, then remove any excess skin and seal up the area. Usually, just before the surgeon seals up the area, the skin will be stretched over the area, smoothing out all fine lines and wrinkles.

The surgeon can use two kinds of techniques to seal up the wound. The first technique would be the usual stitches that will be soluble meaning that they will not have to be removed from the area; the other technique is gluing the wound with surgical glue. Surgical glue is an adhesive, which can be used on skin to hold it together before the natural healing process takes over.

The lower eyelid surgery is almost always completed under general anaesthetic. The surgeon will make a simple incision along the lower lash line and remove any excess fatty tissue from underneath the eye, which is commonly known as ‘bags’. The surgeon will then stretch the skin out to remove the lines and wrinkles and the wound will be stitched up.

Risks and Complications

Generally, modern day surgery is considered safe.

There are no procedures which are completely risk free. Complications are rare, however anyone who is thinking about having this surgery must be aware of the risks and complications which may arise.

Undergoing a general anaesthetic can have many risks, which include; slowed heart rate and blood pressure, blood clot in the lungs, blood clot in the legs, heart failure and even death.

Approximately one-third of patients who receive an anaesthetic during surgery will experience “anaesthesia sickness” or post-operative nausea and vomiting (POVN).

The complications that can arise with the procedure itself include:
Possible blurred vision is a complication however this is usually temporary, difficulty moving in opening and closing the eyes, scarring, red eyes, infection, bleeding, dry eyes and asymmetry when healing. Swelling and bruising of the eyelids can also happen as they have been damaged. Occasionally this swelling is due to an infection, which could result in the individual having to go on a short course of antibiotics. If the infection becomes worse and an abscess forms on the eyelid, then you must seek out professional help to either have the abscess removed surgically.

Q. How long will I have to take off work if I am having eyelid surgery?

A. You will only have to take off a matter of days and can get back to normal relatively quickly. Some choose to go back to work a day or so after having the operation and wear dark glasses so no one can see what they have had done. With some individuals, your eyes may appear as if you have been punched as they will be swollen and bruised, so it is suggested to take it easy for at least a few days and avoid strenuous exercise for at least a week.

Q. Is eyelid surgery safe?

A. Yes, eyelid surgery is safe. There have only been minimal reports on cases that have not had a positive outcome.

What does Blepharoplasty cost? What does eyelid surgery cost?

Blepharoplasty refers to eyelid surgery in general, but there are two different procedures – Upper Eyelid Surgery or Lower Eyelid Surgery. You can have one of these procedures done on its own, or you can have them both performed at the same time. Each surgery takes approximately the same time and costs about the same too. Most of the surgeries/clinics we spoke to just added up both of the costs for each of the surgeries if you wanted both done, but some gave a slightly reduced figure if you had both done at the same time.

Upper or Lower (done on its own without the other)
Approximately $1,800 – $5,000

Upper And Lower (performed at the same time)
Approximately $5,000 – $11,000

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Plastic Surgery Packages All Inclusive Plastic Surgery Packages with Dr Patrick Briggs December 27, 2016 - Plastic or cosmetic surgery has been the go-to solution of people who want to improve their looks. You will want to find the best surgeon and location for your desired procedure/s, but it is also important to ensure you know how much you will pay. This is why plastic/cosmetic surgery packages abroad seem to be so attractive. They will give you an all-inclusive package, as well as the idea of a vacation abroad. Check out these all inclusive plastic surgery packages with Dr Patrick Briggs Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon in Western Australia. Not all of these packages, however, come with the quality you expect. Dr. Patrick Briggs, one of Australia’s top cosmetic and plastic surgeons, is popular for his high-quality all-inclusive packages that most local and foreign customers find appealing. Read on to know more about Dr. Briggs’s cosmetic and plastic surgery packages. Who is Dr. Patrick Briggs? Dr. Briggs is a highly reputable plastic and cosmetic surgeon in Australia, as well as many parts of the world. He has received positive reviews from customers who seemed to have built their loyalty to him. This is because of his ability to identify his patients’s problems and relate to them. It […]
Woman dreaming Asian VS Western Plastic Surgery October 13, 2016 - Imagine a culture where plastic surgery was actually encouraged, expected, passed on through generations, and even given as graduation gifts.  Whilst you might automatically think of Hollywood (Hollywood is it’s own little bubble, so we don’t count it!) – there is a society where this is happening on an even grander scale!  One in five South Korean women have had plastic surgery, compared with one in 20 American women.  And, according to the latest figures, Australians spend more on cosmetic procedures per capita than Americans.  But we still don’t compare to South Korea, or the Asians in general.  Why? Does being beautiful mean you’re successful? More than any other ethnic group, Koreans and Asians see being beautiful as being successful.  And their beautiful is not necessarily to look more “western” but to better fit the “universal beauty” look.  What is universally considered beautiful?  It is generally agreed by cultures all over the world that open eyes, a perfectly shaped nose, full lips and a slim, oval shaped face are the characteristics that help to make someone appear more “beautiful”.  Whether this is because of the bombardment of Western media or not, it remains a fact.  And in Asia, or especially […]
Blepharoplasty Mendelson Bright Eyes – Advanced Blepharoplasty with Dr Bryan Mendelson October 10, 2016 - Up until very recently it was thought that tightening the skin was the best method for smoothing out those wrinkles and lines that come with ageing. However this is not necessarily the case. Dr Bryan Mendelson, Plastic Surgeon and internationally recognised authority on facial anatomy and ageing, uses a procedure he calls “Bright Eyes”, or Internal Fixation, being lauded as the most natural and lasting technique around today. Internal Fixation Blepharoplasty has helped thousands of patients restore and refresh the eye area to turn back the clock. The Internal Fixation technique is where the skin is brought back to where it was before it started to sag, creating a more distinct fold above the eye. Not stretching or removing any of your actual surface skin, the skin is gently pulled back to its original position due to the anchoring that occurs underneath the skin. Dr Mendelson says, “The longevity of the Internal Fixation procedure is due to it taking effect beneath the skin, and not on it. Any procedure that pulls or removes excess skin in this area (as all areas on the face), will lead to distortion and short term results, as the skin stretches over time, and is […]
Lids By Design Michelle Kearney, Bella Aesthetics, “Lids By Design” Australian release! July 22, 2016 - Trish: I’m here today with Michelle Kearney from Bella Aesthetics. I’m really excited; there’s an amazing new product that’s just come on the market. It’s called Lids by Design, and it’s for people that have the really heavy eye and don’t want to go down the surgery path, basically. Tell us about it, Michelle. Michelle: It’s pretty exciting, Trish. When I was in the U.S., all of the medi spas were selling this and I thought, “I’ve never seen that before.” I spoke to the women that were having it, and they were so excited; because it’s something that they wear every day, they don’t know they’ve got it on, they can put makeup on top of it, it’s hypoallergenic … It’s just a little strip that they put on top of their eyelids each day and they get an instant eyelid. It looks like they’ve had a bleph; they can put makeup on and they look … They’re just so happy with it. It’s amazing. Trish: It’s perfect for ladies or men that have got a really heavy lid and they … Michelle: Yes, yes. Trish: Just want to open their eyes a bit more. Michelle: Absolutely. When I […]
Interview with Dr Lionel Chang Dr Chang – 30 years experience in Asian Blepharoplasty & Rhinoplasty July 18, 2016 - Trish Hammond: I’m here today with Dr Lionel Chang, and he’s a specialist plastic surgeon based in Burwood, Sydney. Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us today. We’re just going to have a bit of a chat about Asian blepharoplasty and asian rhinoplasty, and why is it a bit different, because Dr Chang is a specialist in this area. He’s been doing it for many, many years, so thank you. First of all, how long have you been doing Asian rhinoplasty and Asian blepharoplasty? Lionel: Well, more than 30 years let’s say. A long time, yes. Trish Hammond: You’ve done a lot in your time? Lionel: Yes, I have because my training is based… All my teachers… Caucasians. Whereas I’m ethnically Chinese. When I started my practice, a lot of Asian patients approached me to do all these things. I never had training, and I didn’t know how to do it. Nobody was doing it in Australia, so I started off by reading the textbooks, and taught myself how to do it. In the early days, the patients are very forgiving. I made some mistakes, but I learn from my mistakes. Out of that, I […]
Blepharoplasty & Medicare rebates Non-surgical Symposium 2016 – Blepharoplasty & Medicare rebates with Dr Naveen Somia July 3, 2016 - Trish Hammond: I’m here today with Dr Naveen Somia, who’s a specialist plastic surgeon practicing out of Bella Vista New South Wales in Sydney. Naveen: And Bondi Junction. Trish Hammond: And Bondi Junction as well. And Bondi Junction. We’re going to have a bit of a chat about blepharoplasty. It’s one of the procedures that he’s renowned for, and we’re going to sift through a bit of the Medicare information for you as well. Thank you so much for taking the time today. Naveen: Thank you, Trish. Trish Hammond: Tell us a little bit about the blepharoplasty and Medicare. I have a lot of people who contact me. They’ve been to the doctor. They’ve got to go and see someone to get their eyes fixed, and they’re like, who do I go to and what am I going to be covered for? Shed a bit of light for us, would you? Naveen: Yeah. Blepharoplasty, or upper eyelid surgery is viewed as functional if it meets certain stringent criteria. The stringent criteria are such that if the eyelid is malpositioned or there’s an abnormality of the eyelid, or there’s an abnormality of the excess eyelid skin that actually covers some of […]
Working Longer Looking Younger Working Longer, Looking Younger March 17, 2016 - People are living longer than ever before. Australians on average can now expect to live to be approximately 82 years old. Compare that to the average of 48 years in 1890, this has all sorts of consequences, including the fact that people are working longer into their lives – in fact, the official Australian retirement age has now just gone up to 70. In order to compete with younger workers, our older generations have had to find ways to keep up their appearances. It is also well documented in studies that better presented (or more attractive) people find it easier to get, and keep, a job. This leads us to looking at the measures that people will take in order to maintain their polished, or well presented, appearances. Plastic surgery is a massive part of this movement and Dr Patrick Briggs, Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon based in Subiaco in Western Australia, discusses what procedures people are undergoing as part of their need to compete with younger generations. We look at some of the procedures that are considerations for anyone wanting to look more youthful. Face Lift This is the most obvious choice for anyone wanting to turn back the clock […]
Blepharoplasty Blepharoplasty – Is Less More? March 17, 2015 - Historically, eyelid surgery (Blepharoplasty) targeted the fat pads and the skin excess around the eyes. It was almost a contest to see how much fat could be reduced and how much the skin could be tightened. Whilst this certainly flattened the bulges and tightened the skin there it didn’t necessarily make things look better. Ageing of the upper eyelid can be as much characterised by recession and hollowing as by skin excess and fat bulges. Modern upper blepharoplasty entails a much more conservative excision of skin with accentuation of the eyelid crease and preservation (even a restoration) of the fullness between the upper lid crease and the eyebrow. Young eyes are full eyes. The robust young soft tissues below the eyebrow frame the eye beautifully and provide an attractive appearance. Whilst these fat pads can certainly bulge to excess, only a very conservative reduction is usually required to provide an attractive contour there. Aggressive excision of fat or skin from the upper lid can create a hollow empty look that tends to make the face look more aged and unwell. With the advent of soft tissue injections, experienced injectors can help rejuvenate the upper lid by restoring some of the […]
Dr George Marcells Dr George Marcells – An Interview November 6, 2014 - Dr George Marcells is undisputedly considered a leader in the field of Rhinoplasty and is often consulted by other top plastic surgeons looking to tap into his expertise. President of the AAFPS, he presents regularly at Facial Plastic Surgery conferences both in Australia and overseas, and was recently one of the key players at the Australasian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery’s (AAFPS) The Triennial Masters’ Symposium, focusing on Blepharoplasty and Upper Facial Rejuvenation held in Sydney in September. We were lucky enough to be able to ask Dr Marcells a few questions. You are the leader in the Deep Plane Facelift. Can you give us a brief description of what that is? The deep plane facelift is a highly anatomical lift that places an emphasis on structure to give long lasting, natural results. My aim is to re-contour the neck, jawline and mid-face into a natural, more youthful position. This deep fixation takes the tension off the skin so as not to get a pulled appearance. While the Deep Plane Facelift is heralded as a much more successful and natural looking facelift, are there any candidates for the procedure you would not recommend for this kind of lift? Are there […]

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  1. Hi I’m looking for a surgeon in Sydney who is highly regarded in upper eyelid laser or surgery and what is the better option.

    • Trish

      Hi Bianca
      Here’s a link to Sydney Plastic Surgeons.
      I also know that blepharoplasty procedures are the main procedure that Dr Naveen Somia Specialist Plastic Surgeon in Bella Vista & Bondi Junction performs. Hope that’s helpful for you to start your search.

    • Hi

      Can you let me know the answer as I want to have the same procedure done and not sure who to go to.


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