What is Eyelid Surgery?

As we age the skin around the eye thins and loses its elasticity. Alongside the movement of fat pads, this can cause us to look tired and give the appearance of hooded eyelids.

Eyelid Surgery, also known as blepharoplasty or eye lift, is a popular cosmetic procedure involving the removal of excess skin, fat and muscle from the upper or lower eyelid. Absolute Cosmetic also offers the skin only blepharoplasty for those looking to reduces excess eyelid skin only.

The Blepharoplasty is often paired with a thread lift to the eyebrow or forehead to enhance results. For patients who have a heavy brow as well as heavy eyelids.

Common names

Surgical repair of saggy eyelids, removing eye bags, blepharoplasty

Targeted areas

Upper or lower eyelid

Procedure Information

Procedure Type

Surgical

Cost

from $2200

Improvement

Improve puffy lower eyelid “bags” and reduce the wrinkling of the skin or to reduce the appearance of hooded eyelids

Results

Immediate results

Recovery Time

The patient should rest for at least five days and avoid any strenuous activity, sutures removed at day 5 and can return to work by approx day 8.

Treatable Area's

Upper eyelid or lower eyelid

What are the results of Eyelid Surgery / Blepharoplasty?

  • Reduce excess skin around the eye (upper blepharoplasty, lower blepharoplasty or both available)
  • Reduce bags and puffiness under the eye (lower blepharoplasty)
  • Reduce hooded eyelids (upper blepharoplasty)
  • Improving symmetry of asymmetrical eyelids
  • Rejuvenate the eye are to reduce the look of being tired or aged. Many patients find that wrinkles, skin lines and creases around the eyes appear reduced.

Understanding Eye Bag and Eyelid Surgery

Absolute Cosmetic offers an advanced version of the upper blepharoplasty which removes excess skin, excess fat and excess muscle.

Patients often think the upper eyelid is the problem, when in fact it is the brow and fore-lid sagging down. Some patients not only have heavy eyelids, but also a heavy brow. They may wish to only address one area, but realistically this is not addressing the whole problem. This will be explained during the consultation as it’s an extremely important concept to understand. To get optimal results you may want to have an upper blepharoplasty as well as a thread lift.

The lower eyelid also has some peculiarities you should understand. Many patients think they have eye bags caused by excess fat, when in fact they have tear troughs. Tear troughs are a hollowness below the eyelid that makes the actual eyelid look baggier. When these troughs are filled by fat or dermal filler the eye bag often looks reduced. In most patients, a combination of treatments is required- the tear trough needs to be filled and the bag needs to be reduced in size. Simple issues can be more complex than they seem.

Please note that everyone is individual and results may vary from person to person.

What happens on the day of the Eyelid Surgery procedure?

You must arrive on time to be fully admitted by the medical team. Smoking and illicit drug use must be avoided before the procedure. Blood pressure must be under good control, and all other medical conditions must be stable. Blood thinners must be avoided if possible.

The procedure is performed under light sedation (rather than general anaesthesia) with local anaesthesia to make the area numb. This procedure is usually completed within 1-2 hours. Many patients will have the upper and lower eyelid surgery at the same time, and potentially other procedures such as fat transfer and forehead thread lift. Expect to be drowsy after the procedure, this is a side effect of the sedation, but not in pain.

You must be collected by a competent supervising adult and observed the first night. Any severe pain or swelling must be immediately reported to us. The following day you will be reviewed by our team and all of the aftercare instructions must be followed.

What happens after the Eyelid Surgery procedure?

You will need to rest for at least 5 days and avoid any strenuous activity. Smoking must be avoided. The sutures are removed at day 5, and many patients can return to work by approximately day 8. This may be longer, depending on bruising and swelling.

Exercise should be avoided for 2 weeks, followed by a gradual cautious return. The scars from the upper eyelid should fade over 1-3 months, although (infrequently) laser resurfacing may be needed to improve these. This scar is purposely placed in the natural skin lines and crease of the eyelid so it can not be seen. Soon after the surgery, you are able to hide the sutures and scars by wearing sunglasses.

Often, the lower eyelid will require no suturing whatsoever. Bruising in this area can last longer and be more severe in some cases. Thread lift to the forehead will require small sutures, and these are usually removed between 5-7 days. Fat transfer to the cheeks to decrease the tear troughs can cause some swelling and bruising, but this usually settles within 1 week.

Dr Glenn Murray

Cosmetic Doctor and Medical Director

Dr Glenn Murray completed his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Western Australia. He continued his training; undertaking both cosmetic medicine and cosmetic surgery training. Dr Glenn Murray has trained with some of the best Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeons in the US and around the world. He is the past president of the Cosmetic Society and has attended a Maser Symposium for Blepharoplasty and Upper Facial Rejuvenation. Dr Murray has a special interest in repairing botched oversees surgery and more information on this can we found here.

Dr Murray, our Medical Director, at Absolute Cosmetic Medicine is committed to providing exceptional care to every patient.  His full resume can be seen here.

 

Are there any side effects of Eyelid Surgery?

No major complications are expected with a blepharoplasty, however, you may find that your vision is blurred for a few days post procedure. It is important to follow your Cosmetic Doctor’s advice to reduce the risk of any complications.

What is the Cost of an Eyelid Lift?

The skin only eyelid lift starts from $2,200. The full blepharoplasty is between $4,400 and $6,600 plus a theatre fee.

 

Why choose Absolute Cosmetic for your Eyelid Surgery?

  • We work with a team of FRACS and non-FRACS doctors for eyelid surgery and related cosmetic conditions.
  • We are a full-time cosmetic clinic, dedicated to the aesthetic field.
  • We are a WA Health Department licensed day surgery.
  • Our aim is for subtle, natural results.

*Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

"Absolute Cosmetic has over 20 years of full-time experience in Cosmetic Medicine"

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