Blepharoplasty – Eye Surgery

(Also Known as Cosmetic Eye Surgery, Eyelid Surgery, Upper Blepharoplasty and Lower Blepharoplasty. This procedure is performed by our team of medical practitioners.)
This information has been medically reviewed by Melbourne-based cosmetic surgeon Dr. Amir Tadros, with registration number MED0001375519.

Speak to a Me Clinic surgeon about upper and lower eyelid surgery, what to expect before and after, and the cost of blepharoplasty Melbourne. Surgical and non-surgical procedures include double eyelid surgery (Asian blepharoplasty), upper lid blepharoplasty and dermal fillers.

Following years of sun exposure along with the gradual loss of skin elasticity as we age, the thin and delicate skin around the eye area can become lax and begin to sag and lengthen. This can result in excess skin on the eyelid which folds over to create a hooded look that can dramatically age your face.

Similarly, the skin underneath our eyes can also become swollen or puffy, creating unsightly eye bags that add years to your face. Even after a good night’s sleep, it can be hard to feel alive and vibrant when you see tired drooping eyes looking back at you in the mirror.

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Blepharoplasty Procedure

Blepharoplasty or Cosmetic Eye Surgery is a surgical cosmetic procedure which can alter the appearance of the upper or lower eyelids to open the eye and create a more youthful appearance.

Types of Blepharoplasty Procedures

Blepharoplasty can be performed on either the upper eyelid, lower eyelid or both eyelids.

Upper Blepharoplasty

An upper blepharoplasty is a highly effective surgical procedure that eliminates sagging or drooping eyelid skin from the upper eyelid.

Using either laser or conventional surgery, the hood of excess skin from the upper eyelid along with any underlying fat can be removed or repositioned and tightened to open and refresh the eye area.

In cases where the extent of the eye sagging is more significant, a blepharoplasty procedure can also be an effective method to improve vision obscured by drooping eyelids.

Before

This 51 year old Asian female patient had absent upper eyelid folds. She had undergone previous surgery by another surgeon using “stitch” method (no incision) which failed.

After

This time she underwent a standard “double eyelid surgery” (Asian blepharoplasty) using open incision method to create double folds without “westernising” the eyes.

Performed By: Dr Anthony Kenneth Prochazka (MED0001181976)

Lower Blepharoplasty

A lower blepharoplasty can be performed to treat unsightly bags underneath the eye.

The preferred method of treating the lower eyelid is to remove the fat pads with an incision from the inside of the lower eyelid, to avoid an external scar. Excess skin in the lower eyelid can also be removed by excision of the skin, however, the fine scar immediately below the lower eyelashes may be visible.

Before

After

Performed By: Dr Ashley Granot (M0001026218) MBBS, FFMACCS (Med), FACP, FACNEM, ABBRM, MA5M Cosmetic Doctor, Melbourne

Laser cosmetic surgery or laser skin rejuvenation can also be used on the skin beneath the eye to lighten it and cause the skin to tighten.

Combined Blepharoplasty Surgery

It is common for patients to undergo both an upper and lower eyelid blepharoplasty procedure together to achieve the optimal aesthetic result.

Combining both an upper blepharoplasty and lower blepharoplasty into a single eyelid surgery procedure can also be a more affordable alternative to undergoing two separate procedures for the upper lid and lower lid. In addition, the recovery period would be the same as if you were undergoing a single procedure.

Before

46 year old female patient had sagging upper eyelid folds and early lower eye-bag formation.

After

She underwent upper and lower eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) to raise folds, reduce eye-bags, and restore her youthful appearance.

Performed By: Dr Anthony Kenneth Prochazka (MED0001181976)

Non-Surgical Alternatives to Blepharoplasty

There are also several alternative non-surgical cosmetic treatments which can achieve similar results to a blepharoplasty.

Anti-Ageing Injections

Anti-ageing facial injections can also be an effective way to refresh tired looking eyes.

By carefully targeting key muscles around the eye area, anti-ageing injections can relieve the downward pressure causing the skin to stretch and sag, allowing the forehead muscles to lift the brow unhindered. In most cases, the treatment can cause the eyebrow to lift several millimetres.

The treatment is safe and effective and only takes around 10 minutes. You can usually see results in 10 to 14 days. While results can vary between patients, treatment will usually last from 3 to 6 months, but tends to last longer (up to 12 months) after you’ve completed your first few treatments.

Before

This 37-year-old patient sought to address wrinkling and lines in their forehead area.

After

An injectable treatment was performed alongside the use of Muscle Relaxants to smooth lines and folds. Dermal Fillers assisted in treating the darkened skin under the eyes. Source: Mike Clague

Performed By: Mike Clague Reg No. NMW0001618803

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are another non-surgical cosmetic treatment option that works by increasing volume in strategically selected locations to pad out sunken areas and hold the skin taut.

Small amounts of filler can be injected underneath the eyebrow to increase the volume and provide better support to elevate the brow and pull the loose or sagging eyelid taut.

Dermal filler treatments will usually last between 6 and 9 months before gradually fading away. However, the results may last longer (over 12 months in some cases) following several treatments.

Blepharoplasty Costs

As a general indication, the cost of a blepharoplasty procedure at Me Clinic starts from $5,500.

As every patient we see has different requirements and each blepharoplasty surgery is tailored to the individual patient’s situation, it’s important to contact us as the first step to arrange a personalised consultation with one of our surgeons.

During the consultation, you will be able to discuss your individual requirements with the surgeon who will conduct an assessment of your condition and provide an obligation-free quote for the most appropriate treatment option. The consultation is entirely confidential and we make every effort to make our patients feel relaxed and comfortable.

At our Melbourne clinic, the procedure price we quote includes all associated costs so you’ll be fully informed from the beginning without any surprise bill-shock down the track.

You don’t require a referral from your doctor to see one of our surgeons and we are generally able to see you within 7 to 14 days.

What Should I Expect Following Blepharoplasty?

Eyelid surgery is usually performed using local anaesthetic with sedation. It can also be performed under general anaesthesia.

After your procedure you may feel drowsy, especially from a general anaesthetic, so it’s important to have someone drive you home and stay overnight. On the evening of the procedure we recommend you rest. You are provided with an after-hours direct number in the event you may have any questions or concerns you wish to speak to us about. You must come back to the clinic for your first post-operative check the next day following the procedure.

The area around your eye may be bruised and swollen for between 7 to 14 days. Patients should keep their head upright and place cold, compresses on their eyes periodically. Where sutures are used, they are removed after 5 to 7 days. You should avoid swimming until healing is complete as this carries a risk of infection.

Your skin will generally heal within 2 to 3 weeks.

Our surgeons and nurses will continue to monitor your recovery through a number of post-operative check-ups and are available at any time if you have questions or concerns.

Why Choose Me Clinic for Eyelid Surgery Melbourne?

Me Clinic has over 35 years of experience in cosmetic surgery and have performed over 5,000 cosmetic eye procedures since the 1980s in Australia. Our team of highly trained and experienced surgeons, cosmetic physicians, nurses, aestheticians, consultants and support staff take the time to listen to your needs and explain the various cosmetic procedure treatment options available to you to ensure you are fully informed. Not only do we have an unparalleled safety, patient care and satisfaction record, but you’ll also feel the warmth and support from our staff from the moment you walk through our door.

We offer a range of surgical and non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatment options to combat the signs of ageing and loss of skin elasticity. We also offer surgical procedures and non-surgical treatments to reduce excess skin and loose skin on the face and neck area. These include blepharoplasty, upper eyelid ptosis (droopiness) corrections, forehead and brow lift, traditional facelift, suture lift, dermal fillers and laser skin resurfacing. Please note, if your surgical procedure is purely cosmetic, it generally does not qualify for Medicare rebates.

Our Practitioners Who Perform Blepharoplasty in Melbourne

Dr David Ross

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Mr Amir Tadros

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We perform the following Blepharoplasty Melbourne procedures

Upper Eyelid Surgery

As we age and the sun damages our skin, we develop laxity of the very thin eyelid skin. This causes the skin of the eyelid to sag and lengthen. When the eye is opened this excess skin tends to fold over the top of the upper eyelid forming an unwelcome hooded look on the eyelid that ages our face.

More about Upper Eyelid Surgery

Lower Eyelid Surgery

Bags under our eyes make us look tired and age us prematurely. These unsightly bags under the eyes are generally not caused by fluid but rather by fat pads. There are two of these in the upper eyelid and three in the lower.

If bags under the eyes are your problem then these fat pads may need to be treated either by removal or by placing them deeper below the skin.

More about Lower Eyelid Surgery

Blepharoplasty Before And After

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Eye Bag Removal

Do you appear tired even when you’re not? Eye bag removal at Me Clinic can restore a more youthful and less tired look. Read on for more.

More about Eye Bag Removal

Double Eyelid Surgery

Increase the visual appearance of your eyes with Me Clinic’s double eyelid surgery Melbourne-based procedure, and gain a more refreshed look today.

More about Double Eyelid Surgery

Tear Trough & Under Eye Fillers

Looking for a non-surgical treatment to correct the loss of volume under your eyes? Create a more youthful appearance with Me Clinic’s tear trough filler treatment.

More about Tear Trough & Under Eye Fillers

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

FAQs

With all cosmetic procedures it’s important to have realistic expectations, fully understand your treatment options as well as build a rapport with your surgeon. For eyelid surgery at Me Clinic, you can discuss problem areas, suitable treatments and what to expect in your initial consultation with your surgeon. Eye area problems may include issues with eyelid skin, eyelid crease, eye bags, drooping eyelids and even dry eyes. From an eyelid lift (double eyelid surgery) to tear trough and under eye fillers, your Me Clinic surgeon will assess your needs and discuss the best surgical and non-surgical treatment options for you in your initial consultation. Once our surgeon has fully assessed your specific needs, Me Clinic will provide a no-obligation quote.

Patients choose eyelid surgery (upper lid and/or lower lid) at Me Clinic for a number of reasons. Results include a more youthful appearance, larger eyes, improved symmetry, enhancement of the upper eyelid fold, definition of the eyelid crease, reduced puffiness and a fast recovery time. Result expectations and timeline for recovery depends whether you choose upper eyelid surgery, lower eyelid surgery or an eyelid lift (which is double eyelid surgery). Results and expectations will also depend on each patient’s lower eyelid skin and skin of the upper eyelid.

In general though, for both lower and upper eyelid surgery, your skin will normally heal completely within 2 to 3 weeks. And even for double eyelid surgery, the average healing time is much the same with a rough guide of 2 to 3 weeks’ recovery time, with normal day-to-day activities able to be resumed after 7 to 10 days. Whether you choose surgery on the upper lid or lower lid, or opt for double eyelid surgery, your Me Clinic surgeon will assess your eye area thoroughly and advise the best eyelid surgery treatment option for you.

For all cosmetic procedures at Me Clinic whether you’re based in Victoria, or anywhere in Australia, an initial consultation with our surgeon is required to assess if you’re a good candidate for the treatment. In your appointment with our surgeon you can also enquire about potential side effects, and recovery time to help you make an informed decision before proceeding with any treatment. If you’re not in Melbourne, wherever you are in Australia, we also offer online consultations as a first step in learning more about our clinics’ treatments and suitability for your needs.

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