Following years of sun exposure along with the gradual loss of skin elasticity as we age, the thin and delicate skin around the eyes 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 eye can also become swollen or puffy, creating unsightly bags that add years to your face. Even after a good night sleep, it can be hard to feel alive and vibrant when you see tired drooping eyes looking back at you in the mirror.
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.
Blepharoplasty can be performed on either the upper eyelid, lower eyelid or both eyelids.
An Upper Blepharoplasty is highly effective at eliminating sagging or drooping 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. When performed using laser, you can achieve an essentially scarless result as the imperceptible scar is buried in the crease of the eyelid.
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.
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 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.
It is common for patients to undergo both an upper and lower eyelid procedure together to achieve the optimal aesthetic result.
Combining both an Upper Blepharoplasty and Lower Blepharoplasty into a single procedure can also be a more affordable alternative to undergoing two procedures. In addition, the recovery period would be the same as if you were undergoing a single procedure.
There are also several alternative non-surgical cosmetic treatments which can achieve similar results to a blepharoplasty.
Anti-ageing facial injections can also be an effective way to refresh tired looking eyes.
By carefully targeting key muscles around the eyes, 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 and you can usually see results in 10-14 days. While results can vary between patients, treatment will usually last from 3 to 6 months, but it tends to last longer (up to 12 months) after you’ve completed your first few treatments.
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.
Eyelid surgery is usually performed using local anaesthetic with sedation, or it can also be performed under general anaesthetic making the procedure painless.
After your procedure you may feel drowsy from the anaesthetic, so it is 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 with it 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.
To provide a general indication of how much a blepharoplasty procedure may cost, at Me Clinic, the cost of Blepharoplasty Surgery starts from $4600.
As every patient we see has different requirements and each procedure is tailored to the individual patient’s situation, it’s important you attend a consultation with one of our highly experienced surgeons to obtain a personalised quote.
During the consultation, you will be able to discuss your individual needs and requirements with the surgeon who will conduct an assessment of your condition and provide a 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 you 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.
At Me Clinic, we have over 30 years of experience in cosmetic surgery and we have performed over 5,000 cosmetic eye procedures since the 1980's.
Our team of highly trained and experienced Surgeons, Cosmetic Physicians, Nurses, Aestheticians and Consultants and support staff take the time to listen to your needs and explain the various 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.
If you would like to find out more about blepharoplasty at Me Clinic, you can view our eye, ear and nose surgery brochure or simply book a personal consultation with one of our skilled and experienced surgeons.
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
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.