As we age, the structure of our face changes; signs of ageing also applies to the area around the eyes. The lower eyelid can get a more swollen appearance, caused by an accumulation of fat in the area, while the upper eyelid may become droopy and baggy. Consequently, patients may desire facial rejuvenation. These are all concerns that can be addressed with cosmetic eyelid surgery.
Patients who have puffiness and clear bags under the eyes, ectropion or eyelid droop with saggy skin are good candidates for the procedure. There are also patients who suffer from ptosis or experience an obstructed visual field due to the accumulation of fat and excess skin in the upper eyelid. Naturally, these patients are also excellent candidates for eyelid surgery.
During eyelid surgery, cosmetic surgery can remove the excess amount of fat or loose skin from the lower lid. As a result, the lower lid will sit better on underlying structures and some of the wrinkles that were there before will have smoothed out, whilst giving patients a brow lift appearance.
The upper lid can also be treated with upper eyelid surgery (or upper blepharoplasty); this can involve the removal of fat, excess skin, or both. After this procedure is performed, the patient will experience eyes that are more “open”, instead of the tired look.
Like all surgery procedures and particularly facial surgery, there are potential risks involved. Patients wishing to undergo eyelid surgery must talk to a qualified health practitioner to discuss their medical history, pre-disposed medical conditions (such as eye diseases), and gain a second opinion about whether they are eligible for the procedure. Our surgeons provide a free no-obligation consultation to anybody thinking about undergoing cosmetic surgery.
Risks include bruising, swelling, infection. Two sides are often different before surgery. There is a scar in the crease of the upper lid. Very rare risk include sagging of lid, irritation or effect on.
Note: ALL SURGERY HAS RISKS. RESULTS VARY BETWEEN PEOPLE. EARLY INTERVENTION OF ANY ISSUES AFTER SURGERY ARE IMPORTANT.
At the Institute of Aesthetics, eyelid surgery is performed by laser. The laser used for blepharoplasty is a special type of laser, which can be used to cut the skin, much like a scalpel; this happens when the laser gets more focused. The laser can also be de-focused. When this is done, surgeons can treat skin defects more effectively.
The use of a laser for cosmetic surgery does come with additional advantages where results are concerned. In addition to addressing excess fat and skin around the eyes, the laser can also vaporise some fine wrinkles and lines, providing the patient with smoother results.
Anaesthesia is required for this procedure. Most patients will get a light general anaesthetic before the procedure; this ensures more comfort for the patient since the surgeon will work in the eye region. If you have concerns about sedation and the use of general or local anaesthetic, please contact the Institute of Aesthetics or convey your concerns to your cosmetic surgery.
Patients who want to get more familiar with our Day Surgery Centre can contact our friendly team for more information. We understand that it is important to be comfortable with the clinic you have chosen, so do not hesitate to get in touch if you require more information before you make your decision.
An increasingly large number of patients now opt for Eyelid Surgery Treatment procedures. Some before and after photos shown are not exact, in that they vary in light, contrast, clothing, background, distance from camera, hairstyle and make-up. If you’re looking to remove fat from the eye, get a free no-obligation consultation at the Institute of Aesthetics.Request consultation
Eyelid surgery performed by laser can reduce bleeding during the procedure since blood vessels are sealed off with the laser during the cutting process. While patients will still experience some bruising and swelling post-procedure, the degree will be less.
Like all surgical procedures, whether cosmetic procedures or plastic surgery, patients must incorporate some downtime after their eyelid surgery. If sutures are used during the procedure, they will be removed eight to ten days after you had the procedure. Patients may also experience some slight bruising during the first couple of weeks after the treatment.
During the recovery period, patients are allowed to use makeup. However, if you have sutures, it is recommended to wait with makeup until those sutures are removed. It is also advised to not use contact lenses until at least a week after the procedure as this can cause irritation and dry eyes. To protect the eye region post-surgery, we recommend protecting the skin against the sun with a good sun lotion. Sunlight can cause premature damage to the eyelid skin, so results can be affected by not using the proper sun protection.
Our surgeons provide our patients with ongoing after-care and post-operative treatment (such as eye drops) and recommendations to ensure a full and safe recovery.
Patients will require an initial consultation with our surgeons before they can obtain eyelid surgery at our clinic. To make this appointment, simply head over to our website contact form, send us an email or contact the Institute of Aesthetics by telephone.
For more information about eyelid surgery and the newest non-incisional double eyelid suture technique, please check out the additional information pages on our website including questions about other treatments like the tear trough filler. Alternatively, contact our clinic for more info.
Prices for an eye lift range about $2,000 for a simple procedure such as addressing both upper eyelids without removing fat, to $5,000 for a more complicated one such as surgery on all four eyelids, including removal of protruding fat. These are estimates of surgeon’s fees only.
Eyelid surgery is performed under either local or general anesthetic. If the procedure is performed awake, there will be stinging of the anesthetic and possibly pain or discomfort. Following the procedure, there may be post-operative side effects such as discomfort which is treated with pain killers and icepacks.
The most common eyelid surgery is to remove loose skin from the upper eyelid. Some Asian patients don’t have any crease and they require a crease made via a suture method.
You are able to wear contacts following surgery.
There are no cutting scars and the skin wrinkles are lasered with an Erbium laser.
There are no obvious scars from a blepharoplasty procedure. The upper lid skin is removed from the natural crease of the upper eyelid hiding the scar. The lower fat bag is removed from inside so there is no cutting on the surface of the lower eyelid.
The Blepharoplasty surgeon fee starts is $2500 for the upper eyelid plus associated fees. Some patients may be eligible for health insurance or medicare.
Blepharoplasty surgery is the removal of fat and skin from the eyelids that are caused by aging and genetics. This procedure however does not remove dark circles or crow's feet.
Daniel Lanzer has retired. He is no longer a registered medical practitioner. This website is currently under review.