What is Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)?

Eyelid surgery is one of the most rewarding surgeries to light up a person’s face and help with that tired ageing look. Either, or both, upper lid and lower lid eyelid surgery may be appropriate for you. Some patients have loss of peripheral vision due to those low-hanging upper lids. So, if you have asked questions like ‘what is eyelid surgery’ or ‘how does eyelid surgery work, below are some FAQS that may assist you with understanding if this could be suitable for you. At your consultation with our Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Dr Edinburg, you will receive an in-depth specialist look at the possibilities and options most appropriate for you.


Eyelid Surgery (Upper Eyelid Surgery, Lower Eyelid Surgery or Upper and Lower Eyelid Surgery) can usually be performed in around an hour, however, more complicated procedures may take longer.

This will vary according to the individual patient’s requirements, combined with Dr Edinburg’s recommendations, based on his many years of Specialist Plastic Surgery experience. Your Upper Eyelid Surgery can often be carried out at the Eden Institute, under local anaesthetic. Lower eyelid surgery with Dr Edinburg is done in an accredited hospital day surgery, usually under general anaesthetic. Some lower eyelid rejuvenation procedures may involve laser treatment only, with no surgery.

Dr Edinburg has many years of specialist expertise behind him and is experienced in a wide variety of surgical techniques. Upon consultation, Dr Edinburg will work with you to determine which option is the best solution to rejuvenate your face.

Sutures from surgery are usually removed at 5-7 days, and any visible scars can be covered with makeup the next day. You should be fully recovered in around 7 to 10 days, with bruising taking slightly longer in a few cases.

By working with a highly qualified and experienced eyelift surgeon, such as Dr Edinburg, you can be assured that you will achieve the most natural result available.

Lower Eyelid Surgery (Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty) can help to reduce the appearance of puffiness and bags specifically underneath the eyes, by removing skin and underlying tissue, and possibly fat deposits. Upper Eyelid Surgery (Upper Blepharoplasty) is designed to help remove excess skin, muscle and fat on the upper lid.

Eyelid Surgery can be performed on one or both the upper and lower eyelids – it all depends on what you need and what is appropriate for you. Some patients only have aging concerns for the lower eyelids and so Upper Eyelid Surgery would not be required. Alternatively, some patients require both Upper Eyelid Surgery and Lower Eyelid Surgery to achieve the results they are after. Some patients seek Upper Eyelid Surgery (Upper Blepharoplasty) as their eyelid hooding has compromised their peripheral vision. Every patient is different, and each and every procedure is tailored to their individual needs.

Eyelid Surgery is not necessarily designed to make your upper eyelids larger. However, depending on your concern, and how the surgeon tailors the procedure to your needs, sometimes the effects of Eyelid Surgery can inadvertently enhance the look of your eyes. For example, if you have overlying soft tissue that’s sagging near your eye region, then Eyelid Surgery may help ‘open up’ the eyelid area and the result is a lifted look. Our patients frequently report that they have a wider field of vision when those ‘hoods’ of excess skin are removed. Similarly, non-surgical procedures such as Wrinkle Relaxers and Laser can help smooth out wrinkles and lines near the eye area, producing a more youthful and enhanced appearance. These other options may be recommended and used separately, or in conjunction with, Eyelid Surgery.

Eyelid surgery cost will depend on the method and extent of surgery. Medicare and health fund rebates may be applicable for some Upper Eyelid Surgery. Our expert team will assist you to work out all medical and financial information. To learn more about eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) cost, please go to "How Much does It Cost" here. Interested in our Eyelid Surgery? We are conveniently located in Baulkham Hills, in Sydney.

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