Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) Sydney

Upper Eyelid blepharoplasty

  • Non-cosmetic elective procedure
  • Hospital fees may covered by private health insurance
  • Day surgery only and can be performed under local anaesthetic in clinic

Lower Eyelids blepharoplasty

  • Cosmetic elective procedure
  • Not covered by private health funds or Medicare
  • Day surgery only

Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that involves removing or repositioning fat deposits, tightening muscles, and removing excess skin around the eyes. Also known as eyelid surgery, blepharoplasty helps address aesthetic issues in the eyelid area that may be a result of:

  • Age
  • Sun damage
  • Muscle movements (repetitive squinting or smiling)
  • Smoking

At Form & Face in Bondi Junction, Dr Benjamin Norris performs blepharoplasty to help address aesthetic concerns about signs of ageing around the eyes and, in some cases, to address impaired vision due to excess skin.

Treating ageing eyes with blepharoplasty

As you age, the skin on your eyelid stretches and the supporting muscles weaken. This may cause excess fat to gather above and below your eyelids, which in turn leads to the following concerns:

  • Extra skin and wrinkles in the lower eyelid
  • Low lower eyelids that reveal too much white below the iris
  • Lax skin that creates folds and changes the natural contour of the upper lids
  • Excess fatty deposits

These changes in the eyelid skin can also affect your vision. Patients come to Form and Face to address reduced peripheral vision, particularly on the upper and outer edges.

Dr Norris’s experience with blepharoplasty can help address aesthetic and functional issues related to excess eyelid skin.

Who is a good candidate for blepharoplasty?

Suitable candidates for the procedure want to address aesthetic and functional issues related to excess eyelid skin. In addition, they should be in good overall health and have realistic expectations about the changes that blepharoplasty can achieve.

Dr Norris reminds our patients at Form and Face that this procedure cannot:

  • Lift low eyebrows
  • Get rid of crow’s feet
  • Erase dark circles

Patients may choose to undergo blepharoplasty simultaneously with other facial procedures, including a coronoplasty (brow lift), rhytidectomy (facelift), and skin resurfacing.

How to prepare for upper and lower eyelid surgery

Dr Norris requires that all patients stop smoking for two months before undergoing any type of cosmetic surgery. Smoking inhibits circulation, and good circulation is essential to healing.

Additionally, any medications you are taking that are associated with a risk of increased bleeding should be discontinued two weeks before surgery. This also applies to over-the-counter preparations, prescribed drugs, and herbal supplements. The only exceptions are medications that your surgeon has approved.

Finally, you must arrange a patient escort to take you home after your procedure at Form & Face.

The outcomes shown are only relevant for this patient and do not necessarily reflect the results other patients may experience, as results may vary due to many factors, including the individual’s genetics and lifestyle.

Blepharoplasty photos

Blepharoplasty gallery, a female patient before and after procedure 03

Blepharoplasty 35 year old, lower eyelid lift only. Upper lids untreated

Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) 04, Dr Norris - Form & Face

Blepharoplasty, upper eyelids treated

How much does blepharoplasty cost in Sydney?

The cost of blepharoplasty is mostly dependent on what needs to be achieved. The technique used by Dr Norris and the anaesthetist, as well as hospital fees, also need to be considered. The best way to obtain a more accurate cost is by scheduling a personalised consultation. In cases where the eyelid is impairing the patient’s vision, some of the surgery costs may be covered by Medicare or private health insurance – you may want to contact your surgeon to determine whether this is an option for you.

Before blepharoplasty

Dr Norris cares about his patients. Their satisfaction is his utmost concern. Your medical history will be reviewed, and Dr Norris will assess your eyelids to determine the following:

  • Facial dimensions
  • Skin tone
  • Condition of the underlying muscle tissue

Dr Norris will meet with you to discuss your reasons for choosing blepharoplasty. He’ll also:

  • Ask about your goals
  • Address your concerns
  • Ensure your expectations are realistic
  • Discuss what you ultimately hope your eyelids will look like

Then it’s time to smile! We document all of our blepharoplasty patients with before-and-after photographs for their medical records.

Should you have any questions, everyone at Form & Face is dedicated to helping you find the answers. You’ll be introduced to Shannon when you and Dr Norris have finished your consultation. Shannon is our Practice Manager and “patient guide.”

She’ll discuss your options for surgery and provide you with a detailed but easy-to-understand quotation for the procedure. Should you decide to schedule your surgery at that time, you will be asked to schedule a second consultation before your procedure.

What happens during blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is generally performed as an outpatient procedure. In some instances, however, particularly if other procedures are being performed simultaneously, Dr Norris performs this surgery at a hospital.

The specifics of eyelid surgery vary from patient to patient. Generally, Dr Norris spends approximately one hour performing upper or lower blepharoplasty each. The complete procedure takes about four hours.

The graphic below illustrates some incision lines Dr Norris uses during blepharoplasty on the upper and lower lids.

What to expect after upper and lower blepharoplasty surgery?

When the surgery is complete, you will be taken to a recovery room and monitored for any post-surgical issues. You may temporarily experience:

  • Discomfort
  • Numbness in the surgical area
  • Swelling and bruising around your eyes
  • Bruising visible on the whites of the eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Extreme sensitivity to light

Dr Norris works individually with all patients to tailor a pain management and recovery program specific to their needs. You’ll go home with post-operative instructions and a prescription for pain medication.

The discomfort will peak during the first two days following the surgery. On the fifth day, you will return to see Dr Norris at Form and Face to have your stitches removed.

After two weeks, you may return to work but should avoid heavy lifting or use of the upper body. Light exercise is appropriate, but it is generally advisable to wait about six weeks before resuming your regular workout schedule.

This is something that you will discuss with Dr Norris.

Possible complications

Blepharoplasty surgery may cause:

  • Infection
  • Injury to eye muscles
  • Bleeding
  • Skin discolouration
  • Dry, irritated eyes
  • Difficulty closing your eyes or other eyelid problems
  • Noticeable scarring
  • The need for follow-up surgery

All surgeries carry some degree of risk, including blood clots, an adverse reaction to anaesthesia, etc. When you visit Form and Face for your consultation with Dr Norris, he will review all the risks and help you determine whether blepharoplasty surgery suits you.

We invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr Norris via the form below or call us on 1800 376 677. You can discuss blepharoplasty eyelid surgery, lay out a treatment plan to help you achieve your goals, and obtain a personalised price estimate.

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