Eyelid Surgery – Blepharoplasty | Melbourne Surgeons

What is Blepharoplasty surgery? Eyelid Lift Procedures | Melbourne

Eyelid Surgery is a surgical solution used to treat eyelid ptosis or puffy, droopy, crepey eyelid skin. The procedure takes from 1 to 2 hours or longer, with recovery time being about 2 weeks. Scars from blepharoplasty are often hidden in the eyelid crease.

How many different types of Eyelid Surgery are there?

There are many variations and techniques for Blepharoplasty.

TYPES of Blepharoplasty: There are 4 key eyelid surgery methods for eyelid area reshaping or skin reduction:

  • Upper Blepharoplasty (Upper Eyelid Surgery or Eyelid Lift)
  • Lower Blepharoplasty (Lower Eyelid Surgery or Eye Bag reduction)
  • Asian Double Eyelid Surgery
  • Canthoplasty or other corrections such as entropion/ectropion surgery

Does your eyelid skin ptosis leave you looking aged, tired or angry?

Eyelid surgery – medically called a Blepharoplasty – treats the condition of ptotic eyelid skin or eyelid ptosis.

What are the BENEFITS of Eyelid Surgery (BLEPHAROPASTY)?

‘Eyelid lift’ procedures can help rejuvenate and enhance your facial appearance, particularly around your eyes or “upper third” of your face.

  • Good improvements can be attained through eyelid surgery alone, as the eyes are so central to facial appearance and age perceptions.
  • However, you may get better results by combining surgery procedures such as eyelid surgery AND/OR a facelift, necklift, lip lift, skin resurfacing treatment, cheek pad elevation or related procedures.  

How much does Eyelid surgery cost? Visit our COST page.

How long does recovery take after Blepharoplasty?

Eyelid Surgery Recovery Time frames

  • Healing, swelling and redness during your recovery after eyelid surgery can VARY.
  • However, most patients need to rest their eyes for AT LEAST 1 to 2 weeks, sometimes longer.
  • The typical range for resting your eyes during immediate recovery is 2 weeks as an average, but may be longer for some patients (your eyes will tire more readily as they heal, then tend to return to usual).
  • Returning to work time frames after eyelid surgery:  Returning to work CLEARANCE can VARY depending on:
    • your surgery healing processes
    • complications if any
    • the type of work you perform
    • your Surgeon’s recommendations

Disclaimers and Patient Education about Eyelid Procedures:  All patients are different and surgery can yield varying results. Because everyone is different, there is no guarantee that your surgery will be free of complications or risks. Remember, results vary and all invasive surgery has risks.

Read the article: Emotions after cosmetic surgery or plastic surgery.


+-Is there anything I can do to SPEED UP my surgery recovery?

  • Patients who are healthy, follow Surgery recovery instructions, do not smoke, and use the Rapid Recovery Pack from our team in Melbourne, usually gain the best results and recovery periods after eyelid procedures.
  • We also have RAPID RECOVERY packages and special healing aid protocols that help most patients heal more quickly and more comfortably – ask our Melbourne experts what they recommend and be sure you follow their instructions!
  • Sometimes special icing protocols can also assist in reducing bruising, swelling and discomfort.

Phone 03 8849 1444 and ask to see Melbourne’s expert Blepharoplasty Surgeon, Dr Benjamin Burt (FRANZCO/FACS) for natural looking results and best-practice patient care.

Eyelid Surgery – TYPES of Blepharoplasty (DETAILS)

Eyelid Surgery – the Upper Blepharoplasty

  • helps reduce sagging, crepey eyelid skin
  • reduces puffy-looking eye area skin (eye bags or bulges ABOVE your eyes)
  • creates a more visible eyelid platform (lid crease) that:
    • looks firmer and fresher instead of appearing crepey, puffy and lax
    • allows for easier application of eye makeup or mascara
    • reduces a tired, aged facial appearance by effectively ‘opening’ up your eye area
  • reveal your UPPER eye lashes that had become hidden under sagging or puffy-looking eyelid skin

Other benefits of Eyelid surgery performed by our expert Surgeons in Melbourne, who use best practice techniques and advanced scar healing protocols so you get a NATURAL looking result:

  • helps lift and reduce “baggy eyes” and reduces shadows caused by drooping eyelid skin
  • improves your field of vision by uncovering more of the IRIS blocked by ptotic skin

Lower Blepharoplasty

  • Lower Blepharoplasty procedures are designed to help rejuvenate droopy lower eyelids and reduce eye bags or ptotic skin under the eyes.
  • Fat transposition under the eyelids can also reduce ‘eye bags’ and fatty-looking bulges and shadows under the eye area.

Eyelid Surgery OVERVIEW (Upper Blepharoplasty)

For lower blepharoplasty, scroll further down this page.

+-Eyelid Surgery OVERVIEW (Blepharoplasty)

Which TYPES of eyelid surgery are MOST common?

  • Upper Blepharoplasty (discussed on this page) – usually the first facial area to show ageing
  • Lower Blepharoplasty – particularly genetically inherited eye bags or puffiness under the eyes
  • Canthoplasty and corrective procedures are less commonly performed and like other eyelid procedure types, they require great precision to help prevent additional surgery complications.

What SPECIAL types of eyelid lift procedures are performed?

  • All surgery is precisely customised to suit YOUR eyelid concerns; and performed by our expert Eyelid Lift Surgeons in Melbourne (VIC) Australia if you choose our Clinic.
  • Asian Eyelid surgery (double-eyelid blepharoplasty) is a specific type of eyelid lift suiting patients who have what’s known as a ‘double eye lid fold’
    • the aim of “double-eyelid bleph surgery” is to create a single lid crease
    • this helps ‘open the appearance of the eyes’
    • it is not used to westernise the face but instead, to subtly enhance the eyelid area for a more open eyed appearance

+-Blepharoplasty GLOSSARY of TERMS - Eyelid Surgery

  • Oculoplastic Surgeon – an expert or specialist who focuses on eye-area surgical procedures for cosmetic, medical or corrective and reconstructive reasons; with additional eye function expertise
  • Plastic Surgeon – an expert or specialist who performs reconstructive, cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures including of the entire face (facelift, necklift, chin augmentation and more, as well as body surgery)
  • Blepharoplasty  – eyelid surgery, also known as an eyelid lift, eyelid reduction or upper or lower blepharoplasty
  • Eyelid lift – a colloquial term for surgically reducing ptotic eyelid skin
  • Upper Blepharoplasty – lifting and reducing crepey, lax skin from ABOVE the eyes – also called an “upper bleph”
  • Lower Blepharoplasty – reducing eye bags and puffy bulges UNDER the eyes; tightening orbital muscles to give a rejuvenated, fresher look to the face – also called a “lower bleph”
  • Ptosis of the eyelid – sagging, drooping eyelid skin (ptotic skin)
  • Eyelid Crease – a distinguishable area or fold where the upper eyelid between the rounded part of your eyelid and your eyebrow intersect; the crease is typically visible when you blink, look down and/or have your eyes closed
  • Incisions – cuts made in the skin or other tissues, using sharp surgical instruments such as a surgical blade or laser – for eyelid surgery, the incision is often made in the eyelid crease area
  • Excisions – surgical removal or reduction of tissues such as droopy eyelid skin or redundant tissues
  • Asian Eyelid surgery – double eyelid surgery helps to create a single crease in the no-crease or double-folded eyelid common in individuals of Asian heritage
  • Sutures – stitches or staples used to re-connect skin that has been operated on (incised or excised)
  • Suture removal – taking the stitches or sutures out after a certain amount of skin healing has occurred
  • Recovery period – the length of time it takes patients to recovery or heal from surgical incisions
  • Revision surgery – a “redo” or a primary eyelid procedure
  • Entropion and Ectropion – conditions impacting the lashes or lower eyelids, such as:
    • lashes turning inwards in Entropion conditions
    • Ectropion – lashes sagging outwards or eyelids not functioning properly
  • Canthoplasty – click here for information
  • Scar – a mark left where the skin was cut with a sharp instrument such as a surgical blade or laser
  • Scar maturation – how long it takes for scars to fully heal

Are you a good candidate for Lower Eyelid Surgery?

Do you suffer from:

  • Droopy lower eye lids?
  • Unsightly eye bags beneath your eyes?
  • Fatty deposits under your eyes – or very puffy lower lids?
  • Excess skin or deep creases around your eyelids?
  • An ageing appearance around your eyes?
  • Eyelashes and tear ducts that are irritating your eyes or compromising your vision or eyelid function (such as not being able to fully close your eyelids)?

 Does this cause you to:

  • Look old, unhappy or tired?
  • Have difficulty fully closing your eyes?
  • Feeling self-conscious about the skin or circles and bags under your eye area?
  • Have difficulty applying or wearing mascara on your lower lashes?

If you answered YES, you MAY be a candidate for eyelid appearance rejuvenation via a Lower (or combined Upper & Lower) Blepharoplasty procedure. Alternatively, you may possibly be assisted with an anti-wrinkle injectables strategy or dermal fillers, or combined non-surgical and surgical solutions to get the eye area rejuvenation you’re wanting to attain.

Skin resurfacing with Laser, Peels or other Light Based therapies and cosmeceuticals may also be an option for you, if you are unhappy with eye area lines, wrinkles, crevices and other skin imperfections.

If you have experienced long term sun exposure, sun damage, acne scarring or hyper-pigmentation – we can help with those concerns as well as drooping eyelids.  Visit our Coco Ruby Skin & Anti-Ageing for more on non-surgical skin resurfacing and facial rejuvenation options.

For lower eyelid surgery information, phone us on 0388491444 to discuss a consultation AND download the eyelid surgery guide.

Blepharoplasty in Melbourne – Upper and Lower Eyelid Surgery – Choosing a Surgeon who is an expert at getting aesthetically good results and minimising risks

+-How do you make a good CHOICE of Surgeon for the best blepharoplasty results?

  • Your surgeon choice is very important for any cosmetic surgery, especially eyes.
  • Choosing the best available Surgeon in Melbourne depends partially on WHAT you’re needing performed, WHEN, and WHERE you are having the procedure.
  • It’s a good idea to choose one of your area’s top eyelid Surgeon(s) nearby – our experts operate in Victoria including in Melbourne, Australia, and patients come from all around Victoria and surrounds because they recognise the level of expertise our trusted Surgeons have in these procedures.
  • If you don’t do your homework including search online reviews, you COULD end up with an unskilled surgeon who could ‘botch’ your eyelid surgery results; especially if you’re keen to find a low-cost surgery or discounted option rather than the most skilled surgeon you can find.
  • Don’t have regrets – do your research online and choose carefully by making an informed decision (second opinions are often helpful).

Warning: Not all doctors who perform eyelid surgery in Melbourne are alike.

Some Blepharoplasty surgeons have far more expertise and training – and insist on top-rated safety measures – to help improve results and reduce preventable complication.

We have top Melbourne eyelid Surgeons who are highly-regarded for creating natural-looking eyelid results during reduction or eyelid lift procedures; such as Upper Blepharoplasty, lower eyelid surgery, Canthoplasty and entropion or ectropion corrections.

  • If you end up with a junior doctor or someone who hasn’t performed thousands of facial and eyelid procedures, you could end up with higher risks of complications (dry eye, hollowing around the eyes, being unable to blink – even permanent vision loss).
  • Don’t risk a less experienced doctor for your facial surgery  – it’s CRUCIAL you choose the best Surgeon you can find, and that you do your research about WHO they are, WHAT they are experts in, and WHERE they are allowed to operate.
  • Talk to others and make sure your Surgeon is a genuine expert for eyelid surgery procedures.

Dr Benjamin Burt, FRANZCO/FACS is our team’s leading EYELID Surgery expert for eyelid lift, brow lift and eyelid reduction procedures.

Dr Benjamin Burt, FRANZCO/FACS, is our team’s dedicated expert for Eyelid procedures including Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty and Canthoplasty surgery. Ectropion and Entropion procedures as well as combination eyelid lift and brow surgery. Other expert Melbourne-based Surgeons for Blepharoplasty combined with Facelift surgery include Dr Douglas McManamny FRACS (Plas), Dr Richard Sackelariou FRACS (Plas), Dr Geoff Barnett FRACS (Plas) and Dr Richard Maxwell FRACS Plas).

Eyelid Surgeon in Melbourne - best known Bleph expert for upper and lower eyelid lift surgery Dr Benjamin Burt

Eyelid Surgery eBook – download our free GUIDE book for Blepharoplasty procedures

Need some good reading materials – and TIPS from expert Surgeons – about having your eyelid lift procedure?

Blepharoplasty Guide Download

More guides for facial surgery are available here.

Eyelid Surgery: BENEFITS

+-What are the BENEFITS of Blepharoplasty ?

Benefits of Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

  • Blepharoplasty rejuvenates and refreshes your eye area appearance
  • Corrects weakened eyelid muscles
  • Reduces crepey-looking skin above and/or below the eyes
  • Reduces eyelid puffiness AND improves lash visibility
  • Restores field of vision by reducing sagging skin (ptotic skin)
  • Improves symmetry (balances uneven eyelids)
  • Provides platform for eye shadow/eye makeup
  • May help avoid awkward facial expressions such as lifting your brows to see better
  • Reduces pockets of eyelid fat, reducing shadows and bulges around the eyes

+-Which CONDITIONS does Eyelid Surgery treat?

Ageing eyelids, ptotic skin and some other eyelid skin or eyelid function conditions can be successfully treated with eyelid reduction / eyelid lift techniques (Blepharoplasty).

In general, these conditions lead to needing Eyelid Surgery (eyelid lift):

  • droopy eyelids (ptotic eyelid skin or sagging, puffy eyelids)
  • eye bags (bulges above or under the eyes)
  • shadows due to eye bags or fat bulges under the eyes
  • baggy or aged, tired looking eyes
  • crepey skin above or below the eyes
  • see the next item for MEDICAL conditions

Eyelid Functions that can be corrected for SURGICALLY during Blepharoplasty by an expert surgeon MAY include:

  • dry eye
  • difficulty blinking
  • tear duct surgery
  • ectropion
  • entropion
  • sagging of one or both eyelids after injury or illness
  • skin infections/chafing
  • eyelid and eyelash area irritations
  • double eyelid or lack of eyelid crease

Note that not all eyelid conditions may be treated with blepharoplasty and revision surgery may not correct all concerns with a primary procedure.

+-Will I look UNNATURAL after eyelid surgery?

  • If performed properly, your results will still look natural rather than unnatural.
  • A natural-looking result is best achieved by choosing a a good surgeon who uses advanced or modern surgical techniques to avoid a ‘pulled’, hollowed or ‘surprised’ look to the eyes or brow area.
  • If you chose a less trained surgeon, you could look over-reduced or have eye function problems.

Thereby it’s wise to choose the best possible – most experienced and qualified – Surgeon for your eyelid reduction.

  • Dr Benjamin Burt and our other facial rejuvenation Surgeons are experts in attaining natural-looking results from blepharoplasty procedures.

+-Are there any ALTERNATIVES to Blepharoplasty ?

  • For many patients, there’s no good substitute for a long-lasting eyelid procedure.
  • However, liquid anti-wrinkle injections using muscle relaxer solutions MAY TEMPORARILY adjust some eyelid area concerns; but the results are temporary and not as significant.
  • In patients with a low brow, eyelid surgery may need to be adjusted or substituted with a different type of upper face surgery.
  • Some patients may be better off having a brow lift or combined brow lift WITH an eyelid lift.

+-Is a BROW LIFT better than an eyelid lift?

  • It depends. Some individuals may need both.
  • Some patients may be better off having a brow lift or combined brow lift WITH an eyelid lift.
  • Some may get a better result from a brow lift INSTEAD OF eyelid surgery or lid reduction, especially if they have a low brow position and/or hooded, hollowed-looking eyes.


Eyelid Surgery: BEFORE & AFTER Photos (Blepharoplasty)

Upper Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) Before & After Images


Blepharoplasty METHODS

+-Which Blepharoplasty surgery METHODS are used in eyelid lift surgery?

The two key types of eyelid surgery or eyelid lifts.

Upper Eyelid Surgery (Upper Blepharoplasty) – meaning reduction of ptotic skin ABOVE the eyes OR

Lower Eyelid Surgery (Lower Blepharoplasty) – meaning reduction of ptotic skin under the eyes (eye bags)

“Upper Bleph” – eyelid lift surgery methods involve:

  • skin is excised carefully
  • your eye area muscles are tightened or adjusted
  • subcutaneous fat causing bulges around your eyes may also be adjusted
  • then skin is carefully sutured
  • sutures are removed about 7-10 days after surgery (this can vary)
  • you’re in recovery stages for a few weeks
  • scars can take a full year to fade or settle

+-What do the terms PRIMARY vs SECONDARY eyelid surgery mean?

Blepharoplasty definitions and meanings:

Primary Blepharoplasty – primary Eyelid surgery

  • your first blepharoplasty or
  • FIRST EVER eyelid skin reduction surgery
  • the best time to get it RIGHT so be sure you research your eyelid Surgeon carefully

Secondary Blepharoplasty – revision eyelid surgery

  • REVISION eyelid surgery procedure (a “redo”)
  • meaning: surgery to remedy a concern or unsatisfactory result from prior eyelid surgery

Complex Corrective Surgery

  • procedures to correct eyelid function disturbances such as entropion, ectropion, vision impairment
  • e.g., corrective surgery to treat dry eye symptoms or injuries to eyes/eyelid function

Other surgical methods may include:

+-What's good to know about REVISION EYELID SURGERY?

If you need a Blepharoplasty Revision/eyelid surgery revision in Melbourne, here’s what’s best to remember:

  • Each person is unique and healing processes vary.  Hence, not ALL eyelid surgery goes to plan.
  • Cosmetic Surgery Risks are likely to be higher if you’ve chosen a:
    • less experienced doctor or junior doctor
    • less trained surgeon
    • non-Specialist
  • Even so, unexpected complications or random risks CAN occur (more on risks, below).

Sometimes secondary or revision eyelid surgery needs to be performed to correct for minor problems such as asymmetry, blinking problems/dry eyes or other eyelid adjustments.

  • Alternatively, it may involve highly complex corrective techniques to attempt to repair a problem AFTER a first-time eyelid surgery didn’t go to plan
  • Examples: a more serious or chronic eye condition resulting from a health condition, complication, poor healing processes and/or less skilled surgeon.
  • Revision surgery costs more than primary surgery and results may not be optimal depending on what functional problems or Aesthetic concerns you’re starting with when you have your primary and/or revision surgery

Remember, all invasive surgery has risks and potential complications – be sure you read and understand these before signing a consent.

  • A doctor claiming to be a “cosmetic surgeon” is NOT equal to a FRACS recognised Specialist Surgeon
  • Oculoplastic Surgeons (Dr Benjamin Burt) may have more extensive expertise in eye area surgery rather than a general surgeon or cosmetic doctor who isn’t recognised by RACS/FACS or FRANZCO
  • Dr Benjamin Burt has made eyelid surgery and revisions his PRIMARY procedure of focus.
  • He sees patients from all over Melbourne, regional VICTORIA and Australia
  • Many patients SEARCH ONLINE for REVIEWS to find out what patient’s say about precision eyelid surgery and scar minimisation techniques by Melbourne Surgeons; you can also watch videos on YouTube.

+-What if I have a BOTCHED eyelid surgery from a different doctor?

  • Not ALL things that go wrong with eyelid surgery can be fixed.
  • An assessment with one of Melbourne’s best eyelid surgery experts, Dr Benjamin Burt, is your first step to see what can be done.
  • However, our team believes it’s best to CHOOSE Dr Burt – or a Surgeon who has at least as much expertise as Dr Burt’s – BEFORE you have your first surgery, in an attempt to avoid a REDO or REVISION.
  • That’s because his entire career has focused purely on upper facial surgery, having performed thousands of successful, natural looking eyelid surgeries along with brow lifts and eyelid surgery repairs.

+-What HAPPENS during eyelid surgery?

Procedure Details (These can vary depending on your surgeon and your skin health)

  • Eyelid surgery incisions are typically made in the eyelid crease area
  • Excess eye area skin is then carefully excised (removed)
    • care must be taken to AVOID a hallowed appearance
    • less-trained Surgeons sometimes REMOVE TOO MUCH skin
    • care must also be taken to avoid disruption to eyelid functions/orbital muscles AND to vision

Dr Benjamin Burt FRANZCO/FACS is an expert Blepharoplasty surgery – he does precision planning and highly strategic excisions, knowing JUST the amount of excess skin to remove to attain a positive, natural looking Eyelid Surgery result.

+-Can you have both UPPER and LOWER eyelid surgery at the same time?

  • Some patients may be approved for upper and lower eyelid surgery performed during a single operation.
  • Recovery is often longer and risks may be higher for combined procedures, so expect an overnight hospital stay (1 or more days).
  • In most cases, however, upper and lower eyelid surgery are performed SEPARATELY.
  • Phone us for details on 0388491444.

+-What is the BEST AGE for having an eyelid lift?

Lower Blepharoplasty (Lower Eyelid Surgery) information

Upper Eyelid Surgery is more commonly requested than lower eyelid surgery, but a number of people need both, or have trouble with their LOWER EYELIDS drooping (eyelid ptosis or eye bags).

Some people also need a Canthoplasty, for other concerns about the lower lid and function of the lids (difficulty closing their lids due to ptosis, illness or prior surgery where a less experienced Surgeon took too much tissue away from the eye area).

Lower Eyelid surgery is a commonly requested procedures for reducing the signs of premature ageing, droopy lower eyelids & puffy under-eye “eye bags.”

  • Eyelid Lift Procedures can help your eyes regain their more youthful appearance.
  • Blepharoplasty can help you become less self-conscious about the ageing of your eye area
  • Eyelid surgery often gives a BOOST (or lift) to the appearance of the entire face as the eyes are such a focal point
  • Eyelid rejuvenation surgery is one of the most popularly requested surgeries for women and men
  • Eyelid surgery can help people feel and look younger (or restoring appearance-confidence) when they face their mirrors or work alongside younger colleagues

Dr Benjamin Burt is our Team’s Eyelid Surgery Expert for Lower Eyelid Surgery (Lower Blepharoplasty)

Dr Benjamin Burt dedicates his career to achieving natural looking, aesthetically pleasing results from Upper Eyelid Lift Surgery and Lower Eyelid Surgery

Before & After images of different Blepharoplasty Surgeries are below, but Dr Burt is happy to show you more images in a confidential consultation (as some patients prefer we NOT publish their eye lid surgery images on the globally-accessible web, but are happy for us to show you their photos in our Clinics).



Patients over 40 often seek Blepharoplasty procedures to rejuvenate their eyelids.


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Patients over 50 and 60 often seek Blepharoplasty procedures to rejuvenate their eyelids OR to improve vision that has become obscured by sagging upper eyelids.

Considering a COMBINED Upper & Lower Blepharoplasty & Upper Facial/Eyelid Rejuvenation Options?

Upper and lower eyelid surgery, separately or combined (‘double bleph’), can help to reduce the perception of ageing in appropriate candidates by restoring a toned, healthy looking skin area above and below the eye area.


To further refine and rejuvenate the facial appearance and reduce “age lines” around the eyes, wrinkle reduction procedures including injectables, fillers and laser resurfacing options may prove to be of additional benefit.

Blepharoplasty PRICE (Costs)

+-How much does eyelid surgery COST?

Eyelid surgery prices (surgery fees and hospital costs) VARY depending upon:

  • which SURGEON you choose for your operation (how skilled)
  • WHERE you have your surgery (hospital or clinic)
  • which TECHNIQUES you require
  • IF the reason for surgery is corrective versus cosmetic in nature
  • WHETHER you’re having a primary (first time) eyelid surgery or a revision
  • IF you’re having BOTH eyes done and UPPER and LOWER at the same time or separately
  • Click here to read BLEPHAROPLASTY surgery costs and average prices in Melbourne.

We are happy to give you a price range for Eyelid Surgery – or a specific quote during a consultation with a Surgeon.

  • Phone us for a consultation for a price quote: 0388491444.
  • You can also attend an EVENT to meet one of Australia’s best eyelid surgeons, Dr Benjamin Burt FRANZCO/FACS (ask us which 2019 events he’ll be attending).

+-Does MEDICARE or PHI cover Blepharoplasty surgery?

Does Medicare Cover Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery/Eyelid Lifts)?

  • Some eyelid surgeries may be medically warranted.
  • For eligibility for a rebate, you need to:
    • meet strict criteria
    • have extensive pre surgery testing
    • submit numerous documents, reports and photographs
    • wait until AFTER surgery to find out if you’re case has been approved for a Medicare rebate
    • you’ll still have OUT OF POCKET costs

Does Private Heath such as BUPA or Medibank Cover Blepharoplasty for ptosis?

  • If you ARE eligible for Medicare/MBS item codes/rebates for your eyelid condition and eyelid surgery, then
  • Your PHI (Private Health Insurer or Health Fund such as Medibank or Bupa) MAY cover some of your hospital costs or surgery fees
  • You’ll have to pay for surgery UP FRONT, then apply to Medicare and your Policy, and NOT all policies cover this, so be sure you check to see what’s covered.
  • Be sure to read: WILL MEDICARE COVER EYELID SURGERY/BLEPHAROPLASTY? MBS codes and rebate criteria and new changes to health fund policies (gold, silver, bronze and basic) as this all impacts your coverage.
  • Check with your PHI to find out more.

TIP: Medicare rebates for surgery is subject to sudden changes and Health Fund policies are being restructured in 2019

+-Can I use EARLY WITHDRAWAL of SUPER to pay for Surgery?

Will the ATO let you withdraw SUPER EARLY for eyelid procedures?

Some patients may be eligible to apply for early withdrawal of SUPER to pay for plastic surgery.

+-Are there any PAYMENT PLANS or FINANCE OPTIONS for EYELID procedures?

  • No, we offer no payment plans and doing so is against medical rules in Australia.
  • You can, however, make regular payments BEFORE YOU HAVE surgery if you wish.
  • Your best timing option (your preferred date) for having eyelid surgery can be reserved by paying the $1000 deposit/fee.  The FULL BALANCE of your  surgery is DUE at least 2 weeks PRIOR to your procedure.
  • We accept cash, cheque, direct bank transfer or credit card payments.
  • Visit our payment methods page for details on accepted payment methods.

Blepharoplasty METHODS

+-What TECHNIQUES are used during eyelid surgery?

Blepharoplasty surgery may involve the following surgical techniques.

This may vary from Surgeon to Surgeon and from patient to patient as all surgery is customised.

Eyelid Surgery Methods:

  • Upper Eyelid Surgery: an expert Surgeon aims for a precision incision (a thin surgical cut) in the skin fold across the upper eyelid in a strategic location
  • Lower Eyelid Surgery: an expert in lower eyelid surgery will aim for a carefully-placed incision either just below your lashes or on the inside of your lower lid (called a trans-conjunctival incision)
  • Excess skin will be reduced (surgically excised or removed)
  • Fat in the area is then re-positioned or reduced for a smoother skin appearance and fewer bulges or skin folds
  • Underlying tissues are tightened carefully with small sutures (stitches)
  • Incisions or remaining skin in the eyelid area will be closed or re-joined with stitches, surgical tape and/or tissue glue

Sutures after Eyelid Surgery

  • Eyelid area stitches remain in place for about 6-8 days
  • Sutures are often removed at a post-operation consultation where your recovery and your skin healing progress will also be assessed by your Surgeon or his medical team/nurse (in about 6-8 days, average)
  • Incisions in the natural skin folds typically heal nicely in healthy patients who do not smoke, eat healthily and follow eyelid surgery recovery instructions; scars can take 12 months to ‘settle’ or mature (sometimes longer)0
  • Some patients may have more pronounced scars, especially if they have an infection after surgery
  • Ask your Surgeon what to expect in terms of scar visibility and recovery after eyelid surgery.

+-Am I a GOOD CANDIDATE for an eyelid lift?

Best candidates for eyelid surgery are:

  • generally in good health with good nutrition
  • have REALISTIC expectations about what surgery can (and can’t) achieve
  • NEVER smoke
  • skin is ptotic but still has some resiliency or collagen/strength
  • have read the GUIDE and attended a consultation with a proven expert Surgeon such as Dr Burt
  • understand the costs/prices, risks and potential complications for having eyelid surgery
  • recognise that facial or eyelid asymmetry is natural before and after surgery
  • know that while a lid reduction MAY help reduce the amount of crepey skin, crow’s feet wrinkles often remain – other surgery or skin treatment techniques MAY be required to attain a much smoother, firmer look to eye area skin, e.g., lower blepharoplasty, skin resurfacing or wrinkle fighting injections and dermal fillers.

Eyelid Surgery RECOVERY

+-Where are the SCARS after Blepharoplasty?

Eyelid surgery scars are often placed in the natural eyelid skin creases. This can vary, but usually leaves scars:

  • not overly noticeable by others when the eyes are open
  • able to heal well for healthy patients
    • sun exposure must be avoided
    • smoking is a definite ‘no-no’ for any surgical procedure
    • follow your Surgeon’s specific instructions for best results
  • Scarring typically fades over several months and can be hidden in the crease (this can vary from patient to patient).
  • Watch a video of a patient’s recovery process. Healing from Eyelid Surgery: Recovery Video Diary – first 5 days.
  • Understand scars, recovery and results VARY patient to patient
  • Recognise asymmetry will remain between the LEFT and RIGHT sides of the face, including your eyelids, even after surgery (some asymmetry can be corrected but two eyelids or scars will never be perfectly identical)

+-Does eyelid surgery HURT?

Does having eyelid surgery HURT? Is Blepharoplasty painful?

  • Our Surgeons have ways to minimise your discomfort DURING and AFTER your procedure.
  • This is done using local numbing agents and local anaesthetic injections (these injections CAN sting a bit during the early part of your procedure).
  • You will likely have bruising, swelling and/or redness after surgery.
  • You may need to sleep upright for several days or for the duration your Surgeon recommends.
  • Ask your Surgeon what to expect in terms of discomfort and learn how to facilitate your recovery using a Rapid Recovery Package.

+-When can I RETURN TO WORK after having a Blepharoplasty?

  • Timeframes for returning to work after blepharoplasty surgery is something to discuss directly with your eyelid Surgeon.
  • You need to allow your eyes to rest as they are healing, and ideally this takes 2 weeks.
  • Depending on your job role and how you respond to surgery, some patients may return in 1 week up to 2 or more weeks.
  • Ask about RAPID RECOVERY PACKAGES and how they might help you recover better after eyelid surgery.


Choosing from the Best Eyelid Surgeons and Blepharoplasty experts in Melbourne

Which Surgeons can I CHOOSE to perform my Blepharoplasty surgery in Melbourne?


+-Which HOSPITALS do your Surgeons operate in?

Depending on your choice of Surgeon for eyelid surgery AND which method your Surgeon is using, you MAY have your surgery in ONE of the following Hospital locations (ask a patient care consultant for details).

Sydney surgery – 1800 033 333 

Blepharoplasty RISKS

+-What eyelid surgery RISKS do I need to be aware of?

All invasive surgery has risks.

In general, however, potential complications and risks specifically related to eyelid reduction/eyelid lift surgery may include, but are not limited to:

  • dry eye syndromes
  • blinking issues
  • uneven appearance of the eyelids
  • vision impairment
  • operative bleeding or bruising
  • eye function injury

These are some of the key reasons why it’s important to choose the BEST possible surgeon for your eyelid procedure.

  • We suggest seeing Dr Benjamin Burt, FRANZCO/FACS, for an opinion on your surgery needs and which procedure will suit your condition or eyelid appearance concerns the best.
  • Dr Burt has devoted his entire medical practice to surgery of the eyes and eyelids (he is a caring, highly experienced Specialist Oculoplastic Surgeon who is highly regarded by his peers and patients alike).




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Scientific Articles (Research, Evidence Based Surgical Techniques and Literature Reviews)

+-Evidence Based Research Articles / Peer Reviews of Eyelid Surgery and Blepharoplasty Techniques for eyelid ptosis and other eye area medical conditions

Peer reviewed Journal articles on Eyelid Surgery (Recommended reading)

. 2009 Jan-Jun; 2(1): 6–11.

PMCID: PMC2840922 – PMID: 20300364

Blepharoplasty: An Overview

Authors: Milind N Naik,1 Santosh G Honavar,1 Sima Das,1 Savari Desai,1 and Niteen Dhepe1,2

Accessed online: 13 November 2018

2014 Jul-Aug;121(7-8):395-400.

2014 May;133(5):1195-205. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000000087.

Evidence-based medicine: Blepharoplasty.

Accessed online: 13 November 2018

Accessed online: 13 November 2018

2014 Jul-Aug;121(7-8):395-400.

Blepharoplasty in aesthetic facial surgery (Dutch)

PMID: 25174189
Accessed online: 13 November 2018

The Anatomy of the Lower Eyelid: And its Relation to the Cause and Cure of Entropion

June 1978

Involutional Entropion: A Review With Evaluation of a Procedure

Arch Ophthalmol. 1978;96(6):1058-1064. doi:10.1001/archopht.1978.03910050578018

Source link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3574519/

Accessed online on 7 December 2018
British Journal of Ophthalmology 2009;93:1612-1615.
The Wies procedure for management of trichiasis or cicatricial entropion of either upper or lower eyelids
Authors: I Bleyen, P J Dolman
Author affiliations: Department of Ophthalmology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Author: Dr P J Dolman, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of British Columbia, Eye Care Centre, Section I, 2550 Willow Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada V5Z 3N9; peterdolman@hotmail.com

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