Plastic Surgery Guide: Eyelid Surgery

Julia Blanter

Want to look younger without having a facelift? If your main issue is wrinkles and bags around your eyes, you could be a good candidate for eyelid surgery. This cosmetic procedure, called blepharoplasty, can make you look years younger. We take a look at eyelid surgery, the cost and how long the results last.

What is blepharoplasty?

Eyelid surgery can give a fresher, rejuvenated look to the entire eye area by correcting any or all of several problems. One is excess fatty deposits that make the upper eyelids appear puffy. These can be removed, giving the eyelids a smoother, more youthful look.

This surgery can eliminate the loose, sagging skin that makes creases and folds in the upper eyelid, sometimes interfering with vision. Excess skin of the lower eyelid can be tightened, smoothing out wrinkles. Surgery on the lower eyelids can correct bags under the eyes as well as droopiness of the lids.

Who should have eyelid surgery?

The ideal candidate for eyelid surgery is an adult in good health that has realistic expectations about the results. The patient should be free of medical conditions that can interfere with healing as well as problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure or circulatory disorders. Candidates for this surgery should also not suffer from serious eye conditions like glaucoma.

How is the surgery performed?

Blepharoplasty may be done under general anaesthesia or intravenous sedation. Incisions are placed so that the scars will be hidden inside the natural creases of the eyelids. Problems of the upper eyelids like droopy lids and fat deposits are corrected by repositioning the fat, then the muscles, tissue and skin are tightened.

Excess skin in the lower eyelids is removed through an incision just beneath the lower lash line. At end of the surgery, incisions are closed by sutures, skin adhesives or surgical tape. Until the surgery is fully healed, the patient must use sun protection and wear darkly tinted glasses.

How much does blepharoplasty cost?

In Australia, the cost of either and an upper lid or lower lid blepharoplasty can range from $2,500 to $4,500. The cost of having both done at once can range from $4,500 to $8,000. The price is dependent on how long the surgery takes and should include surgeon’s fees, fees for the assistant surgeon and anaesthetist, hospital costs and follow-up visits.

How long do the results of blepharoplasty last?

The results of eyelid surgery should last a lifetime, but the patient will continue to age naturally. Proper sun care can prolong the positive effects of the surgery. The ideal outcome is that your friends will say, “You look so rested”, not “Did you have something done?”

Would you ever consider eyelid surgery?