Blepharoplasty – Eyelid Lift

(Upper lid and/or Lower lid)

Eyelid surgery is the most common facial plastic surgery procedure performed in Australia. Improving the appearance of the eye is an important and powerful component of facial rejuvenation surgery. These procedures may be performed individually, together or as part of a comprehensive facial rejuvenation program when combined with facelift surgery.

Upper lid Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Lift)

Sometimes called an eyelid lift, Blepharoplasty is a powerful yet minimally invasive facial rejuvenation technique. As we age the skin of the upper lid can become lax and sag towards the eyelashes giving a heavy and tired appearance. In severe cases, it can even obscure vision. The fat beneath the eyelid can also change as we age, further exacerbating this problem. The procedure involves an incision along the crease of the eyelid and excess skin is removed. The fat beneath the eyelid is then trimmed or repositioned depending on the desired result. The ultimate aim of upper eyelid surgery is to lift the eyelid creating a more youthful yet natural appearance.

Lower lid Blepharoplasty

Often performed together with upper Blepharoplasty, this procedure is an important tool which can be used to remove bags or excess skin of the lower eyelid. The incision may be made just beneath the eyelash, invisibly from underneath the eyelid or a combination of the two. Once again fat beneath the eyelid is either trimmed or repositioned down towards the cheek depending on the desired result. Repositioning of the fat allows for a recontouring of the junction between the eyelid and cheek and contributes to reverse the signs of ageing in this area.


This procedure may be performed independently or as an important adjunct in lower lid Blepharoplasty and provides a means of supporting the lower lid to prevent sagging, excessive laxity and undesired changes to the shape of the eye. The techniques employed in this area are varied but in most cases will include a suture which suspends the lower lid towards the bone just outside the eye (lateral orbital rim).


Blepharoplasty surgery time

approximately 45 minutes, longer if upper and lower together

Type of anaesthesia

If performed alone local anaesthesia +/- sedation

Hospital stay

This surgery is performed as a day case or day surgery


1-2 weeks off work depending on occupation

Post-op follow-up

4 days and 6 weeks