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Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

What is Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)?

Eyelid surgeries and orbital area surgeries are procedures that may be preformed for functional or aesthetic reasons. Eye surgeries are one of the most common surgical procedures. These surgeries most commonly;

  • May address signs of ageing
  • May remove excess skin from the eyelids
  • May help eliminate bags under the eyes
  • As well as, address excessive wrinkles.

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Am I a Suitable Candidate For Eyelid Surgery?

A candidate for eye surgery may be any person who experiences vision obstruction caused by some external factor such as excess skin of the upper eyelids.

Like all surgical procedures, the right plastic surgery is one that is tailored to the patient’s individual needs. No two facial structures are that same, and our eyes/ eye area is no different. Due to this, it is necessary to perform detailed examinations and consultations in order for your specialist surgeon to find a suitable solution for you and your problem.

However, in order to be a suitable candidate for Eye Surgery. You should be:

  • A non-smoker
  • A person with good overall health
  • Someone with realistic expectations
  • Someone without other medical conditions that can impair healing or increase the risk of surgery

Potential Outcomes Of Eyelid Surgery

Our Facial Surgeons pay special attention to ensure that after Eye Surgery scars are as inconspicuous as possible.

In addition to the cosmetic outcomes stated above, Eye Surgery may also have a positive effect on vision. We achieve this by removing the excess skin above the eye, also known as hooded eyes, which in turn expands the field of vision. Of course, it is first necessary to determine the cause of vision obstruction, but you can learn more about this during a consultation with one of our specialist surgeons.

Most Popular Eyelid Surgery Procedures

Last year alone, over 200,000 eyelid surgeries were performed, and if we consider non-invasive filler procedures, it is clear that the eyes are one of the areas we most often improve.

Eye surgery is almost equally popular among women and men. Among women, eye surgeries are the third most sought-after surgical procedure, while among men they are in second place.

Some of the most popular eye surgery procedures are:

Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

  • Is a surgical procedure that removes both excess skin and fatty tissue from the eyelids.
  • Performing this procedure is gives both aesthetic and functional changes.


  • Canthoplasty  is a surgical procedure that corrects eyelids by making tissue adjustments to change the configuration and/or position of the lateral canthus of the eyelid area.

Asian Double Eyelid Surgery

  • Asian Double Eyelid Surgery is a surgical procedure that creates a crease that is otherwise hidden in people of Asian ethnicity.

Recovery After Eyelid Surgery

Recovery is as important as the operative procedure itself. Recovery can largely affect the overall impression and experience of plastic surgery. While each recovery is individual it can be influenced by the patient’s age, general health, experience of your specialist surgeon as well as the extent of the surgical procedure.

As each plastic procedure is individual, so is the time it takes to recover. However, there are a few universal facts that apply to all plastic and aesthetic surgeries.

  • Firstly, following the surgeon’s instructions can greatly determine the outcome and length of a patients recovery. Following surgeons instructions will help you get back to your daily life and activities as soon as possible.
  • Secondly, if your specialist surgeon schedules a follow up appointment, it is important that you attend it so that your surgeon can monitor your results and ensure a successful recovery.

For more information on Eye Surgery Recovery, you can visit our page with recovery instructions and guidelines.

All surgery has risks – for detailed information about the risks and potential complications of Eyelid Surgery please visit the risks of surgery page.

Eyelid Surgery Melbourne Cost How much is Eyelid Surgery Melbourne?

Prices largely depend on the type of plastic surgery, the extent of the procedure, and the patient themselves. It is impossible to set a fixed price before going through a thorough consultation with your specialist surgeon at which time your surgeon will evaluate what you want and what is needed to get the desired result.

Most cosmetic eye surgery procedures do not fall under Medicare-covered procedures. As a general rule, procedures that are only aesthetic will not be covered by health insurance, while those that are needed for medical reasons are more likely to be covered. It is important that you consult with your provider to find out which procedures fall into the group of those funded by health insurance funds and those that aren’t. This is especially important if your vision is obstructed by skin or some other factor that can be solved by cosmetic surgery.

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Please Remember

It is important to remember that everyone’s surgical journey is different. Your exact surgical process may vary from the details provided above.

Our Specialist Plastic Surgeons customise face surgery for each individual patient to suit their particular condition, their desired surgical outcomes and the approach that will work best for each patient.

Individual results will vary from patient to patient according to factors including but not limited to; genetics, age, diet , environment and exercise.

All surgery carries possible risk and complications.

There is always a recovery period and post op care plan.

We recommend doing your research and obtaining a second opinion from a qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon should you wish to .

Any details are general in nature and are not intended to be medical advice or constitute a doctor-patient relationship.

Coco Ruby Surgeons are a combination of Specialised Plastic Surgeons and ENT ( Ear , nose and throat) Surgeons with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) and Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Download the 2023 Blepharoplasty Guide

This complete guide to Blepharoplasty surgery covers everything you need to know about this procedure, including:

  • Your surgery explained
  • How to assess if you are a suitable candidate.
  • Planning for your surgery
  • Answers to most frequently asked questions.
  • Before and after gallery
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Dr Craig Rubinstein
Dr Broughton Snell
Dr Stephen Kleid
Dr Gary Kode

Specialist Plastic Surgeon MED0001124843 Dr Craig Rubinstein

Dr Craig Rubinstein is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon based in Hawthorn East, Melbourne. With over 20 years of surgical experience especially in all areas of Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery, but particularly in breast surgery. These include Breast Augmentation and Breast Reduction as well as Breast Surgery Revision.

Furthermore, he believes that surgical customisation, precision planning and technical expertise help him to provide optimal surgical outcomes for his patients.

Specialist Plastic Surgeon MED0001190266 Dr Broughton Snell

Dr Broughton Snell is a Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. His training in Plastic Surgery took place in Australia and the United States of America (USA).

Dr Snell is a fully qualified specialist plastic surgeon having completed his Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Surgeon MED0001052799 Dr Stephen Kleid

Dr Stephen Kleid is an experienced Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon (Otolaryngologist) based in Melbourne with a passion for Septo-rhinoplasty, Septoplasty, as well as, a strong interest in Rhinoplasty Revision.

Dr Kleid trained at Melbourne University, then completed surgical training at various hospitals including Royal Melbourne, Royal Children’s, The Eye and Ear and St Vincents. He worked as a surgeon at the University of Florida Medical school for further experience.

Specialist Plastic Surgeon MED0001405964 Dr Gary Kode

Dr Gary Kode is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon, with experience in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as non-surgical treatments.

Dr Kode is a member of several organisations, including the Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), The International Confederation for Plastic and Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, and he holds a Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

What to do next?

Our Patient Liaison Team can assist with any questions you may have when considering a procedure. You can send in an enquiry form below or call our Melbourne Clinic between 9 am – 5 pm Monday - Friday.

Disclaimer: Results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly. Results may also be impacted by a variety of factors including your lifestyle, weight, nutritional intake and overall health. Consult your Specialist Plastic Surgeon for details. This information is general in nature and is not intended to be medical advice nor does it constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Surgery risks and complications will be covered in detail during a consultation with your Surgeon.

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