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Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

Have you been thinking about getting blepharoplasty surgery? We will discuss with you; what it entails, how much it costs, what to expect after your procedure and also what your recovery will look like.

Why consider Blepharoplasty?

Upper Blepharoplasty: ‘hooded’, puffy eyelids

Lower Blepharoplasty: reduce under-eye ‘bags’

Fewer visible fine lines

improve your vision

What is a Blepharoplasty?

Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) refers to a surgical procedure that improves the shape of the eyelids and reduces eyelid skin. You can have either an upper or lower Blepharoplasty.

  • An Upper Blepharoplasty removes the excess or stretched skin of the upper eyelid to reduce a puffy, ‘hooded’ eyelid appearance.
  • A Lower Blepharoplasty can help surgically reduce under-eye ‘bags’ and may address under-eye wrinkles, lines and puffiness.

What are the Potential Outcomes of Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)?

  • Less under-eye bags
  • Fewer visible fine lines
  • May improve your vision

Risks and Complications of Blepharoplasty

  • Infection
  • Changes in Sensation
  • Scarring
  • Unsatisfactory Aesthetic Outcome
  • Anesthesia Risks
  • Delayed Healing
  • Need for Revision Surgery

It’s important to note that these risks are not exhaustive, and the likelihood of experiencing them can vary from patient to patient. Before undergoing Blepharoplasty, thoroughly discuss potential risks and complications with your board-certified plastic surgeon. They will provide detailed information and guidance to help you make an informed decision about the procedure.

Visit the risks of surgery page for more information.

Download the Checklist for Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

What Can I Expect During Surgery?

The exact surgical procedure for a Blepharoplasty will vary from patient to patient. Your Surgeon will customise your procedure depending on your concerns and the condition of your eyelid area.

In general, the following steps may be involved during Eyelid Surgery:


Your surgeon will put you under either local or General Anaesthetic during surgery. The specific type of Anaesthesia your surgeon selects will depend on the type of procedure, surgical facility and recommendations of your Surgeon.

The incision

Incisions for Eyelid Surgery are often strategic. Scarring is likely to be hidden within the natural structures of the eyelids. Incision placement often varies from patient to patient and will depend on which procedure you undergo.

Incisions are closed

Your surgeon will usually close the eyelid incisions with sutures (a row of stitches). These sutures are generally taken out within 5-8 days following surgery.

Recovery and healing

The results of your Eyelid Surgery will appear gradually. It is important that you follow your Surgeon’s advice during your recovery.

Recovery from Eyelid Surgery

Post-surgery healing and recovery times from Eyelid Surgery can vary significantly from person to person. Moreover, the length of your healing period will depend on your specific procedure and other health and lifestyle factors.

In general, however, allow 4-6 weeks for initial recovery following your surgery. However, scar maturation can take up to a year or more.

Good results depend on both a collaborative approach and a healthy lifestyle. So, be sure you follow the specific instructions given to you by your Surgeon, attend all post-operative appointments, and allow adequate and proper healing time.

Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) Melbourne Cost How much is Blepharoplasty Melbourne?

The cost of surgery depends on a number of factors, including your Surgeon’s level of expertise and the condition of your eyelid area. This means the price for eyelid surgery in Melbourne can vary quite a lot. Therefore we will be able to give you a quote during your consultation.

We also provide information on Blepharoplasty and Medicare Rebates,. Most Patients sit between $8,000- $12,000 all inclusive.

Why Choose Our Specialist Plastic Surgeons?

Not all Surgeons have the same experience or intensive training and qualifications. Be sure you learn the differences between a Plastic Surgeon and a Cosmetic Surgeon.

Choosing a Specialist Plastic Surgeon means you are choosing an accredited recognised plastic surgeon who only performs surgery in an accredited hospital.

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 9am – 5pm Monday – Friday.

Phone (03) 8849 1400, Email us: with our Patient Liaison Manager or Book a Face to Face Consultation with a Surgeon.

Visit our FAQs page, learn more about your procedure or have a look at our Before and After Photos.

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
  • Visit the Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) page

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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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