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One of the most common problems is excess or sagging skin around the eyelids, which can rest on the eyelashes and create a heavy, tired appearance. In some cases, it can also impair your vision.

Blepharoplasty – often called “eyelid reduction” – offers a surgical solution to both men and women who have excess skin on the upper and/or lower eyelids. By lifting and tightening the skin around the eyes, the procedure improves appearance and function.

What is Blepharoplasty Surgery?

Blepharoplasty surgery is a common procedure that involves removing excess or lax skin from the eyelids. Although most procedures address the upper eyelid, Dr Richardson can also perform a lower eyelid blepharoplasty to reduce bags and puffiness. Depending on your reasons for seeking surgery, we can correct a number of common issues, such as:

  • Loose, sagging, or excess skin on the upper eyelids
  • Obstructed vision due to excess skin
  • Drooping or wrinkling on the lower eyelids
  • Bags under the eyes

Whether you are seeking to correct functional problems or simply want a rejuvenating lift, we will tailor the procedure to your needs to achieve great results.

What to Expect During Your Consultation

Before your procedure, we will have a discussion with you about your current health, medical history, and reasons for seeking surgery. This will help us make sure you are suitable for the procedure. During this meeting, we will examine your skin laxity to determine the best approach for your particular case. Dr Richardson will explain the process in detail, including what happens during your procedure, how to prepare and the recovery period. Additionally, you will be able to ask any questions or raise any concerns to ensure you are fully prepared and informed.

The Procedure

Blepharoplasty surgery is performed as a day case in an accredited-hospital. If combined with other procedures, such as a facelift, you may stay overnight. This procedure can be performed under a local or general anaesthetic. The most suitable type of anaesthetic for you will be discussed at your consultation.

During an upper eyelid blepharoplasty, Dr Richardson makes a careful incision in the natural eyelid crease so as to be easily concealed. He will then remove any excess skin as needed, and the process may involve muscle tightening and fat redraping or removal to achieve the desired lifted appearance.

Similarly, lower eyelid surgery involves the removal or repositioning of excess fat deposits under the eye. This is usually done through an incision just below the lower lash line or from within the eyelid itself. You can discuss which techniques are most suitable to achieve your desired results during your initial consult. Dr Richardson will ensure you receive the best care and guidance for your specific circumstances.

Cost of Blepharoplasty Surgery

The overall cost of blepharoplasty surgery can depend on several factors, including your reasons for surgery and whether both upper and lower eyelids are operated on. People often seek eyelid surgery for cosmetic reasons, and in such cases, patients will need to pay the full fees. This includes surgeon, hospital, and anaesthetist fees. However, if your excess eyelid skin is impairing your vision, surgery may be medically necessary. In this case, you may be eligible for Medicare or private insurance rebates. We can answer any further questions about fees during a consultation with you.

Your Personal Consultation

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Your personal consultation is the first step in your journey to finding the right procedure for you. As a highly skilled Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Dr Jeremy Richardson is dedicated to providing quality results with a positive patient experience.

Book your appointment to
  • Discuss your expectations, goals, and physical concerns
  • Explore your surgical options
  • Receive quality advice from a trained Specialist Plastic Surgeon
  • Obtain a customised treatment plan
  • Meet Dr Richardson’s Patient Coordinator and team, who will support you throughout your journey


After your procedure, your incisions will be covered with eye ointment and light medical tape dressings. Your head will be elevated and ice packs will be placed over your eyes to help reduce any swelling and bruising. Regular eye drops and pain medication will also be prescribed to keep you comfortable as you recover. In addition, Dr Richardson will advise the best way to take care of your incisions at home. It is vital to follow this advice to promote good healing and achieve your desired results. For example, you may need to:

  • Regularly apply lubricating eye drops and ice during the first 24-hours
  • Take time off work to allow your body enough recovery time
  • Sleep on your back with your head elevated
  • Maintain a healthy diet and stay hydrated
  • Refrain from smoking, as this can impact the healing process
  • Avoid heavy lifting and exercise

It is important to organise a trusted friend or family member to drive you home and stay with you for the first few days to help you with any day-to-day tasks.

Please allow enough time to rest and recover as your scars fade and become almost unnoticeable. After you have healed, we recommend you maintain a healthy lifestyle and exercise routine, minimise sun exposure and wear sun-screen, and avoid smoking. For optimal results, regular muscle-relaxing injections, HA fillers and chemical peels may also be recommended. These will help you maintain the results of your procedure.

As a guide, most patients can expect the following recovery following blepharoplasty surgery:

  • Initial discomfort: 1-2 weeks
  • Return to activity: 1 week
  • Return to travel: 2-6 weeks
  • Return to exercise: gentle walk at 1 week, gym after 6-8 weeks
  • Return to work: 1-2 weeks for upper lid surgery; 2-3 weeks for lower eyelid surgery
  • Return to social functions: 2-4 weeks for upper lid surgery; 6-8 weeks for lower lid surgery
  • Return to driving: 2-3 weeks. Patients must be fully alert, no longer taking any sedating medications, able to move freely without restriction and have no normal vision

We will guide and advise you further according to your procedures and specific circumstances.

Risks and Complications

Following blepharoplasty surgery, you can experience some mild swelling, bruising and tearing from the eyes. Significant complications following blepharoplasty eyelid surgery are rare, and whilst not common, it is always a good idea to do your research and be aware of these to help you make a decision that is right for you. Risks of blepharoplasty surgery include:

  • Bleeding and infection
  • Persistent swelling and tearing
  • Damage to nerves or muscles
  • Slow wound healing
  • Visual disturbance
  • Poor scarring
  • Asymmetry
  • Further surgery

You can reduce your risks by choosing an experienced Specialist Plastic Surgeon to operate on this delicate area and follow your aftercare instructions. Dr Richardson uses the latest techniques to reduce risks and minimise scarring, to create natural and lasting results.

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