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Blepharoplasty Procedure

Correct drooping upper eyelids and puffy bags below the eyes by removing excess fat, skin and muscle. Upper-eyelid surgery may be eligible for a Medicare rebate.

Eyelid Surgery Time

Dependent on the individual requirements the procedure may take 1-2 hours. The procedure is usually performed under local with sedation, or general.


A successful operation should give you a more youthful and rested appearance. Skin folds and fat bulges will be removed and eyelid creases improved. Results generally last 7 – 10 years. Sometimes permanent.

Eyelid Surgery Side Effects

Temporary discomfort, tightness of lids, swelling, bruising. Temporary dryness, burning, itching of eyes. Excessive tearing, sensitivity to light for 1—2 weeks.

Eyelid Surgery Risks

Temporary blurred or double vision. Infection, bleeding. Swelling at the corners of the eyelids. Dry eyes. Formation of whiteheads. Slight asymmetry in healing or scarring. Difficulty in closing eyes completely (rarely permanent). Pulling down of lower lids (may require further surgery). Blindness (extremely rare).

Eyelid Surgery Recovery

Reading: 2 to 3 days. Back to work: 7 to 10 days. Contact lenses: 2 weeks or more. Strenuous activities, alcohol: about 3 weeks. Bruising and swelling gone: several weeks.

Eyelid Surgery Before and Afters

What is eyelid surgery?

Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to remove excess skin folds and bulging fat bags. The ‘bags’ below the eye can also be reduced to reveal a more appealing and youthful look. By addressing the upper and/or lower eyelids, eyelid surgery can help improve a number of areas, including:

  • Upper eyelid redundancy
  • Definition of the eye socket
  • Improving vision
  • Lower eyelid fat bulges
  • Eye troughs and the ‘tired look’
  • Cheekbones and the temporal fossa
  • Hollows around the outer eye
Also known as: Eyelid surgery, blepharoplasty, upper eyelid surgery, lower eyelid surgery, double eyelid surgery, droopy eyelid surgery, eyelid tightening surgery, eyelid reduction, East Asian blepharoplasty
Desired results: Patients undergo eyelid surgery to remove excess skin and fat surrounding the eye area, correct drooping and restore a youthful appearance to the entire face.
Patients visit us from: Patients travel from all over Australia. Although we see majority of patients visiting from Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and surrounding suburbs.

Asian Eyelid Surgery

Asian eyelid surgery is specifically tailored to create a natural crease in the upper eyelid. This is for an individual whose eyelids are naturally without one, or find that their crease is insufficient.

When is eyelid surgery desirable?

You may wish to have an eyelid surgery to improve your overall facial appearance, or to help correct the effects of ageing. Eyelid surgery is used to lift, tighten or reposition tissues. For patients who desire a more superior result, eyelid surgery may be combined with a brow lift or facelift. To improve the longevity of treatment, we advise patients to adopt a quality skincare regime.

Types of eyelid surgery

Lower Eyelid Surgery

Lower eyelid surgery is performed on the lower lid to help reduce the presence of bags under the eyes. This is achieved by removing excess fat deposits directly behind the lower eyelid skin.

Upper Eyelid Surgery

Age we age, the skin elasticity in our upper eyelids begins to deplete. This creates excess skin sagging, often known as ‘hooding’. This droopy skin can have a detrimental impact on a person’s eyesight. During surgery, the excess skin is removed and re-draped to improve eyesight and overall appearance.

Double Eyelid Surgery

Also known as East Asian blepharoplasty, this cosmetic procedure involves the creation of a crease in the upper eyelid, resulting in a double eyelid.

How is blepharoplasty performed?

The procedure will vary depending on your physical features, and the amount of skin and fat to be removed. Usually, upper and lower eyelid incisions are marked along natural lines, and may extend into the "crows feet", or smile lines, at the outer edge of the eye. Following the removal of excess skin and fat, the incisions are carefully closed.

The procedure may take 1—2 hours. Lower blepharoplasty can be performed from the inside of the eyelid. This will not leave a visible scar on the outside but also does not tighten the skin. This particular procedure is only for the removal of fat from around the eye.

Blepharoplasty procedure

Eyelid surgery cost Gold Coast

Eyelid surgery pricing typically ranges from $2000—$4235. Cost may vary based on your individual requirements. An initial consultation will help determine the surgical approach required and expected cost for your tailored procedure.

Blepharoplasty Medicare

Redundant upper eyelid skin can be so severe it obscures a patient’s vision. Blepharoplasty can be used to alleviate the weight of excess skin and correct the vision. As well as restore the weakness in the supporting structures of the lower eyelid.

Medicare may contribute to the cost of upper eyelid reduction if it meets the criteria. For patients who are privately insured, then your health insurance will likely contribute too. For patients who do not meet the Medicare criteria, eyelid surgery is considered a “cosmetic” or “elective” procedure. In this instance, the full cost of eyelid surgery will apply.

What to expect after eyelid surgery?

A successful operation should give you a more youthful and rested appearance. Skin folds and fat bulges will be removed and eyelid creases improved. To correct drooping eyebrows or creases of the forehead, temple or cheeks, other procedures such as a facelift or a brow lift should be considered. Perfect symmetry cannot be guaranteed, as the two sides of our faces are usually not identical.

Although eyelid surgery will improve the bags and wrinkles around the eyes, it will not improve wrinkles on the cheeks, temple or forehead. It also does not correct concerns caused by drooping eyebrows.

How long to recover from eyelid surgery?

Most patients are able to return to work after 1—2 weeks. Cosmetics can also be applied at this time but you must remember to protect your skin from the sun.

Double eyelid surgery complications

You may have some bruising and swelling around your eyes, lasting approximately 2—3 weeks. Temporary blurred vision and excessive tear production may also occur. Some patients may experience dry eyes after blepharoplasty. We advise patients to follow Dr Flynn's advice carefully to help reduce the risk of complications. Dr Flynn will discuss any other specific side effects of this procedure at your consultation. Permanent vision loss is a tragic but extremely rare complication.

Eyelid Surgery in the Gold Coast

To find out more information about eyelid surgery on the Gold Coast or to book in a consultation, please contact us today.

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Eyelid Surgery FAQS


Both men and women whose vision or appearance is being impaired by excess skin or fat bulges is a suitable candidate for eyelid surgery.

A sound of mind and emotional stability is vital before any cosmetic surgery is performed. A “new face” does not guarantee a new life or an end to all personal problems. It is mostly the mental attitude of the individual that determines a successful outcome.

Australian Medical Guidelines rightly say that we cannot guarantee a patient will experience psychological benefits as a result of an elective treatment. However, Dr Flynn has seen firsthand the positive effects surgery has had on past patients.


Scars are the inevitable result of any surgery, although your Dr Flynn will make every effort to keep your scars as inconspicuous as possible. Generally, the incision will be made along natural skin lines and creases. The scars will fade with time and become barely noticeable.


A consultation with Dr John Flynn is the first step for someone considering eyelid surgery. Together, he’ll discuss your goals and expectations, and work closely with you to formulate a tailored treatment plan.

You should always keep in mind that the desired result is improvement, not perfection.

Dr Flynn is dedicated to providing each patient with a personal and authentic consultation. If he believes you don’t need the operation, he will tell you.