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Blepharoplasty Brisbane

Blepharoplasty or surgery of the upper and lower eyelids is performed by the specialist plastic surgeons at NorthEast Plastic Surgery Brisbane. We manage visual obstruction due to upper eyelid skin in addition to the appearance of the upper and lower eyelids.

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Why Consider Blepharoplasty?

1. Upper Blepharoplasty

Typicaly patients seek upper blepharoplasty surgery for management of eyelid skin and fat causing changes in appearance.

Blepharoplasty can also benefit patients whose vision is impaired due to upper eyelid skin with improvement in vision after skin removal.

Blepharoplasty surgery can affect definition of the upper eyelid crease and visibility of the upper eyelid skin below the crease.

In circumstances where the eyebrow complex has descended, elevation of the eyebrow with a forehead or brow lift operation may considered to reposition the eyebrow.This can be performed in conjunction with blepharoplasty or as a separate procedure.

2. Lower Blepharoplasty

Patients typically request lower blepharoplasty surgery to address lower eyelid skin and fatty tissue.

Lower blepharoplasty surgery involves minimal removal of skin, management of fatty tissue and optimisation of the lower eyelid complex structural support.

Blepharoplasty Surgery Consultation

The decision to undergo upper or lower blepharoplasty surgery is significant and adjustment to change in appearance must be considered in addition to the process of post-operative recovery.

Consultation Aims

Before consenting to surgery, you will undertake a detailed consultation with your surgeon.

The assessment include skin quality and quantity, structural integrity of the lower eyelid, degree of fatty tissue and eyebrow position in addition to features of your midface. Your surgeon will discuss surgical management options of the eyebrow complex , midface, upper and lower eyelids during the consultation.

Issues which need to be considered include:

  • Management of eyebrow ptosis (descent) and midface. Upper and lower blepharoplasty procedures produce optimal outcomes when eyebrow position and midfacial structures are also considered.This will be discussed with your surgeon as it will impact the ultimate aesthetic outcome.

  • Management of the upper eyelid. The degree of surgery required to achieve the outcome you seek will be discussed with your surgeon in addition to the extent of surgery which can be performed safely. Your surgeon will discuss the relative merits and surgical techniques involved in removal of skin and fatty tissue in addition to reconstruction of the supra tarsal crease (upper eyelid crease). You will have access to pre- and post-operative images to illustrate the potential surgical outcomes achievable.

  • Management of the lower eyelid. During your consultation, your surgeon will assess the quantity and quality of your lower eyelid skin, extent of fatty tissue and the structural integrity of your lower eyelid. You will be advised on the impact each of the elements will have on your ultimate outcome. Your surgeon will also assess your potential risk of ectropion (lower eyelid droop) and may recommend corrective surgery to optimise lower eyelid tone. Discussion will also take place regarding placement of scars which are typically under the lower eyelashes where eye liner is applied or internally within the lower eyelid.


Patients who have a tendency towards dry eyes or tearing may experience temporary exacerbation of these conditions after surgery and it is advisable to avoid contact lenses for two weeks after surgery.

Past Medical History

It is important your surgeon is made aware of any previous surgery and history of scarring, along with significant medical history including visual problems, as well as a tendency for easy bruising and excessive bleeding, and deep venous clots involving the legs.

Your surgeon should also be made aware of all prescription and non-prescription medication you may be currently taking, as well as any allergies to anaesthetic agents, antibiotics and dressings, history of smoking and psychological or psychiatric issues.

Such issues are important as they have the potential to affect your surgery, anaesthesia, and recovery.

Pre-operative Management

Further medical consultation may be necessary to minimise complications including consultation regarding blood thinning agents, which may need to be either ceased or modified in preparation for surgery.

You may also be required to undergo a series of diagnostic tests, including eye tests, blood test to assist your surgeon in gaining a complete assessment of your bleeding tendencies and to optimise your fitness for general anaesthesia.

If advised by your surgeon, it may also be necessary to cease medication such as the oral contraceptive pill. It is important to avoid aspirin, Disprin and non- steroidal anti-inflammatory medication such as Nurofen, as well as some herbal medications two weeks prior to and after surgery.

It is essential that smoking ceases six weeks prior to and after surgery to minimise the risk of surgical wound complications and potential complications from anaesthesia. Products containing Nicotine can also affect wound healing and should be ceased two weeks prior to and after surgery.


Though unlikely, there are risks associated with every surgical procedure. Risks most commonly associated with blepharoplasty include wound complications such as infection, haematoma formation including visual impairment due to retrobulbar haematoma which is uncommon, scarring and wound breakdown. Further surgery to address any complications will incur its own risks.

Most patients experience seven to 10 days of bruising and swelling and your surgeon will advise you on the likely post-operative recovery time based on the extent of your surgery. Patients are able to drive once their vision is normal and unobstructed, which is typically about five days post-surgery.

You may also experience asymmetry, drop in the eyebrow complex resulting in the appearance of excessive upper eyelid skin, upper and lower eyelid droop, which may require revisional surgery.

The eyelids and in particular, lower eyelids, can sometimes be subject to swelling, which is addressed with massage and taping. You will be advised of such treatments during your post-operative visits.

Informed Consent

Only after your surgeon has thoroughly assessed your situation and informed you of the surgery process and all associated risks should consent to surgery be given. Ensure you have asked your surgeon any necessary questions and the potential for corrective surgery after your initial operation in addition to questions related to cost after your surgical consultation.


At NorthEast Plastic Surgery, we want to make sure you have the most accurate information before moving ahead with surgery. As such, we do not advertise set prices for any of our procedures on our website. This philosophy adheres to the guidelines for advertising of regulated health services, provided by the Australian Medical Board.
Once you have undertaken an extensive consultation at our clinic, we will be able to discuss the cost of your procedure with you. We can also provide information regarding the quotation process and types of costs before your initial consultation, including any applicable Medicare rebate, over the phone via 07 3180 3400 or via our website.

Consultation Cost

There is a cost for an initial consultation at our Brisbane clinic, with the potential to receive a portion of this back via Medicare where eligible for rebate, provided you have a referral from your GP. You can call our Brisbane office on 07 3180 3400 to enquire about any out-of-pocket costs before your initial consultation as well. All consultations are made by appointment and you should allow one hour for your consultation process to ensure adequate time for examination and any necessary questions.

Blepharoplasty Surgery

Whilst the procedure is occasionally performed under local anaesthetic with sedation, it is most commonly performed under general anaesthetic administered by specialist anaesthetists in an accredited hospital.

Your surgeon will discuss your requirements in this context along with the nature and placement of the incisions required prior to undertaking the surgery which will determine the likely scars.

Your surgical wounds will be repaired with internal stitches which are removed one week after surgery. At the completion of surgery, tapes and dressing are applied which can be worn whilst showering.

Recovery Period

It is important that access to medical attention is available by telephone once you have been discharged. Issues about which your surgeon needs to be made aware urgently include pain uncontrolled by medication, bleeding to the extent that the dressings soak through with blood, temperatures exceeding 38 degrees Celsius, any changes or deterioration in vision, redness of the skin or any concerns related to the surgery.

After a period of visual acuity observation, patients are typically discharged on the same day or the day after surgery into the care of a responsible adult. At the time of discharge, appropriate pain medication and antibiotics will be dispensed. It is important these be taken to minimise discomfort and potential wound complications.

Ice packs are used for 48 to 72 hours post-operatively and patients are encouraged to maintain their head in an elevated position with pillows at night to minimise bruising and swelling.

In general, soft tissue swelling and bruising improves over the first week to the extent that patients can return to work and resume normal activities. Whilst improvement in appearance can typically be appreciated within one to two weeks, the swelling continues to improve for six to eight weeks and may take several months to subside completely.

During your post-operative visit one week after surgery, your dressings and sutures will be removed as appropriate. Wound healing will generally take a week and during this period movement should be undertaken with care. Driving a motor vehicle can typically commence once patients have ceased pain medication and when vision is unimpeded, which is usually five days after surgery.

Strenuous exercise can be resumed at around four to six weeks. It is important to avoid trauma from being knocked or accidentally hit for six weeks after surgery.

While your surgeon will strive to achieve an optimum result with minimal scarring, the degree of scar formation varies from patient to patient. The aim of swelling management and scar maturation strategies is to achieve the best possible result as safely as possible.

Second Opinion

Mr Patrick Tansley MD FRCS (Plast) and Dr Sugitha Seneviratne FRACS (Plast) provide second opinion to patients seeking to address problems following plastic surgery performed elsewhere and revisional or corrective surgery. If you would like a second opinion on previously undertaken surgery, book a consultation to discuss this with one or both of our surgeons.

Before & After Photos

As the privacy of our patients is of the utmost importance to us, we do not provide before and after photos on our website. You will be shown a number of before and after images during your private consultation to illustrate the potential outcomes of surgery. These images have been provided by previous patients who have consented to their private use.

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