Eye Lift (Blepharoplasty) Surgery

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Eye lift (blepharoplasty) surgery, aims to address the following areas:

  • loose skin of the upper eyelid
  • hooding of the upper eyelid hanging down on the eyelashes
  • awareness that vision is being interfered with by hanging loose skin
  • looseness and wrinkles of lower eyelids
  • tear trough and eye bags of lower eyelids.

What is an Eyelift (blepharoplasty)?

Eyelift (blepharoplasty) surgery to the upper and lower eyelids is a common cosmetic procedure.  The lower eyelids with time may develop bulging or bagging and excess skin.

Blepharoplasty is an operation designed to address the appearance of the eyes and eyelids. Eyelift (blepharoplasty) surgery may be sought after due to the effects of sun damage as well as the skin losing its elasticity and tightness.  Operative procedures, such as eyelift surgery or blepharoplasty are designed to address these effects.


Lower lid eyelift (blepharoplasty) surgery addresses the skin under the eye in accordance to the patient’s desired result. The upper eyelids may develop skin excess and looseness with drooping of redundant eyelid skin down onto the eyelashes. This is the result of a combination of upper eyelid excess in combination with descent of the eyebrows/ forehead tissues. Dr Drielsma often addresses upper eyelid ageing will be a combination of upper eyelift surgery (blepharoplasty) with endoscopic brow and forehead lifting.

Asian Eyelids

The asian upper eyelid may lack the “double eyelid” fold or crease. Rounding or occidentalisation of the asian eyelid involves surgically creating a crease or fold of the upper eyelid.  This is a day procedure and while can be done either under local or general anaesthetic.

Asian Eyelift SurgeryBlepharoplasty Dr. Robert Drielsma Sydney


Eye Lift (Blepharoplasty) Surgery FAQ

How is the operation performed?

Through incisions or cuts in the upper and lower eyelids, excess skin of the eyelids is removed as well as adjustment made to the underlying tissue of the upper and lower eyelids. Some excess fat tissue may be removed from the eyelids and the fat of the lower eyelids may be re-draped down onto the cheek. This aims to smooth the eyelid contours, addressing bulging of the lower lid which may cause a noticeable groove between eyelid and cheek.

How long does the operation take?

Operating Time: 1 to 2 hrs. Hospital Stay: Day Surgery. Recovery Time: 1 to 2 weeks. The operation takes 1 to 2 hours, depending on the extent of each case.

Do I have to stay in hospital?

For eyelid (blepharoplasty) surgery alone, the operation is performed under general anaesthetic on a day surgery basis. If brow-lifting (browplasty) is also done, overnight hospital stay is usually recommended.

When can I return to activities?

Considerable bruising and swelling over the first few days may be encountered. This can be expected to settle rapidly over the first week and will usually have completely resolved by the end of the second week.  Generally speaking you able to to engage in social contact by about the second week following surgery although this varies with each patient.

Are there any risks?

As with any surgical procedure, there is a risk of complication. Surgery and anaesthesia are safe and it is most unlikely you will experience any difficulty. However, there is a chance that a complication such as bleeding or infection may occur.

Scars: Incisions used for blepharoplasty are placed where they blend into the natural lines of the upper and lower lids. For the first few weeks the scars may be pink and slightly thickened. Scarring following surgery may take up to two years to fully mature.

Swelling: Swelling of the eyelids can affect contour for some weeks and during this period of settling, improvement in eyelid contour can be expected. It is likely that close scrutiny of your eyelids following the procedure may reveal some small irregularity in contour or symmetry.

Vision: Some blurring of vision is not uncommon in the early post-operative phase due to swelling.

Anaesthetic: You will be receiving a general anaesthetic and your anaesthetist will be discussing with you possible discomforts following anaesthesia. Any questions you have regarding your anaesthetic would be best answered by your anaesthetist at the time of surgery.


Individual results may vary. All surgery carries risks. 

You should get a second opinion from an equally qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon before proceeding with surgery.