Upper Eyelid Surgery Melbourne (Blepharoplasty)

Excess skin, or droopy, upper eyelid is a common problem that is traditionally thought to occur with aging and loss of elasticity of the skin. However, many factors contribute to the appearance of upper eyelid drooping and skin excess, and it is a condition that can sometimes occur in young people.

In most cases it leads to:

  • Droopy eyelid skin that rests on the eyelashes
  • Looking tired or unhappy
  • A feeling of heaviness on the upper eyelid
  • Hooding, shadowing or in severe cases obstruction of vision

In some patients this may be associated with ptosis, which is a medical condition where the mechanism for retracting the upper eyelid is faulty. This requires special testing and treatment which can often take place at the same time as upper eyelid surgery.

What is the treatment for upper eyelid skin excess?

Treatment is dependent on the contributing factors to the eyelid problem in each individual patient. At Eastern Plastic Surgery, we understand each individual’s case is unique. In general, treatment options may include:

  • Improvement of brow position (in patients with a droopy brow, leading to the appearance of eyelid droop);
  • Sub-brow skin reduction;
  • Direct eyelid skin / muscle reduction; or
  • Tarsal fixation skin reduction.

As with all facial surgery, a thorough assessment will be undertaken leading to an individualized plan to naturally enhance your features through eyelid surgery.

What is involved in upper eyelid reduction surgery?

Upper eyelid surgery can usually be performed under local anaesthetic. The operation involves carefully measuring and removing excess skin and recreating a crisp upper eyelid (supratarsal) fold. Sometimes a small sliver of redundant muscle and fat is also removed. The wound is usually closed with a suture that is removed in 5 to 7 days.

It is common to have:

  • Some mild discomfort following the procedure, which is usually well controlled with oral medications; or
  • Swelling and bruising which persists for 1 to 2 weeks. Overall, in 80% of our patients, the majority of swelling will be resolved by 2 weeks.

After undergoing upper eyelid surgery, most patients usually return to office work after 1 week. Light exercise and physical activities can usually resume after 2 weeks and heavy sporting activity usually require 3 to 4 weeks of recovery.