Lower Blepharoplasty Melbourne (Lower Eyelid Surgery)

Lower Blepharoplasty Melbourne (Lower Eyelid Surgery)

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Discover the Effects of Lower Eyelid Surgery

Lower eyelid blepharoplasty is a common cosmetic procedure aimed at addressing age-related changes around the lower eyelid and mid-cheek. Performed by our specialist plastic surgeons, this procedure addresses issues such as under-eye bags, crepey and loose skin of the lower eyelid, and hollowing of the lower eyelid and midface.

Performed by our specialist plastic surgeons, this surgical technique expertly addresses issues such as under-eye bags, wrinkles, and loose skin, restoring a more rejuvenated and refreshed look.

What is lower blepharoplasty?

Lower blepharoplasty, a surgical procedure focusing on the lower eyelids, is designed to remove or reposition excess skin and fat. This cosmetic procedure primarily targets the lower eyelids but often involves lifting and repositioning the soft tissue of the midface. In many cases, adjunct procedures such as fat grafting may also be used to harmonise the overall balance between the lower eyelid and cheeks.

It is distinct from upper eyelid surgery, which addresses drooping eyelids and excess upper eyelid skin.

What are the benefits of lower eyelid surgery?

The benefits of lower eyelid surgery, or lower blepharoplasty, include a reduction in bags under the eyes and a reduction in crepey skin and wrinkles, to produce a more rejuvenated appearance. The procedure is often complimented by improving the volume of the midface using fat grafting.

This procedure can refresh the appearance of the lower eyelids, complementing the effects of upper eyelid surgery. Lower eyelid and midface surgery is an effective way to restore balance in the lower eyelid and mid-cheek segments of the face.

​​Am I a good candidate for lower blepharoplasty?

A good candidate for lower blepharoplasty typically has loose or sagging skin in the lower eyelids, as well as hollowing of the midface. This procedure is common in a wide range of age groups to address genetic as well as age-related changes in this area. A consultation with one of our specialist plastic surgeons is the best way to determine whether you’re a suitable candidate.

Are there any risks or side effects?

As with any surgical procedure, lower blepharoplasty carries risks such as infection, bleeding, and scarring. Lower eyelid surgery may traditionally be associated with a small risk of ectropion (out-turning of the lower eyelid), as well as prolonged swelling of the conjunctiva (chemosis). Specific measures are taken both during the operation as well as post-surgery to minimise the risk of these problems. Risks also include potential impact on the eyelid crease or the appearance of the upper and lower eyelids.

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Lower blepharoplasty options

There are a number of different options for rejuvenation of the lower eyelid:

Non-surgical

For many patients lower eyelid rejuvenation can be performed through non-surgical methods such as dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections in combination with skin resurfacing techniques. These non-surgical methods have the advantage of being quick to administer, with minimal swelling or downtime. However, these methods do not address the root cause of the problem and are likely to be more suitable for patients with early or mild age-related changes.

Surgical

In more severe cases, especially where there is skin excess or significant midface descent, lower blepharoplasty surgery may be required. Surgery has the advantage of being able to correct the underlying problems at an anatomical level.

There is also the option of facial fat transfer (fat grafting) which is often performed at the same time to improve the contour of the mid-cheek area.

In most cases, a surgical approach to lower blepharoplasty is associated with a longer recovery but will address the problem more comprehensively with longer-lasting results.

What to expect when having lower eyelid surgery in Melbourne?

Consultation

At your initial consultation, our specialist plastic surgeons will provide an individualised assessment of the eyelid and midface position and structure, your suitability for surgery, and also take time to understand your concerns and goals. We believe excellent and consistent results always begin with a well-informed patient. Your treatment plan will be discussed with you and should provide realistic expectations of what can be achieved, with time to address any questions you may have about the surgery.

Procedure

During the lower blepharoplasty procedure, the surgeon makes either an internal or external incision just under the eyelashes to remove or reposition fat and excess skin from the lower eyelids. The soft tissue of the midface is usually elevated and suspended to lift the mid-cheek. Fat grafting may be used to correct the hollowing of the orbital rim and midface. The surgery is typically performed under general anaesthesia and while some patients prefer to go home the same day, most patients opt to stay overnight in hospital.

Recovery

Generally lower blepharoplasty is performed as a day or overnight case at a clinic or hospital.

After the procedure it is common to have the following:

  • Some mild discomfort following the procedure, which is usually well controlled with oral medications.
  • Swelling and bruising which persists for 1 to 2 weeks. Overall, in 80% of our patients, the majority of the bruising and swelling should resolve by 2-3 weeks.
  • Sometimes swelling can affect the conjunctiva of the eyes (chemosis) and this can persist for several weeks and sometimes longer.

Most patients usually return to office work after 1 - 2 weeks. Light exercise and physical activities can usually resume after 2 weeks. Heavy sporting activity usually needs 4 - 6 weeks of recovery.

How much does lower blepharoplasty cost in Melbourne?

The cost of lower blepharoplasty in Melbourne varies depending on the specific requirements of each procedure. For a precise and tailored cost assessment, a consultation with one of our specialist plastic surgeons is essential. During this consultation, your unique needs and objectives will be carefully considered to provide you with a detailed quotation for your procedure.

Before and after results of Lower Blepharoplasty in Melbourne

Below you can see some images of patients who have had lower eyelid surgery with us at Eastern Plastic Surgery:

Some more examples of pre- and post-surgery results can be found on our results page.

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Everyone’s anatomy and expectations are unique. Dr Lin will assess your individual needs during your consultation, and show you a larger selection of photos and videos which are more relevant and meaningful to your individual case.

*Images are posted following patient consent. Results are only relevant for this patient and do not reflect the results others may experience. Results may vary due to multiple factors including genetics, diet and exercise. Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner. Dr Frank Lin (MED0001193706) Registered medical practitioner, specialist plastic surgeon (specialist registration in surgery-plastic surgery).

Why choose us for your lower eyelid surgery in Melbourne?

Dr Frank Lin has a sub-specialty interest in upper and lower eyelid surgery and has been performing this operation for over ten years. Our clinic can offer treatment solutions that encompass both non-surgical and surgical modalities. This places us in a unique position where the full spectrum of treatment options are available when it comes to facial aesthetics and rejuvenation for our patients.

He remains one of the only specialist plastic surgeons in Australia to have both published on this topic and been invited to present his experience at both national and international conferences.

Meet Dr Frank Lin

Dr Frank Lin (MED0001193706) is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon and founder of Eastern Plastic Surgery and EST Clinic. Dr Lin’s area of interest includes facial and breast aesthetic surgery, as well as non-surgical aesthetic treatments. He has a special interest in minimally invasive treatment for the face and body and a special interest in the treatment of Asian patients.

FAQs

If you have any more questions about lower blepharoplasty in Melbourne, please don’t hesitate to contact us. In the meantime, you can find FAQs below that may provide the additional information you’re looking for.

Why do eyebags form?

Ageing changes in both the upper and lower eyelid play a central role in the overall changes of midface ageing. These changes are often multifactorial and several treatment modalities may be combined to give the best possible result. They often lead to:
  • Excess skin or “bags” under the lower lid. A deep groove near the inner part of the lower eyelid – the “tear trough”
  • Outturning and loosening of the lower lid exposing the inner lining of the lower lid (ectropion)
  • Drooping of the midface leads to heavy nasolabial folds (folds on either side of the nose)
If I need lower blepharoplasty surgery, will it leave a visible scar?

This would depend on exactly what you require. In some patients, a “trans-conjunctival” approach may be used which leaves a scar on the inside of the lower eyelid which is not generally a visible area.

In other patients, a “subciliary approach” may be required which will leave a very faint line on the outside of the lower eyelid immediately below your eyelashes. Even though this is a visible scar, in the vast majority of patients this scar will mature and fade over time.

Where is surgery performed?

Lower blepharoplasty is performed under general anaesthesia in a fully accredited private hospital. One of our fully accredited specialist anaesthetists will administer the anaesthetic and care for you for the duration of the operation.
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