Dr. John Crock
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

Society of
Plastic Surgeons

Blepharoplasty - Eyelid Plastic Surgery Melbourne

Blepharoplasty is a surgery that will remove loose or excess skin around the eyes. It is also commonly known as ‘eyelid lift’ or ‘eye lift surgery’.
Plastic surgery has evolved to reconstruct parts of the body affected by trauma, disease, or aging. As we age, our skin loses its elasticity, becoming loose and wrinkled, which can affect how our eyelids function. Conditions like skin cancers, connective tissue disorders, or muscle problems can also impact the eyelids, leading to both functional and aesthetic issues. Patients looking for a blepharoplasty (eyelid lift/eye lift) may have loose or excess eyelid skin may look tired and can have difficulty seeing or reading. 

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Types of Eyelid Surgery

There are several types of blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery/eye lift) including:
  • Upper Blepharoplasty: Focuses on removing excess skin and fat from the upper eyelids.
  • Lower Blepharoplasty: Targets the removal of bags and wrinkles under the eyes.
  • Double Eyelid Surgery: Creates a crease in the upper eyelid for those without a natural fold.


During your eye lift consultation at our Melbourne clinic, we will:
  • Explain the details of the blepharoplasty procedure.
  • Assess whether you are a suitable candidate for the surgery.
  • Plan your specific surgery approach.
  • Answer any questions you may have.

Am I a Good Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?

You might be a good candidate for Blepharoplasty (eye lift) surgery if you:
  • Have droopy or baggy eyelids.
  • Experience difficulty seeing or reading due to excess eyelid skin.
  • Want to improve the appearance of your eyes.
  • Are in good overall health and have realistic expectations about the outcomes.
  • Feel you have excess or loose skin around your eyes

The Procedure

Blepharoplasty (eyelid lift surgery) typically involves:
  • Performing the surgery as a day procedure in an operating theatre.
  • Using local anaesthetic to minimise post-operative pain.
  • Carefully sculpting the eyelid tissues to remove excess skin and fat while preserving functionality.
  • Ensuring minimal removal of skin or fat to maintain natural eyelid function.

Outcomes of Eye Lift Surgery

Blepharoplasty aims to:
  • Improve the appearance of your eyelids by reducing bagginess and drooping.
  • Enhance your vision if excess skin is impairing it.
  • Provide a more youthful and refreshed look.

Before & After

  • Before: Patients may have droopy, baggy eyelids that make them look tired and can impair vision.
  • After: Patients typically have smoother, firmer eyelids with improved function and appearance.

Recovery and Post-Procedure Care

  • Rest for several days post-surgery.
  • Use ice packs or moist compress dressings to reduce swelling.
  • Follow specific care instructions provided by your surgeon to ensure proper healing.
  • Attend follow-up appointments to monitor progress.

Risks of Eye Lift Surgery

While complications are rare, potential risks include:
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Loss of tissue
  • Dry eyes or difficulty closing eyes
These risks are discussed in detail during your preoperative consultation, and precautions are taken to minimise them.


The cost of your blepharoplasty procedure varies based on factors such as the complexity of the procedure and the surgeon’s experience. A detailed cost breakdown will be provided during your consultation, ensuring you understand all the expenses involved.