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Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) Brisbane

As we age, the skin around our eyes can begin to loosen, along with the appearance of wrinkles. While these signs of ageing are completely normal, some people want to decrease these ageing signs and achieve firmer skin in this area.

While there are many non-surgical options available, they only go so far. To address more moderate or severe skin laxity, you may consider eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty). This procedure removes lax or stretched skin, removes pockets of fat, and tightens tissues in your eyelid area.

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Good candidates for blepharoplasty

During your consultation at Inigo Cosmetic Clinic in Brisbane, Dr Ian Chinsee will assess your eyelid condition and general health. You may be considered for the surgery if you have:

  • Good physical and mental health
  • Realistic expectations
  • Excess skin on the upper eyelids
  • Excess fat above the eyes
  • Upper eye skin that obstructs eyesight
  • Creases, wrinkles, and fine lines around the eyes
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Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)

For upper blepharoplasty, the incision is created along the natural crease of the eyelids. The underlying tissues are then tightened and reshaped. In case of excess skin, Dr Chinsee will remove it with the goal of clearing your vision. Blepharoplasty procedure can be performed under a local or a full general anaesthetic. It can take around 30-60 minutes for the procedure to complete.

How much does blepharoplasty surgery cost in Brisbane?

The total costs involved in blepharoplasty may be different for every patient. In general, this will depend on the following important factors:

Cosmetic doctors fees
This will depend on the experience of your cosmetic doctor. The fees may include initial consultation and follow-up appointments.

The type of anaesthesia
The procedure is usually performed using light sedation with a local anaesthetic. In some cases, Dr Chinsee may decide to use general anaesthesia.

Hospital fees
This includes the fees of the operating theatre, accommodation, and equipment. The total fees will also depend on the length of your hospital stay.

Other costs
These include the prescribed medications and medical tests. The surgery can also be combined with other cosmetic procedures.

In some cases, your insurance may cover the costs depending on your reason for having the procedure. Before your surgery, you should talk to your insurance provider for more information.

Recovery from a blepharoplasty surgery

The recovery period may vary from patient to patient. Any discomfort that you may feel can be controlled with pain medications. Within a week, most patients can return to work and other daily activities, provided that they avoid strenuous activities. In some cases, you may experience tearing, vision changes, or light sensitivity. These symptoms usually disappear once the healing process is complete. You should ensure to get lots of rest in order to give your body enough time to recover.

What are the risks and complications of blepharoplasty surgery?

All surgeries, including blepharoplasty, come with risks. In rare cases, you may experience infection and difficulty closing your eyes. Please request a copy of our surgical consent for more information.

Our cosmetic doctor Dr Ian Chinsee is experienced in performing blepharoplasty surgery. He has performed the procedure on a large volume of clients in Brisbane.


You are not a good fit for a blepharoplasty procedure if:

  • You are prone to bleeding.
  • You have a serious eye condition.
  • You have an allergy to the anaesthetic.
  • You have poor wound-healing ability.
  • You have unrealistic expectations.

Before blepharoplasty surgery, we will provide you with specific instructions, such as:

  • Inform Dr Chinsee of any medications or supplements you are taking.
  • Notify your cosmetic surgeon if you have dry eyes, vision problems, or other eye problems.
  • Arrange for someone to help you with your daily activities after you return home.
  • Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages.
  • Be as fit as possible.
  • Prepare a recovery area at home.
  • Stop smoking.

The results of the surgery can last for several years. It is important to keep in mind that the skin in your eyelid area will still change as you age. Other factors such as sun exposure and lifestyle can also affect your results.

Dr Chinsee will create the incision along the natural crease of the eyelids. This helps to conceal the scar, although there is a risk it may still be slightly visible. Over time, the scars will lighten which makes them less easy to detect.

No, the procedure cannot address dark circles under your eyes. It only removes pockets of fat and excess skin from your eyelids.

No, the surgery cannot address the descent of the brows. If you want to address excess skin around your brows, Dr Chinsee can suggest other procedures that can be performed along with your blepharoplasty, such as a brow lift (browplasty).

Yes, you can still wear them. Make sure to wait until the swelling has disappeared completely. In general, eyelid swelling should subside after two weeks. You can wear glasses while waiting for your eyelids to fully heal.

Yes, they can be performed at the same time. In some cases, you may need to wait for a few weeks before having another blepharoplasty surgery. Your cosmetic doctor will create a customised treatment plan specific to your needs.

After your blepharoplasty surgery, it is normal to have blurry vision due to swelling. You need to wait for a few days to allow your eyes to heal. As you recover, you will need to use eye lubricants. This will help prevent eye dryness and assist the healing process.