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Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is a means of rejuvenating your eye region, including the brow and your upper and lower eyelids. This surgery can be both a cosmetic procedure and a functional procedure to improve vision in patients whose eyelids are beginning to obstruct their field of vision.

While non-surgical treatments can treat “crow’s feet” or other superficial wrinkles around the eyes and forehead, in more advanced cases eyelid surgery is likely to be the more impactful option.

Dr Edmund Ek is a specialist plastic surgeon with wide-ranging experience in facial aesthetic surgery, and eyelid surgery in particular. He will consult with you about what you want to achieve from your operation, explaining the pros and cons of the procedure.

Blepharoplasty addresses the following:

  • Sagging eyelids that block vision or rest on the upper eyelashes
  • Droopiness or asymmetry of the upper eyelids (ptosis)
  • Excess skin or “bags” under the eyes, including the crease underneath (the “tear trough”)
  • Sagging of the lower lid exposing its inner lining (ectropion)

If you have any of the above conditions and would like to discuss your surgical options, please contact Dr Ek’s office on (03) 8419 0900.

Your Eyelid Surgery Consultation

While you may already have decided that you want surgery, Dr Ek will still take the time to talk about what goals you desire from your procedure.

If you and he together establish that surgery is the best route to achieve what you envision, he will then start planning the operation with you.

Through a combination of before-and-after photographs of previous patients, anatomical diagrams and plain-English explanations of what’s possible, Dr Ek will provide you with as much information as possible to help you determine what outcomes you want to achieve.

Understanding the Eyelid Surgery Procedure

Eyelid surgery involves a combination of surgical techniques to remove excess skin from the eye area, and in some cases remove or redistribute fat from the peri-orbital region.

This surgery is usually performed under a general anaesthetic, although in some cases local anaesthetic may suffice. Upper eyelid surgery is commonly performed as day surgery however in cases when both upper and lower eyelid surgery is performed, Dr Ek will arrange for you to remain as an inpatient overnight to make sure you are comfortable before you go home.

Making an Informed Decision

Undergoing plastic surgery is a significant decision that should be made after careful consideration and thorough understanding of all aspects involved, including the potential risks, recovery process and expected outcomes. We’re here to support you every step of the way, providing all the information you need to make informed choices about your care.


We strongly believe that natural body variation is a part of human individuality and should be respected. Plastic surgery is a personal choice and should never be seen as a necessity to ‘fix’ what’s naturally occurring. The decision to undergo a procedure should not be driven by societal pressures or ideals, but by your personal preferences and realistic expectations.


Each surgical procedure carries a unique set of inherent risks. These can include, but are not limited to, infection, adverse reactions to anaesthesia, haematoma, unfavourable scarring, blood clots, nerve damage and dissatisfaction with the aesthetic result. It is important to note that this is not an exhaustive list, and other complications may arise. Some complications can be life-threatening or require additional surgery.

Dr Ek will discuss the risks of your chosen procedure in detail during your consultation.


Recovery times for plastic surgery vary widely based on the specific procedure and the individual patient. The recovery process can be demanding; it requires time, support and often changes in lifestyle, such as time off work or temporary restrictions on activity.

To aid recovery, Dr Ek and his team will provide specific post-operative instructions, including the potential need for recovery services like massages or wearing compression garments. Adhering to these instructions and attending all scheduled follow-up appointments are integral to your healing process.


Results from any surgical procedure are influenced by numerous factors, including your age, overall health, skin quality, lifestyle habits and genetic factors. As such, outcomes can vary greatly between individuals, and it is critical to have a realistic understanding of what can be achieved.

If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with Dr Ek, who will be happy to discuss these considerations in detail.

What Results or Outcomes May Be Achieved

The results of your eyelid surgery will usually become apparent within several weeks. Many patients report a considerable difference in their appearance, and in many instances functional issues (such as drooping eyelids blocking vision) are improved or resolved.

However it is important to note that everyone is different – what worked for someone else may not necessarily work the same way with you. It is also important to note that any lifestyle or environmental factors, such as smoking or excessive squinting, can limit the effectiveness of the operation, and the ageing process will continue.

To find out more about eyelid surgery with Dr Ek, call us today on (03) 8419 0900.