Upper Eyelid Surgery NSW

Upper Eyelid Surgery – Blepharoplasty Sydney for Saggy & Droopy Eyelids

  • Tired looking eyes or upper face?
  • Excess skin on your eyelids causing drooping or sagging?
  • Having trouble with peripheral vision?

An Upper Eyelid Surgery or Upper Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure performed on your upper eyelids that can involve the removal of excess fatty tissues and trim loose skin, giving you a more youthful, fresher and rejuvenated facial appearance.

Sydney Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Michael Kernohan is highly experienced with upper eyelid surgery and performs the intervention in Sydney’s Southwest Suburbs and the Southern Highlands NSW.

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Why Have an Upper Eyelid Surgery?

Your eyes play a very important role in making a great first impression. Unfortunately, your eyes also show the first signs of aging and can make us look tired.

Sometimes, the natural aging process can also interfere with our vision as well. That calls for upper eyelid surgery.

If you are unhappy with how your eyes look, upper eyelid surgery is the way to go. Upper eyelid surgery is ideal for you if:

  • You want smoother, tighter skin around the eyes
  • Your eyelids look puffy
  • The saggy eyelids interfere with your vision
  • You wish to improve your looks, self-esteem and confidence
  • The aim is to improve the symmetry of your eyelids

“The upper eyelid surgery can make a big difference in how your face looks. From a tired-looking, sagging aspect of the face you can have a refreshed, youthful-looking face.”

Dr. Kernohan

Benefits of Upper Eyelid Surgery

The top benefits of upper eyelid surgery are:

  • Improved vision and expanded line of sight
  • Refreshed appearance and an improved eye shape
  • Reduced skin irritation from the rubbing of skin
  • Fewer lines on the outer corners of eyes
  • A well-rested and youthful look

I was so tired of looking tired all the time! I was tired of people asking me if I’m tired. It was the sagging corners of the eyes that made me look so tired and I’m happy that surgery got rid of that,”

said an Eyelid Surgery patient

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Upper Eyelid Procedure

The upper eyelid surgery is performed under local anaesthesia and can take up to one hour. In modern times, the surgery has become less invasive, offers more skin/fat preservation, reduces post-operative side effects, and minimizes complications.

Before the surgery, Dr. Kernohan will mark out the incisions that follow your natural eyelid crease. This serves as a guideline for the removal of excess skin.

During the procedure, the surgeon will remove the excess skin and tighten the muscles. If needed, the redundant orbital fat will be excised/replaced. Then the cut edges are brought together and sutured. The stitches are absorbable so you don’t have to worry about having them removed.

The incisions are usually well hidden and will fade away on their own within the next couple of months.


Recovery after Upper Blepharoplasty Sydney

Expect to have mild bruising and swelling around your eyes for at least 2 to 3 weeks. You also need to avoid wearing makeup for the first couple of weeks post-surgery.

Avoid wearing contact lenses for a couple of weeks. If you have issues with your vision, you can wear sunglasses. Make sure to go to the follow-up appointments to ensure everything is functioning well. If your surgeon has prescribed medication, make sure to take them.

“The recovery period after the upper eyelid surgery is not overly difficult. The eyes might feel a bit dry and there is swelling, of course, but medication and rest help!”

Dr. Kernohan

Potential Complications of Upper Blepharoplasty

Complications associated with blepharoplasty are usually rare. Common side effects include swelling and bruising around the eyes which usually fade away in their due time. You might feel tightness when opening and closing your eyes. In certain cases, you might experience eye dryness.

To find out more about the risks and complications associated with upper eyelid surgery, check out Dr. Kernohan’s page.

At Home Care after Upper Eyelid Surgery

Here are a few tips that will help you care for yourself post upper blepharoplasty:

  • Make sure to wear dark sunglasses to protect your eyes from the light
  • Avoid wearing contact lenses for at least 3 weeks post-surgery
  • Do not opt for any strenuous activities until Dr. Kernohan gives you a go
  • Rest as much as you possibly can. Sleep with your head in an elevated position
  • Do not drive until your swelling goes down and your vision becomes clear
  • Use a cold compress to minimize swelling and discomfort
  • Do not apply makeup or skincare products around the eyes for at least 2 to 3 weeks
  • Always visit your surgeon for follow up appointments
  • If you notice anything unusual or any signs of infection, immediately get in touch with your surgeon

Upper Eyelid Prices & Fees – How Much Is Upper Eyelid Surgery in Sydney?

When it comes to the cost of the upper eyelid surgery in Sydney, you can expect to pay around $5.000 to $13,000+. A smaller fee for the upper eyelid surgery is often charged either by an undertrained doctor or cosmetic surgeon with no hospital privileges or a surgeon with little to no experience. Your eyes are the first thing people see. This is the reason why the cost of surgery alone should never be the most important criteria when choosing a plastic surgeon to play out your intervention.

For more detail about how much is upper eyelid surgery in Sydney, check out Dr. Kernohan’s pricing page.

Contact Dr Kernohan’s team for a cost estimate or to schedule an appointment.

Funding Your Upper Eyelid Surgery

The exact quote for your upper eyelid surgery will be provided during the initial consultation. The cost really depends on the surgeon & facility you choose and your particular needs.

If you are getting it done for purely aesthetic or cosmetic reasons, it won’t be covered by Medicare and you’ll have to pay for it out of your pocket.

For more information about an upper eyelid payment plan for your upper eyelid surgery – visit the medical finance page.

Wlll Medicare cover Eyelid Surgery?

If the upper eyelid surgery is required due to medical reasons (if it interferes with your peripheral vision), you might get it covered by Medicare. Have a look at more detail about how and when Medicare covers plastic surgery costs.

When having problems with your vision due to droopy or sagging eyelids, you can visit an ophthalmologist. If they think that getting an upper eyelid surgery is a medical necessity, you may get a Medicare rebate to help cover the procedure.

What is the Medicare test for eyelid surgery?

  • You will need to visit an optometrist or ophthalmologist to undergo two visual field tests. This includes: one with the eyelid in its natural resting state and one with the eyelid taped up

Does Insurance pay for upper eyelid surgery?

  • If your ophthalmologist or eye surgeon has recommended upper eyelid surgery because it interferes with your vision and is considered a medical necessity, it might be partially covered by some health insurance plans, provided that you meet the criteria.

Is Upper Eyelid Surgery Worth It?

Yes. There are two main reasons why patients undergoing upper blepharoplasty surgery report high levels of satisfaction with the results achieved – first, it’s all about improved vision and second, it’s the rejuvenated appearance of the face.

Is it worth getting upper eyelid surgery?

  • Yes, it is worth it if you want your eyelids to be lifted, and you want to look younger and well-rested.

Upper eyelid surgery scores highly in Realself’s Patient Survey “Worth It” ratings.

How to Find the Best Upper Eyelid Surgeon in Sydney for you

Are you getting the surgery done for aesthetic reasons? You can ask your doctor to refer you to a plastic surgeon. Make sure to read plenty of online reviews, join groups and forums where people share their stories and only then choose a surgeon.

Make sure that your surgeon has years of experience performing upper eyelid surgery. Always look at the before and after photographs of the past patients before making the final decision.

Ask your surgeon the right questions such as:

  • How many eyelid surgeries have you performed so far?
  • Will you be involved during the recovery phase?
  • How will you handle any complications?
  • What makes me the right candidate for the procedure?
  • Can you share before and after pictures of your patients who had the upper eyelid surgery?

Upper Eyelid FAQs

Here is a list of frequently asked questions about upper blepharoplasty:

Are you awake during upper eyelid surgery?

  • Blepharoplasty can be performed under local anaesthesia. You can be awake during the procedure, but there will be no pain and discomfort.

What is excess eyelid skin called?

  • The excess eyelid skin is called Dermatochalazis.

How do I fix excess skin on my eyelids?

  • Eyelid surgery removes excess skin, repositions fat, and tightens the skin.

Does upper eyelid surgery make you look younger?

  • An eyelid lift surgery produces significant results by tightening the skin around the eyes, removing wrinkles/puffiness, and making you look younger.

How do you know if you need upper eyelid surgery?

  • Upper eyelid surgery can benefit you if you:
    • Have puffiness on the upper lift
    • Are dealing with fine lines and wrinkles
    • Have drooping skin on the upper eyelids

What is a good age for upper blepharoplasty?

  • There is no real age requirement for upper blepharoplasty. Most people who get eyelid surgery done are in their 30s or older.

What kind of doctor should I see for upper eyelid surgery?

  • If your eyelid is affecting your vision, you can visit an ophthalmologist first. However, if you are getting it done for aesthetic reasons, you’ll need to see a specialist plastic surgeon.

What causes hooded eyelids?

  • Hooded eyelids are a combination of genetic and age-related changes in eyelids, underlying fat, muscle and bone.

Can plastic surgery fix hooded eyes?

  • Yes, hooded eyes can be fixed with upper eyelid surgery.

Is it bad to have hooded eyes?

  • Hooded eyes refer to excess skin that folds down from below the brow bone. It is not bad to have hooded eyes but if the aspect of the eyes affect your confidence and self-image, you can always get that fixed.

How long after blepharoplasty will I look normal?

  • The side effects of the surgery such as swelling and bruising often subside after the first week or two.

Can you see after upper eyelid surgery?

  • If the droopy eyelids mess up your vision, you will be able to see clearly after the upper eyelid surgery.

Can I drive home after eyelid surgery?

  • The recommendation is not to drive by yourself until you have stopped taking pain medication and you are not dealing with blurry vision.

Can you fly after eyelid surgery?

  • You should avoid flying for at least three weeks after eyelid surgery.

How long does blurred vision last after blepharoplasty?

  • Your vision returns to normal in about 2 to 3 days after blepharoplasty.

How can I fix my droopy eyelids naturally?

  • Droopy eyelids cannot be fixed naturally. You need the help of plastic surgery to fix your eyelids.

What is the best treatment for hooded eyelids?

  • Blepharoplasty is the best treatment for hooded eyelids.

Can you get eyelid surgery on one eye?

  • Yes, you can get eyelid surgery on one eye.

How long does it take to recover from upper eyelid surgery?

  • Most people can return to their usual activities within the first week or two after the surgery.

Is upper blepharoplasty safe?

  • Yes, it is regarded as a safe treatment when performed by the best eyelid surgeon in Sydney.

How soon can I wear makeup after upper eyelid surgery?

  • You’ll have to wait for 3 to 4 weeks after eyelid surgery before wearing makeup.

What are the most common types of eyelid surgery?

The following are the main types of eyelid procedures:

  • Upper Eyelid Surgery: This is ideal for people who have sagging skin, excess fat, and extreme puffiness on their upper eyelids.
  • Lower Eyelid Surgery: This type of surgery benefits people who struggle with excess skin and bags underneath their eyes.
  • Upper & Lower Eyelid Surgery: This surgery is done to simultaneously improve the appearance of your upper and lower eyelid and make you look youthful.

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Dr Michael Kernohan - Best plastic Surgeon Sydney NSW

Dr Michael Kernohan – Specialist Plastic Surgeon in Sydney NSW

Dr Michael Kernohan is a Sydney Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgeon providing a wide range of services from skin cancer to cosmetic surgery for the face, nose, breast and body.

He also offers complex reconstructive procedures following trauma and a range of cancer treatments using the most innovative and up-to-date treatment options.

Dr Kernohan is able to care for both public and private patients and currently has appointments in five Sydney hospitals and has an additional leadership role as Director of Surgical Specialities.

His main clinic is located in Campbelltown and he has 4 other locations – Bowral, Liverpool, Surry Hills (city) and Gregory Hills opening in late May – servicing patients in Sydney Southwest and Southern Highlands.

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