An eyelid lift, or blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure to remove skin and to add or remove fat from the eyelids. The effects of age and sunlight on the delicate eyelid skin can cause it to lose its elasticity and to stretch; this produces hooding of the upper eyelids while the lower eyelids develop bags.

The eyelid ageing process

A lack of elasticity plus the constant pull from gravity causes excessive skin to collect on the upper and lower eyelids.  Excess skin on the lower eyelid causes bulges and wrinkles. Whereas on the upper eyelid, an extra fold of skin can hang over the eyelashes and create issues with one’s vision.

The fat that exists naturally under the eye can also cause bulges in the upper and lower eyelids. The thin membrane that holds the fat in place weakens with age, letting the fat come forward into the lids.

One side or both?

Generally an eyelid reduction is performed on both sides simultaneously, known as a bilateral blepharoplasty. Overall is it very rare for the eyelids on once side to sag and not the other side. However, if only one side needs to be corrected then the other side may be left as it is.

Are you a good candidate for blepharoplasty?

The best candidates for an eye lift are people who are in good health and who have realistic expectations. Most are 35 years or older, but if baggy eyelids or droopy eyelids run in your family, you may decide to have the surgery done sooner.We recommend that before committing to the surgery, you think about your goals and discuss them with Dr Alia Nasser.

How long does it take to perform the eyelid surgery procedure?

Upper and lower blepharoplasty typically takes 1 ½ hours to complete. Upper or lower eyelid surgery alone can be done in less than an hour.

How long is the recovery after an eyelid surgery procedure?

The recovery is about 1 week. The upper blepharoplasty sutures may be absorbable or ones that are removed between 5-7 days. With the lower blepharoplasty there are no lower eyelid stitches to be removed. There may be some swelling and bruising after your blepharoplasty and patients are advised to limit their activity for the first week after the blepharoplasty procedure.


Contact us today to discuss your blepharoplasty options with Dr Alia Nasser- call 02 9363 2224 or email

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