Eyebag Surgery Sydney & Newcastle by Dr Scott Turner
Lower blepharoplasty, also called eyebag surgery or a lower eyelid lift, is a cosmetic surgery to reverse the signs of ageing under the eyes. Bulging or Sagging lower eyelids can make you look older than you really are. As we age, the lower eyelids can become puffy and saggy. Herniated Fat pads or Eye Bags under your eyes make you look tired and older than you feel.
Lower blepharoplasty surgery is the best way to get rid of bags under your eyes. The Eye Bag surgery removes puffy fat pads below the eyes and flattens and tightens the lower eyelids.
Plastic Surgeon Dr Scott Turner performs lower blepharoplasty in Sydney and Newcastle NSW. His blepharoplasty techniques aim to give patients more attractive, younger-looking eyes to reverse signs of facial ageing.
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What Is a Lower Blepharoplasty?
Lower blepharoplasty, also called a lower eyelid lift, is a popular cosmetic surgery to tighten and rejuvenate the lower eyelids and area under the eyes. It’s a straightforward surgery that deals with bags under the eyes and tightens the lower eyelids. It’s usually done under general anaesthesia – especially when combined with an upper blepharoplasty.
As we age, the skin around our eyes becomes lax and soft. The fat pads under the eyes may grow, causing “bags” to develop. These sagging and puffy lower eyelids give patients an older and tired appearance.
Lower eyelid lifting can reverse these signs of ageing. It’s the best eyelid surgery to get rid of bags under the eyes and lift the lower eyelids. This is why it’s referred to as “eye bags surgery” or “eye bags removal surgery”.
Lower blepharoplasty is often combined with an upper blepharoplasty (an upper eyelid lift) for the best results.
Who Needs a Lower Blepharoplasty?
Getting any cosmetic surgery needs careful consideration. How do you know if you need to have eye bag removal surgery? Who actually needs lower blepharoplasty?
Well, you’re a good candidate for lower eyelid lift if:
- You have puffy bags under your eyes
- You have saggy or droopy lower eyelids
- The saggy lower eyelids are causing the inner red part to show
- You have skin creases and wrinkles under the eyes
- You have several skin folds in the lower eyelids
- People tell you your eyes look tired and sleepy all the time
If this sounds like you, then a lower eyelid lift may be the next step. It’s an effective surgery to reverse the signs of eye ageing and fix baggy eyes.
The Benefits of Lower Eyelid Surgery
If you’re considering getting a lower eyelid lift, then this surgery can do more than just remove the bags from under your eyes. There are many benefits and advantages for a lower blepharoplasty including:
- Lower Bleph is the surgery to get rid of bags under the eyes
- Flattens and tightens the lower eyelids
- Gets rid of excessive skin creases in the lower eyelids
- Straightens and lifts your lower eyelid so that the inner red part (mucosa) is not as visible anymore
- Makes you look more refreshed and alert
- Can takes a few years off your appearance
- It’s can be a quick procedure (20-45 mins)
- Can be combined with other facial rejuvenating procedures (upper blepharoplasty, facelift, brow lift)
With all of these benefits, getting surgery to remove bags under the eyes is very much worth it. A younger, more refreshed look will help you feel more confident. Your appearance will match your energy, and you won’t look sleepy and tired all the time.
How is Eye Bag Surgery Performed?
A lower eyelid lift is usually a one-day procedure, which means that you can go home after the surgery. For best results, it is usually done theatre with the help of general anaesthesia, so you will be asleep during the procedure. Some patients may be suitable for lower bleph under local anaesthesia.
Here are the usual steps of lower blepharoplasty:
- You will be asked to sit in a surgical chair or lie on the table, with your head leaning backward on a support cushion
- You will be asked to close your eyes and keep them closed
- Dr Turner will start by cleaning the surgical field with an antiseptic solution and applying drapes to isolate the surgical area.
- You will be given anaesthesia
- The lower blepharoplasty incision is done with a surgical blade along the lower eyelid
- Dr Turner will remove the puffy fat pads from under the eyes (eye bag removal)
- He will then suspend the lower eyelid muscles using sutures to pull the eyelid up
- The lower eyelid will be tightened, straightened, and fixed into a normal position using sutures
- Dr Turner will then remove any excess skin to flatten the area below the eyes
- He will then close the wound tight using very thin sutures
Once he’s done, Dr Turner will clean your eyes from any debris and will let you open them. Lower eyelid lift usually takes around 20-45 minutes to perform. You can usually go back home directly after the procedure. Keep in mind that you won’t be able to drive after blepharoplasty. The procedure can temporarily irritate the eyes and compromise your vision.
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Can a Lower Blepharoplasty Be Combined With Other Procedures?
Yes. Most people who get a lower blepharoplasty combine it with other facial rejuvenation procedures to get the best results. You can combine your lower eyelid lift with other cosmetic surgeries like:
- Upper blepharoplasty – to lift saggy and droopy upper eyelids
- Brow lift – also called an upper facelift. It’s surgery to lift droopy eyebrows up
- Facelift – the standard procedure to reverse facial signs of ageing
- Neck lift – to get rid of double chin and saggy neck skin
- Filler injections – Fillers are excellent in removing fine wrinkles around the eyes (frown lines and crow’s eyes)
If you’re looking to dramatically change the way you look and take a decade off the way you look, then you can combine eyelid lifting with one or more of these procedures.
Recovery after Eyebag Surgery
Lower blepharoplasty is not too invasive. Therefore, recovery does not take too long and is not very demanding. In the first few days, you could expect symptoms like:
- Double vision
- Burning sensation in the eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- Watery eyes
- Itching of the eyes
- Slight pain
You can resume physical activity on the same day after the procedure. This includes walking and light movements around the house. You can usually go back to work 2-3 days after your eyelid lift. Keep in mind that bruising and swelling will be significant during the first week, and will reduce gradually over 2-3 weeks.
Eye bag removal is not too painful. Routine off-the-counter painkillers are usually enough to make you feel comfortable.
You can opt to wear sunglasses after lower eyelid lift to keep your eyes protected from sun rays, and hide the temporary swelling and bruising.
Lower Blepharoplasty Cost Sydney – Prices & Fees – How much is a Lower Blepharoplasty in Sydney?
Like all cosmetic procedures, the cost of a lower blepharoplasty varies as it depends on several factors. The type of anaesthesia, type of procedure, additional procedures, anaesthetist fees, and surgeon fees all go into calculating how much you’ll have to pay to get the bags under your eyes removed.
After your initial consultation, you will be given a detailed quote. This will include the Surgeon’s fee, Anaesthetist fee, Surgical Assistant fee and hospital fees.
For an estimate of your Lower Eyelid Lift Surgery – Lower Blepharoplasty price in Sydney or Newcastle please phone 1300 641199 – contact Dr Turner’s team or download the Price Guide on the Pricing page.
Funding Your Lower Blepharoplasty
We can also provide information on a Lower Eyelid Surgery Payment Plan and medical finance, different methods of payment and whether funding by Medicare rebate or Private Health Insurance subsidy would apply if you meet the strict criteria.
You may also be able to get funding from early release of your Super Fund.
Is Lower Eyebag Surgery worth it?
Definitely. Lower blepharoplasty is worth the time, money, and effort you invest into it. This is why realself reports that up to 94% of patients say that getting eyelid surgery is worth it.
Patients find that this simple and quick procedure dramatically changes the way they look. It only needs a few minutes to perform. It needs no special preparation, and recovery afterward is not too demanding.
This combination of simplicity and dramatic aesthetic improvement make a lower eyelid surgery really worth it.
How to find the Best Eyelid Surgeon Sydney
For many patients, having cosmetic plastic surgery is a life-changing experience. There are many qualified specialist plastic surgeons, but it is always best to find one who is experienced in your procedure.
Always find a reputable medical practitioner who can offer you a range of options and give you the best advice. Avoid choosing an undertrained doctor or so called “cosmetic surgeon”. See our blog on the difference between a plastic surgeon and a cosmetic surgeon and how to find the best surgeon.
Look at their past patient photos, online reviews and always choose a surgeon your feel comfortable with.
Risks Associated with Lower Blepharoplasty Surgery
Eyelid lifting surgery usually has minimal risks involved. However, like any other surgery, complications can rarely occur with lower blepharoplasty. These might include:
- Surgical site infection
- Continued bleeding from the wound
- Irritated eyes
- Inability to properly close the eyes (if the eyelids are tightened too much)
- Problems with eye movement (due to eye muscle injury)
- Extremely rarely, sustained vision problems
To minimise risks and get the best out of your lower blepharoplasty, choose a plastic surgeon with a proven track record performing this operation. Dr Turner performs dozens of eyelid lifts yearly and has developed his own techniques to maximise results and reduce risks.
For more detailed information read the risks and potential complications of surgery page.
Lower Blepharoplasty FAQs
Why do I always have bags under my eyes?
Bags under the eyes are not always a sign of poor sleep. As we age, the fat pads under our eyes tend to grow and become puffy. This leads to saggy and puffy lower eyelids, also called “eye bags''. Lower blepharoplasty is a cosmetic surgery that targets loose skin under the eyes and gets rid of eye bags.
Can you get rid of eye bags without surgery?
No, there’s no non-surgical alternative to lower blepharoplasty. Eye bags are formed of excess skin and overgrown fat pads. These need to be surgically removed with a lower eyelid lift.
Is lower blepharoplasty painful?
No. A lower eyelid lift is not significantly painful. Routine off-the-counter medications are usually enough to deal with post-op pain.
How long does a lower blepharoplasty last?
A lower blepharoplasty lasts on average 5 to 10 years. As you grow older, the skin will still become laxer, and your eyelids might become lax and puffy again. If this happens, a revision eyelid lift procedure can be performed again.
Does lower blepharoplasty help crow's feet?
No. Lower blepharoplasty only targets the area under the eyes to get rid of eye bags. Crow’s feet wrinkles around the eye corners are best treated with dermal fillers or a brow lift.
How many times can you do lower blepharoplasty?
You can have a lower eyelid lift as many times as needed. Most patients will need revision surgery after 5-7 years of their first blepharoplasty. Getting a second blepharoplasty is not uncommon.
Medical References – Further Reading about Lower Bleph Surgery
- Lower Eyelid Bleph: A Procedure in Evolution
- The Five-step Lower Bleph Technique Refined : Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- Bleph Surgery – Mayo Clinic
- Medical Article Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty.
- Medical Article An Update on Lower Lid Blepharoplasty
Your Consultation with Dr Scott Turner – Plastic Surgeon
If you’re considering an eyelid procedure, the very first step will be to meet with Dr Turner for a personal one on one consultation at one of his Sydney or Newcastle clinics. For many patients, we understand that this is a major decision, so we want to make the entire process as comfortable as possible. We’re here to explain each procedure in detail, so that you’re confident with your final decision.
To begin, Dr Turner will help you determine what procedure would be best, based on a number of key factors. Of course, every patient is unique, not only in terms of their skin and facial structure, but also their wants and needs. Dr Turner will guide you, discussing the options available from non-surgical techniques, to a range of upper and lower eyelid procedures for the maximum benefit so that you can achieve the results you desire.
Dr Turner and his team will:
• Review all blepharoplasty and facial procedures with you.
• Discuss all potential risks involved with eyelid surgery.
• Outline in detail how the surgery is performed
• Provide an explanation of what you can expect before, during, and after the procedure.
• Provide detailed cost and payment information.
• Answer all your questions.
If you would like more information on the Blepharoplasty procedure, please contact one of our friendly staff on 1300 641 199
About Dr Scott Turner FRACS (Plas) – Specialist Plastic Surgeon
Dr Scott J Turner has spent a lifetime acquiring the qualifications, education, training, and hands-on surgical experience to perform superior cosmetic plastic surgery to give you natural, beautiful results and the improved sense of well-being you want. He is one of the top Specialist Plastic Surgeons with a Breast and Body Surgery focus in New South Wales.
Achieving this personal goal requires not only in-depth knowledge of human anatomy and refined surgical techniques but an ongoing commitment to learning the latest procedures around the world. This is why Dr Turner regularly attends both local and international surgeon meetings – discussing these advances with the leaders around the world in order to offer you the most natural, effective and safest surgical procedures. He is a committed board member of ASAPS – Australia Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
Dr Turner and his highly trained staff will do everything to ensure that you are fully informed, while providing exceptional, world-class cosmetic plastic surgery, in a personal and caring environment.
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Making The Most Of Your Consultation
- Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation with Dr Scott
- You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options
- Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes
- Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly examine all the documents provided
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