Eyelid Reshaping Surgery

Blepharoplasty
Eyelid Reshaping Surgery

Procedure overview

Revitalise your eyes with Blepharoplasty Surgery

It is common for the eyelids to bulge or droop over time, sometimes even affecting vision. At FNQ Plastic Surgery, we can refresh your appearance by offering eyelid reshaping surgery. Otherwise known as blepharoplasty surgery, there are several procedures under this umbrella designed to rejuvenate the upper or lower eye area.

Blepharoplasty procedures are performed by plastic surgeons who specialise in facial rejuvenation surgery. The goal is to create a more youthful appearance by reducing sagging skin, lifting the area and reducing hooded lids.

There are several types of eyelid reshaping surgery which include:

  • Lower blepharoplasty (surgery to reduce sagging skin below the eyes)
  • Upper blepharoplasty (surgery to reduce loose skin above the eyes)
  • Combined blepharoplasty (both upper and lower eyelid reshaping procedures)
  • Blepharoplasty with direct brow lift & endoscopic brow lift

When you attend your first consultation, your surgeon will assess your concerns in person and then offer you options for a customised treatment plan. You can find out more about our facial rejuvenation procedures via the non-surgical treatment pages.

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Procedure FAQs

We understand that having surgery can be a big decision, so we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions for each surgical procedure to provide you with more information and help you make an informed decision.

  • How can eyelid reshaping surgery improve your appearance?

    Depending on which type of eye rejuvenation surgery you choose, the procedures can help to lift, smooth and tone the area above or below the eyes. Muscles under the skin’s surface can also be tightened up, if this is required. The aim is to produce a youthful-looking appearance.

    Some patients choose to combine surgical and non-surgical anti-ageing treatments. Combining this procedure with things like muscle relaxing injections or facial peels can also be beneficial.

  • Who is suitable for this type of surgery?

    Patients over 45 are usually most suitable for eyelid rejuvenation surgery. Both male and female patients visit us to discuss blepharoplasty procedures, and a consultation is imperative to decide whether eye bag removal treatments are the most suitable for you.

  • What happens during eyelid reshaping surgery?

    Blepharoplasty procedures are surgical and will take place in the clinic or hospital, depending on the type of blepharoplasty chosen. You will meet your surgeon before undergoing this type of cosmetic surgery. The surgery takes around 1.5-2 hours, however, this varies between patients.

    Your surgeon will make incisions above or below the eye area before excess skin is removed and muscles below the skin are tightened up. The incisions are closed before you’re taken back to the ward to recover.

  • What is recovery like?

    It is likely that there will be some puffiness around the eyes and initial bruising, which is normal. You can have painkillers to manage any discomfort. Aftercare information will be offered for you to follow at home. This includes how to manage sleeping, washing and when you can return to work. Usually, around 2-4 weeks is needed to recover.

  • How long do the results of eyelid reshaping surgery last?

    This is a surgical procedure, so the results are long lasting. For most patients the results keep the upper face looking rejuvenated for longer than someone who has not had this type of surgery.

  • Will Medicare cover Eyelid Surgery?

    If the upper eyelid surgery is required for 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.

  • Where can you get more information?

    The eyes can be transformed with blepharoplasty surgery. For more information and to confirm the current ear reshaping surgery cost please contact us.

Anything we've missed?

If you have any further questions or concerns that we haven’t addressed in our FAQ section, please don’t hesitate to contact us – our team is always here to provide the information and support you need throughout your journey.

Risks

The information provided on this website is for general informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice.

Surgical procedures carry inherent risks, and the specific risks and potential complications may vary depending on the procedure. It is important to consult with a qualified and experienced surgeon to discuss the risks, benefits, and potential outcomes of any surgical procedure. Individual results may vary.

For more detailed and specific information regarding the risks associated with a particular procedure, please contact our clinic directly to schedule a consultation with our skilled team of healthcare professionals.

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Surgical Costs

Navigating Surgical Costs: Consultations, Insurance, and Financial Options

At FNQ Plastic Surgery, we work with you to navigate the cost of your desired procedure, taking into account the various factors that influence pricing, and offering flexible payment options to accommodate your needs.

Medical Consultations for Non-Cosmetic Procedures (skin cancers, hand surgery etc.)

  • Initial consultation: $280
  • Follow-ups: $85

Cosmetic Consultations (in person or virtual)

  • Initial consultation: $350
  • Follow-ups: $100

Children Consultations under 18 years

  • Initial consultation: $250
  • Follow-ups: $85

Terms

All prices include GST. You will be required to make a deposit of $100 to secure your booking. Your appointment will be confirmed and secured once paid. We accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express via electronic banking details over the phone.

Skin cancer

Payment for skin cancer/ skin lesion surgery is due (7) days prior to your surgery booking date.

Cosmetic surgery

To secure an appointment for cosmetic surgery, you are required to make a deposit as outlined below. The final payment is due to FNQ Plastic Surgery 2 weeks prior to your scheduled date. Please reference your surname and contact us once payment is complete.

Surgeon feeDeposit required

Up to $10,000$1,000
$10,000 – $20,000$2,000
$20,000 +$3,000

Payment options

  • Direct Deposit
  • Bank cheque made payable to FNQ Plastic Surgery (we do not accept personal cheques)
  • Major credit cards accepted – including AMEX
  • Cash

Refund policy

If you cancel or reschedule your procedure less than (7) days prior to your surgery date, you will be responsible to pay thirty percent (30%) of the total costs of the procedure (non-refundable and cannot be applied to a future procedure).

Average prices paid for cosmetic and plastic surgery are different across Australia. Prices and Hospital Costs vary for plastic surgery as every patient has slightly different anatomy and varying surgical needs. Your Price for surgery depends mostly on which surgeon, which hospital, the type of prosthesis and how long the surgery will take. It will also vary based on eligibility for Medicare and whether you are insured or uninsured.

A fully personalised quote for your plastic surgery procedure is available when you come for a confidential consultation.

Your quote as part of a fully informed financial consent will outline your specific:

  • Surgeon Fee
  • Hospital Costs based on theatre time and length of hospital stay
  • Anaesthetists Fee
  • Assistants Fee (if applicable)
  • Prosthesis, Implant fee and post-operative garment fee (if applicable)
  • Any Medicare codes that may be applicable to your surgery

Many patients want to know if Medicare will cover plastic surgery. Medicare will cover what is deemed essential reconstructive surgery and procedures that have associated Medicare item numbers listed in the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS).

Dr Sorensen and his team can help you understand if Medicare may cover your procedure. However, if you wish to look up a particular type of surgery and its item numbers, refer to the Medicare Benefits Schedule.

Medicare will not cover cosmetic surgery procedures – like a cosmetic breast augmentation.

If you meet the strict criteria, you may be eligible for a Medicare item number Breast Surgery, Tummy Surgery, and post weight loss Excess Skin removal, amongst many other procedures.

You can undertake your surgery as a self-funded (uninsured) patient, or you may be covered by your Private Health Fund. There are many private health funds, some more generous than others.

Your Private Health Fund may partly contribute to the cost of your surgery. If you have a valid medical referral and meet the specific criteria for a Medicare Item Number.

You must also have the right LEVEL of insurance cover – Gold, Silver or Bronze – for the type of surgery you want. You may have to delay surgery after initially joining a health fund – typically, a 12-month waiting period needs to be served before you can have surgery.
If you have private health insurance, it is your responsibility to check your level of cover for this procedure. If you are not covered for the procedure, you will be responsible for hospital fees. Below are listed questions you should ask your health fund:

  • Am I covered for the Cairns Private Hospital or Cairns Day Surgery?
  • Am I covered for the item number(s) listed on my quote?
  • Will I be covered if this surgery is combined with a cosmetic procedure that does not have an item number?
  • Do I have an excess to pay when I go to hospital? if so, how much is it?

Nearly all plastic surgeons now charge a GAP fee on top of what Medicare and Private Health Funds are willing to contribute for your surgery. Medicare rebates have been fixed and have not increased for years. This has resulted in few, if any, NO GAP Plastic surgeons willing to charge the standard Medicare fee and health fund rebate.

You may be able to get early access to your Superannuation Fund to pay for your life-changing surgery.

This will most likely apply to Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck), Breast Reduction, Body Contouring, Arm lift, Nose Surgery or Skin Reduction after significant weight loss or Bariatric Surgery.

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) will assess your Early Super Fund Access application for medical procedures that treat life-threatening illnesses or chronic pain. The final decision, however, will be made by your own Super Fund, as some funds will not allow withdrawal. Find out more by visiting the ATO website or contacting Supercare.

Financing for cosmetic & plastic surgery

Flexible Financing Solutions for Your Procedure

At FNQ Plastic Surgery, we’re dedicated to making your desired procedure more accessible. That’s why we’re proud to partner with leading Australian financial service Total Lifestyle Credit (TLC) to offer flexible financing solutions tailored to your needs.

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TLC provides personal loans designed for financing medical and lifestyle expenses. With competitive interest rates, flexible repayment terms, and a simple application process, TLC can help you easily finance your procedure. Visit TLC’s website for more information.

DISCLAIMER – Our Practice is NOT a credit provider. We do NOT receive any rebates or commissions from ANY banks or credit suppliers. All finance and credit providers are independent external companies. We provide NO financial advice. You will need to consider your own financial circumstances when deciding if finance is suitable for you.

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