What Does Blepharoplasty Cost in Australia?

Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in Australia. How much does upper eyelid surgery cost? How about lower eyelid surgery? What are the costs like when you combine the two into one procedure?

Costs will vary according to the extent of work needed and the specific technique chosen by your surgeon. This article helps you understand the full costs of blepharoplasty in Australia.

Blepharoplasty is usually performed as day surgery and can take one to two hours to complete. It is a cosmetic surgical procedure, which removes excess fat, skin and muscle on the lower and upper eyelids to rejuvenate the area around the eyes. These procedures are sometimes referred to as lower and upper eyelid reductions. The best way to determine the exact cost of eyelid surgery is by visiting a surgeon who performs this procedure.

The Australian Medical Board Guidelines for advertising of regulated health services prevents medical service providers, including surgeons, from providing inexact information. Guidelines also discourage advertisements that provide a price and then list conditions or variables that can change that price. As each person and his or her requirements are different, it’s impossible for a surgeon to offer a specific cost for a cosmetic procedure on a website.

Once you visit a surgeon for a consultation and obtain an idea of the costs of your eyelid surgery, you may want a second opinion from another surgeon before making a decision to go ahead.

Eyelid surgery is often combined with other facial cosmetic surgical procedures. Combining your blepharoplasty procedure with others will increase the cost. Only a surgeon specialising in procedures for the face can give you an idea of what the exact cost will be.

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  • Kate says:

    Hi all!

    I’m almost thirty three and have heavy droopy lids that my mother and her three sisters have. I struggle with the same issues and it’s a nightmare. It has gotten much worse recently. I can’t afford a $4000 procedure which is why I haven’t been able to do anything about my problem. If someone could help with an opthamologist that would charge around $1500 I would be incredibly grateful!

    My email is kate_nutz82@hotmail.com

  • mazz says:

    Hi Julie could you please email your ophthamologist in Melbourne, as I need my eyes done. My plastic surgeon said that it was bad enough to be classed as medical not cosmetic but was still going to cost almost $6000 with item number from medicare. Hope you can help. Thank you

  • Fiona says:

    Hi Jenny, I am in Melbourne and in a similar position to you and am amazed at the cost of a plastic surgeon. Would you be able to give me the name of your ophthalmologist . Your help very much appreciated, Fiona
    PS email address is rahbar19@hotmail.com

  • Myszka says:

    I would love to know where I can find a surgeon changing $A 2.5 K for upper eyelid surgery in Melbourne

  • Jenny says:

    I queried prices re this and got the same reply from all, $4K, UNTIL i asked my doctor to refer me to an opthalmologist. We told him that the heaviness of the lids was causing pain on my eyeballs and i became quite tired, not on this but they did tend to “stick” in the mornings. Two weeks later I was in, had bilateral blephoraplasty done – $900. Anaesthetist $300. I am in a v low private fund so my costs were more than most private fund people would pay. I’m in Melbourne. Don’t see a plastic surgeon if you can see an opthalmologist first. It was done under local anaesthetic and my daughter could not believe i actually had EYES! My neighbour who went with me for the op said the difference was remarkable – as was the differnece in price between a plsatic surgeon and an EYE surgeon who specialises in that one area of the body!

    • Alan says:

      Hi Jenny,

      Would you Email me or let me know the Ophthalmologist you used?

    • Colin says:

      Hi jenny would you please tell me who you seen

    • Wendy says:

      I have had a quote from an Opthamologist for upper eyelid and ptosis surgery (tendon repair) but it will cost most than I thought (around $5000). Could please have the details of the opthamologist you mentioned?

    • Ruhan says:

      Can you please email me the eye doctor’s details?
      Thanks a stack

    • Kate says:

      Hi Jenny, I read your post and it has given me some hope that I might be able to afford to improve my sight. I have inherited very heavy lids and struggle with it on so many levels. Is there any chance you could please forward me the details of your opthamologist and what I would need to do? I would be very grateful.

      Regards, Kate.

    • Nicole says:

      Hi Jenny
      Please could you email me the details and contact number for the surgeon who did your procedure?
      Many thanks
      Nicole Cawood

    • Craig says:

      Hi Jenny, I am in Melbourne and in a similar position to you and am amazed at the cost of a plastic surgeon. Would you be able to give me the name of your ophthalmologist . many thanks, Craig
      PS email address is craig.rushby@gmail.com

    • Tania says:

      Hi Jenny, could you emial me or let me know your ophthamologist (hope I spelt that right) I;ve lost 62 kilos in weight and desperately seeking procedure everywhere due to loose hanging skin. You can email me at blhallmanager@gmail.com

  • jennifer says:

    Wow. I’d like to know what surgeon only charges $2500 PLEASE, ASAP, as I need desperately for same issues Both eyelids causing major drop problems onto my lashes. I have been quoted $4K by a standard cosemetic surgeon who said it was done in his OFFICE (not day surgery). If someone could recommend or tell me of a doc they went to who only charged the above – for BOTH eyes – i’d love to know. Thanks heaps!.

  • Rubi says:

    Hi , I am a transsexual and I’m thinking have a eye lift surgery because I want to looks more feminine around my forehead and eyes , you think this surgery can help me to looks like that? Like a little bit of cat eye ? Thank you.

  • Sera says:


    I have had permanent eyebags (not really major, but noticeable enough) since I was a child, not exactly on the lower eyelid, but more like on the high cheekbone area under the lower eyelid (making that part of my face look a bit swollen). … would such a procedure be carried out under local or general anaesthetic? And what region of cost would I be looking at? thanks

    • Costhetics says:

      Hi Sera,
      Thanks for your question! Eyebags are a common issue related to heredity (not always an effect of the ageing process). Many blepharoplasty procedures can be performed with local anaesthetic; it depends on the extent of surgical work being carried out. The cost ranges from $2,500 to $4,500 (AUD). We advise you to schedule a consultation with a surgeon to find out more about how your specific procedure would be carried out and its exact cost.

  • Shazza says:

    Hi, I have very loose skin on my upper eyelid which is causing major dermatitis issues particularly on a hot day. Considering surgery as some days it is unbearable. Will medicare cover if extra skin is causing dermatitis issues??

    • Costhetics says:

      Hi Shazza,
      Thanks for your question. Since your eyelids are causing a health concern, we would advise you to visit a surgeon immediately. You may be eligible for a Medicare rebate given the health concern this issue has caused, but only a surgeon will be able to determine this, as well as provide an exact cost quote for your procedure.

  • Julie says:

    I have my top eye lid resting on my eyelashes ,I have to lift my eyes up all the time so I can’t see a shadow in my sight ,do you think this would be coverd by medicare . Many thanks . Julie

    • Costhetics says:

      Hello Julie,
      If the eyelids cause your sight to be impaired the surgeon will more than likely give you a medicare item number to have the procedure. If this is the case your private hospital cover (if you have it) will cover your day surgery costs. Then you will just have the surgeons fees, which are around $2500- $3000. Alternatively upper eyelid surgery can easily be performed in a surgeons procedure room within their practice, cost is generally around $3500 (no medicare rebate).

    • Karen says:

      I hope so Julie I have just found out I have the same thing happening was told to see a plastic surgeon probably going to cost $2500 wow

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