Male Eyelid Surgery Gold Coast & Brisbane

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What is Blepharoplasty or Eyelid Lift?

Male blepharoplasty is a type of surgery to treat droopy eyelids. This surgical procedure improves the appearance of the eyelids. Surgery can be performed in upper lids, lower lids, or both. Male eyelid surgery differs from female eyelid surgery in different aspects. The goal of male eyelid surgery is to create a natural-looking masculine appearance and not overly excise the skin which can feminise the eyes. This procedure gives cosmetic enhancement to the eye without appearing to have had surgery.

Dr Doyle is an experienced male plastic surgeon who has performed hundreds of male facial surgery procedures in his 30-year career. He understands the main aesthetic goals behind male surgery and can discuss all your available options during an initial consultation.

Am I a Good Candidate for a Male Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is a good option for those who are unhappy with the appearance of their eyelids. If you are trying to decide whether or not you are a good candidate for blepharoplasty treatment, here are a few qualifying factors to consider:

  • You have excess loose skin on the upper and/or lower eyelid and it bothers you.
  • You have excess fat deposits that cause puffiness in the upper eyelid.
  • You have loose skin or bags under the eye.
  • Your cosmetic goals are the realistic expectation for improvement and not perfection.
  • You are a good candidate if you don’t smoke and have any chronic illness as these may affect your recovery.

Benefits of a Male Eyelid Surgery

Many males are satisfied with the final result of eyelid surgery as this procedure has both functional and cosmetic benefits. The blepharoplasty procedure helps to obtain a more youthful appearance in males. Upper blepharoplasty may improve your vision if the excess upper eyelid skin is affecting your vision. Some other benefits of male eyelid lift are:

  • A more youthful and rested appearance
  • Removal of dark under-eye circles
  • Improves lower eyelid hollowing

Steps of the Male Eyelid Surgery Procedure


If you choose to proceed with the surgery, a series of investigations may be carried out to evaluate fitness for your surgery. If you are on certain medications, particularly blood thinners, you may be asked to stop them a few days or weeks before surgery.


An upper eyelid lift (upper blepharoplasty) is a minor surgery and is performed as an outpatient procedure either at John Flynn Private Hospital if you would prefer sedation,  or in Dr Doyle’s rooms under local anaesthesia. You should be able to go home the same day of the surgery.

Lower eyelid surgery (lower blepharoplasty) is always performed under sedation or general anaesthesia at John Flynn Private Hospital.

The following are the basic steps for upper eyelid surgery:

  • Dr Doyle will administer local anaesthesia if the procedure is done in his office. If sedation is preferred, then you will be given sedation or a general anaesthetic by his anaesthetist at John Flynn Hospital.
  • Dr Doyle will examine your eyelids and mark the site for the incisions according to your cosmetic goal.
  • Next, the operative field is cleaned thoroughly with an antiseptic solution to minimise infection risks.
  • Dr Doyle will then perform eyelid surgery by making an incision in the natural crease of the eye of the upper eyelid. In the lower eyelid, the incisions are made immediately below the eyelashes.  This helps to make scarring less noticeable.
  • Dr Doyle will remove excess skin and remove fat to create the desired result.
  • The wound is stitched and an antibiotic ointment is applied to the suture lines.
  • If you have had sedation or general anesthesia, you will rest in the recovery room for a few hours before leaving for home.

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Your Eyelid Surgery Journey


The initial consultation with Dr Doyle is the first step toward your eyelid surgery journey. It includes choosing and then meeting Dr Doyle to get evaluated and ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for the procedure. During the consultation period, Dr Doyle will explain the details of the procedure along with the benefits and risks, so that you can decide if it is the right choice for you.

During your consultation,  you will need to inform Dr Doyle about any medical conditions that you have, or any medications that you are currently taking.

At the consultation, Dr Doyle will discuss your male surgery treatment options, and you can select the one which is most suitable for you. You can clear any doubts that you have at the time of your consultation by asking your surgeon some questions:

  • Am I a good candidate for this procedure?
  • How do I get the best result?
  • What surgical technique is best for me?
  • How long is my expected recovery period?
  • How will my eyes look over time?

Dr Doyle will inform you regarding any potential complications that may occur during and after the surgery.


Recovery after eyelid surgery is fairly comfortable for the patient. The following are general instructions to be strictly adhered to following the surgery.

  • Apply cold compression on the eyelids for 24-48 hours following surgery. You can use a hand towel dipped in a basin of ice water. Frozen peas wrapped in a tea towel work well as an ice pack.
  • You should keep your head elevated following the first two weeks of surgery. If you need to tie up shoelaces, squat rather than bending over. When sleeping, use at least one pillow to keep your head above your heart,  so that any fluid causing swelling in the eyelids will resolve quickly.  Sleeping in a recliner at 45 degrees is an option only if you are comfortable sleeping in a recliner and it won’t disturb your sleep patterns.
  • You should avoid sleeping on your face.
  • You should gently clean your eyelids and use prescribed eye drops or ointments.
  • You should avoid straining, heavy lifting, and swimming for a week.
  • You should avoid rubbing your eyes.
  • It is important to remain in close contact with Dr Doyle to prevent any healing complications.
  • Stop smoking as it delays wound healing and also increases the risk of infection following surgery.

Risks and Complications of Male Eyelid Surgery

As with any surgical procedure, eyelid lift also carries some risks of complications and side effects following the procedure.  There are certain side effects related to anesthetic medication such as drug allergy and hypersensitivity. Local side effects like bleeding, hematoma, infection, and sometimes injury to nearby structures may rarely occur. The most common complications that may occur after male eyelid surgery are:

  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Swelling: Temporary swelling following surgery due to collection of blood and fluid.
  • Infection
  • Dry, irritated eyes
  • Visible scar tissue on incision site
  • Injury to the muscles surrounding the eye
  • Eye closure problem: some patients may have difficulty closing the eyes while asleep.
  • Surrounding skin discolouration
  • Temporary or permanent vision problem: double or blurred vision may occur after undergoing eyelid surgery. Blindness is an extremely rare complication

Very rarely, some patients may experience more serious symptoms,  in which case you should immediately consult your surgeon. These warning symptoms of a serious complication are:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • An unusual heart rate
  • Bleeding
  • Pain in the eye or changing vision

Even though serious complications are rare, patients are still susceptible to them after their surgical procedure. Therefore patients need to keep an eye out for the possible signs of serious complications.

You should discuss these side-effects with your surgeon in detail to be able to make an informed decision. It is important to note that most of the complications and side-effects of eyelid surgery can be avoided by choosing a qualified and highly-skilled specialist plastic surgeon to perform the procedure. Book a consultation with our specialist plastic surgeon today.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a good age for male eyelid surgery?

Age doesn’t matter much for eyelid surgery because Dr Doyle will evaluate the condition of your eyelid skin regardless of age. However, blepharoplasty patients must be of adult age (18 years or older).

How long does it take to heal from eyelid surgery?

The recovery time following blepharoplasty surgery varies from person to person. The recovery period depends upon several factors including age, general health status and quality of your skin, etc. Most people will be able to go back to their normal activities in 7 days following eyelid surgery.

Who is a candidate for male eyelid surgery?

If you are trying to decide whether or not you are a good candidate for eyelid lift treatment, here are a few qualifying factors to consider:

  • You have excess loose skin on the upper and/or lower eyelid and it bothers you.
  • You have excess fatty deposits that cause puffiness in the eyelids.
  • You have loose skin and bags under the eye that affect the contour of the eye.
  • Your cosmetic goals are realistic with modest expectations for improvement and not perfection.
  • You are a good candidate if you don’t smoke and have any chronic illness as these may affect your recovery.

Is it worth getting male eyelid surgery?

Many people are highly satisfied with their eyelid surgery and feel more confident and satisfied with the way they look. The short downtime, minimal risks of complications, and the drastic improvement post-surgery together make male eyelid surgery completely worthwhile.

What are the risks of male eyelid surgery?

As with any cosmetic surgical procedures the general risks include infection, poor healing, bleeding, and scarring. The risk specifically with blepharoplasty includes dry eye, photosensitivity, eye irritation, and visual changes. But, the risks of a blepharoplasty also depend upon surgeon expertise. Dr Doyle will be able to talk with you in advance about complications and their management options.

Are you awake during blepharoplasty?

The surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia in those patients having lower eyelid surgery or upper eyelid surgery associated with a brow lift. This means you will be asleep throughout your surgery, and local anaesthesia will be used to numb the eyelid skin to make this procedure as painless and comfortable as possible when you wake up,  prior to your discharge.

Does eyelid surgery make you look younger?

The simple answer is, yes. By removing excess fat, stretched-out skin, and lax muscle, a blepharoplasty is a straightforward procedure that easily helps to reclaim your youthful look.

Is eyelid surgery painful?

Male eyelid surgery is a procedure that involves very minimal pain and discomfort. Local anaesthetic is used on all eyelid surgery so the eyelids are numb at the end of the procedure. After surgery, painkillers and cold compression provide all the relief you need. Dr Doyle will also provide post-operative instructions for you to follow in order to have a comfortable and pleasant recovery.

How much does it cost for male eyelid surgery?

The average cost for a blepharoplasty surgery will vary quite significantly, and this is dependent on several factors. The surgeon’s level of expertise, the condition of your eyelid, and the extent of reconstruction to be done are responsible for variations in the price. For more detailed information about the cost of the procedure, you can book a consultation with Dr Doyle or view our pricing resources:

Will eyelid surgery make my eyes look bigger?

Eyelid surgery can help make your eyes look bigger by removing the droopy, excess skin and fat.

Is eyelid surgery permanent?

The result of male eyelid lift surgery will last in the vast majority of cases. It is not uncommon to develop some loose upper eyelid skin after an upper eyelid lift several years following the surgery. This is due to the eyebrows drooping with age and brow skin falling on to the upper eyelids. It is unusual to see a recurrence of skin and fat in the lower eyelids after lower eyelid surgery. The majority of patients undergo eyelid surgery only once in their lifetime.

Does insurance pay for eyelid surgery?

Health insurance terms and agreements typically don’t cover aesthetics procedures. If you have opted for eyelid surgery for medical reasons (drooping of eyelid affecting vision), and if an ophthalmologist confirms you have a visual loss due to your droopy upper eyelids, your insurance company may contribute a small amount towards the cost.

How do you sleep after eyelid surgery?

You should rest and sleep on your back with your head raised. This can be achieved by sleeping in a recliner at 45 degrees or keeping 1 pillow under the head. This will help prevent swelling at the surgery site.

Can eyelid surgery cause blindness?

Blindness after eyelid surgery is a rare event. However, every step should be taken to prevent it. Prevention should begin before the surgery and should be continued during and after the surgery. If any features of impending visual loss are seen, it should be treated as an emergency, since early treatment can help restore vision.

Does eyelid surgery require anesthesia?

As an incision has to be made on the skin, local or general anaesthesia will be required. A decision as to which anaesthesia will be best  for you will be made by Dr Doyle at your consultation. Your safety is always extremely important to Dr Doyle.

Book a Consultation

If you believe male eyelid surgery may be a good choice for you, book a consultation with our experienced Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Dr Doyle.

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About Dr Mark Doyle FRACS (Plast) – Queensland Plastic Surgeon

Servicing patients in Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Cairns and New South Wales NSW – Northern Rivers, Byron Bay, Ballina, Lismore and more.

Dr Mark Doyle is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon with over thirty years of experience performing BreastBodyFace and Nose surgery. As a highly esteemed plastic surgeon, Dr Mark is driven by an intense passion for helping patients achieve a happier, more beautiful self through advanced cosmetic surgery procedures.

He maintains a strong commitment to achieving the best possible results for all his breast, body, face and nose patients, both men and women.


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