Blepharoplasty Eyelid Stitches Removal – Does Getting Your Eyelid Stitches Taken Out Hurt At All?


Blepharoplasty Eyelid Stitches Removal

Is Removing Your Eyelid Stitches Painful after an Eyelid Lift Procedure?

If you’ve been following a young patient’s journey through her Eyelid Reduction Surgery (an Upper Blepharoplasty to reduce heavy upper eyelids which were leading to recurring skin irritations), you’ll have seen her VIDEO journey’s and blogs on our site as well as her cosmetic beauty channel.  Her name is Amea Mae, and late last year (2016) she booked herself in for a Blepharoplasty eyelid surgery to reduce her puffy upper eyelids.  She was very nervous about having surgery.

Nervous about having Eyelid Surgery – Blepharoplasty: What’s it REALLY like?

Many patients are nervous about cosmetic procedures, particularly those that involve the eye area.  And, like many patients, Amea did a LOT of online research before choosing Dr Benjamin Burt, FACS/FRANZCO, a Oculoplastic Surgeon whose practice focuses entirely on surgery of the eyelids, eyes and brows.

Both Dr Benjamin Burt, and Cosmetic Surgery for Women and Men in Hawthorn East where he sees patients in Melbourne, came highly recommended by several of her acquaintances.

Dr Benjamin Burt is a Oculoplastic Surgeon who focuses on Surgery of the Eyes/Eyelids and Brow Area of the Face.

Dr Benjamin Burt’s surgical focus in eyelid lift/eyelid reduction surgery gave Amea confidence in her selection of the Specialist Surgeon she chose to perform her Upper Blepharoplasty procedure.

  • This was highly important to Amea, as she felt extremely anxious about “going through with it” even though she had been wanting it for years.
  • So once she booked her actual surgery date for eyelid reduction, she felt both excited AND very scared about having the procedure.
  • Her top fears were pain, getting the stitches out (there wasn’t a lot she found online about getting her eyelid stitches removed). So she decided to blog about her experience herself, and made a video series about her experiences.

Why a Patient in her 20’s chose to have a Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Reduction Surgery)

Amea wanted her eyelids reduced through a Blepharoplasty, but was still reluctant to have surgery and nearly talked herself out of it.

Some people inadvertently believe that eyelid surgery is only for people past a certain age; but most individuals who are over 18 and a suitable candidate for surgery, may choose elective eyelid surgery or corrective eyelid surgery to reduce sagging upper eyelids.

  • Some patients who have skin folds above the eyelid also find it hides their upper lashes and leaves them unable to wear some forms of makeup they really want to be able to wear.
  • This may include some individuals of Asian heritage, who want a slight eyelid skin reduction whilst maintaining a natural look.
  • Asian eyelids may choose a certain type of Blepharoplasty procedure – known as an Asian Blepharoplasty or Asian eyelid lift – to help reduce the upper lid whilst still leaving an aesthetically pleasing, natural looking effect.


Amea had long been concerned about the sagging upper eyelid skin and how it impacted her facial appearance – and as an Eyelash Technician and top rated beauty blogger, she was unhappy with how the heavy looking upper lids hid her eyelashes.

So last year (2016), she booked in for a consultation with Dr Benjamin Burt, FRACS/FRANZCO, a renowned Oculoplastic Specialist  and Corrective Eyelid Surgery expert who is part of the team at Cosmetic Surgery for Women and Men in Hawthorn East.  She was delighted to learn that he could assist her to remedy the skin issues she was having with her heavy, slightly drooping eyelids.  She booked her surgery only a few weeks after the consultation, which initially felt “fast” to her – but she noted that it was good it didn’t linger as she admits she was a ‘worrier’ about potential surgery pain and that it was good that it wasn’t too long a wait before her surgery date.


Amea admits she nearly frightened herself into cancelling her Blepharoplasty after watching it performed on YouTube.

But she wanted to remedy the constant skin irritations and appearance of her heavy eyelids and upper eyelid ptosis.

So she convinced herself to stay courageous and to have the surgery she had long wanted but was afraid to experience until she met with Dr Burt.

Dr Burt’s easy going nature, his expertise in eyelid reduction surgery, and his calm confidence in what could be achieved, gave Amea May the confidence she’d been looking for – to take the risks involved. Her main fear, again, was pain and discomfort, or looking ‘over done’ (something Dr Burt works diligently to prevent from happening, by reducing the eyelid area by JUST enough – rather than taking too much).

In her video series about recovery and healing from Blepharoplasty, Amea states she’s very happy that she pursued her choice to have the surgery done.

She wanted others to know what the experience actually FELT like, so she organised an entire v-log on the surgery experience…click here for the blog that links to her video series on Blepharoplasty Eyelid Surgery Recovery and Healing Times.

Is under 30 TOO young to get a Blepharoplasty?

Amea wondered if only older patients qualified for an Eyelid Lift procedure. Certainly facelifts are unlikely to be performed on women or men in their 20s, but eyelid reduction surgery is very different.

Dr Burt assured her that patients in their 20s and 30s, who inherited heavy eyelid skin or double folds, often sought his surgery expertise to achieve a more distinguished eyelid crease and an area on which to apply dramatic makeup (eye shadow and mascara).


Eyelid Surgery in a Younger Vs Older Patient: What’s the difference?

Younger patients do tend to have more resilient skin, and may heal more quickly from a surgical procedure – so long as they follow instructions and live a healthy lifestyle. Even so, there is a risk of complications, which your Surgeon will discuss during your first consultation.

  • For patients above 40, eyelid reduction is usually linked with ageing, loss of skin collagen and increases in the upper lid tissues that lead the upper lid to sag or droop over the pupils.
  • This is called “eyelid ptosis” and is relatively common in individuals who are over forty and fifty years in age.

However, even younger patients may have heavy, drooping eyelids, usually an inherited family trait and sometimes related to an illness, injury or asymmetry of the eyelid area. Such was the scenario for Beauty Blogger and Social Media Influencer, Amea May, who’s heavy lids were interfering with her eyelid health and causing her discomfort and self-consciousness.


Changes to Amea’s Appearance and her Eyelid Irritations: What she discovered after having Blepharoplasty surgery

  • Amea May indicated she was suffering from frequent eyelid skin irritations (allergies and dermatitis types of conditions)
  • It was assessed that these were primarily related to the way her heavier eyelid skin folded over itself.
  • And as you can tell in her Video Blogs (V-logs) about her eyelid lift surgery, skin irritation in the eyelid area has abated to a large degree.  Remember, though, that everyone is different.

Ask a Surgeon what to expect for YOUR eyelid lift procedure. And be sure you keep your expectations realistic.

TOO young to get a Blepharoplasty?  Amea May wondered if only older patients qualified for an Eyelid Lift procedure, and what others would think about her choices.

Amea discovered that some patients of younger ages DO benefit tremendously from Blepharoplasty surgery.

Find out more by watching Amea May’s VIDEO about Eyelid Surgery healing and recovery experiences.

In one of Amea May’s eyelid surgery videos (v-logs or video blogs), she also discusses getting her eyelid stitches removed. blepharoplasty-eyelid-stitches-pain-removed-taken-out-does-it-hurt

Does getting your Blepharoplasty Stitches Removed hurt at all? Is there a lot of pain involved with Eyelid Surgery?

In her VIDEO series about having cosmetic eyelid surgery, she admits that one of her greatest fears before her Blepharoplasty Surgery was the pain – and she worried about what it would feel like to get her eyelid stitches taken out.

  • Whilst she was very nervous leading up to her surgery, Dr Burt and his team did their best to help her relax and calm her nerves.
  • To her surprise, neither the surgery itself nor the suture removal process where nearly as uncomfortable as she had expected.
  • Her VIDEO series has a specific segment dedicated to the removal of eyelid stitches after blepharoplasty surgery.

‘It didn’t hurt at all’ she noted about the experience of getting her eyelid stitches removed a week after her procedure.


“I’m so glad I went through with it and didn’t scare myself out of getting the surgery with Dr Burt,” she admitted during an interview in her series.

If YOU are interested in having your eyelids assessed by one of Melbourne’s most highly regarded Oculoplastic Specialist Surgeons, Dr Benjamin Burt, please send an enquiry form below or phone our Patient Care Team on (03) 8849 1444.

Dr Burt sees patients at Cosmetic Surgery for Women in Hawthorn East or in Melbourne (Berwick appointments may be available).

Watch Amea’s video showing eyelid stitches getting removed after her Blepharoplasty surgery.
Does it hurt to get eyelid stitches out? stitches-coming-out-after-blepharoplasty-surgery

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Dr Geoff Barnett - MBBS, FRACS (Plast)
Dr Geoffrey Barnett, FRACS (Plas) is a Melbourne based Specialist Plastic Surgeon who has over 35 years of expertise in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon for Cosmetic Surgery, Plastic Surgery and Body Contouring Surgery after Bariatric Surgery.Qualifications and Memberships: Specialist Plastic Surgeon (FRACS) Member - Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery [FRACS (Plast).The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) is the only professional body recognised by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) and the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) to train Surgeons in Australia and New Zealand.Author BIO page: