Five biggest mistakes Facial Surgeons make for Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)

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Eyelid Rejuvenation Surgery: Five biggest mistakes Facial Surgeons make for Blepharoplasty.

  • Do you have droopy eyelids?
  • Are people constantly asking you if you are tired?
  • Do you notice that your eyes don’t look as fresh – or refreshed – as they once did after a great night’s sleep?

You may be a candidate for an eyelid lift procedure (Blepharoplasty).

But before you have eyelid surgery, learn more about the potential pitfalls – the common mistakes some Surgeon’s can make during Blepharoplasty.

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When you look in the mirror, do you sometimes hold up your eyelids with your fingers? Do you pull the upper facial skin back with your hands – trying to imagine how your eyelids might look if they were surgically lifted or corrected?

You might be ready to look into surgery, but here’s what you need to know before choosing a Surgeon.

The first thing to know is that Eyelid Surgery, whilst very popular amongst women and men who want to look younger or have more noticeable eyes, is NOT a simple procedure.  It is complex, and because it is so close to the eye area, it is also potentially risky if the wrong procedure is performed OR if it’s NOT performed by the right Specialist Surgeon.

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So what is a Blepharoplasty and why is it so complex?

Eyelid lift surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a form of facial surgery that can dramatically rejuvenate your entire appearance. It tends to involve ‘skinny incisions’ and careful readjusting of the skin and fat tissues around the eyes, with sagging skin removed surgically through excision processes.

No more puffy looking, sagging upper eye lids! No more under-eye ‘bags’.

Blepharoplasty is a popular surgery option if you have:

  • Eyelids that droop or sag
  • Persistent eye bags that don’t improve with getting a great nights’ rest
  • Eye lid appearance concerns that cannot be remedied with make-up
  • Fat deposits either on, or surrounding, your eyelids
  • Eyes that look puffy no matter how much water you drink or how much sleep you get
  • Eye area wrinkles or too much skin on your lower eyelids
  • Vision impairment caused by too much skin around the eyes (ptosic upper eyelids)
  • A desire to look fresher and more “lively” around the eye area

Eyelid lift surgery is also highly effective when done correctly.

However, it is an extremely delicate and complex procedure, so it has potential pitfalls you’ll want to know about beforehand.

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Here are the top 5 mistakes facial surgeons can make with a blepharoplasty:

Eyelid Surgery Mistake #1: Too much fat gets removed

There is something called too much of a good thing.

One of the most common mistakes of blepharoplasty is for your surgeon to remove TOO much fat. This is sometimes called “hallowing”

This takes the appearance of your eyelids from youthful and fresh to taught and frankly startled!  It’s not what most people are wanting to look like after Surgery, and a Experienced Oculplastic or Plastic Surgeon with extensive experience often knows how to avoid this because they’ve had such extensive experience – but a less experienced, or less skilled Surgeon, can get it very wrong.

Help to avoid this by with your surgeon before the operation what end result you want. And ASK to see before and after SURGERY images of your Surgeon’s eyelid lift surgery patients’ results.

What to ask your Surgeon for:  You’ll want a conservative, natural-looking result that is also long-lasting.

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Eyelid Surgery Mistake #2: Your eyes are very bruised

Everyone reacts differently to surgery and some patients are known to bruise more readily than others. However, a great Surgeon can sometimes minimise the post-op bruising due to having a finessed, highly skilled approach.

Whereas an overly-aggressive eyelid lift procedure CAN result in more extensive bruising around the eyelid and eye area.

Most bruising does heal on it’s own, but there might be a long-lasting difference in the appearance to the eye region OR a longer healing period.

You definitely want to choose a Surgeon with surgical finesse, precision skills and extensive experience.

Selecting an experienced, certified and qualified Eyelid Surgeon, such as Oculoplastic Expert Dr Benjamin Burt FANZCO FACS will significantly lessen your chances of having this happen.

Remember to ask to see previous patients before and after pictures and ask to speak with prior patient’s who’ve had the procedure done by your Surgeon.

Eyelid Surgery Mistake #3: The eyes appear asymmetrical

You finally take the leap for the eyelid surgery to remove your eye bags. But the results don’t match!

Having mismatched or asymmetrical eyelids after blepharoplasty is a common mistake that can occur with a Blepharoplasty surgery.

It can occur due to the tissues having been over-excised – or simply due to natural changes in the way each eye responded to surgery or to healing processes.

This is something that can be corrected with revision surgery, after the full healing time has passed post-surgery.  Some of this can be avoided but there is some unknown in how the two sides of the face will heal (and we all know that the two sides of a face are anything but perfectly symmetrical). 

Eyelid Surgery Mistake #4: Your lower lid is in the wrong place

Lower lid surgery is extremely delicate and micro-centimetres make all the difference.

Malpositioining of the lower lid is big mistake that can give your eyes the appearance of being different sizes, or even make it look as if you have a squint.

Again, revision or secondary surgery can fix this once healing time has passed and tissues have regained their pre-surgical state.


Eyelid Surgery Mistake #5:  You can’t fully close your eyes

Perhaps one of the most concerning risks of a Blepharoplasty procedure is losing the normal function of your eyelids when a Surgeon takes too much skin away or creates incisions in the wrong place.

When too much skin is removed during a blepharoplasty, you may have difficulty closing your eyes.

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This is something that can be avoided by selecting an experienced Surgeon that has an outstanding track record and a very precise, precision skilled approach to eyelid surgery.

This means careful measuring and marking of the eyelid skin to be excised, and an acute understanding of the laxity of the skin as well as your unique facial anatomy, BEFORE taking anything off!

How to Help Avoid Undesired Surgical Outcomes: Choose an Experienced Eyelid (Oculoplastic) Surgeon


Fortunately, at Cosmetic Surgery for Women and Men, we have a leading Blepharoplasty Surgeon, Dr Benjamin Burt FRANZCO FACS.

Oculoplastic Surgeon Dr Burt has devoted his life’s work to performing eye procedures and eyelid surgeries. He has performed thousands of eyelid lifts on women and men of many different ages, and he is highly regarded for his expertise and surgical skills, including ptosis correction, revisional surgery and Canthoplasty procedures.

Experience counts.

It can help to choose a clinic with experienced Eyelid and Facial Rejuvenation Surgeons for Optimal Blepharoplasty Surgery Outcomes.

Our Melbourne team of eyelid lift surgeons are amongst the most-respected & highly experienced Surgeons in Australia.

Our Team includes Dr. Benjamin Burt, Dr. Doug McManamny and Dr. Geoff Barnett.


Example of natural looking eyelid lift surgery by Dr Benjamin Burt, Oculoplastic Surgeon and Blepharoplasty Surgeon.

For more photographs, visit the procedures page for Eyelid Surgery including Ptosis repair or go to our Blepharoplasty Before and After page.

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Contact us to find out more about blepharoplasty with one of our leading surgeons in:

Hawthorn (Melbourne near Kew, Camberwell or Richmond)

Williamstown (near Geelong)

Please submit a confidential enquiry form.  Or you can arrange to speak with one of our Patient Care Coordinators by phoning during clinic hours: (03) 8849 1444.

We look forward to helping you get fresher looking eyes – with an excellent, natural-looking result.

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Last updated: 18/05/2018
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Dr Geoff Barnett
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: