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Upper eyelid surgery cost

One of the most common questions that patients have about upper eyelid surgery is the is the cost. To give you a clear idea of what you can expect the cost to be we have created this page to explain the cost in detail.

What is on this page?

  • General overview of total cost of upper eyelid surgery in Australia
  • Medicare Item numbers and detailed explanation as to what health funds and Medicare cover
  • Dr Beldholm’s price list

What is the cost of upper eyelid surgery in Australia?

When it comes to upper blepharoplasty the costs will depend on a lot of facts. There are 2 ways of performing this operation. It can either be done under local anaesthetic and sedation or in a fully accredited Hospital. Upper eyelid surgery on average takes around 1.5 to 2.5 hours to perform.


If the upper eyelid surgery is done under local and sedation then the total cost is most likely going to range from $3000 to $7000.


If the surgery is performed in a private hospital there are 3 charges that apply.

  • Hospital fees range from $1200 to 1600 per hour in addition to a day stay fee. The hospital charges will be covered by your private health fund if you are eligible to use an MBS item number and if you have a health fund that covers this procedure.  
  • Anaesthetic fees range from $1300 to $2000
  • Surgeons fee. This can vary between $3000 to $7000

Dr Beldholm Price list for Upper Eyelid Reduction

You have two options available when it comes to your surgery with Dr Beldholm. You can have it performed under local anaesthetic and sedation in our Day procedure facility in Newcastle. You also have the option of a full general anaesthetic in either Maitland Private Hospital or Hunter Valley Private Hospital.

If you have your surgery done in our day procedure clinic in Newcastle then you will only pay the surgical fee which is all inclusive. If you choose the Private Hospital option,then you will also  pay the private Hospital and anaesthetic fees.

If using the MBS Item number, a rebate is available.

Dr Beldholm’s Surgical Fee

Upper Eyelid Surgery (Upper Blepharoplasty):           $4,990.00

Surgical Fee includes the following:

  • Surgical fee for Dr Beldholm
  • Surgical Eye mask
  • All Post operative appointments
  • Day 1 and 10 -approximately
  • 1,3,6 and 12 months
  • LED light treatments (6) within the first two weeks following your procedure.

Location options

At our Broadmeadow day surgery, this procedure is performed under local anaesthetic and sedation. The theatre facility fee is included in your quote. You will not be able to claim any money from Medicare or your private health fund.

Private Hospital

There is 2 options for your private hospital

  • Maitland Private Hospital
  • Hunter Valley Private Hospital


The hospital that you have selected will invoice you separately once you have had your consultation with Dr Beldholm.

Anaesthetist fees

Your anaesthetist will invoice you separately a detailed invoice will be provided after your consultation with Dr Beldholm.

Is upper blepharoplasty covered by medicare?

The MBS item number for this operation is: 45617


MBS schedule states the following about the item number (further information can be found on


“UPPER EYELID, REDUCTION OF, for skin redundancy obscuring vision (as evidenced by upper eyelid skin resting on lashes on straight ahead gaze), herniation of orbital fat in exophthalmos, facial nerve palsy or posttraumatic scarring, or the restoration of symmetry of contralateral upper eyelid in respect of 1 of these conditions”


You will also need your GP to write a referral letter stating the medical indications relevant to your upper eyelids with reference to the descriptors above.

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