Blepharoplasty, also known as an eyelift or eyelid surgery, is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures available. The skin around the eyes is a surefire indicator of your age, so blepharoplasty provides one of the most effective means of turning back time and refreshing your looks. Let’s take a look at the different procedures available to beat that droopy-eyed look.
This procedure affects the area between the eyebrow and the eyelid, removing excess skin, muscle, or fat to reshape and improve the contours over your eyes.
Your surgeon will consult carefully with you beforehand, assessing your overall facial structure to ensure that upper blepharoplasty will be sufficient to achieve the desired effect. Our surgical lead, Dr Ayad Harb, is globally recognised as a leading authority in his field.
Sometimes, the skin of the forehead is also involved in creating the appearance of sagging skin over the eye, due to brow descent. Consequently, a brow lift or forehead lift will provide an effective solution to the problem, either instead of or in combination with your upper blepharoplasty.
The minimal scarring from any incisions in the area will be completely covered and hidden by the natural creases and folds that will still be present in the upper eye area.
This procedure creates a fresher, more youthful appearance through the removal or repositioning of excess skin or fat below the lower eyelid (commonly identified as ‘bags’ under your eyes).
The eye is a relatively delicate part of the face, and the skin, bone structure, muscle and fatty tissues around the eye are built to protect it as much as possible. As we age, this fairly complex tissue structure is prone to sagging, creating the bags of tissue that we see on older faces.
Upper blepharoplasty procedures take about an hour, while lower blepharoplasty takes a little longer, usually around two hours.
We recommend that anyone undergoing either procedure book at least one week off work, or preferably two. Bruising and swelling is to be expected, and you may experience some eye irritation – increased sensitivity, wateriness, etc.
We’ll prescribe ointments to help you keep the area clean and hydrated. Cold packs are useful to help manage the swelling, and over-the-counter painkillers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol should be sufficient to help you deal with any discomfort.
We recommend you avoid strenuous exercise or swimming for a few days after the procedure.
Not everyone is comfortable with the idea of cosmetic surgical procedures. We would always recommend a consultation with one of our expert clinicians before booking any kind of procedure – it may be that one of our non-surgical eyelift procedures provides the best solution to your concern. Treatments commonly used in this area include Botox or tear trough fillers.
You can rest assured that your consultation will give you the comprehensive understanding and knowledge you need to choose the treatment you need. It’s not just about the immediate effects – the skin around your eyes is extremely delicate, and any treatment should be chosen with the long-term health of this sensitive area in mind.