Looking into Blepharoplasty surgery? Find out more below.
As a consequence of the skin ageing process, volume loss, reduced elasticity and laxity are challenges experienced by everybody. The skin of the eyelids is no exception to the ageing process, which, unfortunately, can lead to the appearance of eyelid bags on the upper or lower lids. Many people also experience puffiness of the eyes due to excess fat and weakness of the muscles around the orbit.
Age-related changes to the structures around the eyes can be of significant cosmetic concern for our clients, not to mention the potential to cause problems with vision later down the line.
The features of the skin around the eyes make it particularly susceptible to the early phases of the ageing process. The skin in this area is thin, fragile, and often overlooked in many skincare routines. All of these features mean that the eyelids are unforgiving when it comes to staving off the signs of ageing.
If your reflection reveals saggy eyelid bags, puffiness or droopiness that age you beyond your years, or don’t align with your youthful vivacious mentality and approach to life, you have found the solution.
Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a procedure involving adjustment and manipulation of the skin, fat and muscle of the eyelids. The procedure is capable of yielding significant cosmetic improvement to the face and providing a rejuvenated, youthful-looking appearance.
Blepharoplasty is often performed using a local anaesthetic or numbing agent. There is also the option to undergo a general anaesthetic in certain circumstances where this is required.
The process begins with a consultation with your chosen Harley Medical Group Plastic Surgeon. During this meeting, you will discuss your concerns and clarify your ideal results and preferences. This is where the patient-surgeon relationship begins, and this is a crucially important part of the process at The Harley Medical Group.
On the day of your procedure, your surgeon will re-examine the skin and other tissues around the eyes and place important markings on the skin for reference during the procedure. Next, a shield will be placed over the eye to protect it from damage during the operation. Any excess skin, fat or muscle tissue can then be adjusted or removed using a range of strategically placed cuts made by the surgeon. Blepharoplasty is an intricate and complex procedure requiring refined skill and extensive experience, both factors that your surgeon will utilise to achieve your desired results.
For a few weeks post-surgery, some patients might experience temporary irritation and sensitivity to the eyes and altered tear production, but this will usually settle down without the need for further action.
Eyelid surgery involves the permanent removal of excess tissues around the eyes. Whilst these tissues cannot regrow, the remaining skin will continue to age in the same way as in other areas of the body and no procedure can prevent this.
Depending on the age at which eyelid surgery is performed, upper lid results are expected to last upwards of 5-10 years, with lower lid results often persisting permanently.
Due to the incisions made during the procedure to remove the excess tissue, there will be scarring. Our surgeons make incisions along the naturally occurring lines in the skin to minimise the extent of scarring. Usually, incision scars fade over a period of up to 18 months, changing from deep red and purple initially, to pale pink and white over time.
If you are interested in exploring your options for eyelid surgery, you can arrange a no-obligation consultation with one of our patient advisors today. You can also view a range of results images from our existing clients and read more about the risks associated with blepharoplasty to inform your decision on whether to undergo treatment.
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