Eyes show the strength of your beautiful soul
Skin loses its elasticity and our muscles weaken as we age. The eyelids gradually develop areas of loose skin or folds in the upper lids, while bags and creases develop under the lower lids.
Blepharoplasty, or eyelid reduction surgery, removes the surplus skin and protruding fat to give a more alert and awake appearance.
Both upper and lower eyelid surgery can be carried out under local anaesthetic with or without sedation or general anaesthetic. The surgeon will make incisions in the creases of the upper lids, or just below the lashes in the lower lids. The excisions are extended a little way into the lines extending out to the corner of the eye. Excess skin and fat are then removed. Dissolvable stitches are used to close the wounds and a small dressing may be applied.
You will be seen by the surgeon or a member of his team around a week after the surgery.
After surgery, it is advisable to keep your head elevated for a few days to help reduce swelling. Cold compresses will also help.
The scars will merge with the eyelid fold and eventually become virtually invisible.
All surgery carries a degree of risk. However, when eyelid surgery is carried out by a Consultant Plastic Surgeon, complications are minor and rare.
Blepharoplasty can be carried out under local anaesthetic. There may be a very slight degree of discomfort when the anaesthetic injection is administered. The rest of the procedure will be pain free.