The eyes are often the first place to show signs of ageing, as our skin becomes less elastic and facial muscles weaken, causing skin to form in folds on the upper eyelid and fat to bulge underneath the eyes.
Patients often present at Mr Sudip Ghosh’s Buckinghamshire cosmetic clinic, complaining that they look tired or cross all the time and an eyelid lift, known medically as a blepharoplasty, is a highly effective procedure that can reverse the signs of ageing in the eye area.
Eyelid surgery covers two separate procedures – upper and lower eyelid surgery – and they can be performed as standalone operations or combined together for optimal results. Upper eyelid surgery aims to tighten sagging skin, smoothing the upper eyelid and restoring the natural crease of the lid, and lower eyelid surgery tightens the muscles underneath the eye, removing any excess skin or fat at the same time.
How is an eyelid lift performed?
During your eyelid lift consultation, Mr Ghosh will listen carefully to your concerns and expectations, as well as assessing the face in full. From here, he can offer impartial advice on which cosmetic surgery procedure or combination of procedures is most suitable for you.
Typically, an eyelid lift is performed under a local anaesthetic, but if a more extensive procedure is required it may be necessary to have a general anaesthetic.
In the upper eyelid lift, Mr Ghosh will make an incision in the crease of the brow before removing excess skin and any fat. The cut is then closed with fine stitches and, when healed, the scar should be hidden by the natural fold of the eyelid.
There are two main approaches to a lower eyelid lift. The first is through an incision made directly underneath the lower lashes; Mr Ghosh will then remove any excess fat and skin before tightening the muscle. The second technique is called a transconjunctival blepharoplasty; the incision is made through the inside surface of the lower eyelid, meaning there are no noticeable scars afterwards.
Are there any side effects or risks to an eyelid lift?
Recovery is generally quite quick after eyelid surgery and most patients do not report any serious pain. There will be a degree of bruising and swelling in the first week to ten days so most people take a couple of weeks off work and social events until these are less noticeable.
Possible complications associated with a blepharoplasty include temporary vision difficulties that should clear up relatively quickly. There is also the risk of infection, nerve damage and excessive bleeding or fluid build-up. Sometimes you may be left with a slight asymmetry that might require correction in a repeat procedure.
What results can I expect after an eyelid lift?
It is important to realise that there are some ageing concerns that eyelid surgery cannot tackle, including dark circles under the eyes and the dynamic wrinkles that form around the eyes, known as the crow’s feet. These problems can be treated very effectively with non-surgical treatments such as Botox or laser resurfacing and Mr Ghosh may combine surgery with these aesthetic procedures to produce the best results for his Buckinghamshire eyelid lift patients.
Eyelid surgery is also not able to lift the brows that can start to descend as the muscles weaken. Often, an eyelid lift is combined with a brow lift to achieve the results the patient is hoping for.
How long will my eyelid lift results last?
As with any type of facial rejuvenation surgery, an eyelid lift will not stop the ageing process, so you will continue to age as normal. However, the improvements to the eyelid’s appearance should last ten to fifteen years on average.
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