Upper / Lower Eyelid Surgery
Getting older can take its toll on the appearance, particularly to the skin around the eyes that can become loose and wrinkled, start to sag, and make the eyes look tired, adding years to the face. Eye bag removal surgery helps to restore youthfulness to the face; despite the name this procedure covers surgery to remove excess skin and fatty tissue from above the eye, removing the hood of skin that can develop, as we get older. It can also be used to remove excess fatty tissue and skin from underneath the eyes, and smooth wrinkles to corners of the eyes, often known as crow’s feet.
The benefits of surgery:
- Increased overall self-confidence and self-esteem
- Take away that ‘tired look’
- Easier application of make up
- Correct premature ageing
- Improved appearance/Look younger
- Improved vision in some cases
Eye bag removal surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a straightforward procedure that usually takes between one and three hours to complete and is often carried out as a day case procedure. The length of time you are in theatre for and your recovery time will depend on the specific surgery you decide to have – this could be surgery to the upper lids, lower lids, or together.
Upper Eyelid Surgery
For some patients, upper eyelid surgery only requires the use of a local anaesthetic meaning the recovery time should be quicker than if a general anaesthetic is used. A small incision is made along the natural crease of the upper eyelid (approximately 1cm above the lash line) is made initially. Then the skin is carefully separate from the underlying tissue before removing or repositioning the fatty tissue and tightening the muscles. Before stitching or gluing the incision using surgical glue, the skin will be stretched to ensure that the end result is smooth and free from lines and wrinkles.
Lower Eyelid Surgery
If you opt for lower eyelid surgery, or a combination of upper and lower eyelid surgery, this will almost always be performed under general anaesthetic. An incision is made along the lower lash line before removing any excess fat (often known as eye bags) and stretching the skin to ensure a smooth finish. Once the incision has been stitched, any excess skin will be removed and you will be left with smoother, younger looking skin underneath the eyes.