Saggy eyelids and bags under the eyes are an aesthetic nuisance for many of us. Some individuals may suffer drooping skin under the eyelids while others may experience unsightly creases and folds on the upper eyelids that can leave them feeling tired, fatigued or aged.
Thankfully, aesthetic medicine has risen to the challenge by offering advanced eyelid surgery procedures to tackle these problems head-on. Blepharoplasty, or eyelid reshaping surgery is a leader in this field – it remodels and tightens the eye area by removing excess fat and skin in a safe and quick way.
Blepharoplasty for the upper and lower eyelids
This simple cosmetic treatment works like an eyelift to remove excess skin in core eye areas. Patients can use it if they’re suffering from wrinkled or sagging under-eye bags for example or the crinkled folds of skin that can form around the upper eyes as we age.
Both procedures are relatively easy to perform and can improve the appearance of eyes in several transformative ways – from reducing puffiness to minimising the appearance of baggy folds.
Upper blepharoplasty surgery is the quickest of the two treatments, taking as little as 30 minutes to complete. This eyelid lift is performed under a local anaesthetic in most cases, and requires minimal downtime, meaning patients can swiftly return to their normal activities. A small incision is made in the natural fold of the upper eyelid before excess tissues are removed to remodel the upper eye.
The Benefits of Upper Eye Blepharoplasty
Removing excess eyelid skin with an upper blepharoplasty treatment has a host of life-changing practical and aesthetic benefits:
Poor skin quality in our upper eyes can make us look and feel much older than we actually are. As we age, we lose supportive collagen stores in this area, making skin more vulnerable to folds and sagging as gravity takes hold. Additional factors like sun damage and genetics can also intensify this drooping effect, leaving us looking haggard and fatigued. Upper blepharoplasty surgery can remove these saggy folds to give your eyes a fresher and more youthful look.
A blend of genetic and ageing factors can cause some patients to experience severe sagging in the upper eyelids. In these instances, the skin can droop in front of the eyeline, distorting a patient’s field of vision. By removing this excess skin with an eyelid lift, patients can see with much more clarity.
Looking more alert
When the skin sags and gathers in folds above your eyelids, it can make your eyes appear heavy and half-closed. This gives sufferers a more fatigued and drained look. By opting for upper blepharoplasty, individuals can minimise the appearance of theses folds to give their eyes a much more open and alert appearance.
Empowering cosmetic creativity
Having the freedom to apply eye makeup in a carefree way can be a challenge for individuals with distracting saggy skin on their upper eyes. But upper eyelid surgery opens up the possibilities by giving the upper eye a more contoured appearance. Eyeshadows and eyeliners sit much more smoothly on a surface with minimal folds, enabling make-up to look more flawless, saturated and shadow-free. By regaining your make-up mojo, you won’t have to worry about holding yourself back.
Lower blepharoplasty is slightly more complex to perform, with typical treatments being completed over a course of 1-2 hours. A small incision is made underneath the eyelashes, or inside the eyelid under general anaesthetic to remove the unwanted tissues.
The Benefits of Lower Eye Blepharoplasty
Lower eyelid blepharoplasty has the power to refresh the lower eyes in a variety of ways:
By targeting saggy and drooping skin in the lower eye area, lower blepharoplasty restores youthfulness and vitality to this key focal zone. This area loses supportive fatty tissues and elasticity as we age, making our lower eyelids appear hollow and withdrawn. But when we remodel the skin and lift the drooping, our under-eye area is instantly revitalised.
Reducing eye bags
The under-eye area is vulnerable to eye bag formation, which occurs most frequently as we age. Ageing causes a hollowed-out eye bag when our muscles weaken and we lose our supportive fat and collagen structures. But this depressed look can be remedied with under-eye blepharoplasty, which tightens and reforms the sagging skin.
Minimising eye puffiness
Weakening muscles in the under-eye area can also cause the fat stores around our eyes to get displaced. Fatty deposits can shift downwards into the lower eyelid area, giving us a puffy appearance. But under-eye surgery can address this issue by removing displaced fat cells and remodelling the skin for a smoothly contoured look.
With eye bags, sagging skin and unwanted puffiness minimised, patients can feel like their best selves again. Many lower blepharoplasty patients report a direct improvement in self-confidence due to the many positive compliments they receive after treatment.
Patients are less likely to receive negative comments about looking tired or fatigued. Instead, patients often report the improved quality of their social interactions as others start to embrace their revitalised look.
Find out more about our blepharoplasty treatments by calling us on 03339209135, or use our online contact form to request a consultation. We have clinics located across the UK in London Harley Street, Birmingham, Buckinghamshire, Leeds, Manchester and Northampton.