Our eyes are considered to be one of our most important features. While some people do struggle with eye contact, for most of us, when we talk to people we want to look at them and more specifically, make eye contact so that they know that they have our attention and we are interested in what they have to say. However, if you are unhappy with the appearance of your eyes it can make you feel incredibly self-conscious about making eye contact with those around you.
Unfortunately, the thin and fragile nature of the skin around our eyes means that it can quickly suffer the effects of ageing – most noticeably sagging and wrinkling. These occur because our body’s natural levels of collagen and elastin drop, causing our skin lose elasticity and droop. This can cause our eyelids to look and feel heavy, and deep lines and wrinkles to form.
If you are unhappy with the appearance of the skin above or below your eyes, then you may be considering a highly successful and transformative cosmetic surgery procedure known as blepharoplasty.
Blepharoplasty is a type of cosmetic surgery that is rising in popularity due to the way it can transform the appearance of your eyes and take years off of your appearance. The purpose of blepharoplasty is to address the skin on the upper and/or lower eyelids, removing any excess and tightening it up so that the skin around your eyes looks firmer, smoother and more youthful.
Blepharoplasty is usually considered a suitable cosmetic surgery treatment for patients who have the following issues:
Lower eyelids that sag and reveal the lower part of the eyeball or more
Upper eyelids that seem heavy and sag, sometimes so much so that the skin partially obscures the patient’s vision
Moderate to large bags under the eyes
Excessive skin around the eyes that is dropping and sagging
A blepharoplasty procedure is a fairly short, straightforward procedure that can be performed under local anesthetic, or combining local anesthetic with sedative medications. Once you are suitably anesthetized, your surgeon will make small incisions along the natural folds of the eyelid, or alternatively just inside the lower eyelid. By placing the incisions here, any scarring will be fairly well hidden. The excess skin will be cut away and then the wounds closed using sutures or sterile sticky strips.
You shouldn’t be in too much discomfort after your surgery, but if you are, your surgeon will be happy to prescribe you with some pain relief. In most cases, you should be able to go home the same day, although you will not be able to drive for a little while and so you should arrange for someone to take you.
Your surgeon will give you specific advice regarding the aftercare of your eyes. They will be red, swollen and bruised for a number of weeks, and you may wish to schedule some time away from work until these effects subside. Make sure you follow your surgeon’s instructions, which will include wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes from the elements when you go outside and avoiding certain activities such as swimming, until you are fully healed.
Don’t let sagging skin around your eyes make you look and feel older than you really are. Blepharoplasty can transform your appearance and restore the confidence that you deserve to have. Contact us today to schedule your consultation appointment.