The latest figures released from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons revealed the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the US last year. Cosmetic surgery procedures to reshape the breasts and body, such as the breast augmentation, liposuction and tummy tuck were all very popular, but the eyelid lift, known medically as a blepharoplasty, is the only facial rejuvenation procedure to make the top five.
The delicate skin around the eyes is one of the first areas of the face to show the signs of ageing and sagging upper eyelids or marked bags beneath the eyes can make a person look older, tired or even angry. The rise in popularity of the eyelid lift is in part due to the knowledge that eyelid surgery can address these ageing concerns and often affect a dramatic rejuvenation.
How ageing affects the eye area
As we age, our skin starts to lose its elasticity and our muscles slacken. On the upper eyelids, this means that loose skin collects in folds and creases and as well as aesthetic concerns, some patients find that their eyesight can even be affected. As the muscles that surround the eye weaken, the natural fat pockets beneath the eyes can bulge and protrude, forming eye bags.
What does eyelid lift surgery entail?
The blepharoplasty procedure can be performed on either the upper or lower eyelids or both together in one procedure. It is typically performed under a general anaesthetic and on the upper lids, Mr Alan Park will make incisions that follow the natural creases of the upper lids. On the lower lids, the incision can be made either just below the lashes in the lower lids or through the inside of the lower lid.
Excess fat, sagging skin and lax muscles can all be tightened or removed through these incisions and then why are closed with sutures. The skin around the eyes is thinner than elsewhere on the face and typically heals very well.
Mr Alan Park will discuss the procedure in full during your blepharoplasty consultation and also advise you on whether other facial rejuvenation procedures such as a brow lift might be more appropriate to address your ageing concerns. Call 01926 436341 to arrange your cosmetic surgery consultation.