How do you fix droopy eyelids or bags under your eyes?
Eyelid blepharoplasty rejuvenation or eyelid surgery at Aesthetica is the most common way to correct the look of tired eyes and other ageing concerns.
There are also non-surgical facelift procedures that may be an option.
During your consultation these will be discussed to give you the best personalized result.
We identify the first visible signs of our own ageing process, as they confront us daily in the mirror… changes in our facial skin, the downward shifting of the brow, or fullness and the drooping of our upper eyelid.
How many times have we stretched and lifted the sides of our faces or brow in the mirror to visually turn back the years.
It is often said that… “Our eyes are the window of our soul.” this phrase has been used to describe our eyes in all types of literature.
As our eyes are probably the single most looked at, and the most characteristic feature of our face; they are also the first visible signs of ageing.
The effects of gravity contribute to our eyes looking an increasingly tired.
Eyelid surgery – Blepharoplasty at Aesthetica.
Cosmetic surgery called blepharoplasty of the eyelid area is a large and ever changing field.
Many aspects need to be considered, including
- the eyelids,
- the eyebrows
- the corners of the eyes
- the skin around the eyes
- the upper cheeks
Each of these areas, needs to be assessed both in isolation, and in terms of its effect upon the sum of our other features.
Let’s evaluate the areas around the eye.
Then we can consider how their appearance may be improved through surgery.
Fullness of the flesh around our eyes, leads to wrinkling and sagging of the eyelid (commonly called “baggy eyelids”) which may become more evident under the lower eyelids and at the inner corners of the upper eyelids.
The tendency for this to occur may be hereditary.
More often, however, the fullness or baggy eyelids is developmental, and appears in the mid thirties, becoming even more marked in our later years.
Once the tendency for this to occur is apparent, the eyelid concerns will progressively increase.
The upper eyelid may become so stretched and drooping, to the extent that it can impair your sight.
Once this has occurred, repair is much more difficult and the results may not be as good as with cases of earlier surgical intervention.
The golden rule with blepharoplasty is… the earlier the better!
That is, as soon as you are aware of your eyelids becoming baggy or any of the above conditions become evident, it may be time to take corrective action, in order to ensure optimum results.
What type of blepharoplasty eye rejuvenation treatments are there?
The results of an early eyelid blepharoplasty rejuvenation can be highly successful.
There may be more wrinkling or fullness of the skin as years go by, but once those fatty tissue “bags” are removed, they generally do not return.
Non surgical facelifts for the reduction of bags under the eyes or droopy eyelids
Many patients who present early, may be more suited to a full non surgical eyelid lift or facelift based on
- Accent RF
- Muscle relaxant injections for temporary improvement
Upper Blepharoplasty – Upper eyelid surgery
Upper eyelid surgery or upper blepharoplasty is generally performed using local anaesthetic and light sedation. It is not necessary to have a general anaesthetic; but it can be done.
The eyelid blepharoplasty rejuvenation procedure involves the eyelid structure and the surrounding soft tissue only.
There is no interference whatsoever with the muscles or organs of the eye itself.
Therefore, there should not be undue concern about the possibility of any visual impairment.
The repair of incisions is performed with very fine stitches.
In the upper lid blepharoplasty , the excess skin and any overstretched muscle fibres is removed, along with the protruding fatty tissue.
Lower Blepharoplasty – Lower Eyelid surgery
Lower eyelid surgery or lower blepharoplasty is generally performed using local anaesthetic and light sedation. Like the upper blepharoplasty general anaesthetic is not necessary but for patient comfort can be done.
In the lower lid, the lower blepharoplasty procedure may be performed from the outside in an analogous way, at which time usually some loose skin is removed. The incision line is very fine, taking the shape of a natural lid crease; usually healing without any mark.
The procedure may also be performed from inside the lid, where the incision is made in the conjunctive, with no marking on the outer aspect of the lid. This is called a “transconjunctival blepharoplasty”, and is often combined with laser resurfacing.
Double eyelid surgery or double blepharoplasty, can also be performed at the same time, if required.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does the Blepharoplasty procedure take?
The operation itself takes between one and two hours. You may have only one set of lids operated upon, or both the upper and the lower lids.
The blepharoplasty eyelid rejuvenation procedure is usually performed under local anaesthesia, with maybe sedation to keep you comfortable with only a few hours recovery are needed
How will I feel afterwards?
Your Aesthetica Doctor will place an icepack over the eyelids to help reduce the swelling and bruising. The amount of bruising that you get is very variable: in some people, it is hardly noticeable; in others, it can be like having a black eye.
After completion of your procedure, you should go home to rest.
If sutures have been used to close the wound, these are removed after five days.
If you have the area resurfaced, you will be given clear instructions for postoperative care.
When can I return to work?
It depends on the upper blepharoplasty you have had. If the procedure is done from inside the lid (a “transconjunctival blepharoplasty”), you can return to work almost immediately, but only if there has been no bruising and little swelling.
If you have had sutures placed in the wound, they will be removed after five days.
If you have had laser resurfacing, then you will need approximately 5-8 days before the area has repaired itself enough to have makeup applied over it
When will I see Blepharoplasty results?
The eye area will be swollen and may be bruised for approximately one week. This will gradually fade.
We do not recommend that you wear any makeup for, at least, a week after your blepharoplasty. You can of course wear lipstick immediately. After the swelling has subsided, you may apply eye makeup.
Blepharoplasty before and after photos?
What are the Blepharoplasty risks?
As with any procedure, there are always risks and here at the Aesthetica, we believe every patient should be aware of them. However, the likelihood of these problems occurring is no greater than it is with any other surgical operation.
Scarring: rare. The skin of the eyelid, being the thinnest of any in the body, usually heals very well.
If the lower eyelid surgery is performed by the “transconjunctival method”, then there is no external incision at al.l
Infection: not common, antibiotics are always given as a precaution.
Excess bleeding: not common.
Complications particular to laser resurfacing: not common. Will be discussed at the time of your consultation after examining your skin
How much does eyelid surgery cost?
Every case is different and every patient has their own specific requirements and expectations, therefore it is hard to give an exacting price for every procedure. Our doctors and practice manager can provide you with a proposal specifically tailored to suit you. The cost of an eye rejuvenation procedure will obviously vary depending on your age and skin condition, and the results you are looking for.