As we age droopy eyelids can become a reality that we just don’t want to face. Some people have naturally hooded eyes and this can be a major source of stress affecting their confidence and self-esteem. However, with a procedure called blepharoplasty, you could have unwanted fat or excess skin removed from the eyelid area leaving you with a smooth and taut eye area that looks incredibly attractive.
There is no need to wait until the area becomes noticeably droopy, you can visit a reputable practice to help improve your look and get you the results you want. Blepharoplasty has grown in popularity in recent years even though the procedure is a relatively new one.
There are three different types of surgery that may be recommended by your surgeon; Upper eyelid, lower eyelid and double eyelid surgery.
- Upper Eyelid Surgery: This is carried out to remove excess fat and even to improve vision. It can give the eye a more rounded and wide-awake appearance and is often carried out on those who have hooded or droopy eyes.
- Lower Eyelid Surgery: This procedure focusses removal of excess skin that can contribute to bags under the eyes and it can even be one to minimise the appearance of wrinkles.
- Double Eyelid Surgery: This is carried out to open up the eye, creating a wider look and is very popular in Korea.
When performing upper eyelid surgery, the doctor will start by making a cut along the crease of your eyelid where the skin naturally folds over. Then they will take out the additional fat, muscle or simply just remove the skin. Once the surface has been smoothed across the surgeon will close the incision and as the cut was made on the crease, it will be hidden from view.
It is always advisable to carry out plenty of research in advance of visiting a plastic surgeon and thinking the physical and emotional effects the surgery might have on you. As with all surgery, there is some risk and no guarantee of results so an in-depth chat with a qualified professional will give you all the information you need to help you make a decision.
The final results can take time to become visible and can even take up to a year in some instances. Expect side effects such as bruising and swelling and immediately following the surgery there can be double vision or even blindness, but these are temporary and will subside within about 24 hours. Your surgeon will prescribe some eye drops and pain relief and perform check-ups to ensure the recovery process is progressing well.
Generally, this type of procedure will cost between £2,000 and £6,000 depending on the extent of the work and the severity of the sagging. You will also likely have to be a consultation fee which will vary depending on the surgery you use. For example, the London based clinic The Face Surgeons charge an initial fee of £250. In most cases, you can leave on the same day and the surgery takes approximately 1 ½ hours.
There are many things to consider before having blepharoplasty; however, with the right advice and the right surgeon, you could beat the battle with droopy eyelids.