Your eyes are often the first thing people notice about your face and are important aspect of facial attractiveness. The eyelids protect one’s eyes in addition to adding to their cosmetic appearance.

Unfortunately, over time your upper and/or lower eyelids may become “droopy” or “baggy” because the eyelid skin stretches, muscles weaken, and fat pockets bulge and become more prominent. This most commonly occurs because of the ageing process but also may be a hereditary condition that runs in your family. Your eyebrows also may sag or droop as a part of the same process.

Aesthetically, such conditions may detract from the overall attractiveness of one’s eyes and cause a “tired” or older appearance. When severe, these conditions also may cause functional problems, such as impaired field of vision (baggy upper eyelids) or difficulty wearing glasses (baggy lower eyelids).

What causes eyelid changes?

As people age, the eyelid skin stretches, muscles weaken, and fat accumulates around the eye causing “bags” above and below. Certain eye plastic conditions and eye diseases can cause the same changes and should be excluded, since operations in these cases may make things worse rather than better. In certain eye conditions one would choose not to do plastic surgery or postpone it until it is safe to do the procedure.

What is a Blepharoplasty?

Our consultant ophthalmic surgeon Mr Tristan Reuser explains what blepharoplasty is and answers some frequently asked questions.

Blepharoplasty is eyelid surgery to improve the appearance of the eyelids is termed blepharoplasty. Blepharoplasty is a procedure to remove fat and / or skin and / or muscle from the eyelids. The operation can correct drooping upper eyelids and puffy bags, features that make you look older and more tired than you feel, sometimes even interfering with your vision.

During surgery, incisions are made in the natural folds of the eyelid (in the crease of the upper eyelid and just beneath the lashes or behind the lower eyelid, which is completely invisible ) so that they are virtually unnoticeable after the tissues have healed.

In cases where the eyebrows are also droopy, a procedure to elevate the eyebrows may be appropriate. This procedure is known as an eyebrow lift.

Best candidates

Blepharoplasty can enhance your appearance and self-confidence, but it will not necessarily change your looks to match your ideal. Think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with us. The better you can tell us what you expect, the better we can tell before any procedure whether this can be done.

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