Eyes are one of the most important feature on our faces. Yet, the area is also usually the first to form lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, and bags. For this reason, an eyelid lift or blepharoplasty is one of the most popular procedures at Refresh Cosmetic Surgery by our facial aesthetic surgeons.
When done with skill, an eyelid lift can make your entire face look younger even though the work has only been done on the upper part of the face. At the same time, the effect is not so obvious that people will automatically know you’ve had work done.
Blepharoplasty can be performed on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. If you have a drooping upper lid that hangs over your eyes and makes them less prominent, an upper eyelid lift can bring your eyes out of hiding. The surgery can also often soften frown lines and other fine lines around the eyes.
If you have bags or puffiness under your eyes, a lower eyelid lift can smooth out the area and make your eyes look young again. 'Tear troughs' – deep hollows under the eyes – can also be corrected.
Both upper blepharoplasty and lower blepharoplasty can be performed as a clinic procedure under local anaesthesia with or without sedation. For the upper eyelids, the incision typically begins within the natural crease of the inside corner of the eye and extends slightly beyond the outside corner into the crow’s feet or laugh lines. The incision line follows the natural contour of the upper eyelid and is camouflaged when healed. Through this incision, the surgeon removes excess skin and fatty tissue so that the area is smoother and firmer.
For the lower eyelids, the incision is typically concealed just below the lower lashes where excess skin, muscle, and fat are removed to create a more youthful lower lid. The fat beneath the eye can also be redistributed to eliminate puffiness or bulges. In some patients, the underlying muscle will be tightened. Sometimes, a transconjunctival lower lid blepharoplasty is possible where the incision is inside the eyelid where there is no visible scar.