Blepharoplasty: a horrible name for a beautiful result

Blepharoplasty – otherwise known as an eye lift – is a very popular cosmetic procedure, and for good reason. Not only does it deliver a solid rejuvenation boost to the eye area, but it also corrects a condition called ptosis, where the upper eyelid droops over the eye. Some people are born with it, while others develop it as a side effect of certain surgeries, or due to facial diseases such as tumours.

Either way, this condition can have some very uncomfortable knock-on effects. For example, if you’re finding yourself having tip your head back or raise your eyebrows to try to see more clearly – and are already developing head and neck strains by doing so – you could already be suffering from a condition you’d rather to without.

Delete the droop, safely and effectively

However, most of us develop a droopy eyelid due to common-or-garden ageing. It’s all to do with the stretching and weakening of the levator muscle tendon, which is the part of the facial structure which lifts the eyelid whenever we open our eyes or blink. Not surprising, really: seeing we’re capable of blinking up to 20 times per minute, it’s one part of the face that is constantly subjected to natural wear and tear.

The procedure which we used to correct this condition is called an upper blepharoplasty: a straightforward surgical technique which corrects the drooping effect an eyelid has developed over time, removes any eyelid overhang and restores the prominence of the eyes. It also has the added bonus of softening frown lines and getting rid of crow’s feet.

Lose the fat, or reshape it

An upper blepharoplasty is performed under local anaesthesia – with or without sedation. A tiny, undetectable incision is made inside the natural crease of the eye, which extends slightly beyond the outside corner, allowing the removal of any fatty tissue and excess skin. In certain cases, the fat can be repositioned, in order to smooth out the appearance and restore vitality.

Clients who have undergone this procedure – whether for cosmetic reasons or because of ptosis – find that it really changes the way they look for the better. For a gallery of Before and After photos taken at our clinic, plus more information on how an eyelift can make a positive difference, visit our gallery.

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