Blepharoplasty – known to the layperson as an eyelid lift – is a little procedure that does a lot of work: after all, when you look at someone’s face for the first time, you’re not usually looking anywhere but straight into their eyes.
There are two main eyelid lift procedures – known as ‘upper blepharoplasty’ and ‘lower blepharoplasty’ – and they do two separate jobs, but both can make your entire face appear younger. The upper version is designed to correct the drooping effect of an eyelid, removing any eyelid overhang and restoring the prominence of the eyes, while also softening frown lines and getting rid of crow’s feet.
The lower blepharoplasty, on the other hand, is geared towards the removal of bags and puffiness beneath the eyes, smoothing out the area and restoring vitality – as well as eliminating the deep hollows under the eyes known as ‘tear troughs’.
A simple, safe, and effective solution
Both upper and lower blepharoplasty procedures are performed under local anaesthesia – with or without sedation. Upper eyelid work usually involves a hidden incision inside the natural crease of the eye, which extends slightly beyond the outside corner, allowing the surgeon to remove excess skin and fatty tissue. In the case of a lower blepharoplasty, the incision is made below the lower lashes, allowing the practitioner to remove excess skin, muscle and fat. In certain cases, the fat can be repositioned to order to smooth out the appearance and restore vitality.
A fresh perspective on the way you look
Bottom line: if you want to do something about the way you look with minimal risk and maximum effectiveness, blepharoplasty is the perfect entry-level procedure. For a gallery of Before and After photos taken at Mr Maisam Fazel’s Refresh Cosmetic Surgery clinic, plus more information on how an eyelid lift can make a positive difference, click here.