What is cosmetic eyelid surgery?
Cosmetic eyelid surgery, medically referred to as blepharoplasty, refers to the removal of excess skin and/or fat around the eyes. Eyelid surgery can be carried out on both the upper lids and the lower lids. This procedure is most commonly carried out in order to create a more youthful and alert appearance as well as reducing swelling or ‘puffiness’ which surrounds the eyes.
Why opt for cosmetic eyelid surgery?
Unfortunately, with aging, the skin surrounding your eyes loses its elasticity and underlying muscles become relaxed – therefore, causing the skin to appear loose and not as youthful. With the loosening of this skin, folds can form on the upper eyelids with deep creases forming under the eyes. Similarly, as the muscles surrounding the eyes loosen, the fat around your eye may also move, creating the appearance of a puffy or swollen eye. This is where cosmetic eyelid surgery comes in. Surgery in this instance is used to remove this excess skin and fat creating an overall more youthful and fresh appearance.
What are the alternatives to cosmetic eyelid surgery?
If you don’t wish to undergo cosmetic surgery, there are a number of alternatives which you may wish to try.
Botox is the first alternative to cosmetic eyelid surgery. By injecting botulinum A toxin into specific, targeted areas – in this instance, around the eyes – a firmer, more youthful appearance can be achieved. However, the downside of this treatment is that it is only a temporary solution and after a few years, further injections will be required.
Laser treatments can also be used to reduce the appearance of deep creases and skin folds.
In a similar way to Botox, the results of this procedure are less permanent than that of cosmetic eyelid surgery.
On the other hand, if you wish to further enhance the results of your surgery, you can opt for additional cosmetic procedures such as a forehead or brow lift which will compliment your eyelid surgery and create more dramatic results.
Who to talk to about cosmetic eyelid surgery
When considering cosmetic surgery, you may wish to talk to your local GP as they will be able to recommend highly qualified cosmetic surgeons with experience in your desired procedure.
As well as the reputation of the surgeon, it is important to consider the location of your chosen hospital. Following your surgery, you will be required to attend follow up appointments; therefore, it is advisable to choose a hospital in your local area. For instance, if you live in northern areas such as Hatfield or Balby, you may opt for cosmetic surgery in Doncaster for easy access to your hospital following your procedure.