Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) is a cosmetic surgical procedure that corrects premature ageing of the eyelids.
Eyes are often considered the most endearing feature of a person's face. Aside from being able to convey a range of emotions, they can portray a natural beauty (which with make-up can be enhanced even further). However this beauty can be affected through age as the appearance of excess skin causes 'hoods' over the upper lids and folds in the lower lids. An excess build-up of fat can also cause 'bags' and puffiness around the eyes.
During a person's there is a degree of stretching of the eyelid skin, which unlike other areas of the body, is especially thin. Over time, fine lines and creases develop due to the activity of facial muscles in smiling and squinting. As a result the skin begins to loose its elasticity. Exposure to sunlight and smoking will also contribute to skin damage. Furthermore, some people have an inherited tendency for their skin to age more quickly than others (which is often seen around the eyes first) and develop excess fat deposits, which with age become more obvious with the loosening of the soft tissue around the eyes.
It is important to realise that with eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), fine creases will not be eradicated. To try and do so would produce an over-correction, or a staring appearance and potentially change the shape of the eye itself. Thicker creases around the eyes, often called 'Crow’s Feet', cannot be eradicated either.
A patient will often elect to have eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) performed as part of a brow lift or facelift to enhance a full rejuvenation effect, as these procedures complement each other.
You can read more about Blepharoplasty and the recovery period involved in the section below, including a video of one Mr Chana's patients undergoing upper and lower Blepharoplasty as part of a facelift.