Reshape Your Eyelids With Blepharoplasty Surgery

People all across the UK, including Manchester, Bolton, Liverpool and beyond are choosing to reshape their eyelids with blepharoplasty surgery.
This is carried out by tightening the soft tissue and skin of the eyelids.
As people age, their skin becomes less elastic. This is more noticeable in smaller regions of the body, especially the eyes and face.
Gravity also pulls down on the soft tissue and skin of the eyes.
Reshaping and repositioning the tissue around the eyes is a common surgical procedure carried out to restore youth and build self confidence.

So what happens during eyelid surgery?

Eyelid surgery can be done using local anaesthetic, which is injected in to the eyelids and sometimes surrounding areas. However, it can also be carried out under general anaesthetic depending on the procedure being performed and the extent of the surgery.

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On average it takes around one and a half hours to complete.
Incisions are made by your surgeon in the skin creases and lines that are natural to your face.
Excess skin and fat tissue is then removed and the cut is closed using fine stitches.

What to expect after eyelid surgery

If the cosmetic surgery on your eyes only requires you to have local anaesthetic, you will be able to return home after a few hours post-surgery.
However, if you have general anaesthetic, you will need to wait until the effects have worn off before you will be allowed home.
In some cases, an overnight stay may be required for immediate aftercare and observation.
Pain relief will also be provided to coincide with the anaesthetic wearing off.
Patients should expect to experience some bruising and swelling following blepharoplasty surgery whereby cold compresses can be used to combat symptoms.
Each operation is different and aftercare will be tailored to suit your individual needs.
In addition, some patients report itchy or dry eyes following surgery along with light sensitivity, watering eyes and blurred vision.
After around 5 days, you will need to return to your clinic to have any stitches removed, unless dissolvable stitches are used.
In the days that follow your operation, you will be given a recommended aftercare plan to aid recovery and ensure you get the most out of your procedure.
This can include;
- Avoiding bending forward or down
- Avoiding the use of make-up until advised
- Ensuring your head is kept upright for 3-4 days
- Sleeping in an upright position
- Avoiding anything other than water to clean the eyes
In the event of experiencing blurred vision as a side effect, patients are not to drive until vision is clear.
If you experience bruising or swelling that looks severe, do not be alarmed.
Both swelling and bruising can get worse for up to 2 days after your operation. Whilst black-eyes may be worrying at first, this is common and can disappear quickly after the third day post surgery.
However, if you have any concerns at all, speak to us for guidance and peace of mind at any point during your aftercare plan.

Make-up and Contact Lenses

If you like to wear make-up or require the use of contact lenses, you should avoid doing so for around 5 days for make-up and 10 days for contacts.

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Eyelid Surgery in Manchester

If you are based in Manchester and are considering surgery around your eyes, speak to our experienced and qualified experts in cosmetic eye procedures.
Eyelid surgery, known as blepharoplasty is one of the most popular requested and functional cosmetic procedures in the North West of England.
It is considered a very effective and safe treatment to improve the look of the eyes and appearance of the face.

Eyelid Correction Surgery

The procedure is low risk and offers fairly quick results and low downtime, meaning patients can see the effects of their surgery in a short space of time, without taking much time off work or other activities.
However, each patients is different on a case by case basis depending on the extent of the surgery and the procedure being performed.
For example, some people have larger eye bags than others, or are more prone to lines and wrinkles.
Eyelid surgery helps deal with the contours of both the lower eyelid and upper eyelid areas.
Common complaints from patients unhappy with the appearance of their eyes include; eyebags and crow's feet.
In the upper eyelid region, surgery focuses on the area between the top eyelashes and the eyebrow.
In the lower eyelid region, surgery focuses between the lower eyelashes and the start of the cheek.
Ultimately, the aim with blepharoplasty is to remove excess skin and tissue from these common problem areas
In addition, during the procedure, fat can also be removed or repositioned to provide a more youthful appearance.

Your Eyes and How They Age

Over a person's lifetime, the eyes and eyelids change dramatically.
This can affect how you look to yourself and to others. It also has a big impact on self confidence.
Changes to the skin are often the first signs of ageing.
Skin loses elasticity as fibres and tissue are lost when we get older.
This creates an appearance whereby the skin looks saggy and droops.
Loss in muscle tone around the eye regions can sometimes make this look worse, as muscle and fat becomes redundant.
Another factor that can dramatically change how the eyes look is the movement of fat in the eye sockets. This fat moves forward and can give the appearance of bulging in the regions of both upper and lower eyelids (eye-bags).
Furthermore, changes in the mid-region of the face in combination with the above factors makes the face look older and droopier.
This is because the contour of the lower eye contrasts the upper cheek. Therefore, as the middle of the face droops, the lower eyelid can become disjointed.
One other common factor as to why the eyelids look different with age is losing volume from the face.
When we are younger, our faces are full of volume that appears smooth and contoured.
However, ageing causes lines and wrinkles that makes the face look less contoured and drawn.
That is why eyelid surgery is sometimes carried out in conjunction with other procedures, such as midface surgery or a facelift, to ensure each region of the face compliments each other.
Sagging, drooping and baggy eyes can be caused by exposure to the sun, sunbeds, smoking and in some cases inherited from family members.
If you are unhappy with the way your eyelids are looking, speak to one of our professional eye surgeons in a no obligation consultation.
There is absolutely no pressure when it comes to surgery and it gives patients a chance to find out more information about cosmetic eye surgery as well as discover possibilities on what is right and what is not right for you on an individual basis.

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Can Blepharoplasty Make a Difference?

Can blepharoplasty make a difference to my life?
This is a common question in the cosmetic surgery world.
When we age, as a human, it is natural for our muscles to slacken and for our skin to lose how elastic it is.
For the eyes, this is no different.
Slacking muscle tissue and less-elastic skin can result in deep creases in the lower eyelids and folds in the upper eyelids.
There are muscles all around the eye. When muscles below the skin in the eye region slacken, it can cause fat that cushions the eye ball to move forward.

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This is known as bulging.
The result of this is an appearance of bagginess under the eye - also known as eye bags.
There are no exact markers for when eye bags can get worse, and in some families, members can be prone to them developing in early adulthood.
When you have inherited eye bags, there is little you can do to prevent it. This is because the condition has a tendency to appear regardless of diet, weight or age.
Patients who have a condition that affects their eyes often report symptoms being worse in the morning, especially after a lack of sleep or a stressful time.
Common complaints relating to the eyelids include; bags, prominent creases and folds of skin.
As we age, we can also experience eyelids that droop. This is more commonly related to the lower eyelids. Whereas the upper eyelids are more prone to skin folds gathering above the eye.
In more severe cases, these skin folds can over-hang the eyelashes and can become visible to the line of vision.

So can blepharoplasty, aka eyelid surgery make a difference?

If you are suffering any of the above symptoms, and are unhappy or feel that your self confidence is lowered by eye-bags, drooping lids or bulging eyes, then blepharoplasty can help.
It is possible to correct one or more of the above symptoms with cosmetic eyelid surgery.
The best way to determine what can be gained from a surgical procedure is to discuss it in detail during a consultation.
Being located in Manchester, we are a central hub for cosmetic surgery in the North.
At the Manchester Private Hospital, we have professional eye surgeons who can correct issues relating to the eyelids.
We can also provide advice and guidance on how to help make your surgery a success.
For example, ensuring you are in good phsyical health is a great place to start.
Patients who maintain a healthy weight with good diet and a regular exercise programme will get more out of cosmetic procedures. This is because excess fat is kept to a minimum.
Furthermore, stopping smoking can help naturally improve the look and feel of skin.
Combining lifestyle changes and good life choices with blepharoplasty will ensure that you are satisfied on a more long term basis.
At first after your operation the skin around your eyes make seem swollen or too tight, but this is completely normal. It can take a few weeks for swelling to go down and to adapt to the feeling of your 'new skin'.
Most patients who undergo eyelid surgery are happy with the results.
Why not contact us today to discuss the options for you with a plan that is tailored to your individual needs and expectations?
We have friendly staff on hand to answer questions and speak with you in a personal but professional manner with absolutely no press what-so-ever.
Being located in Manchester, we regularly see patients who are located in Liverpool to Bolton to Sheffield, Leeds, Bradford and beyond.

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