When we age, our skin becomes less elastic and firm. As the skin begins to sag, it can cause our eyes to droop. This can change your appearance and make you look older than your years.
Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) explained
Blepharoplasty, more commonly known as eyelid surgery, is a unique procedure that helps tighten the soft tissues around your eyes. You can have eyelid surgery on your upper or lower lid, or even both at the same time.
The procedure is completed under general anaesthetic and takes around one to two hours. It also carries very few risks — though they can occur.
Potential complications include:
- Temporary vision problems
- Uneven results, such as asymmetry
- Visible scarring
- Haematoma (blood pooling under the skin)
- Allergic reactions to the anaesthetic
- Injury to the eye muscles
- Blood clots
However, at The McIndoe Centre, we do our very best to limit the risks of eyelid surgery so that you can get the results you desire.
Upper eyelid surgery
Upper eyelid surgery is where an incision is made on the natural crease above your eyelid. Any excess skin or fat can be removed and the eyelid stitched back up. This can create a lifted effect and eradicate droopy eyes.
Lower eyelid surgery
Lower eyelid surgery is where a small incision is made just below your lash line and extends to the outside edge of your eye. Again, any excess fat that is pushing through your muscle will be removed or repositioned. The incision is then stitched back up and the procedure is complete.
Benefits of eyelid surgery
There are many benefits of eyelid surgery, including:
- A more youthful appearance
- Enhanced vision, if droopy skin is obscuring your line of sight
- Balanced facial features
- Permanent results
- Simple recovery — most people can go back to work within 14 days
- Boosted self-confidence
The benefits of blepharoplasty are vast and can not only visibly improve the appearance of sagging skin, but can also improve your mental well-being by increasing your self-esteem.
Who is a suitable candidate for combined facial rejuvenation?
There isn’t a set criteria that potential candidates have to meet in order to have combined facial rejuvenation. However, some things should be considered, such as your overall health, your desired results, and your current face and skin.
The best way to know if you are a suitable candidate is to have a consultation with a plastic surgeon. They will be able to advise you based on your personal circumstances and needs.
Cost considerations when combining procedures
Many people may think that combining procedures will cost a lot more, but this isn’t entirely accurate. Though it will cost you more to combine your procedures, it will cost you less than if you were to have them done separately.
When you have your procedures done separately, the cost covers everything from your anaesthetic to your stay in the hospital. However, when you combine procedures, these things only need to be done once — lowering the overall costs.
Some hospitals and clinics offer payment plans to help you spread the cost of your procedures.
Recovery and aftercare
Recovery is an important part of your facial rejuvenation journey, so you need to follow all the aftercare advice you are given very carefully.
Some top recovery and aftercare tips to optimise your results are:
- Keep your incision sites clean
- Keep your head propped up with pillows to reduce swelling
- Use cold packs to reduce swelling
- Wear protective sunglasses when going outside
- Take your recommended pain relief medication
- Avoid swimming
- Avoid smoking
- Do not wear contact lenses
- Do not rub or itch your eyes
Your surgeon will provide you with specific instructions to follow after your combination of procedures. By following them, you can get the optimal results you’re looking for from your facial rejuvenation.
Book a consultation at The McIndoe Centre
Combining different facial rejuvenation techniques with eyelid surgery can create enhanced, balanced results that can transform your appearance. At The McIndoe Centre, we can advise you on which procedures would work best for you as well as provide thorough information on each facial rejuvenation procedure we offer.
Achieve your desired results and a youthful appearance with the support of The McIndoe Centre. Book a consultation today and our experienced team will guide you through your rejuvenation journey.
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