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What conditions can eye surgery target?

Excess eyelid skin and sagging eyes are, unfortunately, a natural side effect of the ageing process.

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What conditions can eye surgery target?

Excess eyelid skin and sagging eyes are, unfortunately, a natural side effect of the ageing process. Although both these conditions can be a cosmetic concern, sometimes they may require treatment for medical reasons.

Luckily, excess eyelid skin and sagging eyes can be treated through eye surgery. Here we will look at these conditions and how the Cadogan Clinic’s expert surgeons can help.

Excess eyelid skin

Sagging skin is a common sign of ageing, due to the loss of the skin’s natural elasticity. The skin around the eyes, including the eyelids, can be especially prone to loosening and drooping with age, because the skin in this area is very thin.

Loose skin on the eyelids can be a cosmetic concern, impacting upon an individual’s self-esteem, possibly even causing them to avoid certain social situations through anxiety or embarrassment about their appearance. But excess eyelid skin can pose a hazard to a person if the drooping skin interferes with their normal vision, meaning activities like driving or riding a bike are dangerous to themselves and to others.

The eyelids can reveal the first signs of ageing due to the fine nature of the skin, combined with excessive squinting, blinking and facial expressions. This soft, delicate tissue will gradually begin to sag over time as the muscles weaken and collagen and elasticity levels gradually deplete. Smoking and excessive sun exposure can make the problem more acute.

Facial exercises, anti-ageing creams and cosmetic procedures can all help tighten the loose skin on the eyelids. But sometimes eye surgery is the only effective way to tackle the problem of excess eyelid skin.

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Excess Fat

Blepharoplasty surgery, otherwise known as eyelid reduction surgery or eye bag removal, can help correct heavy upper eyelids, hooded or drooping eyelids and eye bags by removing a small amount of excess skin, fat or muscle. The relaxed muscles are tightened, giving the skin a firmer, more youthful appearance.

Blepharoplasty is a short and highly effective procedure that can achieve immediate changes with very little downtime. Non-surgical options are also available, but these are not as effective as eye surgery, particularly in cases where major intervention is required.

Blepharoplasty is suitable for both men and women.

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Sagging eyes

Sagging eyes occur when the levator muscle, which is responsible for lifting the upper eyelid, stretches. This also causes the eyelid to droop.

Many people develop sagging eyes as the delicate skin around the eye area begins to lose its elasticity. Once again, this is often due to the ageing process.

However other conditions can also cause the eyes to sag. These include nerve and muscle disorders, congenital factors, disease, injury, over-exposure to the sun and many more.

Just like excess eyelid skin, eye surgery is the best treatment for sagging eyes, rejuvenating this delicate area of the face.

Anyone experiencing excess eyelid skin or sagging eyes should rest assured that quick, straightforward eye surgery here at the Cadogan Clinic can help with the problem.

Blepharoplasty can deliver both an improved physical and psychological sense of wellbeing.

If you are concerned about excess eyelid skin or sagging eyes, please book a consultation with one of our expert surgeons to discuss how the Cadogan Clinic can help you.


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As we age, the skin around our eyes starts to lose its elasticity. It is not uncommon to develop eye bags, as our muscles relax, causing the lower eyelids to sag. In addition, our upper eyelids can also start to droop. This effect is often heightened in smokers or those who have had excessive sun exposure.

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