As we age, the skin around our eyes starts to lose its elasticity causing gradual fine lines and wrinkles. Over time, under eye bags will start to develop as the muscles relax and lower eyelids sag down. In addition, our upper eyelids can also start to droop with age. Comfort aside, this can also give the eyes an older, tired look and a hooded or bulging appearance that can make patients feel self-conscious.
During a short operation (1-3 hours), loose skin and excess fatty tissue around the eye area is removed, tightening the relaxed muscles and giving the skin a firmer, more youthful appearance and a more attractive aesthetic.
We use eyelid surgery in conjunction with non-surgical techniques to counteract the effects of ageing around the eyes.
The effects of ageing around the eyes:
+ The skin of the face and particularly the thin skin around the eyes loses its elasticity initially developing fine lines and wrinkles.
+ With time the eyebrow becomes lower and the skin of the eyelid becomes looser developing folds, sagging onto the eyelashes.
+ Crow’s feet appear and become deeper and the lower eyelid becomes longer as the bony rim of the orbit becomes visible.
+ The deeper collagen and muscles slacken, allowing pockets of fat to bulge forward at the inner angle of the upper eye and in three separate sections of the lower eyelid.
Treatment at Cadogan Clinic:
Non-surgical treatments can reduce the wrinkles but not the folds. Injectables can lift the eyebrows. Surgical skin reduction of the upper eyelids leaves a very fine scar in the natural fold and in the lower eyelid is disguised under the eyelashes. Bulging fat can be reduced surgically at the same time the skin can be reduced or re-positioned surgically at the same time as the skin reduction or in the lower eyelid often through the inner conjunctival side of the lid, thus avoiding any possibility of a visible scar.
Finally, fat grafting can be added to restore lost fat of not only of the eyelids but of the brow and the temple. The tired hooded, look with bulging bags should now be a thing of the past.
A simple upper eyelid reduction takes less than an hour, but other options to restore vitality including fat grafting and tightening of relaxed muscles may take two or three hours. Procedures are carried out either under local or for bigger procedures, general anaesthesia in the form of TIVA (Total Intravenous Anaesthesia).