HEALTH & BEAUTY – Wide-eyed and youthful


Blepharoplasty Treatment at Absolute Aesthetics

Article from FOCUS Magazine – Spring 15 issue.

Upper Blepharoplasty is a procedure commonly used to correct hooded or drooping eyelids or if you want to reduce age-associated puffiness around the eyes

Eyes are often referred to as the windows to the soul, so imagine the day these windows are obstructed by hooded eyelids and excess skin. For those who may think any form of eyelid augmentation is self-indulgent or unnecessary, research has found that patterns in the iris can give an indication as to whether we are warm and trusting or neurotic and impulsive.  Hooded eyelids can also cause impaired vision and discomfort, therefore making the concern not only cosmetic but in certain cases medical. Luckily, help is at hand, in the form of upper blepharoplasty.

Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty or eyelid lift) is a cosmetic surgery procedure performed under local anaesthetic designed to get rid of hooded, drooping eyelids, and puffy bags. Whether the treatment is carried out for medical or aesthetic reasons, this effective treatment will restore the eye area and increase patient confidence.

The cosmetic side of the concern may stem from having surplus skin and protruding fat on the eyelid, resulting in a tired, puffy appearance, and from eyelids which have a hooded effect, almost swallowing the eye area. The medical concern is often found in older patients, whose skin has lost elasticity over time and as a result droops over the lid causing blurred or obstructed vision.

Sagging eyelids develop with age, however hooded lids are hereditary. With this in mind, there isn’t a specific (adult) age requirement for the surgery; however a qualified plastic surgeon would always ensure the candidate is suitable for the procedure and understands the risks and recovery time. It is vital to ensure the plastic surgeon performing the procedure is recognised by a British medical body, for example, the General Medical Council’s specialist register, or similar.

Adam Blackburn is a highly skilled practicing cosmetic surgeon, who specialises in reconstructive, microsurgery and general plastic surgery. Adam offers the Upper Blepharoplasty procedure at Absolute Aesthetics in Guildford, Surrey. Absolute Aesthetics is an established, leading authority in anti-ageing solutions and corrective treatments providing specialised procedures that complement and enhance existing beauty by helping to restore the youthful definition of the face and body. The idea of surgery is to improve or slightly adjust natural beauty, not completely distort oneself  to the point that you are unrecognisable.

In a typical procedure the surgeon makes incisions following the natural lines of the eyelids.Through this incision surplus fat is removed and excess skin and sagging muscle is removed. The scars will be pink for a few months, but eventually they become almost invisible.

Your step by step guide to Blepharoplasty

Patients undergoing blepharoplasty typically have stitches removed 3-4 days post treatment and the steri-strip (small pieces of tape) within 7 days. Most return to work within 8-10 days. Make-up can usually be applied by Day 8. With doctor clearance, patients resume normal activity within 3-4 weeks.

Risks and complications are rare but can include the inability to close the upper lid if too much skin is taken, and dry eye. If patients currently have dry eyes, blepharoplasty surgery can make the eyes drier, which is why it is so important to see a recommended surgeon, namely Adam Blackburn at Absolute Aesthetics.

Whilst this procedure is extremely effective and can lift years off the face it is not a facelift, and only the bony margin or the orbit (eye sockets) will be treated, wrinkles around the eyes (crow’s feet) will not be affected, nor will dark circles. For these areas, treatments such as chemical peeling or facial injections, offered by clinicians at Absolute Aesthetics, can help treat residual or recurrent wrinkles.

Upper eyelid surgery costs can range depending on the complexity of the procedure, and experience of the surgeon. On average, it can cost around £2,400.

Whilst many of us of have various body hang-ups, our eyes are vital organs and with just one glance, we instantly register colour, distance, size, even texture. We can tell how someone feels just by looking at them. And we move effortlessly through our day because of these amazingly complex organs.

If you are considering this procedure, or would like to find out whether it would be suitable for you, Adam Blackburn at Absolute Aesthetics will be able to consult and offer helpful guidance.

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