Cosmetic Eye Treatment
What is cosmetic eyelid and facial plastic surgery?
This category embraces a number of procedures to correct hooded or baggy eyelids and improve the aesthetic appearance of the eyelids and surrounding area of the face; including the eyebrows, forehead and midface.
There are also related aesthetic treatments available.
As you get older, the fragile skin surrounding the eye can start to show signs of ageing, sometimes long before other areas of your face. Age is not always the determining factor; lifestyle, stress, a weak facial structure or prolonged sun exposure can all contribute. You may therefore wish to explore cosmetic procedures in order to correct damage caused to the skin, this can involve both surgical and non-surgical options.
Whilst we will endeavour to achieve your desired aesthetic outcome, please note that this is not always possible and perfect results cannot always be achieve. Where possible, we can offer minor surgical revisions following your initial procedure to correct and get closer to your desired goal. We would advise making your expectations clear when discussing your options with the surgeon.
Video: Mrs Antonella Berry-Brincat explains cosmetic eyelid surgery
What does cosmetic surgery include?
The two most common cosmetic surgery operations carried out by Oculoplastic Surgeons are blepharoplasties and brow lifts. Whilst the most common aesthetic treatments carried out are Botulinum Toxin A (formulations include BOTOX® and DYSPORT®) and filler injections
The most common aesthetic treatment carried out by Oculoplastic surgeons are:
What is a brow lift?
This is a surgical procedure to raise the level of the drooping eyebrows and forehead, often done in association with upper eyelid blepharoplasty. The aim is to correct eyebrow ptosis. There are several different brow lift techniques, endoscopic or non-endoscopic, with or without fixation, e.g. Endotine®.
What is a filler?
A filler is an inert synthetic substance such as Restylane® which is injected into the depressions or tear troughs below the eyes and the lines between the nose and mouth (nasolabial folds). Fillers can be temporary, semi-permanent or permanent depending on what substance is injected. Restylane® as mentioned above is temporary. The patients’ own fat (autologous Coleman fat) can also be used to fill out depressed areas around the eyelids.
Eyelid and Eyelid Bag Surgery
A blepharoplasty (term used for cosmetic eyelid surgery) is a very specialised procedure for eye bag removal and eyelid reconstruction. This procedure can help reduce the noticeable effects of aging around the eye.
If excess skin is reducing vision, a patient can explore Ptosis surgery. This involves a reduction of excess skin in order to clear any obstructions in front of the eye, leading to better overall vision.
You need to be in good health and undergo a thorough examination and discussion with your doctor prior to surgery for eyelid bags.
The surgery for eyelid bags can remove the extra fat tissue and excess skin by tightening them up while also improving vision that could be impaired by droopy, sagging eyelids.
The benefits could be:
As with all operations, there are risks involved in having an eyelid bag surgery, such as healing, dry eye, red eye, optical changes and scarring. Although the risks are unlikely, it is important to discuss your procedure in detail with your eye surgeon.
Due to the area been operated being quite tender, possible bruising may appear after the surgery and the actual eye area can become sensitive and dry.
Patients are encouraged to stay as mobile and upright as possible during the early recovery stage to help reduce any swelling or bruising.
The fine incisions made during this procedure are generally well concealed and discreet. However, the appearance of scars, which generally fade adequately after surgery, wound vary from person to person and cannot be guaranteed.
Cosmetic surgery is not always necessary, and a patient may choose a non-surgical procedure through an anti-wrinkle injection. This involves a consultant ophthalmologist injecting a measured dosage of anti-wrinkle fluid into a specific area of the face where wrinkles are prevalent in order to harden up the skin and reduce the visibility of wrinkles.
Common sites for injection include the glabella lines (vertical frown lines), forehead lines and smile lines around the eyes (crow’s feet). Multiple small injections are made which have a peak effect one week after the Injection, and then gradually wear off in approximately three months.
What are the Costs of Surgery?
Initial no obligation consultation, including full diagnostics from £200
Blepharoplasty, Both Upper Eyelids – From £2,500
Blepharoplasty, Both Lower Eyelids – From £3,500
Blepharoplasty, Upper and Lower Eyelids – From £5,000
Ptosis Procedure, Unilateral/Simple – From £1,800
Anti-Wrinkle Injection – From £300
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