English proverb: "Eyes are the windows to the soul" (and sadly the first and most noticeable part of the body to show signs of ageing).
Upper eyelid drooping
During the ageing process, collagen losses leave skin unable to "bounce back" and, unfortunately, the skin on the eyelids is no exception.
Hooded upper eyelids can be hereditary, but drooping eyelids will affect us all at some time during our lives, some more than others, as lid heaviness can actually cause peripheral vision losses with surgery being the only option for correction.
In the main however, upper blepharoplasty is most commonly an aesthetic, cosmetic procedure sought by those wishing to turn back the clock on ageing.
This is the medical name for surgical rejuvenation of the eyes. The eyelift procedure involves removal of excess skin, smoothing the underlying muscle, tightening the underlying structures and removal, plus re-draping of any excess fat bulging through the protective membrane that covers the eye socket.
During consultation Angelica will discuss the option of having the procedure under local, "twilight" or general anaesthetic. The local is a popular choice, as recovery on the day is much faster, without the risks associated with full anaesthetic.
The incision is hidden in the natural fold of the eyelid and heals very quickly thanks to the skins vascular nature.
Expect to be out of action for 5-7 days, or until bruising settles enough for makeup to be applied.
Under eye bags
As we age, no thanks to gravity, fat pockets tend to slip southwards. The most noticeable area for fat to accumulate is under the eyes, a common problem that also is a major concern for many ageing men.
Under eye bag removal involves partial removal and partial re-draping of the fat deposits around the eye socket (orbital bone) and more often than not, excess skin removal.
This procedure can be performed under local, "twilight" or general anaesthetic.
During consultation Angelica will decide which incision is best for you, either running parallel and as close to the bottom eyelash line as she can manage, or a more discreet cut, hidden inside the lower eyelid (this is known as a transconjunctival blepharoplasty and is suitable for those without excess skin to remove).
As with the upper eyelid, expect 5-7 days recovery.
A large number of people choose to undergo both upper and lower eyelid rejuvenation surgery at the same time.
Angelica: “In my opinion, of all cosmetic surgery procedures, upper and / or lower eye bag removal makes the most difference to patients’ appearance and confidence. I often combine upper eyelid surgery with under eye chemical peels, as they can really help alleviate under eye lines and rejuvenate the whole eye area.”