The eyes are usually one of the first places we show our age, most likely because the eyes are one of the first features that people notice on the face. The excess skin that drapes over the eyelids or eyelashes causes what patients might describe as a ‘permanently tired’ look is. This is often due to skin laxity from ageing which can begin to occur as early as our twenties, however a number of extrinsic or ‘lifestyle’ factors can also contribute to a loss of elasticity. These factors include smoking, sun exposure particularly from the harsh Australian sun, and poor nutrition. For some patients, genetics may simply be the cause of skin laxity around the eyes. A look at older family members can uncover whether there may be a genetic link. Most commonly, the surgery is performed on patients over the age of 35, however when genetics are involved patients are typically younger and have usually been considering the surgery for some time.
Prior to the procedure, Dr. Mooney measures and marks the eyelids meticulously and injects a local anaesthetic to assist with post-operative pain relief. The exact procedure undertaken differs according to the specific needs of the patient. Generally, though, to treat sagging of the upper eyelid Dr. Mooney will make an incision (cut) in the fold of the lid and remove excess skin, muscle, and sometimes fat, as necessary. The site is then closed with a tiny suture across the incision. If performing a lower blepharoplasty Dr. Mooney will tighten underlying tissue such as muscle with stitches as required, incisions are also closed with stitches. As incisions are hidden within natural skin folds and creases of the eyelid, scarring is all but invisible, making the procedure very popular amongst celebrities as the ‘tell-tale’ signs of surgery are not visible. The results from blepharoplasty surgery should last several years as normal skin ageing will, of course, continue after the surgery.
As eyelids are important indicators of so much of our emotion, it is important that we keep them youthful looking and fresh. Luckily, we can achieve this through surgical eyelid correction or ‘blepharoplasty’. This is a simple procedure we can undergo that will be sure to make us look at least 10 years younger. Requiring comparatively little surgical impact, tired or sad looking eyes can be given a radiant, youthful appearance without obvious scars and with minimal downtime. Blepharoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures with both men and women and can be combined easily with other surgery such as rhinoplasty or thread lifting for the ultimate in facial rejuvenation. Eyelid surgery can produce excellent results for adults of all ages. Patients often undergo blepharoplasty surgery to restore their youthful appearance by creating a more ‘awake’ look which enhances the appearance of the entire face and increases self-confidence. Cosmetically, the procedure can improve the appearance of the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. However, as a functional procedure it can also improve sight that has become obstructed by sagging ‘hooded’ eyelids which obscure the vision. The fat pads surrounding the lower part of the eye can also bulge and become apparent, either from ageing or genetics. With age, the membrane that secures the fat pads weakens allowing fat to protrude causing ‘eye bags’. Lower blepharoplasty can also amend sagging of the lower eyelid which causes the white of the eye below the iris to show.
If you are considering any of the surgeries mentioned above then please contact us for a full consultation with Dr. Mooney to discuss your individual needs and to assess whether the procedures are the right option for you.