It is often said that our eyes are the windows to our soul. However, they are the first sign of ageing.
The operation involves removing loose, baggy skin that appears either above or below the eyes.
There are three main reasons to hooded lids and eye bags. All contribute to varying degrees and include:
Genetics: We inherit many of our features from our family, and the most noticeable are our eyes.
Normal Ageing: As we get older our skin loses its elasticity and sags. Also, the muscles around the eyes weaken, causing the fat around the eye to fall forward and down and becoming more noticeable, like a hernia.
Premature Ageing: Lifestyle factors such as late nights, partying, stress and long term-sun exposure all contribute to premature ageing.
WILL IT REMOVE THE PUFFINESS & DARK CIRCLES AROUND MY EYES?
No. This is a common belief by many people. Puffiness around the eyes is more prominent in the morning when we awake as fluid settles around the eyes when we are sleeping. Puffiness is more obvious around eyes because the skin is thin and our eyes are the first things that we and others look at. Darks circles underneath the eyes are combination of either a) hereditary, b) a result of lifestyle or c) pigmentation that has accumulated over a number of years. It is more prominent in the lower inner parts of the eyes, because the skin is very thin and transparent in this region.
WILL IT REMOVE THE WRINKLES UNDERNEATH OR AT THE CORNERS OF MY EYES?
The aim of the operation is to enhance and make the eyes look rejuvenated and more youthful, trimming only loose or baggy skin. Fine wrinkles will not be removed. Wrinkles around the bottom of the eyes will only be minimally improved. If too much skin below the eyes is removed this could lead to further hanging of the lower lid and a aged appearance, a very obvious sign of poor judgement cosmetic surgery. Wrinkles around the corner of the eyes may be improved with Botox.
WHAT RESULTS CAN BE EXPECTED?
Both men and women have cosmetic eye surgery, with a larger increase with males having this operation. In men it makes a dramatic youthful difference in appearance. One can expect a neater, more contoured tailored eye. Comments made after surgery include that one does not look so tired, but well rested.
ARE SCARS NOTICEABLE?
Scars in the top eyelid are precisely placed in the natural crease of the top eye-lid fold. In the early stages, when the eye is closed, only a fine line is noticeable and fades to a pink then white fine line. The lower lid scar is placed a few millimetres along the lower lash edge and also fades with time.
WILL THERE BE BRUISING OR SWELLING?
The degree of bruising depends on the individual and normally can be covered with make-up and wearing sunglasses during the day.
IS THERE ANY PAIN ASSOCIATED WITH EYELID AND EYE-BAG CORRECTION?
No. Eye surgery is one of the few cosmetic operations where patients experience no pain. People report minimal discomfort and sometimes only irritation associated with the dressings used after the operation.
IS AN OVERNIGHT STAY IN HOSPITAL REQUIRED?
Eyelid and eye-bag removal is normally performed as a day procedure, returning home in the afternoon.
AFTER THE OPERATION
It is strongly advised to rest after this procedure. Cosmetic eye surgery requires precise, delicate work. Ice packs and cold-compress masks are great for bruising and swelling. Unnecessary increased activities may increase the risk of complications and affect the final result.
HOW MUCH TIME IS REQUIRED OFF WORK?
Directly after the operation you are able to open and close your eyes and see, however, you should keep them closed to rest and heal for the first day. Many people return back to work after one week. Swelling is normally and well settled at seven days, however, bruising continues for another week. Many conceal the bruising with make-up. Men are not too bothered with mild bruising.