Blepharoplasty

Lower Eye Bag Surgery

When you look in the mirror, do you notice any bags under your eyes? These unattractive imperfections can make you look exhausted, stressed out, and older than you really are. Lower eye bag removal is an operation designed to reduce the appearance of baggy or tired looking eyes giving your face a fresh and more rejuvenated look.

In most cases, the drooping of the upper eyelids coincides with puffy lower eyelids. Mr Coombes addresses this concern with upper eyelid surgery, which can be performed independently or combined with lower eye bag surgery. For a holistic approach to a total facial rejuvenation, lower eye bag surgery is often performed at the same time as a facelift.

Procedure

Lower eye bag blepharoplasty is a surgery that removes excess skin and/or fat from the lower eyelids to decrease the appearance of under-eye bags.

Excess skin may appear to be the only concern, however in most cases too much fat under the lower eyelid causes the problem. Fat is then removed in an effort to make the area under the eyes flatter and smooth. Lower eyelid surgery is usually performed under general anaesthetic but can also be undertaken with a local anaesthetic, and usually takes about 45-60 minutes to do both sides.
 

Where are the scars?

The scars are hidden in the natural crease just below the eyelashes. Over time the scars should be virtually undetectable.
 

What is the recovery like?

You may go home after your procedure and rest. It is common to experience some bruising and swelling around the area. Within a week, you will return to Mr Coombes’ clinic to remove the sutures. In about a week to two weeks, depending on the extent of the surgery, most people feel comfortable enough to return to normal social activities.

The results of lower eye bag removal is permanent: the removed skin will not come back. Your face will however continue to age, and you may feel like you want further intervention 5 – 10 years later.

Upper Eye Lift Surgery

Although some people are born with heavy upper eyelids, for most of us, dull, droopy eyes are a sign of ageing. As the years pass, our skin stretches, muscles weaken and fat can accumulate and cause bags. This process can make you appear “old and tired,” in addition to looking depressed, angry or sad.

In severe, cases, when the excess skin actually causes hooding of the skin, blepharoplasty surgery may even improve your field of vision. For many patients, puffy lower eyelids go hand-in-hand with the drooping of the upper eyelids. Mr Coombes addresses this concern with lower eyelid surgery, which can be performed independently or in conjunction with the upper eyelid surgery.

Procedure

An upper eye lift surgery is an operation designed to remove excess skin and/or muscle from the upper eyelid area. It can reduce the appearance of droopy or “hooded” eyelids by giving your eyes greater definition and creating a fresher, brighter and natural wide awake look. Upper eyelid surgery is usually performed under local anaesthetic but can also be undertaken with a general anaesthetic, and usually takes about 30-40 minutes to do both sides.
 

Where are the scars?

The scars from a upper blepharoplasty are hidden in the natural crease of the upper eyelid. Over time the scars should be virtually undetectable.
 

What is the recovery like?

When your surgery is complete, you can go home to rest. You’ll need to keep your head elevated while you sleep for a few days. Within a week of your procedure, you will have to return to Mr Coombes’ clinic to remove the sutures. Slight bruising may be evident, and you may therefore want to plan to be away from work for several days.

Almost all bruising and swelling should be gone within ten days. You can resume your exercise routine within 2 – 3 weeks and return to your life with an extra pep in your step. The results of the upper eyelid surgery are permanent: the removed skin will not come back.

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