You’re feeling tired, so you go to bed early, sleep like a baby, and wake at dawn, raring to go! So why do you look exhausted, and how has the look of sheer fatigue become the wallpaper of your life?
Blame your eyes, arguably your face’s most high maintenance feature and notorious for revealing the early signs of ageing.
Fine lines and wrinkles can form as early as our 20s, which is no surprise given how busy our eyes are. Each is surrounded by a staggering 22 muscles covered in thinner and more delicate skin than the rest of the face. We blink on average 10,000 times a day, and expose our peepers to harmful UV rays, accounting for as much as 80% of visible ageing. The skin surrounding our eyes also has fewer oil-producing sebaceous glands, so is prone to dryness and dehydration (hello, fine lines and crepiness).
This is why beauty bugbears like wrinkles, puffiness, saggy skin, dark circles and under-eye bags are so common. Each of these pesky problems contributes to a tired look that is not only ageing but can potentially impair our vision.
“Forget expensive eye creams as a way to treat tired-looking eyes,” says Dr Rohan Page. “They’re great at smoothing and hydrating skin, but they won’t treat the root cause. Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) is the only way to remove or reposition fat and tighten and rejuvenate loose muscles and skin. It’s the only way effective solution for youthful-looking eyes.”
What Is Blepharoplasty?
Eyelid surgery performed on the upper or lower lids, or performed simultaneously, is considered a highly successful and low-risk procedure.
It’s effective for treating excess skin covering the natural fold of the upper eyelids, droopy skin that can impair vision, and puffy upper and lower eyelids that can make you look weary. It’s also a successful procedure for minimising fine wrinkles and crepe-like skin beneath the lower eyelids that cause dark circles and bags.
Upper eyelid surgery involves an incision made in the lid’s natural crease and removing excess fat, muscle, and skin. Luckily facial skin heals quickly, so when your eyes are shut, the incision will be difficult to see, and over time the scar should completely fade. If your eyelids are impeding your vision, a blepharoplasty combined with a procedure called ptosis can provide eyebrow muscles additional support too.
During lower eyelid surgery, an incision is made just below the lash line. Excess muscle and skin are removed, or the fat is redistributed to the under-eye area for a smooth, natural look.
How long is recovery?
Luckily eyelid surgery boasts a very short recovery period, with the skin beginning its healing process as soon as the procedure is completed. To accelerate healing and reduce swelling, rest up for 48 hours, use cold compresses on your eyes, and keep your head upright as much as possible. Within a week, you will start to feel an improvement, and any bruising should fade in a few days.
An eye-opening yet minor procedure with transformative results, eyelid surgery with Dr Page will have you looking beautifully rested so you can get back to life quickly. 8 hours sleep or not!
01 September 2021
Written by Elizabeth Clarke