My eyes are ageing me – what can I do?

Short of wearing sunglasses all the time, there is little one can do to disguise the ageing process at play around the eyes. With folds and creases developing a hooded effect on the upper lid, and lax muscles creating a baggy pouch on the lower, the eyes undoubtedly give away one’s age. Perhaps this is why eyelid surgery – blepharoplasty – is in demand: in 2014, it was the second most desired cosmetic surgery procedure in the UK with 7,752 operations performed, and the most popular surgery among men.

What does a blepharoplasty involve?

While eyelid surgery is enduringly popular, it is a very delicate procedure. In the hands of a skilled and experienced surgeon it can produce extremely pleasing and natural-looking results. During a Cambridge cosmetic surgery consultation Mr Tariq Ahmad will conduct a physical assessment of your eye and the condition of the muscles and tissues surrounding it. He will then tailor a surgical plan to your needs, outlining the potential risks and side effects, as well as explaining the procedure and the aftercare in detail.

The procedure itself can be performed under local or general anaesthetic and involves removing excess fatty tissue and skin and strengthening muscles where necessary. Surgery on the upper lid entails an incision along the natural crease and that on the lower lid entails an incision either below the lash line or through the back of the eyelid. Because of the thinness of the skin on the eyelids, scars tend to heal efficiently and discreetly.

What will NOT be improved by eyelid surgery?

A blepharoplasty can subtly and effectively reshape your eye in a rejuvenating fashion but it cannot get rid of your dark circles, crows’ feet or drooping brow. At his Cambridge cosmetic surgery clinic, Mr Tariq Ahmad offers the full range of treatments, including those to tackle other upper-face problems.

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