Can a blepharoplasty deal with wrinkles around the eyes?

As we get older, the skin around the face loses its natural elasticity which can cause the facial skin to sag or droop. There are a number of cosmetic and surgical fixes that can help address this problem, the most common of which being a blepharoplasty.

A blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a surgical operation that targets loose skin around the eyes. Over time, eyelid skin can droop with age and increase the visible signs of ageing. Although firming creams can offer some reassurance in the short term, creams will not reverse the ageing process. For people whose facial skin is losing its elasticity, eyelid surgery can help restore confidence in the look and feel of the face.

This type of cosmetic surgery is regarded to be a safe and simple, and can be performed on the upper or lower eyelids, or both. Although it can be very effective at removing loose folds of skin, one of the most common questions regarding this type of procedure is whether or not it will reduce signs of wrinkles.

It is important to talk to a cosmetic surgeon such as Mr Sudip Ghosh before deciding whether or not to go under the knife. In some cases, a blepharoplasty can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, but this is not always the case, nor is it always the best scenarios to start off with.

Different problems, different solutions

Depending on the severity of the wrinkles you’re experiencing around the eyes, it might be more suitable to try a procedure such as laser resurfacing or a chemical peel, before opting for the surgical route. Laser resurfacing and peels are both designed to tighten the skin around the eyes, and can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Botox is another consideration as this can help soften the appearance of wrinkles, although this is only a temporary fix.

If you do decide to address the issue of wrinkles around the eyes with a blepharoplasty operation, then the good news is that it is often undertaken with just local anaesthetic, and the associated risks are quite low. Your surgeon will be required to make small incisions around the eyes, which naturally will result in swelling, bruising and will take some time to heal, although once healed the scarring is often minimal.

Your surgeon will ensure you have a compressive aftercare package, which will ensure you take all steps necessary to help the healing process work as quickly and effectively as possible.