Common questions surrounding eyelid surgery

Eyelid lifts are a cosmetic procedure aimed at reducing the impact that ageing skin has on facial features. Eyes are the central feature of the face and over time can look tired due to the presence of excess skin above and around them. A simple procedure such as an eyelid lift can restore confidence and give the face a more youthful appearance back again.

Will I be suitable for this kind of operation?

To assess your suitability, Warwickshire based plastic surgeon Mr Alan Park will want to talk to you about your motivations and expectations for a procedure such as this; he will also wish to explore in more detail some lifestyle choices, to ensure that you are giving yourself the best opportunity for healing quickly. You should expect to be asked some simple questions about diet and exercise routines, whether or not you smoke, and how well supported you will be friends and family.

Some individuals may be less suited to any form of cosmetic surgery, if they are sufferers of existing conditions that can interfere with the operation itself or the healing process. Conditions such as diabetes, heart conditions, severe allergies, obesity, depression or lung disease; are all ones to be mindful of when considering suitability for procedures such as this.

What happens during an eyelid lift?

The process involves lifting skin from the forehead, eyebrows and upper eyes and it can be done as a standalone procedure, or linked with a full facelift. The operation itself requires the surgeon to make a small incision along the hairline which tightens the skin on the forehead, and this is generally conducted under general anaesthetic to minimise discomfort for the patient.

How long will I take to heal?

Typically, the incision will heal in the first 10 to 14 days following the operation, so you should be fully recovered after around 2 weeks. Occasionally patients might retain some swelling or slight bruising after the first two weeks, but this should clear up of its own accord before too long.

Reading around the subject

If you’re considering a procedure such as this then take your time to do your research fully – read up on the surgery and the surgeon, the procedures, aftercare and any associated risks – and don’t be afraid to keep asking questions. With many years and extensive experience in working with cosmetic surgery, Mr Alan Park is there to answer any questions you might have and to offer the technical and emotional support required.