Feel and look younger in a few weeks with ptosis correction
Have you ever wondered how you could look younger when you look in the mirror each morning? We all wake up and go to the bathroom and see ourselves in the mirror at possibly what is the worst time of the day. If I were to tell you that you could look better as you age if you have surgery for droopy eyelids? If I were to tell you, we could do this under local anaesthetic, takes about one to two hours, has a recovery period of approximately five days that you have to be off work, what would you think? If I were to tell you that within a few weeks all signs of the surgery have disappeared and you look younger, more awake and also very natural looking, would that be of interest to you?
As we get age, our eyelids begin to droop. Droopy eyelids happen very slowly. It can be imperceptible. It is only by looking back on photographs of when we were 16, 24, 30, 36, 45 that we can see how our appearance changes at 50 to 65 years of age.
Not only does our skin tone change, but it also gets dull. We get patchy skin with melasma. The volume of our face goes down, and we sag. In the same way, we lose mass in our orbits. Our eyelids begin to sag. We can correct the eyelids in the same way that we could do something about our skin. W can also do something about our loss of volume.
This blog post is primarily about droopy eyelids, but I am going digress just for a minute on lacklustre skin and loss of volume. As we age, we can improve lacklustre skin can with Tretinoin cream used in various percentages depending on your skin type and severity of ageing of the skin. We can do this together with regular sun protection SPF50 every day, including the days between March and April and October and November, when you would think you do not have to wear sun protection in London.
You can improve the quality of your skin by applying Tretinoin three times a week at night (particularly in the winter months) to clean refreshed and cleansed skin. You can also use a UVA and B sun protection SPF50 every morning for at least ten months of the year (even while living in London). Sun protection is necessary throughout the year, not just while going on holiday to the beach in Florida or the Mediterranean.
Cleansing the skin twice a day helps get rid of London grime and particles as well as prepares the skin for the Tretinoin and the sun protection. By using a very light moisturiser and sun protection, this should be ample for improving the quality of your skin on your face. Do not forget the backs of your hands as well! For facial volume and sagging of jowls, you can consider dermal fillers and Ultherapy.
I will talk more about these in another blog post, but I had to mention skin quality first as it is such an essential daily thing just in the same way that we look at in our mirror every morning after we have got up. Every morning, we should consider we are cleansing our face and putting on a light moisturiser and sun protection.
Unfortunately, about droopy eyelids, there are no creams, lotions and potions which they respond to and solve it. There are various radiofrequency techniques recommended for tightening the skin of the upper eyelid and they may well work for a short period of time, but are not effective for very long. I am talking a matter of weeks and if lucky a few months. What is really required to lift and open droopy eyelids is eyelid surgery.
What is eyelid surgery?
Eyelid surgery is oculoplastic surgery. You can have it for cosmetic or medical reasons. If you just have ageing drooping eyelids, then we regard it as cosmetic. When the eyelids droop sufficiently that they interfere with your vision, then the issue is medical. It is the same operation done by the same surgeon, but with different indications.
Upper eyelid drooping is called ptosis and upper eyelid drooping surgery is called ptosis surgery. As an oculoplastic surgeon, I do this regularly and the patients come to Clinica London initially for their assessment and subsequently for their surgery under local anaesthetic as a day case.
The surgery is done delicately and finely with the full cooperation of the patient. The patient is awake, but the eyelids are completely numbed. The surgery takes between one to two hours depending on exactly what has to be required whether it is one eyelid or both and at the end of the surgery very fine stitches which are barely visible and a combination of fibrin adhesive, a type of glue, is used to close the wound.
After the surgery, there are some restrictions for the first few days in that you must have extra pillows at right and be careful not to do heavy exercise, or carry heavy weights, and then round about six to eight days you will come back for removal of those tiny little stitches and by two weeks you should be able to do most things normally and by three weeks there will be virtually no sign of your surgery other than looking refreshed opened eyed and less aged.
So, what we can say about droopy eyelids surgery is that it can make you feel and look younger in a few weeks with ptosis correction and ptosis correction is done either for cosmetic reasons or medical reasons. If you have a ptosis, you should search out your local oculoplastic surgeon and ask them to assess you for your suitability for ptosis correction.