Q I am 58 and my eyelids are drooping towards my lash line, making me look exhausted. Are any non-surgical treatments effective or do I need surgery?
A The skin on your upper lids can be tightened for a year or two with heat-based treatments such as the CO2 laser or Plexr Plasma Pen, but they’re hardly ‘soft options’ — or cheap ones, costing up to £2,500.
An anonymous reader asked Inge Van Lotringen for advice to lift their eyelids drooping towards their lash line (file image)
‘With some of these treatments I’ve seen a lot of unpredictable inflammation, significant swelling and downtime, sometimes lasting weeks, with little improvement,’ says consultant oculoplastic surgeon Rachna Murthy. ‘I’d suggest upper-eyelid surgery — or blepharoplasty — can be far less traumatic, with two weeks or less recovery time and significantly longer-lasting results of up to 15 years.’ The procedure, carried out under local anaesthetic, takes less than an hour. In fact, it is so quick that Mrs Murthy classes it as a ‘tweakment’, despite the use of scalpels.
An incision is made, the excess skin is removed and the lids are finely stitched back up. You must seek out a reputable eye surgeon for this delicate work and avoid using cut-price clinics.
Mrs Murthy charges from £4,000, with all follow-up and medication included, at London’s facerestoration.com.
Ingeborg Van Lotringen (pictured) spoke to consultant oculoplastic surgeon Rachna Murthy who recommends upper-eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty for results that last up to 15 years
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