The eyes have it – how to turn back time on the ‘windows to our soul’


Did you know that the skin around our eyes can have a biological age of up to 22 years older than other parts of our face?

When we meet someone for the first time, eyes are the first things we notice – along with their smile.

According to a study, mouth and eyes together account for 56% of our attention.

Eyes are not known as the ‘windows to our soul’ for nothing and affect how we convey emotions and communicate with people.

But, with age, the muscles weaken and struggle to hold the skin taut.

Skin also changes because the collagen – a protein that gives structure to our cells – begins to degrade. Collagen provides elasticity and so, with less collagen, the skin starts to wrinkle and sag, often leading to hooded and drooping eyelids or bags.

Blepharoplasty is cosmetic surgery to remove excess skin or fat from the eyelids.

Eyelid surgery is the second most popular cosmetic surgery procedure for and fourth for men all seeking to get rid of the tell-tale signs of ageing, such as dark circles, bags, creases, puffiness and overhanging eyelid skin – possibly inspired by the many celebrities who have undergone the treatment with great success.

The treatment can make a patient look and feel at least five years younger and restore confidence, too.

Did you know that 67% of business owners cited failing to make eye contact as the biggest body language mistake in any job interview?

Having an increased self-esteem aids our ability to make greater eye contact with other people in all areas of our lives, boosting our attractiveness and trustworthiness as well.

Eyelid surgery certainly isn’t just for the older patient and age-associated cosmetic eyelid problems. Skin ageing is a complex process and affects us at different rates, with genetics and various environmental factors have a part to play.

If you’re experiencing sagging eyelids in your 20s and 30s, surgery can improve the aesthetics.

Generally, eyelid surgery is performed under local anaesthetic. The procedure does leave a scar but your surgeon will close the cut with a single line of stitches that will be hidden by the natural fold of the eyelid. Within a week to 10 days, the swelling and bruising resulting from the surgery should have gone down and you’ll be able to resume normal activities, including returning to work.

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