Norwich onsultant oculoplastic surgeon BIJAN BEIGI reveals how his eye surgery techniques have mirrored those developed for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills
Why would someone consider eye surgery for cosmetic purposes?
Eyes are the most vulnerable part of the face during ageing, as they are so exposed to external elements which damage and accelerate the ageing process. The eyes can also reveal levels of anxiety, stress and show signs of general ill health.
Droopy eyebrows result in heavy looking upper eyelids whilst droopy lower eyelids result in the appearance of an unhappy and miserable face. Lower eyelid ageing manifests with puffy lower eyelids and saggy corners of the eye. The negative effects are then exacerbated by mid-face drop, creating a line between the eyelid and cheek, which is called tear through.
What does eye surgery actually involve?
Standard eyelid reduction involves cutting out a little of the skin from the upper and lower lid and reducing the fat pad, which works well to reduce the excess weight, skin and tissue.
Has the procedure changed or developed over the years?
Definitely! A recent exciting development has been the concept of surgically remodelling a patient’s face to their original anatomy. This is referred to as an extended lift.
What can a patient expect when they have an extended lift?
The extended lift involves bringing the eyebrow higher up, raising the upper eyelid skin crease
“It is great to know we are leading the way in these cutting edge techniques”
and lateral corners of the eyelid and redistributing the normal fat pad from the baggy areas to the hollow areas. For extended lower lid surgery, internal lifts to the cheeks help reduce sagging and rejuvenate the mid face area. By raising these areas closer to their original landmark position we can achieve a far more natural appearance.
Why would someone choose an extended lift over standard eyelid reduction?
An extended lift has distinct benefits, the most important being that with the extended technique the surgical procedure is tailor made for every patient, enabling the surgeon to deliver a far more natural result.
It is no surprise that this treatment has become very popular among celebrities and in areas with high numbers of demanding cosmetic patients, like Beverly Hills, so how come Norwich is leading the way here in the UK?
Over the years, cosmetic eye procedures have been developed, redeveloped and refined to advance surgical techniques, making procedures safer and minimising post operative complications. For any surgery or procedures performed on the face it is critical to maintain normal face ‘activity’. Therefore these extra surgical refinements become even more important.
It is natural as a surgeon to look to refine one’s technique and I followed recent advances here in the UK and overseas to learn about newly developed cosmetic eye surgery techniques, in particular with North Americanbased surgeons. However, I was pleasantly surprised to attend the latest British Oculoplastic Surgery Society conference recently where I realised that the subject matter was exactly what we have been doing for the past two years right here in Norwich, so it is great to know we are leading the way in these cutting edge techniques. If you would like further information, a free consultation is available with a senior skincare practitioner at Norwich Cosmetic Clinic. To make an appointment call 01603 877470. For a private consultation with Bijan Beigi call 01603 255647.