If you have hooded eyelids, you know how difficult it can make applying your makeup and you’ve probably spent a lot of time struggling to find a solution that works perfectly for you. Having hooded eyelids basically means you have an extra fold of skin that hangs over the crease of your eye. This makes your eyelid look smaller, but can also cause big problems when trying to achieve your own unique look that emphasises your beauty.
When you have hooded eyes it can be difficult to master particular looks. Because of the lack of lid space, applying eye shadow is a real pain, but doing winged liner, a cut crease, and other fabulous styles can become so difficult that most people just don’t bother. You want to create your own style and go out looking good, but instead you end up with makeup smears and smudges because your eyelashes are touching your brow bone along with other issues. Hooded eyelids take away your freedom to have fun and get creative with your makeup.
Eyelid surgery is one of the most simple and common cosmetic surgery procedures in the world. An excellent solution for hooded eyelids, a blepharoplasty procedure, also known as eyelid reduction surgery, removes excess skin and fat around the eye. The operation is an eyelid lift, and can give patients a more youthful look, correct vision problems, and helping with a number of medical problems like migraines.
People have hooded eyelids for a number of different reasons. A lot of the time it’s a simple case of genetics, but age and over-tiredness can contribute as well. Hooded eyelids can make people self-conscious about their appearance. They hurt confidence, and when you want to treat yourself by glamming up your face, your eyelids get in the way again! If this sounds familiar to you, a blepharoplasty eyelid lift might be for you.
WHAT’S INVOLVED WITH UPPER EYELID SURGERY?
For the upper eyelid surgery, your surgeon will make small skin incisions across the crease of your eyelid, removing or adjusting the extra tissue from the sagging skin. The result is a smoother eyelid with no lines or wrinkles, and the scarring will be hidden in the eyelid crease and lash line. You’ll be under general or local anaesthetic the entire time, and it should only take about an hour to complete. You can even go home the same day! That’s how easy it is.
Afterwards, we’ll remove your stitches within 3-5 days. In terms of recovery time, you’ll be able to return to work a week later. You shouldn’t drive in this time either. By then, your swelling and bruising should have calmed down. Use a cold compress or ice pack to help reduce the swelling even faster! You might experience some pink scars, numb eyelids or watery eyes, but don’t worry: they should all clear up within a few weeks of the operation.
Now, back onto the subject of makeup: as much as you may want to, patients should refrain from putting on makeup around the eyes after surgery. It’s a pain. You’ve just solved your eye makeup problems – problems you might have had your entire life – and now all you want is to make the most of it and play around with different techniques. Not to mention the fact that you might want to use a bit of makeup to cover your bruising and swelling. If you need contact lenses, make sure you don’t wear these either for a week after surgery.
It’s really important that you don’t put on makeup while your scars are healing. Keep the scars clean and dry until your stitches are out. Makeup tends to attract bacteria which means there’s a risk of getting an infection. Needless to say, you want to avoid an infection around your eye. But even if it doesn’t become infected, makeup is going to irritate your eye around the incision area.
TIME TO HAVE SOME FUN
Once you’re all clear, it’ll be time for you to explore your new found freedom. You’ll have a more youthful appearance, and the increased eyelid space and smoother skin around your eyes are going to make putting on makeup easier than it ever was with hooded eyelids. You’ll be able to play around with makeup techniques that have always eluded you, and you’ve got a newfound chance to experiment and find a unique style to enhance your eyes’ features!
Start applying that mascara! Where it used to smudge against your brow bone, you can now use as much as you want and whatever brand you like. If your options were limited to anti-smudge and smear, those restrictions have been lifted! Using eye shadow when you have hooded eyelids is a huge pain, so now’s the time to enjoy playing around with different styles. If you’ve never seen yourself with smoky eyes, make sure you try it out and you might just find your new favourite look!
If you have hooded eyelids that you’d like correcting, and you’re interested in a blepharoplasty as a quick and easy solution to a long-term problem, contact us here at the clinic for a consultation. At The New Birkdale Clinic we’re happy to help and love finding our patients new ways of expressing their unique personalities!