Mr Nigel Horlock

Consultant Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon


How the Facelift Has Evolved

Posted by on Sep 13, 2019 in blog | Comments Off on How the Facelift Has Evolved

The facelift has always been a popular cosmetic procedure. Helping patients to look sometimes decades younger, its results can last for years.

The way in which facelifts are performed has changed dramatically over the decades. Thanks to advancements within facial aesthetic surgery, newer techniques have helped to produce more natural-looking results.

Here, we’ll look at how the facelift has evolved and what you can expect from the procedure today.

The beginning of the facelift

The facelift procedure was developed just over 100 years ago. Due to how secretive the procedure used to be, it’s difficult to pinpoint its exact origins. However, it is known that both American and European surgeons were experimenting with facial lifting techniques in the early 1890s.

The results of these early facelift procedures were much different from what we see today, however. Although it started out as a secretive procedure, results were anything but natural. Elliptical incisions were used in earlier facelifts, along with fat excisions.

It was down to World War I that facelift procedures really started to take off. A greater need for facial reconstructive surgery meant the facelift evolved at record speed. Improvements within anaesthesia also aided in the progression of the treatment.

The difficulty with earlier facelifts is that they largely only addressed the skin. This meant that the results were short-lived. Over time, surgeons began focusing on the underlying tissue to produce longer-lasting results. It was in 1976 that the SMAS technique was introduced as the standard facelift technique, developed by Tord Skoog. This was the first significant change within the industry in more than 50 years.

The development of the modern facelift

The modern facelift procedure emerged in the 80s and 90s. After the development of the Deep Plane Rhytidectomy technique, surgeons became more focused on minimally invasive techniques. Previous techniques required a long operating time and an extensive recovery period. So, surgeons wanted to develop a technique that would reduce both the surgery and the recovery time, while still producing great results.

A demand for less downtime saw more minimally invasive procedures be introduced including the thread lift which became particularly popular in the late 1990s. Here, barbed threads were placed into the subcutaneous, then pulled to achieve a tighter lift. However, this technique also provided limited results.

In recent years, it is claimed that a non-surgical facelift can be achieved by combining energy-based skin treatments, dermal fillers and wrinkle smoothing injections. These aesthetic treatments can achieve good, albeit short-term, results for men and women that are just starting to see the signs of facial ageing, but for older patients a surgical facelift often remains the most appropriate option.

What can facelift patients expect today?

Today, there are a number of facelift techniques which can be used and a facelift procedure is often combined with other surgical procedures such as a brow lift, eyelid lift or neck lift. Non-surgical treatments can also be used to produce the optimal outcome.

If you’re interested in addressing the signs of facial ageing, arrange a facelift consultation with Mr Nigel Horlock to discuss your options. The facelift has certainly come a long way since its inception. Improvements in anaesthesia, surgical tools and techniques have made it a much safer, more natural-looking procedure.

C4 Cosmetic Surgery Show Comes Under Fire for Exploitation

Posted by on Aug 21, 2019 in blog | Comments Off on C4 Cosmetic Surgery Show Comes Under Fire for Exploitation

A new cosmetic surgery show due to be hosted on Channel 4 has come under fire for exploitation. The show, which sees a panel vote on whether participants should undergo cosmetic surgery, is being dubbed by MPs as “tawdry and exploitative”.

Alex Mahon, the chief executive of Channel 4, alongside its chairman, Charles Gurassa, were both questioned by the Commons culture select committee. They asked whether the broadcaster had forgotten its responsibilities to the public in favour of titillating and voyeuristic viewing.

Why is the Surjury show is causing controversy?

The new show, dubbed Sujury, is due to be aired on Channel 4 sometime in 2020. There is set to be 12 jury members who will vote on whether members of the public who applied to the show could use the procedure they are considering. These jury members are made up of both experts and peers.

The reason the show has come under fire is that it is taking people who already have low self-esteem, and potentially encouraging them to undergo a serious surgical procedure. This could in fact make their self-esteem issues even worse.

Channel 4’s chief executive, Mahon, claims the show is helping to raise awareness of an important issue. He claims it isn’t intended to be a tawdry program. Instead, it is there to highlight the issue of how common cosmetic surgery is today. However, this hasn’t done anything to diminish the controversy surrounding the program.

Trivialising cosmetic surgery

The main concern is that Surjury is going to trivialise serious surgical procedures. A responsible cosmetic surgeon will always evaluate their patient’s expectations and reasons for surgery and will advise the patient that cosmetic surgery is not appropriate at this time.

It is important for patients to be aware of how life-changing cosmetic surgery can be. The majority, especially invasive procedures, cannot be reversed. This means without fully understanding the procedure and its risks, patients could end up regretting their decision to go under the knife. Cosmetic surgery of any kind is a big deal and it should never be rushed into.

The importance of cosmetic surgery preparation

Patients who are considering undergoing a cosmetic procedure are advised to review the guidelines provided by the BAAPS. The first guideline laid out by the professional body is to ensure it is you who is making the decision, nobody else. They also recommend doing as much research as you can into the procedure before deciding whether or not it’s right for you.

Equally important, is booking a consultation with an experienced and appropriately qualified plastic surgeon prior to undergoing the procedure as they will be able to fully explain all the potential risks and complications, as well as discussing what can be achieved.

Overall, cosmetic surgery is a big deal and it does require a lot of research and preparation before you decide whether or not to go under the knife. To arrange a consultation with Mr Nigel Horlock to discuss any procedure in more depth, call 02380 764969.

Study Finds the Male Facelift Makes Men More Likeable and Trustworthy

Posted by on Aug 12, 2019 in blog | Comments Off on Study Finds the Male Facelift Makes Men More Likeable and Trustworthy

A new study has revealed that men who undergo a facelift appear more trustworthy and likeable. It also interestingly showed that they appear as though they have better social skills. Here, we’ll review the study and its findings and also take a look at how male facelifts differ from female facial surgery procedures.

Results of a male facelift analysed

The new study included 24 men who underwent a facelift procedure and had an average age of 49. They each consented to have their before and after surgery photos shown to 145 respondents who were aged from 25 to 34 years old.

The respondents were asked to rate how extroverted, attractive, sociable, masculine, trustworthy, risk-seeking and aggressive the men appeared. However, they weren’t told about the surgery or the purpose of the study in order to rule out any risk of bias.

There was a total of six surveys created for the study, and the respondents didn’t see both photos. Some were shown the before photos, while others were shown the after photos. The results of these surveys revealed that after surgery, the men were rated more trustworthy, likeable and attractive.

Interestingly, surgery didn’t appear to alter the men’s masculinity ratings. There was also a more significant link between upper eyelid surgery and increased trustworthy and likeability ratings.

Men who choose to undergo a facelift, tend to have upper eyelid lifts, nose reshaping, chin implants, neck lifts and brow lifts.

How do male and female facelifts differ?

In general terms, the same approach is employed – the aim of facelift surgery is always to enhance the patient’s natural appearance and subtly rejuvenate the face – yet there are certain considerations that plastic surgeon Mr Nigel Horlock will take into account when approaching male facelift surgery in order to cater to their masculine features.

Facial hair is one thing which needs to be taken into account. When choosing an incision placement, the surgeon needs to ensure they aren’t damaging any of the hair follicles. There are also some anatomical differences between female and male faces. Males tend to have stronger ligament and skeletal structures, making it slightly more difficult to manipulate them surgically. Male facelifts often focus more on the lower portion of the face due to the thicker skin present in the area.

Women tend to have a more delicate facial appearance while men have stronger features; whereas a female facelift restores softer, more rounded and youthful contours, a male facelift aims to make the face appear more masculine and defined.

After the facelift, men also have an increased risk of swelling. This means the healing process can be a lot longer than it for women undergoing a facelift. These are just some of the main differences between the two procedures.

The interest in male cosmetic surgery continues to grow and for men who are contemplating a facelift but are concerned that surgery could make them look different rather than better, the results of this study could put your mind at rest. To find out if you’re suitable for a male facelift, call 02380 764969 to book a consultation with Mr Horlock.

Proof that women age faster than men

Posted by on Jul 23, 2019 in blog | Comments Off on Proof that women age faster than men

Although men and women share many similarities there are some things that are undeniably different and one of these things is how well we age. Aside from some of the physical changes that happen to our bodies as we get older, differences in the way the skin is made up mean that men and women age differently – there is no getting around this. Ladies, the bad news is that when it comes to the appearance of our skin, it is women whose skin ages faster than men’s.

New research looking at differences in how men and women age

The University of Vienna has been conducting an in-depth study focussed on evaluating the ageing process of men and women. They have found that “there is a noticeable acceleration of the appearance of wrinkles and sagging around the age of 50” and not only that, “they discovered that eyes appear smaller, nose and ears lengthen and faces become flatter due to loss of fat and thinning of the skin”. The factor that researchers feel is most likely to be contributing to this is the menopause, which typically begins around this age.

One of the hormonal changes that take places when the menopause begins is the reduction of oestrogen in the body. This hormone is important as it is responsible for helping the skin create collagen, which is a clever component within the skin that gives it its natural elasticity. Oestrogen reduces significantly during the first five years or so of the menopause, which can leave skin looking saggy, wrinkled and dull.

At the same time as this, the cheekbones begin to become less defined. It is believed that the bones actually begin to be re-absorbed by the body. Although this bone re-absorption affects both sexes, when it is coupled with the effects of the menopause the net effect is that women begin to age faster than men once they get to around 50 years old.

This research is supported by the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, which reports that up until around age 50, men and women typically age at a very similar rate. They concur that once the menopause kicks in the ageing process is accelerated for women.

Help is on hand

There are a variety of cosmetic surgery procedures that can help women who feel they have been unfairly aged by the menopause. Procedures such as a facelift are designed to work with the facial features, tightening the skin around the cheekbones which can help restore some of the diminishing structure and prominence of these features. A facelift will also help smooth out wrinkles and improve the appearance of excess facial skin.

Baby boomers driving increase in cosmetic surgery for online dating

Posted by on Jul 14, 2019 in blog | Comments Off on Baby boomers driving increase in cosmetic surgery for online dating

The baby boomer generation is fuelling an increase in cosmetic surgery as they look to re-enter the online dating game. Procedures such as anti-wrinkle injections and liposuction are proving particularly popular for those aged over 55.

Here, we’ll look at the rising trend of baby boomers going under the knife and the main factors driving it.

Meeting the pressures of modern technology

Technology has changed the dating game significantly over the years. Now, it’s all about finding perfect selfies to highlight our best look. Millions of men and women are signed up to dating sites, which means in order to stand out, a lot of focus is placed onto how we look.

Apps such as Tinder, which encourage users to swipe left or right depending upon whether they like the look of a person, have increased the pressure on looking perfect. According to statistics released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, almost 50,000 additional procedures were carried out on the baby boomer generation in 2018.

However, the pressure of modern technology isn’t the only factor driving the increase in baby boomer cosmetic surgery.

Divorce rate is said to have doubled since 1990

It’s not only the pressures of modern technology which is causing the spike in cosmetic surgery in older patients. Divorce rates have also doubled since 1990. As fewer people stay married for life these days, millions of men and women aged over 55 are finding themselves back in the dating game.

There are an estimated 20 million baby boomers currently signed up to dating websites. Many can also find getting back into the dating game daunting, so they opt to undergo cosmetic surgery to increase their confidence.

It’s not all about boosting confidence, however. A lot of baby boomers today are vibrant and dedicated to living their lives to the fullest. They want their looks to reflect how vibrant and youthful they still feel. They take care of themselves by eating right and exercising regularly and simply want a few tweaks to ensure they look as good on the outside as they feel inside.

Which cosmetic surgery procedures are proving most popular?

The procedures baby boomers are opting to undergo largely include breast augmentation, hair transplantation, eyelid surgery, facelifts and liposuction. However, there has also been a spike in minimal and non-invasive techniques such as fillers and anti-wrinkle injections.

The procedures aren’t being carried out to drastically make baby boomers look younger. Instead, they’re simply focusing on looking their best. Those who are newly divorced can find it intimidating getting back into the dating game so undergoing a little cosmetic surgery can help them to regain their confidence.

It’s no surprise baby boomers are sparking a rise in cosmetic surgery. Today’s culture is a lot different from how it used to be. Older celebrities have also taken away the taboo of undergoing cosmetic surgery. It is certainly a lot more accepted today than it used to be and in the right circumstances, tweaks to the appearance can help to boost confidence and self-esteem.

Latest cosmetic surgery figures shows growth in tummy tucks and lipo

Posted by on Jun 27, 2019 in blog | Comments Off on Latest cosmetic surgery figures shows growth in tummy tucks and lipo

The latest cosmetic surgery figures released by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), has revealed a small rise in the number of procedures carried out in 2018. According to the figures, tummy tucks and liposuction procedures saw the biggest increases, up by 18% and 12% respectively.

The continued popularity of cosmetic surgery is said to partly be down to celebrities being open about the work they’ve had done, while the popularity of shows such as Love Island is also contributing. The new series has just started this week and has already received criticism for a lack of body diversity within its line-up, surgeons are concerned it will spark a fresh rise in those seeking quick fixes.

High-street and DIY non-surgical procedures on the rise

One of the most worrying things the recent audit revealed, is the rise in high-street and DIY non-surgical procedures. Many patients do not realise the dangers these procedures pose. There is a common misconception that non-surgical procedures are safe and easy to perform such as Botox. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Non-surgical procedures still carry a lot of potential risks; particularly if they are performed incorrectly. BAAPS is concerned over the figures and is calling for additional regulations to be introduced for non-healthcare professionals offering these types of treatments.

Male cosmetic surgery demand dipping

While female cosmetic surgery continues to rise, the number of men going under the knife is falling. According to the audit, male cosmetic surgery fell overall by 4.7% in 2018. However, liposuction remains the most popular procedure, rising 9% across both genders.

The figures also suggest that men are opting instead for non-surgical treatments. Botox and minimally invasive treatments that tweak the appearance, rather than dramatically alter it, are becoming more popular with UK males.

Patients urged not to undergo cosmetic surgery lightly

While cosmetic surgery can deliver many great benefits to patients, BAAPS urges them not to make the decision lightly. Shows such as Love Island are making cosmetic procedures appear trivial and commonplace. However, there are many risks involved and it’s important you’re undergoing a cosmetic surgery procedure for the right reasons and with realistic expectations of what it will achieve.

It’s also important to understand all the potential risks and complications of surgery. Patients should also ensure they are choosing a reliable surgeon to carry out the procedure. While DIY and high-street non-surgical treatments can be tempting, they come with a significant amount of risks.

If you are considering undergoing cosmetic surgery, it’s important to book a consultation with an appropriately qualified and experienced plastic surgeon. BAAPS is one of the UK’s leading plastic surgery associations and members, such as Mr Nigel Horlock, must be on the GMC’s plastic surgery specialist registry, be able to hold a consultant-level position in the NHS and they must also undergo annual safety audits of their work. Prospective patients can, therefore, be assured that a BAAPS member has all the appropriate training and qualifications.

What’s the difference between a breast lift and breast reduction?

Posted by on Jun 17, 2019 in blog | Comments Off on What’s the difference between a breast lift and breast reduction?

Breast augmentation has remained one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for decades. Used to increase the size of the breasts, it can also be effective at creating much better alignment and symmetry. However, for those looking to reshape or reduce the size of their breasts, a breast reduction or breast lift would be the better option.

There is some confusion over how a breast lift and breast reduction procedure differ. If you’re trying to determine which procedure is right for you, here you’ll discover the main differences between a breast lift and breast reduction.

What is a breast lift?

Breast uplift procedures are designed to reshape and lift the breasts. It’s a particularly ideal option for women experiencing sagging in the breasts, whether due to age or breastfeeding. The volume and shape of the breasts will be restored, and the nipples and areolas will typically be repositioned, as well as made smaller to produce more natural results.

With this procedure, the surgeon only removes excess skin, rather than breast tissue.

What is a breast reduction?

A breast reduction is designed to purely reduce the volume within the breasts. Rather than simply eliminating excess skin, the surgeon will also remove excess breast tissue, as well as fat. A lot of patients also experience a more lifted appearance once the size of the breasts has been reduced. They can also choose whether or not they want to reduce the size of their areolas too.

It is largely beneficial for women who want or need to reduce the size of their breasts to correct medical issues, or for personal preference. Larger breasts can be uncomfortable, adding a lot of extra weight the body has to carry. So, a reduction can help to ease the pain, helping patients resume normal activities.

How to choose the right cosmetic breast procedure for you

The type of procedure that’s right for you will depend upon what you’re looking to achieve. If you simply want to make the breasts appear perkier and more youthful, a breast lift would be ideal. However, if you’re looking to significantly reduce the size of the breasts, a breast reduction is the best option.

In some cases, a breast lift and reduction can be carried out simultaneously. Your surgeon will discuss the options available to you during an initial consultation. After talking through your expectations and desired results, they will inform you which option is better suited.

Both procedures are straightforward and require downtime of around two to four weeks. They each come with their own risks and complications too, so it’s important to make sure you do your research before deciding whether the procedures are right for you.

Choosing the best cosmetic breast surgeon

Although breast lift and breast reduction procedures are considered to be relatively straightforward, it’s still vital to ensure you’re choosing a reliable and skilled cosmetic breast surgeon. This reduces the risks and also ensures you receive natural-looking results.

Book a consultation with Mr Nigel Horlock today to discuss your breast surgery options; he will be able to offer unbiased, expert advice on which procedure is best for you.

Is There a Right Age to Have Cosmetic Surgery?

Posted by on May 24, 2019 in blog | Comments Off on Is There a Right Age to Have Cosmetic Surgery?

Cosmetic surgery has significantly increased in popularity over the past decade. The number of patients, both male and female, opting to go under the knife has risen dramatically due to pressures of social media and the increase in acceptance towards cosmetic procedures.

However, not all patients actually need cosmetic surgery, and many are left confused over whether now is the right time to go under the knife. Many patients worry they are too old, while a lot of younger people are opting to have anti-ageing treatments they don’t need. So, is there a right age to have cosmetic surgery?

Guidelines for anti-ageing cosmetic surgery

Anti-ageing procedures such as a facelift, eye bag removal or brow lift are some of the most common procedures carried out. However, there is a lot of misunderstanding regarding when these types of procedures should be carried out.

In terms of an upper age limit, if you’re fit and well and have realistic expectations of what the final outcome will be, then excellent results can be achieved for women in their 60s or even 70s.

Women in their 30s typically do not require a facelift or other anti-ageing cosmetic surgery, but there are non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments, such as Botox and dermal fillers, that can help preserve a more youthful appearance for longer. Interestingly, women in their 40s will often get a better, longer-lasting result than patients who delay surgery until later as the skin is more elastic.

Body contouring surgery guidelines

Cosmetic breast surgery procedures such as the breast augmentation or breast lift are very popular with women of all ages. It’s true that breast augmentation is popular with younger women who may have always been dissatisfied with their breast development, but older women who have seen changes to their breast shape and volume due to the ageing process or pregnancy are often keen to have a discreet enhancement later on.

Breast lift patients tend to be older, as the sagging of skin and breast tissues usually happens over time, but we also see younger women who have experienced extreme weight fluctuations that wish to lift and reshape their breasts once they have achieved a stable body weight.

A tummy tuck, on the other hand, would be best carried out at age 35 and over. This is because the procedure is best suited to those who aren’t looking to have any children in the future as this can further stretch the abdominal muscles and skin.

Cosmetic surgery timing: what about non-invasive procedures?

Non-invasive procedures, such as Botox and lip fillers, have become extremely popular in recent years. They have particularly attracted a young target audience, with patients in their 20s opting to have these facial enhancements in an effort to emulate their idols on social media who now speak openly about undergoing these treatments.

The trouble is, these types of treatments are best suited to those in their 30s or 40s. Patients in their 20s show very few signs of ageing, so the treatments are purely unnecessary. They may seem like ideal, fast procedures, but they do have a range of risks and complications. Therefore, it is advisable to avoid having any procedures until you absolutely need them.

While there is no set age as to when you should consider going under the knife, the above are just some of the guidelines you should follow before having a procedure. If you’re still not sure whether you are at the right age to undergo cosmetic surgery, book a consultation with an experienced and qualified plastic surgeon. Mr Nigel Horlock will always offer unbiased, expert advice on whether a cosmetic surgery procedure is the right choice for you at this time.

Government Urges Cosmetic Clinics to Screen for Mental Health Problems

Posted by on May 10, 2019 in blog | Comments Off on Government Urges Cosmetic Clinics to Screen for Mental Health Problems

Cosmetic clinics which are members of the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP), will now need to screen patients for mental health problems. After meeting with NHS England, the JCCP agreed to include the new measures within its practice.

The move comes as an increasing number of young people suffering from mental health issues, turn to plastic surgery to attempt to overcome their body hang-ups. Under the new guidelines, cosmetic clinics will screen patients for mental health issues, referring them to the NHS for treatment where necessary.

Quick fix cosmetic procedures don’t help solve mental health issues

The new screening procedure guidelines are set to help those who are psychologically vulnerable.

In particular, patients suffering from conditions such as Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), often turn to cosmetic surgery in the hope of fixing what they perceive to be wrong. However, in most cases, the perceived physical flaws these patients think they are suffering with, are purely in the mind. This means, even when the appearance is altered, it won’t change how the patient feels about their looks. In some cases, it could even make the condition worse.

A top doctor from the NHS claims cosmetic clinics aren’t doing enough to protect these patients, calling for screening to be introduced.

New measures hope to combat issues early

Experts hope the new measures introduced for members of JCCP will help to combat issues with mental health early on.

If patients are assessed and found to be suffering from mental health conditions, they can be referred to the relevant NHS facilities if required. This will help to ensure more patients are receiving help early on, rather than the NHS being left to pick up the pieces from patients who have undergone surgery which has further impacted their mental health.

The new measures will include practitioners undergoing online training to recognise the symptoms and signs of mental illness.

Government urges all clinics to follow suit

At the moment, only members of JCCP are required to carry out mental health screening. Therefore, the government is urging independent clinics to follow suit.

It’s not just surgical procedures practitioners should screen for either. Doctors claim even non-invasive procedures such as Botox and lip fillers shouldn’t be carried out before screening is completed. This is because a lot of patients suffering from mental health disorders are likely to start by undergoing simple, non-invasive procedures.

All patients need to be aware of the risks

It’s not just patients suffering from mental health issues who need to be aware of the risks of non-invasive procedures. According to statistics, the number of complaints regarding non-surgical procedures has increased by as much as 600% in recent years. This is largely because many patients don’t understand the risks involved.

Overall, these new guidelines have been branded a major step forward, but this still relies on individual clinics and practitioners choosing to adopt these measures. One way for patients to protect themselves is to ensure that their practitioner is a member of an association committed to ensuring patient safety; Mr Nigel Horlock is a member of BAAPS and BAPRAS, the two leading independent plastic surgery associations in the UK.

Blepharoplasty is in Top 5 Cosmetic Procedures Last Year

Posted by on Apr 27, 2019 in blog | Comments Off on Blepharoplasty is in Top 5 Cosmetic Procedures Last Year

New figures have recently been released in the US, highlighting the most popular cosmetic procedures of 2018. While the majority of surgical procedures focused on the body, there were a couple of facial procedures which made it to the top five.

Blepharoplasty, or eyelid lift surgery, came in at number three, with a staggering 206,529 procedures carried out. Although this is a 1% decrease from the year before, it shows just how popular the procedure still is.

What is blepharoplasty surgery and what are its benefits?

Blepharoplasty is a type of surgery used to enhance the appearance of the eyelids. It can be carried out on the upper, lower, or both eyelids. It can be used to simply alter the cosmetic appearance of the eyelids, or to improve functionality.

eyelid lift

The surgery can be used to correct a number of issues, including loose or sagging skin, dropping lower eyelids, fatty deposits which result in puffiness underneath the eyes, and for excess skin or wrinkles in the lower eyelid.

It’s common for the eyelids to sag with age as the skin loses its elasticity. Generally speaking, surgery on the upper eyelids can help you to appear more youthful as well as improve vision, while surgery on the lower eyelids can reduce puffiness and wrinkles.

Understanding eyelid lift surgery

Blepharoplasty surgery can be carried out under either general or local anaesthetic. Cuts will usually be made along the natural line of the eyelids. Then, the surgeon will remove excess skin, sagging muscle and extra fat if required. Afterwards, the skin will be stitched up. It’s a fairly straightforward procedure, though it is recommended you choose a surgeon who has extensive experience in this type of surgery.

Choosing the right surgeon will ensure you experience the best results and reduce the risks and complications associated with the procedure.

The risks and complications

Like any surgical procedure, there are risks and complications of blepharoplasty that you need to be aware of. Scarring is one of the leading concerns, although most will fade within 12 to 18 months after the surgery. There is the risk that instead of fading, the scarring could become thicker, painful or red and additional surgery may be required to correct it.

Other risks and complications include:

  • Bleeding
  • Swelling, pain and bruising
  • Infection
  • Healing troubles

Mr Nigel Horlock will run through all of the risks and complications involved during your consultation. In order to reduce these risks, patients should only undergo the procedure when they are generally healthy.

Is there an alternative option?

As there are a lot of different cosmetic surgery procedures available these days, there may be an alternative option to blepharoplasty. For example, if the eyebrows and forehead are sagging, it could make the eyelids appear as though they are sagging too. In this instance, a brow lift would resolve the problem.

So, before opting for a blepharoplasty procedure, patients are advised to undergo a consultation to determine exactly which type of procedure would prove most beneficial. Why not call us today to book a consultation and discover the best course of treatment to fit your requirements?

Mr Horlock's NHS practice is based in the regional plastics unit at Salisbury District Hospital. He covers Salisbury, Southampton and Dorchester. He sees patients in his private practice at Southampton, Salisbury, Dorchester.

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