Eyelid lift
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Removal of excess skin on the upper or lower lid

The eyes are considered the mirror of the soul. It's a shame if you look tired and old due to excess skin or if you look sad due to bags under your eyes. Many patients tell us that their mothers and fathers also suffered from bags under the eyes. A lot of stress, little sleep and above all nicotine and alcohol reinforce this negative expression. If there is a lot of excess skin on the upper eyelid, there can also be a feeling of pressure on the upper eyelids, a restricted field of vision or even headaches. In this case, patients opt for an eyelid lift on the upper eyelids.

Upper eyelid tightening: Healed after two weeks

The upper eyelid lift is performed either under local anesthesia, twilight sleep or general anesthesia. We remove a skin spindle and partially the underlying fat bodies. Afterwards, you should definitely cool down the treated areas and refrain from heavy physical work, sauna, solarium and sports. About a week later we remove the stitches. Two weeks later, most traces of the treatment have healed. Even larger scars that protrude a little beyond the eyelid are hardly visible. The upper eyelid tightening is uncomplicated in the healing process and for you as good as painless.

Lower eyelid tightening is a demanding treatment

With local or general anesthesia, a lower eyelid lift is a complex and delicate procedure with a great effect. With an incision directly under the eyelashes, we remove part of the fat deposits and excess skin and re-anchor the lower eyelid muscle. As with the upper eyelid lift, good cooling of the stressed areas is particularly important during the healing process. A hematoma cannot be avoided, but it will subside after a few days. If the conjunctiva is also irritated, eye drops can help. As a rule, a lower eyelid lift heals a little more slowly than an upper eyelid lift. All in all, you are completely "presentable" again around two weeks after the operation and look years younger without the old bags under your eyes.

If you want a tightening of the upper and lower eyelids, we recommend performing both treatments in the same operation. It takes a little longer to heal, but overall the combo is more efficient.

Injection of the lower eyelids instead of surgery

In some cases, surgery can be avoided. Instead we inject Hyaluron or Autologous fat under the tear trough. Depending on whether there is a clear excess of skin or a deep tear trough, an operation or an injection can be used.

Right time for eyelid correction

Only the patients know when the procedure is right. Everything revolves around the subjective attitude towards one's own expression. If the patient is missing something, or if they feel they need to make a little correction here and there, the only thing that matters is their physical health. There is no need to be afraid of major complications. Especially with upper eyelid correction, the visible success outweighs the minor after-effects that occur with every operation. Only the lower eyelid correction is a bit challenging. The proximity to the eyes and nose must be observed here.

What are the results of an eyelid lift?

Wrinkle-free, except when smiling - this is how the result can be summed up. A few cuts still have to be made: the possibly somewhat darker and very thin skin of the lower eyelids can hardly be changed. A small line remains there. However, it is based on the natural folds of the eyelid. A smooth and significantly more open effect is possible on the upper eyelids. Patients can discuss how tight it should be with their surgeon in advance.

Preparing for an eyelid correction

No alcohol, no painkillers, no sleeping pills - at least two weeks before the operation. In addition, a current finding from the ophthalmologist should be available. A stock of compresses and cooling elements should be kept at home. If necessary, a migraine mask can relieve any pain. Patients should come to their surgery appointment rested and without makeup. After the procedure, sunglasses offer the necessary protection against too much light and unwanted looks.

What should be considered after eyelid surgery?

Bruising and swelling are the norm. The swelling does not decrease until two days after the procedure, and the bruising takes up to two weeks to heal completely. The seam itself is barely visible after just eight days. It is hidden in the creases of the open eyes. Redness that lasts for a few weeks can only occur if an incision has to be made above the eye socket. The swelling causes a reduction in the eyelid gap, which, however, completely recedes.

Rest is the most important thing after the procedure. The eyes should be kept moist and cooled, preferably with towels or ice packs. Protecting your eyes also means not treating them with creams or ointments, including make-up. The only thing that will cover up the swelling and bruising without interfering with healing is sunglasses.

Possible risks and complications after eye lifting

In rare cases, the following symptoms have been observed so far: Postoperative bleeding around one to two days after the procedure, an enlarged bruise on the lower eyelid and a lower eyelid that protrudes as a result, as well as increased tears in the eyes. All of these characteristics occurred either in the respective second operation on the eye or in older patients.
If these after-effects appear and don't go away on their own within a month and a half, we need to talk about another fix. The same applies to severely irritated or reddened eyes. If you have such symptoms, you should definitely consult an ophthalmologist. In the specialist literature, some experts even speak of an impairment of vision. However, the cause is often arteriosclerosis of the eye vessels. An additional preliminary examination can rule out this extremely rare risk, which is only mentioned here for the sake of completeness.


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last updated on 10.07.2023