Increasing upper eye lid sagging can result in so-called hooded eyes. The excess tissue can cause a tired, older facial expression; on the other hand, in pronounced cases, it can also produce a sensation of pressure on the patient's eye lids, restrict their field of sight and give them headaches.
The operation is usually carried out under a local anaesthesia; a full anaesthesia is however available on request. Prior to the procedure the excess tissue to be removed is marked to ensure that neither too much nor too litttle skin is removed. During the operation skin is removed from the upper eye lid and also the fatty tissue underneath is partially removed. Following the operation the patient's eyes must be cooled continuously. The stitches are removed after 8 days; after 10-14 days the swelling and bruising has generally subsided to such an extent that the patient can go out in public.
The healing process for upper lid lifting is usually very uncomplicated and also virtually pain-free for the patient. In some cases the patient may experience an initial slight burning sensation but this subsides after a few hours.