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Eye bag correction

The expressiveness and appearance of the face
is largely determined by the eyes.
When it comes to evaluating the beauty of a person, the eyes play a crucial role.

Eye bag removal surgery:

Eye bags often make a face look tired and sad. Since most people with this problem feel fresh and awake and not the way their faces suggest they find this tired look really annoying.

The condition commonly referred to as eye bags is not in any way related to tears or the lachrymal gland. The “bags” contain fat tissue from the eye socket where it cushions and protects the eyeball. The membrane responsible for containing the fat tissue in the eye socket can weaken and lose tension as we age, allowing the fat to protrude and become visible.

The most popular representative of marked eye bags is the late actor Horst Tappert.

If you are interested or have any further questions, feel free to email us or arrange for us to call you back or make an appointment for a personal and comprehensive consultation at our plastic surgery practice.


Alain Delon
(* 8. November 1935 in Sceaux,
He is a French actor


The procedure

With this surgical procedure, the fat tissue is not removed. Instead, it is guided downwards over the edge of the bony eye socket. To do this, a membrane (called the “orbital septum“) containing the fat just like a bag has to be split. Once the membrane is cut, the fat can be placed over the edge of the eye socket, achieving a smooth contour of the lower eyelid.

The fat tissue from the eye socket bulges to the front
and becomes visible as eye bags.

After splitting the membrane, the fat tissue is place over the lower edge
of the eye socket, creating a smooth lower lid contour.

As with lower eyelid correction, the incision is placed just below the eyelashes and extends a fraction beyond the outer corner of the eye. Typically, the ring-shaped orbicularis oculi muscle which surrounds the eye needs to be tightened and excess skin has to be removed (for details see the Lower eyelid correction section). If there is no excess skin that needs to be removed, the incision can run in the conjunctiva on the inner aspect of the eyelid; with no external incision required, no scar remains.

The procedure is performed under general anaesthesia as you have lie absolutely motionless. Twilight sedation or local anaesthesia are not an option. The operating time is 2-2.5 hours. The procedure can be performed as day surgery in our practice; on the next day, there will be a follow-up appointment.

The procedure can be combined with upper eyelid correction surgery.

The post-op period

The sutures are removed after 4-5 days. To stabilise the lower eyelid, you will have to wear adhesive strips for approx. 10 days, but these will be skin tone. The swelling will be visibly during the first 2 weeks after surgery, but then you will be able to socialise again. However, a minor residual swelling will be very slow to resolve and it can take up to 6 months for it to disappear completely.

You should not touch your lower eyelid for 2 weeks and sleep on your back with the upper part of your body slightly elevated for 3 weeks to prevent the sutures that stabilise the eyelid at the side from tearing out.

You should press the scar along its course already after one week (unless access via the conjunctiva was chosen). Doing so promotes scar healing and helps to reduce the swelling. Be careful not to massage the scar, just press it with the tip of your index finger!

Female patients can start to put on make-up again after 3 weeks.

You should avoid direct sunlight for at least 6 months after the procedure. While in the sun, you should wear sunglasses and use a sunscreen with a high protection factor.

The costs

The procedure costs approx. EUR 3,500. The operating time is approx. 2.5 hours. In addition, there will be costs for anaesthesia.

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