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Upper eyelid correction,
Droopy upper eyelids

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.

Clear open look restored

A clear, open look is charming, captivating and winning. In contrast, sagging of the skin of the eyelid and a drooping eyebrow make the eye look small and tired.

The medical term for sagging excess eyelid skin is dermatochalasis, commonly referred to as droopy eyelid.

A condition where the skin of the upper eyelid covers the tarsal plate in such a way that no eyelid crease is visible (as in Asians) is called a droopy eyelid. This condition can be inherited or acquired.

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How does upper eyelid correction work?

First, the excess skin of the upper eyelid—typically a result of aging- is precisely marked on the closed eye and then removed via a spindle-shaped incision placed in the crease of the eyelid. An eyelid correction is usually carried out under local anaesthesia or twilight sedation.

In addition, the excess tissue of the underlying muscle and especially the pocket of fat protruding in the inner corner of the eye are removed. The excess of upper eyelid skin can also be related to the drooping of the forehead and consequently the eyebrows. If this is the case, a forehead lift or a combination of upper eyelid correction and forehead lift is the best treatment option (also see forehead lift).

Where there is drooping of the entire upper eyelid—not only the skin—, both an upper eyelid lift and a tightening of the levator muscle are required. However, this is only rarely the case. This condition is referred to as upper eyelid ptosis.

Excess upper eyelid skin marked

The post-op period

The sutures are removed after 4-5 days. After suture removal, an adhesive tape will be placed for further 4 days to protect the lid. There will be a visible swelling 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.

Already after one week, you should start to press the scar along its course. 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 costs of the surgical treatment of droopy eyelids depend on the extent and duration of the surgery and range from EUR 2,800 to EUR 3,000. The procedure can be combined with eye bag removal or lower eyelid correction surgery.

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