Eyelid correction, pros and cons

Drooping eyelids, bags under the eyes, wrinkles around the eyes. These are usually the reasons why people decide to have eyelid surgery. Eyelid corrections almost always fall under cosmetic surgery. Excess fatty tissue under the skin above and/or below the eye, and/or sagging eye skin, is removed by a plastic surgeon during eyelid correction, causing the eyelids to droop less and giving the patient a younger appearance.

Eyelid corrections, how does it work?

Eyelid corrections are almost always performed by a plastic surgeon, for both men and women. Before the operation, the surgeon draws the areas of skin that he/she wants to remove on the skin around the eyes. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia. The anesthesia is given with injections around the eyes. These injections are not insensitive. Sometimes a light anesthesia is also given. Once the area around the eyes is numbed, the surgeon will cut away the excess skin and also remove excess fatty tissue, if any. Fat pockets (packets of accumulated fat) are removed by cutting the inside of the eyelid to prevent visible scarring. If necessary, bleeding vessels are cauterized before the skin is closed again with stitches. Lifting the eyelids is a popular method to look younger. Operating on drooping eyelids is a routine operation.

After the operation

Cutting the delicate skin around the eyes easily causes swelling and bruising. The first days after the procedure, the operated eyes are regularly cooled with a so-called cool pack. . In any case, the swelling, edema and bruising will have completely disappeared after about six weeks, but often sooner. The scars on the eyes may remain red for quite some time. Most people have few pain complaints after treatment.

What are the risks of eyelid corrections?

The risks of eyelid correction are not too great. The procedure usually proceeds without any unpleasant complications. Yet sometimes something goes wrong. An infection (severe or not) may occur that needs to be treated. Sometimes too much skin has been cut away, causing the eyes to feel tight and corrective surgery may be necessary. Sometimes bleeding occurs shortly after the procedure. Last but not least , you may be disappointed with the results, for example because you feel that your appearance has changed in a way that you do not like. However, the majority of people who undergo eyelid correction are satisfied. Discuss the risks with your treating surgeon in advance.

Photo from your younger years

To avoid disappointment, it is useful to take a photo from your younger years with you to the clinic where you are being helped during the intake, so that the surgeon can use that photo to explain to you what is and is not possible. In addition, the surgeon can see what your eyes looked like when you were younger. Keep in mind that a plastic surgeon cannot perform miracles, but can significantly improve the appearance and achieve a more youthful appearance. After an eyelid correction you may be estimated to be five years, or at most ten years, younger. In general, an eyelid correction simply gives a fresher and younger appearance. The effect disappears after about five to ten years, because the aging process continues.

Reimbursement by insurers

In principle, eyelid corrections are not reimbursed by health insurers, unless there is an indisputable medical indication. This includes people whose vision is so severely impaired by drooping eyelids that leading an ordinary life is no longer possible.

How much does an eyelid correction cost?

For eyelid corrections you must take into account an amount around 700 (lower or upper eyelid) to 2000 euros (lower and upper eyelid). Correcting the lower eyelid is more expensive than correcting the upper eyelid.

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