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Eyelid surgery

Eyelid surgery corrects droopy, heavy eyelids or bags under the eyes (respectively) upper eyelid surgery   lower eyelid This can be done for aesthetic reasons because both bags  as droopy eyelids  as heavy u look tired and older or for medical reasons, as droopy eyelids can cause headaches and vision impairment.   Our plastic surgeons are happy to meet with you in a personal consultation where they will answer all of your questions and work with you to see which treatment options are best for you.

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The treatment process

What is the treatment process for eyelid surgery?


Local anesthesia

Operation duration

45 – 90 minutes

Recovery time

7 – 10 days

During the initial consultation, you will discuss your needs and expectations with the plastic surgeon. The surgeon will tell you what options are available and what results you can expect. The attending plastic surgeon will explain how an eyelid correction is performed. The entire treatment process will be discussed and you will be informed in detail about the different options, the pros and cons of the eyelid correction, aftercare, risks of and possible complications after surgery. In addition, it will be discussed whether your personal wishes fit your initial situation.

The consultation will consider the best options. In fact, there are several methods of performing eyelid surgery. Excess skin is removed, but sometimes it is also necessary to correct sagging muscles through what is known as levatorplasty. Furthermore, for the best possible results, fat can be moved or removed, muscles can be strengthened or structures fixed to achieve stability.

We feel it is important to inform you well during the consultation about the result to be achieved, the risks and possible complications so that you can make an informed decision. Ultimately, your wishes and satisfaction with the results of the treatment are our primary concerns.

A consultation is subject to a €100 consultation fee. These will be deducted from the final price of the treatment.

An upper eyelid correction involves correcting excess skin and other tissue on the top of your eye. When necessary, we also embellish the shape of the eye. An upper eyelid surgery will restore a fresh look to your eyes and reduce fatigue symptoms. An upper eyelid correction is generally performed under local anesthesia. Just before surgery, the plastic surgeon marks off the area of skin to be removed. The surgery involves making an incision in the crease of the upper eyelid. The excess skin can now be removed. Then any excess fatty tissue is removed. Sutures are placed under the skin and secured with suture patches. You should leave these in place for one week. Most of the scar from an upper eyelid correction will be in the natural crease of the upper eyelid. Such a scar is hardly visible.

The surgery of both upper eyelids takes about 45 minutes.

An upper eyelid correction alone may not produce sufficient results in people with too low an eyebrow position. When appropriate, a brow lift or forehead lift may be suggested. A special situation may occur if the edge of the upper eyelids is too low. This is called ptosis of the upper eyelids and is caused by decreased function of the muscle that opens the upper eyelid (the levator muscle). In that case, another procedure on the upper eyelids will be suggested. Sometimes upper eyelid surgery is combined with lower eyelid surgery.

We perform a lower eyelid surgery to tighten the lower eyelids or bags under your eyes. It is common for the skin and muscle around the eye to become saggy. This can cause the skin to droop and cause visible folds. It can also be accompanied by bulging fatty tissue under the eye, called puffiness. These puffinesses can give a tired or older appearance. If you have these mentioned problems and are bothered by them, it may be a good reason to consider lower eyelid surgery.

Just before surgery, the plastic surgeon accurately marks off which part of the skin is excess. He makes an incision just below the eyelashes of the lower eyelids, extending to the outer corner of the eye. This minimizes the appearance of the future scar. Next, the skin with the underlying muscle that surrounds the eye is loosened, excess fat is removed or repositioned (for example, to fill a deep furrow under the lower eyelid) and the loosened skin and muscle part is lifted, especially toward the side. Any excess skin is removed and the wound sutured. If you have no sagging skin and no excess skin, but do have puffiness under the lower eyelids, the plastic surgeon may also be able to remove the excess fat (the shore) through the inside of the lower eyelid.

The surgery of both lower eyelids takes about 1.5-2 hours.

We recommend adequate rest for the first few days. This benefits the recovery of the eyelids and ultimately gives optimal results. After eyelid surgery, the eyelids may become swollen and blue. Closing the eyes may be slightly more difficult immediately after surgery due to the wound and swelling of the eyelids. This recovers quickly after surgery, usually within two to three weeks.

Much pain is usually not experienced. For any pain, you can take paracetamol.

For the first few weeks, try to avoid coughing, pushing, lifting or bending a lot. This is because it puts high pressure on the wound and can interfere with wound healing. For the first 2 weeks after surgery, we recommend that you avoid heavy work and sports.

The sutures were adhered with suture patches without the use of knots. This makes it very important to keep the surgical area and plasters dry until the sutures are removed. After five to seven days, the sutures are removed. In the period immediately after correction, the scars are still red in color, but this color becomes lighter and lighter. To prevent discoloration of the scars, you should keep them well protected from the sun for three to six months. You do this by avoiding going into the direct sun or using sunscreen with a high sun protection factor. As a result, the scars will eventually be virtually invisible. To promote the wound healing process, we advise you not to smoke six weeks before and six weeks after surgery and not to consume alcohol 1 week before and 1 week after surgery. This reduces the risk of bleeding and other complications.

As with any surgery, there is a small chance of a complication. Common risks are:

  • hemorrhage and bruising
  • discoloration of the skin/swelling
  • wound dehiscence (loosening of suture or opening of wound)
  • infections
  • swelling
  • delayed wound healing
  • allergic reactions
  • change in feeling

Specific complications that may occur with eyelid surgery in exceptional cases are:

  • dry or watery eyes
  • Inability to close the upper eyelid completely

Despite the great skill and experience of the plastic surgeons at Blooming Plastic Surgery, there is always a very minimal chance that an exact symmetrical result will not be achieved. During the consultation, the plastic surgeon will discuss all the risks and possible complications with you.

What does eyelid surgery cost?

Upper eyelid surgery single sided€ 850,-Local anesthesiaNo
Upper eyelid surgery bilateral€ 1.300,-Local anesthesiaNo
Lower eyelid surgery on both sides€ 2.600,-Local anesthesiaNo
Lower eyelid surgery on both sides€ 6.000,-General anesthesiaNo
Lower eyelid surgery icm midfacelift€ 7.500,-General anesthesiaNo
Upper and lower eyelid surgery€ 3.700,-Local anesthesiaNo
Levatorplasty single-sided€ 1.100,-Local anesthesiaNo
Levatorplasty bilateral€ 2.200,-Local anesthesiaNo

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Frequently Asked Questions

When there is a congenital eye disorder, a chronic condition from birth or a serious visual field limitation, an eyelid correction is reimbursed from the basic package. You can consult your health insurer prior to the treatment to make sure whether the treatment will be reimbursed for you.

How long the result of the eyelid correction is visible to you cannot be said precisely because this differs per person. On average, the result is visible ten to fifteen years. After a correction of the eyelids, your eyes look fresh and rested, but don’t forget that the aging process in your body will continue. Get the most out of treatment by living healthy and taking good care of your body.

The scars of an intervention on the eyes are hardly visible, because the cut is made in the natural fold of the eyelid. The skin can be red in color for the first two weeks after treatment, but this will disappear again.

Yes that is allowed. You can wear your lenses again as soon as you can easily insert and remove them without pulling too much to the eyelid. We recommend that you wear glasses the first week after the procedure.

If you experience complaints as hanging eyelids, ramparts, limited fields of vision, tired vision or headache, an eyelid correction can offer a solution. During a first consultation, the plastic surgeon will discuss your situation and assesses whether such an intervention is the suitable solution for you.

An eyelid correction is an surgical procedure. It is therefore wise to make some preparations in advance. Keep in mind that you need recovery time after treatment. Arrange this with your work and take care of babysitter for your children. After the treatment you are not allowed to lift or bend heavily. During a first consultation, the plastic surgeon will discuss extensively with you how best to prepare.

You can start lubricating the scar cream as soon as the scabs have disappeared on the eyelid. Try to apply the cream as light as possible for the first two weeks. You will receive the scar cream from us during the first audit appointment in the clinic.

In principle, anyone who is not satisfied with his eyes can undergo an eyelid correction. We notice that most people who choose an intervention on the eyelids are older than 30 years. Yet young people can also come to us for treatment. Redules or hanging eyebrows or eyelids are often hereditary.

We recommend that you go into the sun for the first six weeks. If you do this, it is important to use sunglasses and good sun cream with a high protection factor.

No, it is better not to drive yourself after an eyelid correction. Therefore, take someone with you when you undergo the procedure or come by public transport.

It depends on the type of work that you perform when you can get back to work. The first days you will get bruises and have swollen skin around the eyes. Doing light household work is allowed the first week. Do you do physically heavy work? Then we advise your work to build up again after about three to four weeks. Listen especially carefully to your body. You feel best about what is and what is not.

As long as the stitches are still in it, you cannot wear makeup on your eyes. Once the stitches have been removed, you can wear makeup again. Be careful with this for the first two months. Especially when removing the makeup.

It is wise to take a break in the first few weeks. After an average of three to four weeks you can slowly rebuild the exercise. During the first consultation, the plastic surgeon will inform you extensively about the recovery.

The day after the procedure you can just shower again. Try to keep the wound dry as much as possible until the stitches are removed. Has the wound been wet, right? Then pat it carefully dry.

The eyelid correction treatments take place within the Spaarne Gasthuis in Haarlem. Our clinic is within this hospital. You can also spend the night here.