Eyelid surgery is a transformative procedure that effectively addresses concerns such as droopy or puffy eyelids, as well as under-eye bags. These aesthetic issues can give the impression of fatigue or age, and in certain instances, they may even contribute to discomforts like headaches and vision impairments. Our team of highly skilled plastic surgeons is committed to providing personalized consultations, during which they will attentively address your inquiries and assist you in determining the most suitable treatment options tailored to your specific needs.
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The treatment process
What is the treatment process for eyelid surgery?
45 – 90 minutes
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 believe 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 result of the treatment are our priority.
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 elevator or forehead elevator 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)
- 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?
At Blooming Plastic Surgery, we understand that the cost of eyelid surgery is a major factor in the decision to undergo this procedure. That’s why we offer eyelid surgery at an affordable price and prioritize high-quality results and excellent patient care.
Blooming Plastic Surgery offers eyelid surgery at an affordable cost. Prices start from €850 including all costs related to the treatment, such as consultation, the surgical team, anesthesia and aftercare. The exact price depends on the complexity of the procedure and your specific needs.