An eyelid lift aims to make the eyes look brighter and fresher and is one of the most common procedures of aesthetic and plastic surgery. The procedure may be minor, but the effect is enormous. The differences that occur due to involvement of the skin, fat and muscle are often big and must be taken into account when planning the surgery. Therefore, a preoperative consultation with an examination is particularly important.
Blepharoplasty, the medical term for an eyelid lift, can be performed on the upper eyelid and the lower eyelid.
As we get older, we start to naturally lose elasticity in the tissue around the eyes. However, young people can also suffer from hooded eyes or eye bags due to genetic predisposition. Hooded eyes cover a large part of the upper eyelid, make the eyes appear smaller and can cause restricted vision if particularly pronounced.
Eye bags are visible in the form of saggy tissue and fatty tissue under the eyelid and make the face look tired. An eyelid lift is extremely gentle and therefore suitable for every healthy patient. It is particularly useful if the baggy skin around the eyes cause problems or limitations.
Before every procedure, the patient has a consultation with the surgeon during which the exact procedure will be defined and the patient will be told the preparatory measures. This includes no smoking for at least 1–2 weeks before surgery and discontinuing the use of blood-thinning medication.
In the upper eyelid, the procedure mainly involves removing excess skin. The procedure is performed by making an incision along the upper lid. When the eyes are open, the fine scar will later be concealed in the fold. It is also often useful to remove smaller fatty deposits.
A lower eyelid lift usually involves redistributing the fatty tissue and stabilising the muscles. This is performed by making a fine incision along the edge of the lid.
Only at the end of the procedure is it decided how much excess skin to remove. If the lower eyelid is stable but there is fat in this area, a particular surgical technique is occasionally used that involves making a small incision from inside through the conjunctiva.
The duration of the surgery depends on the type of procedure and is usually between 30 and 60 minutes. The uncomplicated treatment can be performed as an outpatient surgery and with local anaesthesia while being semi-sedated (twilight anaesthesia). Afterwards, all patients receive the mobile telephone number of the surgeon to ensure availability around the clock.
The fine sutures are removed after a week. By that time, the healing process is already largely completed. The final check-up visit occurs after 12 weeks. An overnight stay in the clinic is not necessary.
An eyelid lift is relatively low-risk and painless. Side effects caused by the anaesthesia or the incision are therefore very rare. Slight swelling or bruising that appears a few days after the surgery is more common. However, this is harmless and in no way influences the final result.