A look says more than a thousand words – it is often easy to see someone’s emotions from the expression of their eyes. However, if the upper eyelids start to droop, the facial expression can quickly be misinterpreted and the face appears older and tired. Those affected may also have a feeling of pressure and heaviness and can even suffer from a limited field of vision. A surgical procedure on the upper eyelids – an upper eyelid lift – gives the face a friendly and fresh appearance.
Hooded eyes is the term for excess skin that sags down covering a part of the upper eyelid. This make the eyes appear smaller.
The reason for hooded eyes is usually a loss of elasticity in the skin due to age. Loose skin can also be caused by genetics and occur while a person is young or from birth. Those affected often feel that they look less attractive, in some cases, even their field of vision is limited if the condition is particularly pronounced.
Patients who wish to undergo this procedure are first invited to a personal consultation at our Klinik am Rhein in Düsseldorf. Here, we discuss in detail your wishes and expectations and compare these with the current condition (degree of sagging tissue) as well as the options available. To prepare for the treatment, we also strongly recommend avoiding nicotine and blood-thinning medication (e.g. aspirin) 1–2 weeks before surgery.
The upper eyelid procedure is usually performed as an outpatient procedure and takes 30 to 45 minutes. This means that the patient can go home on the same day. The sutures are removed after a week. Until then, the patient must rest and avoid using any cosmetic products on the face. After a week, the patient can resume most work and social activities. The scars caused by the incision are almost invisible once the wound has completely healed.
An upper eyelid lift is one of the most common procedures in plastic and aesthetic surgery. An experienced specialist performs the eyelid lift almost risk-free. Bleeding after the procedure, wound healing disorders or unattractive scarring only occur in very rare cases. In the first few days after the surgery, it is common for redness and swelling around the eyes to appear. Regular cooling can help reduce the symptoms more quickly.
To correct hooded eyes, there is no real alternative to a surgical upper eyelid lift. Outsider methods include laser treatment and the so-called plasma pen. During laser treatment, a laser is used to make the incision instead of a scalpel. This means that while the wound would theoretically bleed less, the wound margins are exposed to excessive heat, which would make the scar appear redder for a longer period.
The costs of the upper eyelid lift include all expenses such as the consultation, surgery, anaesthesia, surgical materials and the final check-up. If the procedure is medically indicated, health insurance companies may cover the costs. This is the case if the field of vision is limited or the patient suffers from repeated inflammation in this area due to the hooded eyelids. An application can be sent to the patient’s health insurance company.