An eyelid correction (blepharoplasty) corrects drooping eyelids and bags. It is a simple cosmetic procedure that thousands of people choose each year. This is not for nothing. Because the treatment is performed subtly, you do not see that you have had something done. What you do see is that you look fresher, more energetic and better.
An eyelid correction is performed when you suffer from drooping eyelids. Often we are talking about hanging upper eyelids. This can be very annoying. Not only do you look tired, they can also cause headaches, heavy eyelids and reduced vision. That is why many people opt for an upper eyelid correction.
For the treatment, photos are taken in your medical file. Then the treatment can start. We start with a local anesthetic. During the procedure you are simply awake, but you do not feel anything else. The narcotic liquid contains adrenaline, this substance ensures that the bleeding is limited.
Some people feel little of the anesthetic injections, others experience them as annoying. If you want an eyelid correction can also be performed under anesthesia.
This is how an upper eyelid correction works
The surgeon accurately records on the upper eyelid how much skin should be removed. Then he cuts a strip of skin away. Sometimes a piece of the eye-cog muscle is also removed. If there is too much fat present, this is also removed. After the procedure, the capillaries are burned shut and the slice is sutured again. We cool the eye area immediately, to prevent the swelling as much as possible.
This is how a lower eyelid correction works
For a lower eyelid correction there are several options, depending on the cause of the problem.
In the case of fatty walls: when there is a lot of bulging fat under the eyes, it is often opted for removal via the mucous membrane on the inside of the eyelid. The incision made for this does not have to be attached and no visible scars are formed.
For skin bags: when there is too much loose skin on the lower eyelids, the surgeon will make a small incision just under the lash line. Then a strip of skin is removed and the incision is attached again. This allows a small scar to remain visible.
The Hamra technique: with this technique, the fat is not removed but subcutaneously moved to the groove between nose and eyes. This can prevent the eyes from becoming 'hollow' over time. If necessary, the eye-cervical muscle is also shortened and attached to the bone membrane of the outer corner of the eye. This technique (muscle suspension) ensures that the outer corner of the eye is slightly raised and the eye gets a more beautiful shape.
In most cases we operate under local anesthesia. You will only undergo anesthesia for a lower eyelid correction via the inside of your eye.
Many people find the injections with anesthetic fluid annoying. If you wish, the operation can also be performed under sedation. With a sedation, you will be put to sleep, just as with an anesthetic. However, the difference with an anesthetic is that during the procedure you are always well awake while you still have an excellent analgesia. The great advantage of sedation is that you are fit again quickly after the procedure and can go home. Your doctor will discuss with you what is the best option for you.
After the procedure
You can go home immediately. However, you are not allowed to drive yourself, so bring someone who can take you home.
The first days your eyes will be swollen and blue. By cooling properly and regularly, swelling and bruising are significantly reduced. Most people wear sunglasses when they go out that first week. After a week, the stitches may be removed and you will usually be presentable again. Sometimes the skin remains red for longer; especially with a thin skin this can take several months.
The napin is different for every client. Usually the recovery is virtually painless. Do you have a problem, then a paracetamol is sufficient.
The result is already clearly visible after the swelling has subsided. The final result is visible after a few months. During the final inspection at the clinic, photos are taken for your medical record.
Just like any surgery, eyelid surgery also involves risks. There is a risk of an allergic reaction to the anesthetic fluid, disinfectants or patches. Also, despite the fact that we work sterile, an infection can occur. The chance of this is small about 1 to 2%.
Sometimes there is disturbed wound healing or a bleeding. Fortunately, this does not have to have negative consequences for the final result. Sometimes the skin tends to be tighter than intended. We can fix this with a small correction.
Smoking increases the chance of an infection. We therefore strongly recommend that you stop three weeks before the procedure, and not to smoke three weeks after the procedure.