Eyelid correction

Upper eyelid correction

An upper eyelid correction (blepharoplasty superior) is an operation that removes excess skin from the eyelids. As we age, the eyelids stretch and the muscles that support them weaken. As a result, excess skin and fat can accumulate above and below your eyelids. This can cause droopy eyebrows, droopy upper lids and bags under the eyes.

Besides ageing, severely sagging skin around the eyes can reduce vision, especially the upper and outer parts of the visual field. Eyelid surgery can reduce or eliminate these vision problems. The surgery can also make the eyes look younger and fresher.

Preparation for the eyelid correction operation

  • The plastic surgeon will discuss your medical history and the operation with you during your visit to the clinic.
  • For certain indications, the operation can be requested from your health insurance company first. The doctor will request this. You will receive your own notification from the health insurer whether or not the operation is approved.
  • If the surgery is not covered by the health insurer, you can request a quote for your own account from your doctor.
  • Photos from different angles help plan the surgery and document whether there is a medical reason for it, which could support an insurance claim.
  • Notify the plastic surgeon if you take blood-thinning drugs. Blood-thinning drugs include Fenprocoumon (Marcoumar), Acenoumarol (Sintrom), Dabigatran (Pradaxa), Apixaban (Eliquis), Rivaroxaban (Xarelto), Fraxiparin, Clopidrogel (Plavix), Dipyridamol (Persantin), Ticagrelor (Brilique), Prasugrel (Efient), Ascal, APC, Asprobruis, Aspirin, Diclofenac, Naproxen, Brufen or Voltaren. These should be stopped before surgery.
  • Report hypersensitivities, e.g. hypersensitivity to latex or plasters.
  • On the day of surgery, do not use make-up or cream on the eyelids.
  • Make sure someone takes you to and from the clinic if you undergo outpatient surgery. If necessary, arrange for someone to stay with you during the first night after returning home from surgery.

Eyelid correction surgery

The operation takes place under local anaesthesia in the outpatient operations room. The plastic surgeon will first mark out the part of your skin to be removed in a sitting position. You will then lie down and a small amount of anaesthetic will be injected. Then the excess skin is removed. The skin is closed with a non-dissolvable suture, which is removed after a week.

After eyelid correction surgery

After surgery, you may have some symptoms that will disappear on their own. Examples include blurred vision, watery eyes, light sensitivity, double vision, swollen/feeling eyelids, bruising, and pain or discomfort.
We recommend avoiding stress-inducing activities for the first three days after the procedure. This is because swelling may occur. We also advise against sports until the sutures are taken out after about a week.

Cooling

For the 24 hours after surgery, use ice compresses on your eyes every hour for 10 minutes. This will help reduce pain and swelling.

Alcohol

Make sure you do not drink alcohol on the day of surgery. This thins the blood. You should also avoid alcoholic drinks for about 48 hours after the operation.

Complications

Contact Medical Centre Wetering immediately if:

  • You are in a lot of pain after the operation;
  • The wound continues to bleed;
  • The wound becomes swollen or red;
  • You experience blurred vision.

Costs of a eyelid correction

An upper eyelid correction is not always covered by your health insurance. The health insurer can always check (even after the operation) whether reimbursement is justified in your case and, for this purpose, request the photos taken prior to the operation. You can inquire with your insurance company about possible reimbursement and what the conditions are for this.

If the upper eyelid correction is not covered by your health insurer, the cost of the procedure is € 995.

Waiting time indication

Dermatology
2 1

Days

Gynaecology
2 1

Days

Proctology
2 1

Days

Phlebology
2 1

Days

Plastic surgery
0 4

Days

Waiting time indication

Dermatology
2 1

Days

Gynaecology
2 1

Days

Proctology
2 1

Days

Phlebology
2 1

Days

Plastic surgery
0 4

Days