Eyelid Lift – Lacrimal Sac Removal & Drooping Eyelid Surgery
Put the Sparkle Back into your Eye with Eyelid Tightening
Overview of Eyelid Correction
|Indications for Surgery||Consequences of ageing, Congenital and acquired misalignments, Consequences of injury|
|Treatment Period||1 – 3 hours|
|Anaesthetic||Depending on scope and wish: Local or general anaesthesia|
|Patient Stay||Depending on scope and wish: Out-patient or in-patient in our Clinic located in Germany|
|Inactive Period||1 – 2 weeks|
|Costs||Depending on scope: Usually € 1000 – € 4500 plus VAT|
|Sport||After 1 – 3 weeks|
Cause of Drooping Eyelids
The skin of the eyelids is very thin: 0.4 mm in contrast to the skin of the back, which is ten times thicker. It is this fine and thin because it must be very flexible in order to open and close the eyes in a flash.
That is why eyelids are especially receptive to changes in one’s lifestyle. Unless there is a genetic cause, an unhealthy lifestyle, stress and not enough sleep can cause drooping of the eyelids, which is partly why more and more young people suffer from drooping eyelids. In general, however, the skin elasticity on the upper eyelid decreases with age, and the pupil is partially or completely covered.
Cause of Lachrymal Sacs
Just as the skin on the upper eyelids loses its elasticity, the connective tissue on the lower eyelid also loosens with age, resulting in bags under the eyes and dark circles. At a young age, however, an unhealthy lifestyle, stress and not enough sleep are usually responsible for the development of lachrymal sacs.
Eyelid lifts in Berlin
In our specialist clinic for plastic surgery, many eyelid lifts have already been carried out successfully, helping patients to achieve a fresh and younger-looking face. A non-binding but very detailed consultation is standard procedure before every eyelid correction.
Upper Eyelid Lifts – Removal of Drooping Eyelids
A manageable surgical procedure is necessary to remove the drooping eyelids. A drooping eyelid surgery – medically known as blepharoplasty – is a common procedure in our clinic. The reason for a blepharoplasty on the upper eyelid, apart from aesthetically, is an impairment of the field of vision, causing the patients to no longer see properly.
When it comes to operations there is no such thing as zero risk!!! With experienced and good surgeons, the risk of complications in an eyelid correction is very small.
What can happen: The surgeon may remove too much, too little or uneven tissue. The exact drawing before the operation avoids this. When in doubt, it is better to leave too much than cut too much off. If too much tissue is cut away from the upper eyelid, it will not close, This must be prevented.
On the lower eyelid there can be a “watery eye”, an ectropion. This also has to be prevented. Therefore, for safety reasons, the lower eyelid is additionally hung up at the lateral edge of the eye socket with a seam, keyword: tarsopexy.
Lower Eyelid Lift & Removal of Tear Sacs
Like an upper eyelid correction, a lower eyelid lift in our modern clinic in Berlin is a treatment that is repeatedly performed in the field of aesthetic surgery. Excess, sagging skin and unsightly bags under the eyes are removed in a surgical lifting, the furrow at the transition from lower lid to cheek is padded, and the eye area is clearly rejuvenated after healing.
The Aim of an Eyelid Lift
The aim of eyelid correction with an aesthetic aim is to make the area around the eyes, and thus the entire impression of the person, look fresh, alert, attentive, present, radiant and youthful and to restore beauty. If the field of vision is restricted, an eyelid correction should also eliminate this functional disorder.
Duration of an Eyelid Lift
The operation takes between one and three hours, depending on the extent of the operation. While corrections to the upper eyelid can be carried out on an outpatient basis, patients with lower eyelid surgery generally stay in our clinic for one night. If the field of vision is restricted, an eyelid correction should also eliminate this functional disorder.
After an eyelid correction the eyelids are cooled, patients then can go home with everything they need, preferably accompanied. They will take with them: Behavioral advice, my cell phone number, cold compresses and a check-up appointment for the next day.
You should sleep in an upright position after the operation and avoid draughts. Decongestant medication: Bromelain speeds the return to normality. The pain is minor and can be treated well. Sunglasses (Jaqueline Kennedy style) will soon allow you to go among people. Stitches are removed after one week. Regular check-ups take place, the last time after three months.
Can I use Health Insurance to pay for my Eyelift Lift?
If an eyelid correction is carried out for aesthetic reasons in order to achieve a fresher appearance, the costs of the treatment must be paid by the patient. The situation is different if a correction is necessary from a medical point of view. This may be the case, for example, if drooping eyelids impair the patient’s field of vision by more than 50%. The measurement for this is carried out by an ophthalmologist.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions:
Is an Eyelid Lift Painful?
The treatment is painless. Depending on the patient’s wishes, the procedure can be performed under local or general anaesthesia.
How is an Eyelid Lift Performed?
In a hatch-lid surgery, a scalpel (there is nothing better than a sharp knife!) is used to make an incision in the crease of the eyelid to remove excess tissue: skin and fat, and to lift the upper lid. Sewing is then done with a very fine thread, which can be removed again after one week.
The lower eyelid needs more time, expertise and effort. The anatomical structures are more complex and the operation requires more knowledge and skills.
There are two goals with such an operation: Firstly, the “tear sac”, i.e. the prolapsed fat is to be removed, secondly, the furrow that has formed underneath the tear sac and is also unsightly is to be corrected. This is done with a trick: take the excess fat from the tear sac, remove it as a block of tissue and move it down, under the furrow. This way you have solved both problems in one go and achieve a beautiful, smooth, harmonious transition from the lower lid to the cheek.
The times when only the tear sacs were removed should be a thing of the past (but they are not). The result after removal of the fat is then a hollow, skeletonized, unsightly lower eyelid region.
How long does the Swelling last after an Eyelid Lift?
After two to three weeks the swelling and discoloration will have subsided, sunglasses will help disguise this in the meantime.
How long does it take to see the Final Result?
The final result takes three months.
Is it Possible to Drive a Car after an Eyelid Lift?
It is not advisable to drive a car for at least a week following eyelid surgery.
When can I use Make-up again after an Eyelid Lift?
You can use mascara after a few days, for two-dimensional make-up you must wait three weeks.
How Expensive is an Eyelid Lift?
Depending on the extent of the treatment, the costs are between 1000 and 4500 Euros (plus VAT)
How long until I am Allowed to do Exercise?
After an eyelid correction, you should allow your body to rest for three weeks, after which exercise is possible again.
How long are you Incapacitated for Work?
The downtime for public appearances is one to two weeks.
Can Upper and Lower Eyelids be Corrected Together?
Upper and lower eyelids can be operated on together in one operation. The patient is only out of commission for about two weeks and has killed two birds with one stone.
How do Drooping Upper Eyelids Develop?
The consequences of aging manifest themselves on the upper eyelids through so-called drooping eyelids, also called blepharochalasis: The skin loses tension, becomes too much and folds. The excess skin can become so strong that the skin falls over the edge of the eyelashes. This can impair vision. In addition, the fat that lies around the eyeball when young pushes itself forward and bulges the excess skin, making the upper eyelids full and thick. These symptoms can be removed with surgery through an eyelid correction.
What Aesthetic Effects do Drooping Eyelids have?
Drooping eyelids can make a face look tired and old.
If you make contact with a person, the first place you tend to look are the eyes. They are the primary and important means of communication and make a first and important impression.
Eyes can appear awake, attentive, present, radiant and youthful or tired, worn out, old and sad. This is why they are so important for our appearance to the outside world and our self-perception.
How are Bags under the Eyes Formed?
In principle, the same thing happens on the lower lids as on the upper lids, only here it has a different name.
tear sacs: Here, too, the fat falls forward, a fat prolapse develops, and forms these “sacs”. However, they do not contain tears, but fat.
Another change is the formation of a furrow between the lower eyelid and the cheek, under the tear sac, the so-called tear channel. In other words: the aged lower eyelid consists of the tear sac and the tear channel.
Which Eyelid Malpositions are there?
On the upper eyelid there is ptosis, the mostly one-sided drooping of the eyelid. It can be congenital or acquired. On the lower eyelid there is the so-called watery eye, the ectropion. The eye does not close completely.
Consequences of injuries can have all kinds of forms and affect health. All these changes do not improve by themselves. An eyelid operation, also called blepharoplasty, solves the problem.
When is Eyelid Correction not Advisable?
If the patient is otherwise seriously ill, surgery is not allowed.. Minimal changes to the eyelids do not justify the operation: it must be worthwhile, the difference: before/after must be visible. Diseases of the eye itself must be shot out, i.e. the view with the eye itself must be undisturbed. In these cases one should not tighten.
The treatment with laser does not help in this case.