Eye lid correction
As you get older, the connective tissue fibres in your skin become less elastic. As a result, you can experience drooping eyelids or drooping eyebrows. The upper eyelids begin to droop because the skin loses its tightness and suppleness. Under your eyes, the fat tissue is no longer properly held in place, creating bags.
Your eyes determine to a large extent how you come across to someone else. Due to drooping eyelids or eyebrows you can look tired, angry or worried, even if you are fit and cheerful. In addition, they can limit you in your field of vision, causing you to furrow your eyebrows to be able to see more. This can cause you to experience headaches and wrinkles in your forehead.
With eyelid correction (or blepharoplasty), you can resolve these symptoms and rejuvenate your face relatively easily. Did you know that an eyelid correction is the most-performed cosmetic procedure done in the Netherlands by plastic surgeons?
Are you interested in an eyelid correction? Then make an appointment with Dr Schiettecatte for a no-obligation consultation in Clinic Veldhoven or CosMed Clinic in Bos en Duin.
The consultation and a quotation
Prior to the eyelid correction, you have a personal intake interview with Dr Schiettecatte to discuss your wishes and the options. During the consultation, you can indicate what most bothers you about your eyes. Then Dr Schiettecatte advises you about the possible intervention and technique. Request a consultation now. After the consultation, you will receive a tailor-made quotation.
Eyelid correction: the operation
Upper eyelid correction
With an upper eyelid correction, Dr Schiettecatte carefully marks in advance on your eyelid which part of the skin will be removed. In doing so, he pays special attention to ensuring that the scars end up in your natural eye fold, so that they are virtually invisible. During the upper eyelid correction, he removes the excess skin and possibly some fat, as well as part of the ocular ciliary muscle. After this, the small blood vessels are cauterized, and the wound is sutured. The procedure takes place under local anaesthesia.
Lower eyelid correction
With a lower eyelid correction in which the ‘bags’ are removed under your eyes, two approaches are possible. Both types of lower eyelid corrections are performed under local anaesthesia. Often, no skin needs to be removed. Dr Schiettecatte then makes a small incision in the mucous membrane on the inside of your eyelid. Then the pouches of fat under your eyes are removed. The wound does not have to be sutured. If your lower eyelids have excess skin, this is removed together with the fat through a small incision just below the lash line. The wound is then sutured with a fine thread. A small scar can remain visible below the lashes.
It is possible that your problem is not caused by a drooping upper eyelid, but by eyebrows that are too low. In that case, Dr Schiettecatte recommends an eyebrow correction, in which the eyebrow is lifted slightly through a small incision behind the hairline at the temple. Apart from the fact that this gives you a more open field of view, the small wrinkles around your eyes are often also reduced by this procedure.
After the operation on your eyelids
The skin of your eyes is very sensitive. As a result, you may experience swelling and black eyes after an operation on your upper eyelids or lower eyelids. You can limit this by regularly putting a cold compress on your eyes after the surgery. The swelling usually disappears quickly. The bruises remain visible for a little longer and gradually disappear. In general, the visible effects of the surgery are visible for about a week. You can wear sunglasses as needed to hide them. Makeup can only be used again after removal of the sutures, about a week after the operation.
Risks and complications with eyelid corrections
Eyelid corrections are performed quite often. You may experience an allergic reaction or an infection, although the chance of this is very small. You can also temporarily have somewhat drier eyes. Occasionally, it happens that the skin is pulled slightly tighter than desired. This usually recovers fairly quickly on its own. If it does not recover on its own, it will be remedied with a small skin procedure.
|Duration of the operation:||25 minutes.|
|Admission to the clinic:||no, treatment is outpatient.|
|Pain relief afterwards:||paracetamol or a similar painkiller.|
|Sutures:||will be removed about one week after the operation.|
|Practical:||your contact lenses can often be tolerated within one day after surgery with an upper eyelid correction, whereas for a lower eyelid operation, that takes an average of one week. For optimal results from the operation, do not engage in heavy physical exertion for two to three weeks after removal of your sutures.|
|Stability:||about five years, after which a new operation is possible. Smoking, drinking and excessive sunlight can accelerate the aging process.|
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