Cosmetic surgery: eyelid correction

People who suffer from a tired appearance, a gloomy look or even vision limitations due to a drooping eyelid can consider an eyelid correction. The excess skin is removed, giving you a fresher appearance again. It usually takes place under local anesthesia. How does an eyelid correction work, what do you need to know and what aftercare is important?

What an eyelid correction entails

An eyelid correction, also called blepharoplasty , removes excess skin and fatty tissue from the eyelid and sometimes also improves the shape of the eye. A cut (incision) is made on the contours of the eye on the crease of the eye, so that virtually nothing can be seen after recovery. Nowadays there is a technique in which the incisions are made on the inside of the eye so that no scars are visible anymore.

Reasons for an eyelid correction

A tired appearance, a gloomy look, drooping eyelids are the most common complaints from people considering this procedure. This procedure can be performed on adults of all ages. Motives for wanting an eyelid correction are to counteract signs of aging or to correct hereditary features. Reasons to have an eyelid correction performed are:

  • skin folds that obstruct vision
  • excess skin flaps cover the natural folds of the upper eyelids
  • the lower eyelid droops so that the white of the eye can be seen under the iris
  • fat and dark circles on the lower eyelid, with or without excess skin and fine wrinkles
  • swollen eyelids, making the eyes look tired


A first consultation

During this conversation you can indicate what you want, what your expectations are and it will be explained how the treatment works. The possible risks and aftercare are discussed and the plastic surgeon will determine whether you are eligible for the treatment. Health, medicine and medical background also play a role. An eyelid correction requires a lot of expertise from the doctor because he must estimate what the eyes will look like after the operation.

The treatment

Photos are taken in advance for the file. The amount of skin that needs to be removed is carefully drawn on the eyelids. An anesthetic liquid containing adrenaline is then injected. The adrenaline causes the blood vessels to close so that bleeding is limited. This procedure is usually done under local anesthesia. If you wish, it can also be performed under anesthesia. When it is anesthetized, the excess skin is cut away and, if necessary, a piece of the eye sphincter muscle. The excess fat is then removed and when the surgeon is ready, ice goggles are used against the swelling.


It is not necessary for you to stay in the clinic: you can go home after the procedure. Make sure you don’t have to drive yourself. Paracetamol is usually sufficient to treat the after-pain. The eyes are swollen and bruises are visible. It is important to cool properly. Usually after a week it looks a lot better and the stitches can be removed. Usually after a week you can appear in public again without everyone staring at you. Maybe you prefer to wear sunglasses. The redness usually takes several weeks to disappear. As with any other cosmetic surgical procedure, the treated area needs time to heal.

The result

The result often makes a very big difference. It can make you look many years younger. Once the swelling and bruising have gone away, you can clearly see the result. It will take a number of months before the final result is visible. A photo will also be taken of the result for your medical file.


As with all surgical procedures, you may have an allergic reaction to the anesthetic, disinfectants or plasters. Even if the work is done in a sterile manner, there is a very small chance of an infection developing. A specific complication is that the skin tightens more than desired after the treatment. This can be resolved with a small correction.


Make sure you are well informed in advance and know what to expect, especially for aftercare. The costs of an upper eyelid correction of both eyes are approximately 1,250 euros. An eyelid correction is not always the answer to the complaints you have. Sagging eyebrows can best be corrected with a forehead lift or eyebrow lift. Crow’s feet can be smoothed out with laser resurfacing or a chemical peel.

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