eyelid correction

What is an eyelid correction?

The older we get, the more our muscles weaken, and the more our skin loses its elasticity. As a result, loose skin can accumulate on your upper eyelids. Fatty tissue can protrude due to the weakened muscles. Your eyelids can start to bulge, which can give the appearance of the so-called ‘bags’ under and above your eyes.

For some people, this so-called ageing process can cause the upper eyelids to push on the eyeball or even cause the eyelids to hang over the eyeball. Deep lines or folds can also start to appear on the lower eyelids.
The skin can start to sag and become less elastic even at a young age. This is often genetic. Corresponding symptoms are restricted visibility, headaches and a tired appearance.

An upper or lower eyelid correction could be the answer.

*The doctor will determine if the treatment is necessary for medical reasons. * This treatment falls within the tax-exempt medical care as stated in article. 11-1-g Tax Law, 1968.

What are the advantages of an eyelid correction?

  • Back to work after one week
  • No longer a sad or tired appearance
  • A recovery period of three to 10 days
  • Free choice of a local or general anaesthetic

When am I a suitable candidate for an eyelid correction?

Hanging eyelids can cause various problems. In some cases, they restrict visibility. Overhanging eyelids can also cause headaches because the muscles must work harder to keep the eyes open. You can be well-rested, but still look sad or appear tired.

An eyelid correction can be the solution.

Although most people who have an eyelid correction done are older than thirty, this procedure is also carried out on younger people.


How is an eyelid correction done?

This operation can be done using a local sedative or under a general anaesthetic. When a local sedative is used, you may go home a few hours later. When a general anaesthetic is used, then you will be admitted as a day patient. The type of sedation is dependent on the situation, the type of procedure and your personal preference.

Before the plastic surgeon begins the operation, he will draw out (on the skin) the area to be removed. The excess skin will then be cut away. Sometimes, excess fatty tissue found under the skin will be removed too. An incision is made in the skin fold of the upper eyelid, from the crow’s feet to the nose. Because of the discreet location of the incision, the scars are barely visible.

NB: Payment for your treatment should be paid in full no later than four weeks in advance.


During your first consultation, we will discuss what this procedure entails. We will also discuss what bothers you the most about your eyes and what you would like to do about this. We will discuss the various methods and operating techniques used and decide which best meets your needs. We will also discuss with you what you can expect in terms of end results, what the possible risks are and the necessary aftercare. You will always receive honest advice and be informed clearly about the treatment and what needs to be done in the period afterwards.

After everything has been discussed, the plastic surgeon will decide whether you are a suitable candidate for an eyelid correction. The surgeon will ask you questions regarding your health, medical history and any possible medication you may be using. Should you use blood thinners, then you should stop using them at least one week before being treated.

What can I expect after having had an eyelid correction done?

After your surgery, you will remain in the clinic for a few hours so that the area around your eyes can cool down. You will also receive aftercare instructions for at home.

Inside tip: cooling down works best with a bag of frozen peas in a sandwich bag. We recommend you cool the area every hour for 10 minutes on the day of your operation. If necessary, you can continue to do this for a couple of times on the day after your operation. We will call you on the day after your operation to check that you are okay.

Should you go outside, please note that your eyes may be extra sensitive to light. The same goes for watching TV. You can wear dark glasses to reduce the symptoms. Avoid bright sunlight for the first few months.

The tape and sutures will be removed after seven days. You can rub Vaseline over the tape an hour before your check-up at Care Clinic.  This will soften the tape making it easier to remove.
After the sutures have been removed, you can use Vaseline on the wounds daily. You can start to wear make-up again after one to two weeks. The swelling usually disappears after two to three weeks. Your final check-up will be after three months.

Once you are back home, we would like to advise the following:

  • For the first 24 hours after the operation, you should be accompanied by an adult.
  • You may not drive for the first 48 hours after the operation because of the side effects of the general anaesthetic.
  • You may not drink any alcohol for the first week after the operation because of the side effects of the general anaesthetic.
  • Don’t rush things.
  • You may do sports after six weeks, but only if you feel well enough
  • Do not go swimming or visit the sauna in the first six weeks
  • Both smoking and alcohol have a negative effect on the healing process and recovery time – try to abstain from both for a while.