Eyelid correction

What is an eyelid correction?

As you get older, the muscles relax and the skin becomes less elastic. This can cause an accumulation of loose skin at the upper eyelids. Muscle tissue can protrude through weak muscles. This causes a thickening in the eyelids which can look like so-called bags under or above your eyes.

In some people, this aging process causes the upper eyelids to press the eyeball or hang over the eyeball. Also, deeper lines or folds may develop in the lower eyelids. It is also possible that the skin is weakened and / or less elastic at a younger age. This is then genetically determined. Associated complaints are less able to see, headaches and a tired look.

A lower and / or upper eyelid correction can be the outcome!

* The doctor determines whether the treatment is medically necessary. This treatment is exempt from health care in the sense of art. 11-1-g Law on Sales tax 1968.

How does and eyelid correction work?

The operation can be performed under local anesthesia but can also be performed under general anesthesia. With a local anesthetic, you may return home after a few hours. With a general anesthetic, a day admission is required. The type of anesthesia depends on the situation, type of surgery and your own preference.

Before the plastic surgeon begins the operation, he draws (on the skin) the area that is being removed. The excess skin is then cut away. Sometimes excess subcutaneous adipose tissue is also removed. The cut comes in the skin fold of the upper eyelid, from the crow’s feet to the nose. This inconspicuous spot ensures that the scar hardly stands out.

Note: the payment of your treatment must be paid no later than 4 weeks in advance.

When am I suitable for an eyelid correction?

When you are well rested but still have a sombre or tired look, eyelid correction can help.

Hanging eyelids can cause various complaints. In some cases, they can limit vision. Overhanging eyelids can also cause headaches, because your muscles need to put more effort into keeping the eyes open.

Although most people undergoing eyelid surgery are over thirty years old, the procedure is also performed on young people.


Betty before her eyelid correction


Betty after her eyelid correction



During the first consultation we discuss all issues related to the treatment. This is how we approach the conversation about what bothers you most about your eyes and what you would like to change. The methods and operation techniques will also be discussed and researched which suits you best, what results you can expect, what the possible risks of this surgery are and how the aftercare will look like. You will always receive honest advice and will be informed in a clear way about the treatment and the period that follows.

The plastic surgeon then also checks whether you are a suitable candidate for eyelid surgery. The surgeon will ask about your health, medical background and any medication. If you use blood-thinning medication, you must stop at least one week before treatment.

What are the benefits of eyelid surgery?

  • You can go back to work after a week

  • No more gloomy or tiring look

  • Recovery time from 3 to 10 days

  • Choose for local or general anesthesia yourself.

What can I expect after an eyelid correction?

After the procedure, you stay in the clinic for a few hours so that the area around the eyes can cool well. You will then immediately receive instructions for your home. We already give a glimpse of the veil: cooling is easiest with frozen peas in a sandwich bag. On the day of the operation we advise you to cool for ten minutes every hour. If you wish, you can repeat this a few times on the day after the operation. We call you a day after the procedure, to check if everything goes well with you.

When you go outside, keep in mind that your eyes can react extra sensitive to light. This also applies to TV viewing. Then wear dark glasses. Also, avoid the bright sun during the first few months.

The swelling usually disappears gradually after two to three weeks. After seven days, we remove the tape and stitches. An hour before the check-up meeting at Praktijk Gabriels, you can coat the tape with Vaseline. Removing is easier. After the stitches, have been removed, you can coat the wounds daily with Vaseline. You can also apply make-up after one to two weeks. The final inspection takes place after three months.

When you are back home we recommend the following:

  • An adult should stay with you for the first 24 hours after the operation

  • Do not drive a vehicle in the first 48 hours after surgery due to the after-effects of anesthesia

  • Do not drink alcohol during the first week after the operation due to the effect of the anesthetic

  • Take it easy

  • You can exercise after 6 weeks if you feel good enough for this
  • Don’t go for a swim of to the sauna for the first 6 weeks

  • Smoking and alcohol have an adverse effect on healing and recovery – try to avoid this.