Will my eye shape change as a result of the eyelid lift?
No, your eye shape will not change. Only the excess skin and fatty tissue will be removed. An upper or lower eyelid lift does have an effect on your facial expressions as the eyes will have more «air» around them and be more prominent. Patients often report that people notice the difference and approach them after surgery with comments like: «Have you been on holiday? You look so relaxed and refreshed.»
Is an eyelid lift permanent?
The results of an upper lid lift last many years. The natural aging process will continue but the effects achieved by the eyelid lift will be lasting. If, over time and for reasons of predisposition, lifestyle, facial expressiveness or skin quality, your upper lids should start drooping again to the point where intervention is desired, the procedure may be repeated after a ten-year interval. On the other hand, removal of bags under the eyes is permanent, as all fatty deposits will be removed for good.
Will the scars be visible?
For an upper lid lift, the incisions will be placed so they are generally no longer visible once everything has healed. With a lower lid lift, the incision line is below the eyelashes and to the side, making it also barely visible.
Do I need to tell you about any medication I am taking?
It is extremely important in every case that you advise the specialist treating you of any illnesses and any medication you may be taking. For two weeks before the eyelid lift you must not take any medication containing aspirin (because of its blood-thinning effect). These medications may lead to excessive bleeding during the operation and delay the post-operative healing process. The specialist may decline to go ahead with the eyelid lift at any time if an increased risk is posed as a result of medication taken before the operation.
What are the risks associated with an eyelid lift?
As a general rule, any operation carries with it certain risks (e.g. intolerance of certain medication, bruising, delayed healing, inflammation, scar problems or loss of normal sensation). This all depends on the individual’s general state of health. Your specialist will discuss any potential risks with you as part of the consultation process and preparation for surgery.
In the case of lower lid lifts, one extremely rare complication is «ectropion» (a pulling away or turning outward of the lower lid). Inflammation may also occur at the corner of the eyelids in isolated cases. However, these are both temporary phenomena and can be treated.
When will I be able to socialise again?
This depends on how quickly you heal and how soon you wish to be seen, as well as your professional and social obligations. It takes seven to ten days for all traces of swelling and discoloration following surgery to completely fade. However, a few days after the stitches have been removed, any remaining discoloration may be gently concealed with make-up.
When will I be able to play sport again?
You should not play any sport for about four weeks after an eyelid lift.
How much does an upper or lower lid lift cost?
The cost of an eyelid lift depends on the type and scope of the surgical procedure involved and can only be determined through a private consultation and medical examination. In total you can expect to pay around 5,000 Swiss francs for an upper lid lift or about 6,000 to 8,000 Swiss francs for a lower lid lift. The preliminary consultation is 200 Swiss francs.
Are eyelid lifts covered by health insurance?
A lower lid lift is a purely aesthetic procedure – it is cosmetic surgery. The cost of a lower lid lift is therefore not covered by health insurance. In the case of severely drooping upper lids which, for instance, impair the patient’s vision, the costs are sometimes covered by insurance. However, partial cost cover by the health insurance company is rare and requires a thorough medical investigation.