The Way back to an Alert and Youthful Look

The most efficient methods to effectively correct drooping eyelids in adherence with individual characteristics.

An excess of skin on the upper eyelid can be the cause of so-called drooping eyelids which always make one look tired and worn out or even unfriendly. If the underlying musculature slackens in the course of skin aging, the drooping eyelids become more pronounced or may then even start to develop. Several methods are now available to correct this. In the case of slightly drooping eyelids, a new, non-invasive procedure with atmospheric plasma, which does not require the use of a scalpel, can be applied. The energy is transferred to the skin surface by the device in the form of a plasma beam, creating micro-wounds on the skin. These stimulate the wound healing process, resulting in a visible tightening of the skin. Usually only one outpatient treatment is necessary – the result can already be seen after seven to ten days. During this time, however, one must expect the treated area to become incrusted. If the skin of the upper eyelid is more slack, however, only the scalpel can help. The Darmstadt Rosenpark Klinik’s Dr. Stefan Kalthoff explains how a classic eyelid lift works.

What causes drooping eyelids?

Drooping eyelids are often inherent in the patient’s own genes. In addition, skin elasticity decreases with age. People who have always had drooping eyelids find that they are no longer able to see everything. The drooping upper eyelid literally robs them of their sight and severely restricts their field of vision.

At what age does it usually begin?

The process of skin aging is genetically programmed and takes place in the dermis, the thick layer of living tissue below the epidermis. This skin layer consists of connective tissue cells and connective tissue fibres such as collagen and elastin which give the skin its elasticity and resilience. With increasing age, the skin tissue loses collagen and elastin. The skin becomes thinner, water and fat content decrease. Most people first show signs of skin ageing from around the age of 35. Due to the loss of elasticity, genetically created drooping eyelids become even more pronounced. This affects both women and men.

What is done during the procedure?

During upper eyelid lifting, excess skin is reduced and any sagging muscles and protruding fatty tissue are removed. The fine eyelid skin is then closed with the thinnest suture material. This creates only a very fine scar in the crease of the eyelid. Once healed, it is not visible to others.

What are the associated risks?

In addition to minor bruising and swelling there may, in rare cases, be a wound healing disorder and, as a result, a less than optimal scarring. However, people with this problem are usually aware that they suffer from it.

When is the best time for this operation?

As soon as the drooping eyelids begin to disturb to such an extent that one feels impaired. For example, if one only thinks about it once in a month, that’s only twelve days in a year. But if one thinks about it every day, the significance is greater for the person affected.

How long does the procedure take?

Including the preparation for the operation, the outpatient procedure lasts about one and a half hours. The patient can leave the clinic immediately afterwards and is presentable right away, ideally with sunglasses. Pain is usually not to be expected after the operation.

How long can you not be seen in public afterwards?

The healing process is individual, but minor bruising and swelling of the eyelids subside after seven to a maximum of 14 days. The optimal time for this procedure is summer when one can wear sunglasses without attracting attention.
But isn’t it true that an eyelid lift alone can’t always get rid of a tired look?
Sometimes a forehead lift is necessary. The forehead skin’s elasticity also decreases over the years. This often results in excess skin on the upper eyelid and the eyebrows usually drop. UV light, weight changes, as well as genetic factors accelerate this process.

What does forehead lifting do?

A forehead lift smooths the upper part of the face and raises the eyebrows in accordance with one’s individual type – with a clearly skin-rejuvenating effect. Frown lines disappear as well as, to a large extent, crow’s feet.

How’s that done?

The plastic surgeon makes an incision in the hairline. The skin and fatty tissue up to the eyebrows are then detached from the muscle layer and lifted individually. The excess skin is removed, and the incision is sutured without any tension. The patient is provided with a compression bandage and after eight to ten days the stitches are removed. Afterwards, one can socialize again without any restrictions. The scar is covered by the hair and is almost invisible.

How do I find a really good specialist?

The Internet now offers excellent information about the respective experts via various portals. Ultimately, however, you should arrange to have at least two consultations and then decide on the doctor you trust. In an aesthetic procedure, the chemistry should be right from both sides. Only the can a perfect result be achieved.

Which “bait offers” should one be aware about?

As with every service, the same applies to aesthetic medicine: quality has its price. Of course, this does not mean that a cheaper provider must necessarily be worse. But with dumping prices, I would definitely obtain more detailed information about the surgeon. Especially with sensitive regions such as the eyelid, attempting to make corrections afterwards is difficult.

How long does the result last?

Of course, an upper lid lift cannot stop the skin from aging, but the outcome can certainly be enjoyed for several years.

Do health insurance companies cover the costs of the procedure?

As soon as there is a so-called medical indication, in this case a considerable restriction of the field of vision by the drooping eyelid, there is a good chance that at least private health insurance companies will reimburse the cost of the operation. However, one should go to one’s health insurance company with a cost estimate beforehand.

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