7 things you need to know if you are considering eyelid surgery

Droopy eyelids, puffiness and dark circles under your eyes are all part of the ageing process and difficult to prevent altogether in the long run. Nevertheless, eyelid surgery today offers good relief for many different complaints. Eyelid surgery removes excess skin, sagging muscle and bulging fat, giving you back a fresh, rested look.


Despite being a relatively safe, popular procedure, there are a few things to consider. We have gathered the most important points about the procedure and recovery for you.

1. Take the time to find the right doctor

As with any cosmetic treatment, it is important to look for a certified, experienced surgeon or cosmetic doctor with extensive experience in performing eyelid surgery. Do research online, read reviews and always schedule a no-obligation consultation. Experience further shows that the more someone has read up on the procedure, the happier they are often with the result. Talk to the attending doctor, ask questions and look at pictures of previous results. Your gut feeling is a good counsellor, trust it!

2. Immerse yourself in the operation

Besides finding a doctor with a lot of experience in performing eyelid surgery, it is also important to familiarise yourself with the procedure. What exactly bothers you? Do you want an upper or lower eyelid correction? Is eyelid surgery the right treatment for you? Do I go to a clinic that only removes skin, or do I also need muscle and fat removal above the eyes? Ask specific questions about your eyes and what is possible. Look at recent before and after photos so you get a good idea about the doctor's capabilities. Have your own expectations well managed and adjusted where necessary by the attending doctor.

3. Be prepared for costs

We can keep repeating it: cosmetic surgery is not the place to be frugal. So, do you see a really good deal passing by or the procedure being offered at a big discount? Then know that this is often at the expense of the quality of the practitioner or the procedure itself. The exact cost depends on the procedure. An upper eyelid surgery is often cheaper than a lower eyelid surgery because it is a lot more complicated. This also applies to Asian eyelid correction, where a crease is created in the eyelid that does not naturally have one. Typically, the more complex the procedure, the more specialism is required from the attending doctor. This is reflected in the cost.

4. It is normal to be nervous.

Eyelid surgery is a popular and rewarding procedure that makes many people happy. So we also dare to say with certainty that chances are high that you will be happy and satisfied with the result. However, this does not mean that you cannot be nervous before the procedure. By consulting well with the doctor, continuing to ask questions and reading up on yourself, you will ensure that you are well prepared for the procedure. The better prepared you are, the calmer you will usually go into the procedure. Can't manage to calm down? Check with your doctor whether a sedative is possible before the procedure.

5. Recovering from eyelid surgery is a process

It is natural that you will be much preoccupied with the results after surgery, but patience is a virtue. During recovery, swelling and bruising will hide the final results. Your eyes may be asymmetrical and difficult to close. This is normal and really does all mend.

It is important to cool well to minimise swelling. Eyelid skin is thin and usually heals well and quickly. Plasters remain in place for a few days and stitches are removed at one week. Swelling may persist for several weeks, but is usually not noticeable to the outside world. After one week, you can resume your daily activities and after two weeks you are usually presentable again.

Recovery continues in the following months: the eyes feel less stiff, the scar becomes smoother and fades. For the first 3 to 6 months after the procedure, be careful with the sun and Uv radiation to avoid scar discolouration.

6. Other tips for a good recovery

At least give your eyes two weeks to fully recover. After two weeks, the wound is usually healed and you can wear make-up again. To reduce swelling, it generally helps to touch the eyelids as little as possible. Therefore, avoid contact reading even during the initial period.


Further, make sure to protect your eyes from wind, sun and other elements, as these can also affect recovery. For example, wear sunglasses when you are outside to protect your eyes. Immediately also a great way to hide the bruises in the first few weeks.


You may experience some redness and dry eyes after eyelid surgery. If necessary, your doctor can prescribe eye drops. If you already suffer from dry eyes, it is a good idea to mention this to your doctor prior to the procedure.

7. Get your rest, physically and emotionally

In other become: be patient, try to let go and let the recovery process take its course. Take some time off from work so that you have a few days to recover in peace. Give yourself the space to observe the aftercare properly and not to exert too much effort. In the end, this is only going to contribute to the best results after your eyelid surgery.

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