The skin around your eyes is particularly thin and sensitive. With time, the eye area loses its elasticity, causing it to sag. Hanging upper eyelids can occur at any age, and often make the face seem tired, exhausted, and sad. Because even just our eyes affect our facial expression and vitality.
During an upper eyelid correction, excess tissue and fatty deposits are removed from the lid, re-tightening the eye area as a result. This means that more of the upper eyelid is visible, creating a more friendly appearance. The scar is hardly visible when eyes are closed, as it is hidden in the crease of the lid. Upper eyelid correction helps restore your natural facial features without being a noticeable procedure.
On the day of the operation, you will come to us at the EPPSTEIN clinic at the agreed time.
You will be welcomed by our team and prepared for outpatient surgery. Dr. Eppstein will mark the incision on the upper eyelids and perform the operation personally. If you have any unanswered questions, they will of course be answered in advance. After the operation, you will be discharged home after a short period of supervision.
Please do not take any blood-thinning medication (e.g. ASA/aspirin) etc. for 14 days before the operation without consultation.
During the consultation you will be thoroughly examined and advised by Dr. Eppstein. We will show you how much skin will be removed and where the scar will be. Of course, you will be informed about the risks of the upper eyelid lift and about the pre- and aftercare. It is important to us that you leave the consultation with a good feeling and without any unanswered questions. On the day of the consultation, you will receive all the documents such as the cost estimate and all the information about the upper eyelid correction to take home with you.
– How do I get rid of my drooping eyelids?
With an upper eyelid correction.
– Do I have to pay a fee for the consultation?
Yes, because the consultation is a medical service that has to be charged for in accordance with the German Scale of Fees for Physicians (GOÄ), we charge a one-off cost of €50 for your individual and in-depth consultation appointment.
– Which costs are associate with my treatment and are there financing options available?
We can provide you with precise details about treatment costs after an in-depth examination. We offer flexible financing models for your treatment. Please feel free to contact us at any time in case of any questions or for a non-binding financing offer.
– Will health insurance cover the costs?
In general, plastic surgery is not covered by health insurance, even in cases of psychological distress. However, you should seek advice from your health insurance company.
– Can the treatment be performed at the EPPSTEIN Clinic?
Yes, we have our own surgical theatre, so we are able to perform all treatments and surgeries on site.
– Why does EPPSTEIN Clinic not have any before and after photos?
According to Section 11 (1) of the Pharmaceutical Advertising Law, German doctors are not allowed to advertise plastic surgery using comparative pictures of how people look before and after surgery (before and after photos).
– I have a long journey, can the person accompanying me also spend the night in the clinic?
Yes, your companion can also stay overnight at the clinic.
– Can multiple treatments be performed during one appointment?
In general, multiple treatment can be performed during one appointment. However, we will discuss the possibility of combining various treatments during your personal consultation.
– What is the difference between a plastic surgeon and a specialist for plastic and aesthetic surgery?
After completing their medical studies, a specialist for plastic and aesthetic surgery specialises in plastic, reconstructive, and aesthetic surgery during their 6-year residency. Since “plastic surgeon” is not a protected term, any doctor can describe themself as a plastic surgeon without having done this specialist training. Which is why we recommend placing your trust in a specialist, like Dr. Eppstein.
– Is the EPPSTEIN Clinic a member of any professional associations?
Dr. med. Ron Julius Eppstein is a regular member of DGPRÄC (the German Society of Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgeons), the ISAPS (the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery), the VDÄPC (Association of German Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) and the GÄCD (Society for Aesthetic Surgery Germany e.V.).
– Will I be charged extra for staying overnight at the clinic?
No, overnight costs are included in your surgery price. You will not be charged any additional costs.
– How is the upper eyelid correction operated?
In an upper eyelid correction (blepharoplasty), the excess tissue is removed under local anaesthetic after precise planning. The scar is placed in the crease of the eyelid so that it is hardly visible after healing.
– How long does it normally take from consultation to surgery?
In general, your consultation and surgery appointment will be a few weeks apart. Legally, we have to adhere to a minimum period of 48 hours between the consultation and actually performing an elective procedure.
– Legally, we have to adhere to a minimum period of 48 hours between the consultation and actually performing an elective procedure.
Certain secondary illnesses or taking anticoagulant medications may mean that it is not possible to perform plastic surgery. These things will be discussed in detail during your informed consent discussion.
– How can I best prepare for surgery?
During your consultation, Dr. Eppstein will explain everything you need to know before surgery. You should not take any medications like ASA (aspirin) that can affect blood clotting two weeks before the surgery. You should also avoid smoking cigarettes. Everything else is included in our “before and after” leaflet, which you will be given during your consultation.
– Can my eyes or eyesight be damaged by upper eyelid correction?
Because your eyes are in the immediate area, this is of course hypothetically possible. But upper eyelid correction is a routine surgery, which means that any injury to the eyes or eyesight can essentially be completely excluded.
– Can an upper eyelid correction be performed as an outpatient, or will I need to stay overnight in the Clinic?
In general, upper eyelid correction is performed as an outpatient procedure.
After the procedure
– When will I be socially acceptable again after an upper eyelid lift?
After approx. 1-2 weeks
– When can I do sport again after an upper eyelid lift?
You can start light exercise 3 weeks after the upper eyelid lift.
– How long am I on sick leave after an upper eyelid lift?
As upper eyelid correction is usually an aesthetic procedure, you will need to take 1-2 weeks off work, depending on your activity.
– Do I have bruises after an upper eyelid lift?
Yes, depending on the healing process for about 1-3 weeks. Cooling can help prevent bruising and speed up the healing process.
– Do you see a scar after an upper eyelid lift?
The wafer-thin scar is placed in the eyelid crease during upper eyelid correction so that it is hardly visible after the healing process.
– What is the procedure after the upper eyelid lift?
You will be discharged home after the upper eyelid lift, and further treatment will take place on an outpatient basis. Dr. Eppstein is available for you at any time after the procedure.
Follow-up appointments take place after 7 days, 6 weeks and 12 weeks.
The stitches are removed after 7 days.
It is important that you cool down a lot after the procedure, take it easy on yourself and sleep with your upper body elevated on your back.
– After the operation, you should cool the eye area well.
– You can use make-up for 2-3 weeks after the upper eyelid correction.
– Sports are allowed approx. 3 weeks after the upper eyelid correction.
– Final check-up after 3 months
– What should I do in case of complications?
You will be given an emergency number that you can use to reach Dr. Eppstein at any time. Please call right away in case of any complications.
– How can I ensure I recover well?
Getting enough physical rest and eating healthily are important factors for ensuring that your wounds heal quickly. Avoiding cigarettes and alcohol is equally important. Dr. Eppstein will discuss other individual factors with you during your consultation.
– Will I be in pain after surgery?
In general, the pain is quite tolerable. Dr. Eppstein will write you a prescription for pain medication depending on the type of surgery.
– How long do I need to wait before I can see the final result of my treatment?
A visible result is usually achieved after 3 months. The final result will then generally be visible after 6 months. Scars will settle into their final form around a year after surgery.
– Can my aftercare also be performed by a different doctor or in hospital, since I have a long journey?
This is possible under certain circumstances, but should be discussed with Dr. Eppstein individually.
– Do smoking and drinking alcohol have a direct effect on my recovery?
Smoking can cause blood vessels to constrict, which worsens blood flow to vessels and affects healing. So you should avoid cigarettes and alcohol to ensure a quicker healing process.
– How long will it be before I can wear contact lenses again?
You can wear contact lenses again after two weeks. Wearing glasses after upper eyelid correction won’t be an issue at all, you can wear them straight after your procedure.