Upper eyelid lift in Saarbrücken

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The charisma of the eyes is decisive for the impression we make on others. The eyelash line, the natural eyelid crease and the eyebrows interact harmoniously. Below the natural eyelid crease is the movable eyelid, above it is the outer eyelid. The outer eyelid has a harmonious, slightly outward curved contour. The most important beauty feature is a balanced height ratio between the mobile eyelid and the outer eyelid.


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In the case of a drooping eyelid, the sagging skin covers the entire movable eyelid. The eyelid skin rests on the eyelashes and the upper eyelid feels heavy. The brightness of the eyes is lost. The eyes become smaller. Fat loss on the outer upper eyelid leads to an inward bulge and a shadow above the inner eyelid crease. This change is called “A-frame deformity” in English. The so-called “A-frame deformity” makes you look more tired and older than you are. Seemingly small changes play an important role in the first impression.

Structure eye

1. formation of drooping eyelids
2. formation of lower eyelid wrinkles due to loss of skin elasticity.
3. formation of tear sacs above the bone margin due to slackening of the connective tissue wall of the eye socket (“eyelid bags”)
4. formation of eye circles below the bone edge due to sagging of the skin and shrinkage of the fatty tissue (“tear trough”)
5. formation of a swelling above the zygomatic bone due to water retention and slackening of the supporting ligaments (“festoons”, “malar mounds”, “malar bags”)

Structure eye

1. eyebrow
2. fat pad of the eye socket
3. blood vessel supplying the eye
4. eye ring muscle
5. eyelid cartilage (lid plate, tarsus palpebrae)
6. optic nerve
7. connective tissue sheath of the eye (fascia capsulopalpebralis)
8. connective tissue wall of the orbit (septum orbitale)
9. fat pad of the eye socket
10. lower oblique eye muscle (Musculus obliquus inferior oculi)
11. bone edge of the orbit (zygomatic bone)
12. fat pad behind the eye ring muscle
13. supporting ligament: orbicularis oculi ligament (zygomaticocutaneous ligament)
14. superficial cheek fat body
15. large mouth angle elevator (Musculus zygomaticus major)

Upper eyelid lift facts

OP duration1h
AnaesthesiaGeneral anaesthesia / Twilight sleep / Fast recovery surgery
Hospital stay Outpatient
Costs to the price calculator
Aftercare 6 weeks
Thread Traction Self-dissolving threads
Socially acceptable after 2 weeks
Supplements or alternatives Lower eyelid lift / eyebrow correction



What is an upper eyelid lift?

In the course of life and with increasing age, the elasticity of the skin and muscles of the eyelids decreases. If there is a familial predisposition, these changes can also occur before the age of forty. When the skin of the upper eyelid sags, so-called drooping eyelids form. Many patients decide to have an eyelid lift for aesthetic reasons and wish to have a lower eyelid lift in combination. In some cases, however, patients also complain of heavy eyelids or even impairment of the field of vision. In these cases, it is not just a desire for cosmetic surgery, but a medically necessary surgical procedure to improve a patient’s daily life. Surgery costs are covered by health insurance for this minor procedure with a major effect.

1. outer lid (upper lid fold) 2. mobile eyelid (pretarsal space) 3. border of the iris (inner limbus) 4. eye white (sclera) 5. inner corner of the eye 6 . lid margin 7. crease of the lower lid 8. lid-cheek junction

During upper eyelid correction (also called drooping eyelid surgery), the patient has a strip of skin and muscle removed by a specialized and experienced specialist. In the course of this method, fat pads are redistributed and a balanced contour of the outer eyelid can be achieved by using nanofat. The later scar of a drooping eyelid surgery can be hidden in the fold of the eyelid and is therefore not visible. The eyelid correction opens the eye and helps to achieve a “fresher” appearance. In addition, in the before and after comparison, a disappearance of the tired appearance is noticeable due to the plastic-aesthetic intervention. When looking in the mirror, the patient notices the now wider open eyes.

Eight benefits of an upper eyelid lift

  1. An upper eyelid lift can leave you looking “rested” and “fresher.”
  2. The scar from a droopy eyelid surgery is usually barely noticeable in the crease of the eyelid.
  3. If you suffer from pronounced drooping eyelids, your visual field may improve after an upper eyelid lift.
  4. Many patients raise their eyebrows to counteract drooping eyelids. Constant tension on the muscles of the forehead can lead to headaches, which can be eliminated with an upper eyelid lift.
  5. The stem cells of a nanofat treatment support skin regeneration.
  6. Correction of drooping eyelids can improve the quality of life.
  7. There is scientific evidence for the positive impact of an upper eyelid lift on personal self-esteem. Nevertheless, this should not be the decisive reason for eyelid lifting.
  8. A drooping eyelid surgery can be performed on an outpatient basis and under local anesthesia.

Before and after pictures of an upper eyelid lift

Upper eyelid lift can be found on our before and after pictures page.

How is correction of drooping eyelids performed?

Step 1: Preparation

The safety of our patients comes first. For your safety, at the surgery appointment, several experts (the surgeon, the assistant and the surgical specialist) check all parameters several times before the surgical procedure. The drooping eyelid correction does not begin until the safety checklist has been completely and correctly filled out.

Step 2: OP procedure

A light twilight sleep takes away your fear of the eyelid lift and reduces your sensitivity to pain. Before the eyelid surgery, the surgeon marks the planned incision and checks each step of the eyelid lift for the purpose of removing hanging parts of the eyelid and tightening the eyelid. For maximum precision and optimal results, the plastic surgeon operates with magnifying glasses. The local anesthetic is injected into the eyelid. Within five to ten minutes, the surgical area is numb and the drooping eyelid surgery can begin. If you are not already deeply asleep, you will at most feel something happening on the eyelids thanks to the local anesthetic. The adrenaline contained in the anesthetic prevents bruising.

To remove the drooping upper eyelids, the excess skin and muscle is gently removed with a scalpel. Sensitive handling of the tissue keeps swelling to a minimum. According to the patient’s needs, excess fatty tissue is redistributed or nanofat is grafted into the upper eyelid. Depending on the initial findings, the eyebrow can be lifted. To soften the frown line, a small muscle can be removed in the area of the inner corner of the eyelid (Musculus corrugator supercilii). Various procedures can be combined to achieve an optimal aesthetic result. Finally, the edges of the wound are sutured. Local anesthesia lasts beyond the eyelid lift procedure. The total surgery time for upper eyelid lift of both eyes is about 45 minutes. You will receive a small bandage. It is important to cool the eyes after the eyelid lift.

Step 3: After the procedure

You can find out which measures take place immediately after eyelid lifting on our Eyelid Correction FAQ page.

What are the methods of upper eyelid lift?

Upper eyelid surgery with the laser

Excess skin can also be removed with a laser scalpel. Fact-based advantages of the technique with the CO2 laser compared to the conventional technique with the scalpel or the electrocautery, respectively, do not exist. The high-energy laser beam of the laser causes burning of the tissue. The energy of the carbon dioxide laser scalpel penetrating deeper into the tissue additionally leads to the obliteration of vessels. The cutting radius of a scalpel blade is over 2,000 times smaller than that of a laser scalpel. Scalpel blades are typically made of stainless steel and have a cutting radius of five to one thousand nanometers. The scalpel cuts through tissue selectively and spares surrounding structures.

An upper eyelid lift without surgery

CO2 laser treatment

Carbon dioxide lasers produce a high-energy light with a wavelength of 10,600 nanometers. The laser pulses are emitted fractionally in short intervals. Where the laser beam hits the skin, vaporization of the skin cells occurs. This results in a slight burn on the surface of the skin. The repair mechanisms of the skin are accompanied by a slight shrinking and smoothing of the skin. We will be happy to refer you to a specialist in this field.

Ultrasound (Ultherapy®)

High-energy ultrasound waves heat the tissue a few millimeters below the epidermis. The changes in the tissue resemble a mild burn. In the course of the healing process, a slight tissue shrinkage occurs. The application of ultrasound treatment is therefore limited to a minimal excess of skin. The effect lasts only a few years.


Various hyaluronic acids are available to compensate for tissue shrinkage. The differences are mainly in the duration of action and the filling effect. Hyaluronic acid is a natural component of connective tissue and is therefore well tolerated. Fillers can correct a loss of volume in the upper eyelid (in English “hollowness”). The effect lasts twelve to eighteen months.

Therapy with prepared autologous blood

The treatment can improve skin elasticity. Small skin wrinkles can be improved with it. However, in the case of a drooping eyelid, this form of treatment is not the procedure of first choice.

Muscle relaxant

Muscle relaxing agents are suitable for the treatment of dynamic wrinkles. In the eye area, crow’s feet can be treated well with it. Forehead wrinkles and frown lines also respond well to this treatment. However, the substance should not be used in the area of the upper eyelid. It can lead to paralysis of the eyelid elevators and, under certain circumstances, to a reduction in the field of vision. The effect lasts four to six months. Therefore, be sure to select a specialized practitioner for treatment.

Testimonials of an upper eyelid lift in Saarbrücken at CenterPlast

On our home page you will find a variety of testimonials, reviews as well as patient testimonials about the treatments we offer. Please also visit the testimonials page.

Frequently asked questions

Why an upper eyelid lift in Saarbrücken?

There are numerous reasons to have your planned upper eyelid lift performed by the specialists at CenterPlast. The Eyelid Correction FAQ page explains in detail why you are in very good hands with the doctors at CenterPlast.

The author

Unsere Fachärzte für Plastische Chirurgie Saarbrücken
Dr. Adelana Santos Stahl

“Our goal is to provide the best, most discreet and precise treatment based on our extensive expertise in plastic surgery. „

Dr. Adelana Santos Stahl is distinguished by a unique international perspective with a feminine view of plastic surgery. Her personalized and detailed approach is key to the beautiful and natural results she achieves. Having trained in Brazil, one of the largest and most well-known countries for aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery, she understands her patients’ desire to look and feel their best. She completed her medical studies and her training as a specialist for plastic and aesthetic surgery in Brazil. In 2009, she also successfully passed the German equivalence examinations for the medical state examination. Two years later, in 2011 she received the German and in 2012 the EU specialist recognition (EBOPRAS) for plastic surgery. From 2009 to 2013, she deepened her knowledge of aesthetic and reconstructive facial surgery with world-renowned representatives of plastic surgery such as Professor Gubisch at the Marienhospital and Madame Firmin in Paris. A VDÄPC Fellowship (continuing fellowship for graduate students) in Switzerland, France and the USA has further enriched her professional experience. Dr. Santos Stahl is active in several prestigious professional societies. Besides the DGPRÄC and DGBT, she is also a member of the Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery – SBCP. She is also the author of several scientific articles and, together with her husband, is dedicated to research and clinical studies in the field of plastic surgery.

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