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Lower eyelid lift

With age, lower eyelid muscles relax and the lower eyelid edge also loses elasticity. If additional fat bulges out, the eyes look tired and swollen at any time of the day or night. A lower eyelid lift brings back a bright, alert and clear look.

For some people, the various structures of the lower eyelid (muscles, ligaments, septum) droop at an early age, causing them to give off the wrong impression. No matter how healthy, happy and positive you are, those around you always see you as tired and sad. This notion is reinforced with age, as over time, the lower edge of the eyelid also sags.

Fresh look

Eye wrinkles, under-eye bags and sagging eyelids are often caused by genetics, and therefore occur at an early age. During a lower eyelid lift, Dr. Colette Carmen Camenisch removes the annoying fat and firms the edge of the eyelid. With the bags under the eyes are gone, you automatically appear more alert, friendlier and fresher.

Lower eyelid tightening is often combined with an upper eyelid lift. The extent of potential improvements depends on the condition of your eyelids. It is best to have a non-binding consultation at Clinic Beethovenstrasse AG in Zurich so that you can learn about the various options.

Treatment information


Approx. one to 1.5 hours

Hospital stay



Post-operative bleeding, hematomas, swelling, redness, annoying scars, infections, feeling of dryness and foreign body, watery eyes, numbness, slight asymmetry, ectropion, photosensitivity


The cost of such an operation varies and is agreed upon in advance


General anesthesia

Ability to work

After approx. seven days


The stitches are removed after five to six days. Afterwards, steri-strips are required for a further two to four days. In the first few weeks, sports, sauna and UV radiation must be avoided.


Cashmed Medical Financing

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Frequently asked questions

Are the scars visible?

During an upper eyelid lift, the incisions are made in such a way that they are normally no longer visible after healing. During a lower eyelid lift, the incision is made below the eyelashes, extending laterally, and is therefore barely noticeable.

When will I be able to exercise again?

After a lower eyelid lift, you should refrain from exercising for about four weeks. After an upper eyelid lift, you can usually exercise again after two weeks.

What are the risks of the procedure?

In principle, every operation involves certain risks (e.g. drug intolerance, bruises, wound healing disorders, inflammation or scarring). They also depend on the individual's state of health. The doctor discusses possible risks with you as part of the consultation and preparatory sessions.

In extremely rare cases, lower eyelid surgery can cause an “ectropion” (protruding lower eyelid). Conjunctivitis may also occur occasionally. However, both are temporary occurrences.

Does health insurance cover this procedure?

Lower eyelid surgery is a purely aesthetic procedure. For this reason, treatment costs are not covered by health insurance. In cases where pronounced drooping upper eyelids impair vision, for example, the costs are occasionally covered by insurance. However, cost sharing or even reimbursement by health insurance requires a comprehensive medical assessment.

What do I need to bring with me on the day of surgery?

We recommend wearing comfortable, clothes that are not too tight-fitting. It's also better to arrive for the treatment without make-up. Bring sunglasses that you can put on when you leave the clinic to protect your eyes and conceal the fresh traces of the operation.

Is an eyelid lift permanent?

The results of an eyelid lift last for many years. Although the natural aging process continues, the effect achieved by the eyelid lift remains. Should the upper eyelids fall sharply again over the years due to an unfavorable disposition, lifestyle, facial expressions or skin quality and lead to renewed impairment, the operation can be repeated after 10 years.

When can I be out and about again?

This depends on the individual's healing process, their personal requirements and professional and social obligations. It takes a few days for the swelling and discoloration caused by the operation to completely disappear (approximately one week for an upper eyelid lift, up to two weeks for a lower eyelid lift). However, any discoloration can be concealed three days after the stitches have been removed.

Does this procedure change the eye shape?

No, the eye shape is not changed. Only the superfluous skin and fat tissue is removed. An upper or lower eyelid lift does have an effect on facial expression, as the eye area regains more space and prominence.

Do I have to tell you if I am taking medication?

It is extremely important that you always inform the treating doctor about any illnesses and medications you are taking. You should cease taking any blood-thinning medications (aspirin, aspegic or omega-3 fatty acids) two weeks before the procedure. Such medications can cause increased bleeding during surgery and delay the subsequent healing process. The doctor may decide not to perform a planned operation at any time if the surgical risk is increased as a result of the prior use of medication.


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