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Upper eyelid lift

People who suffer from drooping eyelids often look tired – there's a reason we talk about eyelids being “heavy”. An upper eyelid lift makes those affected look as fresh as they feel: the weight on the eyelids is gone, and so is the tired look.

Those with drooping eyelids look tired in the morning and constantly give off the impression that they are not well rested. However, more sleep doesn't solve the problem: only a surgical procedure can help. During eyelid surgery, Dr. Colette Carmen Camenisch removes excess eyelid skin (“dermatochalasis”) and excess adipose tissue on the eyelid.

The tired look also disappears along with the drooping eyelids: you look fresh, rested and dynamic again with the heavy weight on the eyelids gone.

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Drooping eyelids usually occur more frequently, but not exclusively, in older people. It can also affect younger people due to genetics. Sagging eyelids and the associated sleepy look are annoying. If the skin on the upper eyelid hangs over the eyelid crease, it can even restrict vision.

Dr. Colette Carmen Camenisch has extensive experience in correcting eyelids and is known for her gentle procedures. With great empathy, she makes you see better again and look better. In the vast majority of cases, the procedure goes unnoticed.

Treatment information


Approx. 60 minutes

Hospital stay



Hematomas, swelling, bleeding, scars, diverging sutures, infections, dry eyes


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


Local anesthesia

Ability to work

After one to 10 days


Sutures are removed after five to six days. After that, a further three days of steri-strips are necessary. Only then can you put on makeup again.


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The extremely positive reactions of my fellow human beings often make me smile. I am simply happy and look forward to new challenges every day, whether at work or in my private life.

Ms. D. B.

Upper eyelid lift

Thank you for the procedure; I enjoy better vision.

Ms. F. A.

Upper eyelid lift

I was impressed not only by your skill, but also by your noticeable warmth and gracious behavior following my clumsy night-time injury. Your stitching on the right eyelid again early Saturday morning meant a lot to me.

Ms. I. J.

Upper eyelid lift

A mutual introduction followed by a short chat that progressed into a professional briefing. I'm impressed by her unconventional method. The result of her work reflects her as a person: talented, efficient, honest, devoted. Dr. Colette Camenisch is a beautiful inspiration for the world of plastic surgery.

Ms. U. S.

Nasolabial fold

I would like to thank you very much for the professional treatment and the loving manner that I was able to experience. I am extremely satisfied with the result. I am delighted with the new quality of life.

Mr. M. P.

Upper eyelid lift

I am extremely satisfied that I have opted for this procedure with Dr. Camenisch. She gave me extremely professional advice and support. The upper eyelid lift has given me a younger look and I feel much more comfortable. I can highly recommend treatment with Dr. Camenisch.

Ms. M. P.

Upper eyelid lift

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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