2. Lower eyelid procedure – what does it involve?
Surgery on the lower eyelid will generally last around 30 minutes. It can be done under a local anaesthetic (with sedation and painkiller, fed through a drip) or under general anaesthetic.
Aesthetic and plastic surgeon Doctor Roman Merle will make an incision 1 to 2 mm under the lower eyelashes, so that any scars are hidden. If the procedure is simply to remove bags under the eyes, Dr Roman Merle will be able to make an incision inside the lower eyelid itself, leaving no scar on the skin.
Using these incisions, the fat is removed from the “eye bags”, as well as any excess skin and muscle. Any wrinkles formed by the sagging of the eyelid(s) through aging, can also be treated. The procedure will be tailored to the specific needs and anatomy of each patient, all of which will have been discussed with Dr Merle prior to surgery. Blood vessels are cauterized to reduce the risk of bruising. He will also apply thin, suture strips to protect the eyelid that has been operated on. Sutures are normally removed after about 5 days. If the incision was made inside the lower eyelid, then there will be no sutures.
After surgery, you will generally be able to go home the same day or, in some cases, after an overnight stay.
The cost of an eyelid procedure performed in Antibes by aesthetic and plastic surgeon Doctor Roman Merle, is starting from €2200 and is not reimbursed by Social Security.