All surgeries have risks and complications, and eyelid surgery is no exception. Revisional eyelid surgery is helpful for fixing any issues or problems that may have arisen during an initial eyelid surgery, or for fixing eyelids that have reverted to pre-surgery status. At the Eyelid Surgery of Excellence, our eyelid surgeons are experts in revisional eyelid surgery, a procedure that is much more complicated, exact, and difficult to preform than a normal eyelid surgery.
What is Revisional Eyelid Surgery?
Revisional eyelid surgery is a procedure that corrects any issues that may have arisen during an initial eyelid surgery. For some patients, eyelid surgery results in their eyes looking tired and extremely baggy, aspects that a revisional eyelid surgery can address. The procedure also is helpful in dealing with droopy eyelids and asymmetry between the two eyes.
Because revisonal eyelid surgery is performed in the same area of the initial eyelid surgery, it is a much more complicated procedure to perform. The scar tissue present at the surgery site can raise additional complications and issues not present during the initial surgery.
Reasons for Eyelid Revision
There are multiple reasons why revisional eye surgery may need to be performed. Some of the most common include:
- Contour abnormalities
- Asymmetry of the eyes
- Eyelids reverting to pre-surgery status.
- High eyelid height
Contour abnormalities usually occur when the wound doesn’t close properly after the initial eyelid procedure. Since eyelids are essential for many functions the eye, such as spreading tears across the eyeball, an abnormal shape can result in a variety of symptoms, most notably dry eyes. A revisional eyelid surgery can fix the shape of the eyelids to an ideal shape, allowing for even distribution of tears to alleviate the symptoms of dry eyes.
Asymmetry of the eyes is usually the result of poor markings by a surgeon prior to eyelid surgery being performed. The poor markings manifest themselves into asymmetric eyes after surgery, such as one eye being higher or lower than the other. Revisional eyelid surgery can address and fix this embarrassing condition.
In some cases, patients who have gotten eyelid surgery find their eyelids slowly reverting back to the way they were before surgery. In cases such as these, revisional eyelid surgery is beneficial to helping patients get the eyelids they want.
A high eyelid height is an unnatural look where the eyelids are unusually higher than normal. All of these issues are ones that can be identified and corrected by revisional eyelid surgery.
What to Expect From Revisional Eyelid Surgery
For patients who choose to undergo revisional eyelid surgery, the initial process is similar to a normal eyelid surgery: a medication which numbs the eyelids is injected into the patient, and after the patient is sedated, the surgeon will make an incision along the eyelid and fix any lingering problems. Depending on the issues the surgeon is correcting and the severity of these issues, surgery time can vary, though typically the procedure will last 1 to 3 hours.
Revisional eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure, meaning that the patient does not require an overnight stay. As such, it’s recommended that patients bring an accompanying adult with them to the procedure in order to drive them home.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is revisional eyelid surgery common?
A: Revisional eyelid surgery is a common surgery for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it’s performed to correct mistakes made during an initial eyelid surgery, but other times it’s simply used to maintain and reestablish the look of the eyelids.
Q: Am I a good candidate for revisional eyelid surgery?
A: If you’re unsatisfied with the results of a previous eyelid surgery, or if you find your eyelids returning to pre-surgery status, then you are an ideal candidate for revisional eyelid surgery.
Q: Does revisional eyelid surgery result in scars?
A: Like all eyelid surgeries, revisional eyelid surgery will leave no visible scars. What scars remain will be hidden by the eyelid crease or behind eyelashes. However, revisional eyelid surgery is a more complex surgery to perform that other cosmetic forms of eyelid surgery, precisely because surgeons have to work around the scar tissue present from previous operations.
Contact a Los Angeles Eye Surgery Expert
If you are not satisfied by the results of an eyelid surgery, or if you find your eyelids reverting back to normal, then revisional eyelid surgery is the procedure for you. Please contact the Eyelid Reconstruction Center of Excellence today to schedule an appointment with our expert surgeons. Please call us at (888) 384-0981 or fill out an online form today.
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