Oculoplastics

Eyelid Revision Surgery

Eyelid revision surgery is a very specialized surgical procedure that corrects previous eyelid surgery done by other surgeons. One of the most common procedures in the country is blepharoplasty, where excess fat and/or skin is removed from the upper and/or lower eyelids.

Patients may also need surgery around their eyes if they have had any eyelid cancers or trauma. While many patients have good outcomes, some patients are left with scarring, asymmetry, disfiguration, or other eyelid problems that may require revision surgery to fix. Eyelid revision surgery requires the expertise of an oculoplastic surgeon.

How is eyelid revision surgery performed?

Eyelid revision surgery is far more complex than regular eyelid surgery. It’s important to get blepharoplasty or other eyelid surgeries done correctly the first time by an oculoplastics expert. However, if you have had suboptimal eyelid surgery done elsewhere, you can learn about the various revision options by consulting with one of our skilled oculoplastics surgeons, who are board-certified and have the specialized fellowship training to fix eyelids.

Depending on your initial surgery, the surgeon may require 3-6 months or more to see how you heal first. It is important for all the swelling to clear to see the final result before considering additional surgery. Your surgeon may also consider various non-invasive options like injections or topical medications before planning surgery. Once you are fully healed, your oculoplastics surgeon will discuss options to improve symmetry, contour, height, and volume of the upper and lower eyelids.

Eyelid revision surgery or blepharoplasty revision is tailored to each patient’s individual needs. Schedule an appointment with the oculoplastics experts at Washington Eye Physicians & Surgeons to learn about how we can help you achieve your goals.

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What are some common problems after cosmetic surgery?

One of the biggest problems after aggressive cosmetic surgery around the eyes is the inability to close your eyes. This can lead to dry eyes, scarring or ulcers of the cornea, and ultimately vision loss. Protecting your eyes is the most important thing to consider when undergoing cosmetic eyelid surgery, yet some surgeons can be very aggressive and take out too much skin or fat. There are different surgical techniques to fix this problem, and it is best to meet with your oculoplastics surgeon to discuss options. Your oculoplastics surgeon will evaluate your eyelids, eyebrows, and overall facial structure to figure out the best options for you. This may involve more surgery, fat grafting, skin graft, injections, or special implants.

Surgery of the eyelids can also change the appearance and shape of your eyes. The goal of blepharoplasty is usually to look more refreshed, youthful and rejuvenated without dramatically changing the shape of your eyes. Some issues include rounding at the corner of your eyelids, drooping of your lower eyelid, or a hollowed appearance. These issues are also best addressed by consultation for revision eyelid surgery.

Eyelids usually heal very well, but as with any surgery, you can be left with scars. Scars can be revised with additional surgery or softened with certain injections.

Sometimes too much skin and/or fat is left behind. The surgeon must take into account the position of the eyebrows, facial structure, and your expectations while planning eyelid surgery. Eyelid or blepharoplasty revision surgery can help you achieve the optimal outcome, so you feel and look refreshed.

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