There is a term in plastic surgery that most people don’t want to hear: revision. A person undergoes a procedure like blepharoplasty because they want their eyes to be an adequate “window to the soul.” We know on a human level what research has only confirmed, that our eyes speak for us. They tell people who we are, how much energy we may have on any given day, and how generally excited we are about life.
The thing is, only part of the message is sent by the energy behind the eyes. Most of how people see us relates to the tissue around the eyes. To refresh the eyes, many people turn to the popular cosmetic procedure called blepharoplasty. Blepharoplasty rejuvenates the eyes through the meticulous handling of skin, fat, and tissue on the eyelids. This surgical technique, performed on the upper or lower eyelids, is supposed to restore the appearance of exuberance and youth to the eyes. Sometimes, though, patients experience complications such as drooping.
Typically, the risk of complications after blepharoplasty is very low, especially when surgery is performed by an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon. Better yet, patients can improve their outcome by choosing an oculoplastic surgeon to conduct their eyelid surgery. In the instance of unsatisfactory results from blepharoplasty, there is hope in revision.
Might You Need Revision Blepharoplasty?
Indicators that a revisional surgery may be needed include:
- Persistent eyelid drooping. The whole point of blepharoplasty is to reduce drooping of the eyelid. If this effect lingers after surgery, it could be that the problem was under-corrected.
- Another potential reason for persistent drooping is that ptosis is the underlying issue and was not treated properly during the initial surgery. In this instance, ptosis surgery would be performed rather than revisional blepharoplasty.
- Hollow undereye troughs. Lower blepharoplasty is typically performed to reduce puffiness and sagging. Removing too much fat can make the undereye area look hollow and dark.
- Eyelid distortion. Distortion of the eyelid may result in an inability to fully close the eyes, asymmetry, or other cosmetic anomalies. This may occur when eyelid tissue is handled improperly or when too much tissue is removed.
Dr. Fante is an experienced oculoplastic and facial plastic surgeon who has provided cosmetic and reconstructive care to patients in the Denver area for several years. To discuss how to correct unsatisfactory results from blepharoplasty, contact us at (303) 839-1616.