Revisional Eyelid Surgery in Phoenix
Also serving Scottsdale
Revisional eyelid surgery refers to performing additional surgery to revise or correct problems caused by the initial surgery. Frequently, we get referrals from other plastic surgeons in the Phoenix metro area or neighboring states to take care of complications secondary to the eyelid surgeries such as upper or lower eyelid blepharoplasty. Dr. Ghafouri’s experience and expertise in that area make him uniquely qualified to take care of these special problems.
What Kind of Problems Does Revisional Eyelid Surgery Correct?
Revisional eyelid surgery is a procedure performed to enhance, repair, reconstruct or reposition your eyelid to a more aesthetically pleasing and functional form. Most patients that seek out revisional eyelid surgery do so because of a malpositioned eyelid, often the result of a previous blepharoplasty. This may result in functional problems such as dry eyes, chronic tearing, redness, irritation, blurred or fluctuating vision.
Common complications needing revision eyelid surgery include; lagophthalmos (inability to close the eyes), eyelid retraction (downward pulling of the lower eyelids), ectropion (eyelid margin turning out and away from the eyeball), entropion (eyelid margin turning in), strabismus (eye muscle damage causing double vision) and excessive scar tissue formation.
Some patients may not be happy with the cosmetic appearance after their initial surgery. Common issues include the following:
- the removal of too much skin or fat causing a hollow appearance
- asymmetry between the eyelids
- one eyelid drooping (ptosis)
- uneven eyelid crease
- visible scar
- skin webbing
Is Revisional Eyelid Surgery Right for Me?
During your initial consultation with Dr. Ghafouri, you’ll explore all the different options available. Typically, Dr. Ghafouri recommends revisional eyelid surgery in the event that other therapy options fail to reposition the eyelid correctly. In the event that a patient seeks out revisional eyelid surgery following a failed recent blepharoplasty, we recommend no surgical action be taken until the eyelid is fully healed. Once the eyelid is fully healed, Dr. Ghafouri may choose to proceed with the corrective eyelid surgery.
What Kind of Revisional Eyelid Surgery Is Performed?
The kind of surgery performed depends on the condition or eyelid malposition that specifically needs to be corrected. During the office consultation, Dr. Ghafouri will conduct a full analysis to determine what the best approach is. It’s important to remember that each revisional eyelid surgery is unique and requires an individualized approach.
Sometimes the solution may be a simple procedure such as removing more skin or fat from one area to achieve better symmetry. Some unhappy patients may require additional aesthetic facial surgeries such as ptosis repair, brow lift, cheek lift or canthoplasty (suture suspension of eyelids). Other times revision may require more complex surgeries such as skin grafting, placement of spacer grafts or fat injections. It should be noted that eyelid revision surgery is individualized by patient and no two revisions are ever the same. Some patients may only need non-surgical treatments such as steroid injections, topical medications, eyelid massage or dermal fillers.
Can You Describe the Recovery Process and Timeline?
As with most surgical procedures, you will receive local anesthesia with or without sedation. Once the anesthesia and sedative have taken effect, Dr. Ghafouri will perform the surgery as planned. As every revisional surgery is unique, the estimated surgical time varies. You should expect a recovery time of at least two weeks for most eyelid revisional surgeries. Mild discomfort, swelling and bruising are to be expected. Be sure to follow Dr. Ghafouri’s pre and post-operative care instructions to the best of your ability to ensure a faster recovery.
Contact Us To Learn More About Revisional Eyelid Surgery
Revisional eyelid surgery, especially following a previous blepharoplasty, is a fairly common procedure performed at our office. The most reputable plastic and cosmetic surgeons in the Phoenix metro area feel comfortable referring their complicated eyelid surgery cases to Dr. Ghafouri. Dr. Ghafouri specializes in this delicate area and is uniquely qualified to handle your revisional eyelid surgery.
To learn more about eyelid surgery and the financing options we offer, schedule an appointment with us. Contact Arizona Oculoplastic Specialists by calling (480) 905-1010.