Eyelid surgery is a popular option among both men and women who are looking for more beautiful and aesthetically-pleasing eyelids. However, while most individuals are interested in this type of surgery for cosmetic reasons, some require reconstructive eyelid surgery to repair issues in the area that are related to birth defects, congenital abnormalities, injuries, disease processes and chronic issues. A reconstructive eyelid surgery performed by Dr. Ahmad is done to help the area look beautiful again and to restore functionality to the eye. In some cases, you may be unable to see correctly or at all due to an eyelid abnormality. This surgery can solve that problem, giving you better quality of life.
An eyelid reconstruction surgery may be done for a variety of reasons. Other than genetic malformations, there are a few main reasons that people most often request these surgeries here. The first reason is an unresolved chalazion. Often confused with a stye, a chalazion is a small bump that forms on the eyelid as a result of a blocked gland. Although it can occasionally go away on its own, many stick around for a long time. When they are in just the right spot or grow to be very large, they can actually block your eyesight. Reconstructive eye surgery can remove these bumps and can restore your vision.
Mole removal is also possible with reconstructive eyelid surgery. A mole is a dark spot that may mar your beauty. It can appear as a result of genetics or sun exposure. Surgery can cut away the darkened skin. Sometimes, cauterization is used instead to burn away the mole.
You may be dealing with eyelids that turn in or out in an unnatural pattern. These eyelid malformations are most often due to weakened eyelid muscles as a result of aging, injury or inflammation. With reconstructive surgery, we can tighten the problematic muscles and help you restore the proper position of the eyelid against your eye.
Finally, some patients come to us for scar revision after past eyelid surgeries. When surgeries were done poorly in the past or when you experienced poor healing following surgery, you may find yourself with large, easily visible scars. Reconstructive eyelid surgery can remove these scars. The exact outcome will depend on the location of the scars, their size and their shape. Scar revision may get rid of the scars completely or may decrease them in size.
Reconstruction of the eyelid may also be necessary after a skin cancer diagnosis and treatment. Skin cancer around the eyes may leave you with many scars in the area and with distortions of the natural eyelid shape. Once the tumor is removed, you can undergo eyelid reconstruction surgery to regain the correct shape and size of your eyelid. Not only can you enjoy a cancer-free existence, but also you can feel proud of the beauty of your eyes again.
Eyelid reconstruction surgery is usually performed as an outpatient surgery. You will arrive at the surgery center on the morning of your surgery. The type of anesthesia that you will have for comfort and relaxation is left up to the discretion of Dr. Ahmad. You may have general anesthesia so that you are completely asleep. On the other hand, you may only need local anesthesia along with IV sedation so that you can stay calm and relaxed throughout the experience. Your eyelid surgery should not last very long. After recovering briefly at the surgery center, you will be sent home with complete instructions for how you should care for the area, how you should rest and what activities you should avoid. You should also be sure to return for your follow-up appointment when it is scheduled. Caring for your treated area gently will help it heal completely without any side effects or visible incisions.
Of course, you will notice some changes around your eyes particularly as soon as the bandages are removed from the area. You will most likely have swelling in the area, which could take several weeks or even months to decrease completely. However, within six months to one year, you should see the scars fade to pink and then go away completely. Eventually, they should be nearly invisible to the naked eye. In some cases, most of the scars can be hidden in the natural creases of your eyes and inside your upper or lower eyelids.
When you choose Dr. Syed Ahmad for your reconstructive eyelid surgery, you can know that you are choosing the best. He is not just your local cosmetic surgeon. Instead, he is a surgical professional whom you can trust because of his amazing educational background and his history of successful procedures. He has a background in ophthalmology as well as in oculoplastics, which is reconstructive surgery of the eye. He received extensive training in oculoplastics and is one of only a few hundred of this type of doctor in the country. Dr. Ahmad remains committed to oculopolastic medicine and continues to work on advancing this area of surgery. He is currently a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology and is affiliated with the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and the Texas Medical Association.
If your doctor has recommended that you undergo reconstructive eyelid surgery or if something on your eyelids is ruining your field of vision or decreasing your quality of life, we recommend that you call our office as soon as possible. We can schedule a complete consultation for you to give you an opportunity to discuss your concerns and your facial goals with our surgeon. This will also give you time to ask any questions that you have and to learn more about eyelid reconstruction surgery. You can also see before-and-after pictures of past patients who have undergone similar procedures. After your consultation, we will set you up with a surgery time and tell you more about what you should expect during and immediately after your surgery.
Eyelid reconstruction surgery can give you back your quality of life by restoring cosmetic beauty to the entire eye area and by functionally improving your eyesight. If you have struggled for years or perhaps your entire life with an ability to see because of a misshapen eyelid or have felt embarrassed for too long by scars or moles around your eyelids, we can help you achieve your goals with effective eyelid reconstruction surgery provided by an experienced and trusted cosmetic surgery professional. With an eye to precision and natural beauty, we can help you feel great about yourself again. Contact our office in Plano, TX today to schedule your consultation!