Eyelid surgery can have incredible benefits – or go terribly wrong. Unfortunately, this delicate procedure may be undertaken by a surgeon with limited experience or who made errors in the procedure. Once this happens, the patient is left with a real problem. For revisional post-blepharoplasty surgery (to revise and correct an earlier surgery), you must be fully confident that your surgeon is highly-experienced in correcting eyelid surgeries that have produced substandard results.
Dr. Syed Ahmad: Leading Ophthalmologist for Revisional Blepharoplasty
Dr. Ahmad has a powerful reputation for surgical excellence and can be trusted to perform this delicate procedure correctly. No matter the reason for the revisional procedure, from a poorly performed original surgery to reconstruction after trauma to removal of skin cancer on the eyelid, you want to achieve the most natural, attractive appearance possible.
Eyelids Wrongly Positioned After Surgery
After eyelid surgery, some swelling is normal. In most cases, once healed (which can require a full year for a complete recovery), the eyelids will settle into the new position as predicted – but not in every case. Even the finest facial surgeons can make errors on occasion, and unfortunately it is the patient who now must deal with the consequences. Wrongly positioned eyelids can give the face an odd appearance, drawing attention – an uncomfortable experience. The lower eyelid may now show far more of the eye structure than the other, or one upper eyelid may now droop lower than the other. It can become very important to resolve this problem completely. It is imperative that you select the right surgeon for revision eyelid surgery.
Various Techniques in Revision Blepharoplasty
The first step in determining what surgical (or non-surgical) technique will be required is for Dr. Ahmad to carefully evaluate your condition. As eyelid surgery involves the restructuring of skin and muscle and the careful placement of stitches, there are a range of errors that may need correction. In some cases, the wounds from surgery have become infected or damaged due to post-operative trauma. Lower eyelid surgery may have resulted in problems in which the area has retracted or was left with visible scars. These problems can be repaired with the correct surgical procedure performed by skilled revision blepharoplasty surgeon Dr. Ahmad.
Complications After Eyelid Surgery
Dr. Ahmad performs both eyelid surgeries and revision surgeries, and always informs his patients of the possible complications and side effects. For proper healing, the area must be cared for very carefully, and he ensures all patients understand the importance of following all directions during the initial healing process so the risk is lower. Many patients who have had eyelid surgery elsewhere come to Dr. Ahmad for a revision when complications have left the eye area looking unpleasant, unbalanced, scarred, malpositioned, or left the patient with one eye looking far different than the other.
After surgery, some patients may have scar abnormalities that affect appearance. While eyelid skin heals quickly and better than many other areas of skin on the body, it is of exceptional importance that incisions are placed with utmost care and closed meticulously to help avoid the risk of asymmetry or visible scars. Correcting scars, asymmetry, or badly positioned eyelids requires a deft surgical hand and a deep and thorough understanding of eyelid skin and muscle structure.
Upper Eyelid Damage After Surgery
The upper lids, when overcorrected, can leave a patient very unhappy with the result of surgery. The correct amount of muscle and skin must be left in place, which requires a high level of precision. Some eyelid surgeries were performed incorrectly, removing too much of the structure, and a patient may have retracted eyelids that cannot fully close. This and countless other surgical flaws can be corrected with a revision blepharoplasty. For some patients, a skin graft may be required, but often the problem can be solved with a less invasive procedure. Non-surgical treatments can be applied in some cases, such as massage, dermal fillers, or the use of steroids to reduce inflammation. Only a personal consultation and evaluation will reveal the procedure that will correct overcorrected upper eyelids.
Dr. Ahmad: Background and Education
Dr. Ahmad has a rich and thorough background and education. A graduate of the University of North Texas, he then moved onto St. George’s University School of Medicine and a residency at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt. He advanced his education in Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and then New York Eye & Ear Infirmary. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology. He is ranked highly by his patients for his skills and for the care and attention he gives every patient. In cases of revision eye surgery, you can be fully confident in his surgical skills, professionalism, and the artistry he brings to the procedure.
The Signs: When You Need Revision Eyelid Surgery
Some of the most common problems associated with a former eyelid surgery that indicate the need for a revision include:
- Droopy eyelids: The original surgery may have under-corrected your eyelids and failed to remove the proper amount of skin, or the upper muscle structure that functions to lift the lid was not tightened as it should be. Your eyes may have been left looking puffy.
- Unpleasant shape: If the result of eyelid surgery left your eye shape appearing distorted or the lower lid now sags, revealing an excessive amount of the white of your eye, the eye appearance can be corrected with a carefully performed revision blepharoplasty.
- Eyes (or eye) cannot fully close: When too much skin was removed from the upper lid, the eye will not be able to fully close or blink correctly, leading to an unpleasant and uncomfortable condition with an odd appearance. This condition can be corrected with revision surgery.
- Hollow appearance beneath eyes: Eye surgery performed to remove fatty pockets beneath the eyes may have been performed too aggressively, leaving the under eye area looking sunken and unpleasant. This can be corrected.
- Asymmetry: When too much skin or fat has been removed from the upper lid or from beneath the eyes, your eyes may now be different sizes or shapes, with no harmony between the two. The symmetry of your eyes can be restored with corrective surgery to restore balance, harmony, and symmetry.
- Surgical scars: If you were left with visible scars after eyelid surgery for aesthetic reasons or to resolve a cancerous growth on the lid, restoring a more pleasant appearance is extremely important. This can be achieved with a revision blepharoplasty.
Surgical Errors: Eyelid Correction Surgery
While we believe that most surgeons do their best, there are cases in which a surgery was simply botched. This could be the result of an overaggressive approach, poorly placed sutures, the removal of too much fat or tissue, or other problem. Every person we treat is living with a unique condition and the treatment needed will vary, patient-to-patient. Dr. Ahmad has extensive skills in the delicate surgical techniques needed to repair surgical errors from a prior surgery. He will fully explain the procedure needed and what to expect in outcome, taking the time to answer all your individual questions and concerns.
While eyelid surgery is a very common procedure, it is also one of the most complex facial surgeries. Dr. Ahmad has an extensive history in performing eyelid surgery, as well as secondary blepharoplasty to restore the eye area, including scar treatments, surgical scar revision, and lower eyelid retraction repair. He performs the most complex and delicate surgical techniques to create a more natural, appealing look, no matter how minor or major the problem. The eye structure is complex and repair requires the depth of knowledge and fine surgical skills to correct the full scope of eyelid flaws that can be present after a prior surgery – and Dr. Ahmad is possessed of the highest level of skill in these procedures.
If Your Eyelid Surgery Went Wrong – Dr. Ahmad Can Help.
We understand how much anxiety can be associated with eyes that look uneven, strange, or have excessive scar tissue, and the importance of having the condition corrected – once and for all. When you initially made the decision to have eyelid surgery, you may have chosen to do so to enhance your appearance, but the opposite happened. We take on the most complicated cases and have achieved truly impressive results for patients living with problems after any type of eyelid surgery, including upper or lower lid, both, or cancer or eye trauma surgery. Talk to us, and let us help you – we are proud to have achieved the reputation as being a premier destination for blepharoplasty revision surgery.