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A revisional blepharoplasty is a reconstructive corrective procedure that is done to fix mistakes and complications that occurred with a patient's first blepharoplasty surgery. The risk of needing a revisional blepharoplasty is low when a qualified and experienced surgeon performs the original surgery. Even with a highly competent surgeon, there will always be risks of complications associated with any surgery.
Revisional blepharoplasty is often sought because a patient is dissatisfied with the aesthetic outcome of the first surgery. Some patients are dissatisfied with an overly conservative procedure, which may be remedied with revisional blepharoplasty surgery. It is very important that a patient fully understand what to expect of their surgical results. Having realistic expectations of a surgical outcome will reduce the likelihood that a patient will seek revisional blepharoplasty surgery.
It is also possible that revisional blepharoplasty will be desired because of a surgical misjudgment made by the doctor, which results in asymmetry or under-correction. For this reason, it is important to have blepharoplasty performed by a competent and experienced plastic surgeon. Asymmetry is not an uncommon outcome of blepharoplasty surgery. If the imbalance is significant, revisional blepharoplasty may be an option to correct the problem.
In addition to aesthetic discrepancies, there are many medical reasons why revisional blepharoplasty may be sought. As with any surgery, there are risks of complications associated with blepharoplasty surgery. Complications are rare but may include: blurred vision, loss of vision, ptosis, abnormal lid position, scarring, or skin color, eye burning, corneal abrasion, trouble or inability to close eyes, hematoma, double vision, and more. In some cases, these complications will heal on their own, some are permanent, and others can be corrected through a revisional blepharoplasty.
The complications that may be corrected with revisional blepharoplasty can include: difficulty or inability to close the eyes, milia, ptosis, and other correctable problems. Milia is the formation of small skin cysts on the scar tissue, which may resolve without intervention or removed during revisional blepharoplasty. Ptosis is the creation of a droopy upper eyelid that is caused during the first surgery and can often be corrected with revisional blepharoplasty.
Comparatively, a blepharoplasty procedure is one of the most difficult plastic surgery procedures to revise. This is because the delicate tissues of the eyelids are quite unforgiving when it comes to undoing the damage caused during a blepharoplasty surgery. Depending on a patient's condition, revisional blepharoplasty may be a viable option to correct problems relating to a blepharoplasty surgery.
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