Revision Eyelid Surgery

The eyes have been a source of inspiration in literature, music, and art for thousands of years. In addition to their cultural significance, the eyes may be one of the most important features of the face from a structural standpoint. They tell a great deal about the person. If the eyelids are droopy, with bags and circles under the eyes, it gives the person a dull, tired, aged appearance. On the other hand, eyes that appear wide open give the impression of youthfulness, freshness, and alertness.

Based on all of this, it should not be surprising that eyelid surgery was the fourth most popular cosmetic surgery in 2011, with 147,540 procedures performed. Although most patients will be happy with their eyelid procedure, some may not be satisfied with the results. Dr. Vincent Marin is considered an expert in revision eyelid cosmetic procedures, due to many years of training and experience in helping patients finally achieve the youthful look to their eyes that they had wanted all along.

Eyelid Cosmetic Surgical Procedure

Eyelid surgery can be done on either the upper or lower eyelid. On the upper lid, it involves an incision following the natural crease of the eyelid. Incisions for the lower line are made just below the lower lash line. Excess skin and fat can then be removed. Muscles may also be tightened to reduce droopiness and bagginess to the skin.

Causes for Revision Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid revision surgery may be required for several different reasons. Poor quality skin tissue due to genetics or lifestyle factors (such as smoking, sun exposure, or alcohol), variations in the shape of the eyeball, an inexperienced surgeon, removing too much or too little fat and/or skin, or poor post-operative care can all lead to unsatisfactory results.

Revision Eyelid Procedure

Perhaps the easiest, most common revision procedure involves cases in which too little fat and/or skin has been removed. In that case, Dr. Marin can simply remove the additional fat and/or skin until the desired look is achieved. Conversely, Dr. Marin can perform fat grafts if too much fat was removed during the initial procedure.

More severe problems, such as excessive scarring or uneven results between the two eyes, are generally the result of surgery performed by an inexperienced surgeon. Dr. Marin recommends not having the original surgeon perform the revision procedure, as the results may be even worse the second time around. In some cases, excessive scarring is caused by the patient’s failure to follow post-operative instructions.

The key to revision surgery is to be able to both correct for the problems, as well as achieve a natural looking final result. Dr. Marin specializes in revision cosmetic procedures, including eyelid surgery, and can not only correct for the problems from the initial procedure, but also help patients achieve the look they wanted.

To find out if you are a good candidate for revision eyelid surgery, and learn how the eyes can be corrected, contact Marin Aesthetics today. Our staff will be happy to schedule your consultation at your earliest convenience.

About the Author:

Dr. Vince Marin is a San Diego board-certified plastic surgeon specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face, nose, breast and body. If you wish to contact Dr. Marin, write to [email protected] or you can follow him on Twitter!