They say that your eyes are the windows to your soul, but what if people can’t see into your eyes because of drooping eyelids? The oculoplastic surgeon at TabanMD might say that you’re having undesirable complications from an eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) gone awry and expert eyelid treatment is necessary.
Your eyes tell the world a lot. Yet much of the time, it’s not your actual eye by which people end up judging your appearance. Sure, if you’re one of the lucky ones whose eyes are any shade of blue or green, people notice your eyes more than usual.
Actually, though, it’s the skin around your eyes – underneath the eye socket (the tear trough), the outer corners, and both your upper and lower eyelids – that most people use to determine your age, condition, and emotion.
In the past, if the skin in these areas had issues that distracted from your looks or made you appear older than your real age, you may have had cosmetic blepharoplasty to correct these minor aesthetic issues.
However, if you’ve had complications from any type of eyelid surgery performed more than six months ago and are still having cosmetic issues, you may want to consider discussing the benefits of revision eyelid surgery with Los Angeles oculoplastic specialist Dr. Mehryar (Ray) Taban to correct the unsatisfactory results of the first procedure.
The Benefits of Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Normally, a blepharoplasty is an operation to improve the appearance of either or both of your eyelids. This surgery can be done for cosmetic or medical reasons, such as excess skin or eyelid malfunctions, respectively. Beverly Hills eyelid surgery can rejuvenate your face by treating loose eyelid skin, excess fat, under eye bags, fine lines and wrinkles on the lower eyelid, and drooping lower eyelids that reveal more of the whites of your eyes than you want.
This procedure improves your tired, droopy-eyed look and can steal back years from your appearance. Depending on your circumstances, you can have upper or lower eyelid surgery separately or have them both done at the same time.
5 Signs You Need the Revisional Blepharoplasty Expertise of Dr. Taban
Dr. Taban is a widely acclaimed reconstructive and cosmetic eyelid surgeon who has performed various types of blepharoplasties and revisional blepharoplasties with resounding success on patients of all ages, ethnicities, and skin types.
Not all cosmetic eyelid surgeons have such skill, training, and results. Blepharoplasty is a delicate procedure that doesn’t forgive mistakes very easily. If a first procedure done incorrectly, hastily or carelessly begs for corrections, yet a revision eyelid surgery is no less forgiving.
That’s why talking to a specialist of Dr. Taban’s caliber is so crucial to getting the results you want. He specializes in revisional procedures to correct what has unsatisfactorily happened before.
If you’re not sure whether or not revisional blepharoplasty is for you, here are five common signs that could indicate your viability.
Sign #1 – Droopy Eyelids
One reason for this could be that the original eyelid surgery under-corrected your initial issues. In other words, not enough skin was removed and/or the muscle that lifts the eyelid was not tightened (ptosis surgery). The result is a “heavy” look to your appearance as if you’re less vibrant and older than you really are. Often, your eyes appear puffy and tired. Furthermore, the sag in some patients is so bad that it blocks the upper field of vision.
All of this can be corrected with a revision eyelid surgery, particularly one called eyelid ptosis surgery, which tightens the muscle responsible for lifting your upper eyelid (levator muscle). This has the intended effect of making you look younger and more vibrant.
Sign #2 – Unsatisfactory Shape or Contour from Previous Surgery
The shape of the eye can become distorted if the previous blepharoplasty either removed too much or not enough skin. One result is that your lower lid sags, revealing more of the white of your eye than normal (sclera show).
A revisional lower blepharoplasty is ideal for correcting your eye contour and giving it back its more natural shape.
Sign #3 – You Can’t (Fully) Blink or Shut Your Eyes
The inability to close your eyes is called lagophthalmos, which can happen as a result of an unsatisfactory blepharoplasty. An example of this is if, during an upper blepharoplasty, too much skin was removed from your upper lids, making the eyes unable to fully shut, which is extremely uncomfortable.
Fortunately, eye surgeon Dr. Taban offers several ways to correct this issue, including a revision eyelid surgery using skin grafts so the eyes can shut and blink properly.
Sign #4 – A Hollow Look Under Your Eyes
If during your first procedure your surgeon got overzealous in her or his removal of the fat pockets in your lower eyelids, you may now have a hollow sunken eye look, as if you’re fatigued or sick.
A revisional lower blepharoplasty can restore the volume to these areas, making you more youthful looking, alert, and naturally rested.
Sign #5 – Your Eyes Are Now Noticeably Asymmetrical
In the first blepharoplasty, too much skin or fat was removed from either under your eye or in the upper lid. This causes poor positioning of either or both of your eyelids, giving your appearance an unbalanced, unnatural look.
A blepharoplasty revision realigns everything so that the previous symmetry you had is restored. Although in reality, most people’s set of eyes is completely symmetrical, it’s usually close enough that it looks perfect. This corrective surgery will modify the eyelids so that they are at matching heights and, thus, look symmetrical.
Learn more about eyelid surgery at WebMD.com.
Complications from a Previous Blepharoplasty? Consult with Dr. Taban, Los Angeles Eyelid Surgery Specialist
If you’re considering a corrective procedure for an earlier, unsatisfactory blepharoplasty, contact oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Taban to schedule a consultation. He’ll design the ideal droopy eyelid treatment plan for you based on your persistent issues. Contact TabanMD online or give us a call in Beverly Hills at 310.499.2565 or in Santa Barbara at 805.556.7099.
Dr. Mehryar (Ray) Taban is one of the few board certified surgeons who is a member of the American Society of Oculofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS), diplomat of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS), and the American Board of Ophthalmology (AAO or ABO). Dr. Taban specializes in eyelid and facial plastic (cosmetic and reconstructive) surgery. He uses the latest technology in surgery, including minimal incision techniques, to provide quicker recovery times and natural outcomes. Learn more about Dr. Taban here.