A blepharoplasty is a procedure aimed at removing excess skin or fat from the eyelids to create a healthier and more aesthetically pleasing face. There is a myriad of reasons why someone would need this procedure, which is why we always recommend that patients sign up for a personal consultation with their local oculoplastic surgeon of Hawaii. But a lot of people are starting to wonder, what would require someone to need a second eyelid surgery? What are the right steps to properly preparing for a second eyelid surgery?
Preparing for a Second Eyelid Surgery
If you have already been through a blepharoplasty once but believe you may need to go through with the procedure again, read this guide so you know what to expect. There are several things you should prepare, so keep an eye on these topics as you get closer to your consultation date.
Second Vs. Double Eyelid Surgery
While some patients require multiple eyelid surgeries, others can invest in a single procedure known as double eyelid surgery. This is a special type of blepharoplasty for those who have varied eyelid shapes without upper eyelid creases. The procedure can add creases to the eyelids, which can have different aesthetic advantages depending on the patient’s overall goals.
It is a good idea to know what kind of surgery best suits the needs of your face and what type of facial structure would go well with it. You should familiarize yourself with the details of a typical revision blepharoplasty procedure as well as some quick-healing tips so you don’t have to worry about putting a stop to your schedule.
About Revision Eyelid Surgery
Our bodies can take up to six months to heal after eyelid surgery. Internal scar tissue forms as part of this healing process. Scar tissue is composed of both thick, firm material and small blood vessels. The anatomy of the area affected by scar tissue is fundamentally altered.
The surgeon must navigate through scar tissue to achieve the patient’s surgical goals. This is made more difficult by scar tissue, which can cause increased bleeding and make it harder to locate the normal anatomical landmarks surgeons need to perform safe surgery. Scar tissue can also affect the way normal skin and fat are placed after surgery. Revision surgery is more unpredictable than a first-time procedure.
How to Quickly Recover from Your Second Eyelid Surgery
Since it can take a long time to properly heal, you want to exercise extra caution when resting from your second surgery. Here are a few things you can do to make sure you have a speedy and successful recovery:
Keep Positive and Motivated
Your eyelids will appear puffy for the first few days. You may also experience redness around the incisions. Keep your positive attitude and accept that you will experience some discomfort in the beginning.
Avoid Eye Strain
While it’s difficult to avoid screens in today’s world, staring at bright LEDs can cause strain to the eyes and muscles around the eyes. For the first week following surgery, avoid exposing your eyes to too much direct sunlight. This can be achieved by not looking at your phone for at least a week. To avoid dry eyes, blink frequently and make an effort to blink regularly.
Protect Against the Sun
The sun’s harmful UV rays are your greatest enemy during recovery. For added protection, wear dark glasses with frames around your eyes and a hat when you go out.
Learn More About Second Eyelid Surgeries Today
Your initial blepharoplasty may not be giving you the results you want, or it may be giving you side effects and complications you did not expect. Address these concerns with your doctor when you schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Bradford Lee today. Learn about eyelid revision surgery in Honolulu when you give us a call ASAP.