Am I a Candidate for Revision Surgery?
The most important reason to consider revision surgery is to restore the normal function of your eyes and to protect your vision. Common issues following surgery include dry eyes, blurry vision, and eye pain.
Previous surgery can lead to changes in eyelid position, such as ptosis (drooping of the upper eyelid) or retraction (a shortening of the eyelids or downward pull of the lower eyelid). The normal contour of the shape of the eyelid can also be affected.
Additionally, overly-aggressive removal of skin, muscle, and fat by other surgeons may result in scarring, volume loss, and hollowing, which prematurely ages the face. These problems collectively change the natural blink motion and can even preclude the closure of the eyes.
If you’re experiencing any of these issues, you could be a candidate for revision surgery.
Who Can I Trust for revision Surgery?
The eyelids and surrounding facial features are delicate structures that require special care and consideration to prevent problems with the eyes and the vision. The doctors at Eyesthetica are all certified members of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS), signifying that they have specialized training not only in the eyelids and face, but also in the treatment and prevention of disease of the eye and vision. The health of your eyes and face are best trusted to an oculofacial specialist, especially when it comes to revision surgery.
What Are Some Techniques Used in Revision Surgery?
Revision surgery is tailored to each patient’s specific needs. Overall, the techniques employed by the doctors of Eyesthetica focus on improving the position of the eyelids, scar revision, and volume restoration. Specific methods of rehabilitation may involve the surgical reestablishment of anatomical structures and connections. Scarred or retracted eyelids may be addressed by borrowing skin and other tissue from the ear or roof of the mouth (hard palate). Skin and soft tissue scars may be revised with injections, surgery, or laser therapy, and volume changes can often be restored with dermal fillers or fat grafting.
As problems from previous eyelid or facial surgery can be quite diverse, we recommend personalized consultation with one of our specialists to assess your individual needs and review the options to restore your eyelid and visual health.
What Are the Costs of Revision Surgery?
The cost of revision surgery varies, depending on the patient and the scope of the case. Typically, revision surgery costs include the facility fees, surgeon’s fees, and cost of anesthesia. We can provide specific pricing information upon consultation, once we have a clearer idea of your needs.
Will Revision Surgery Be Covered by Insurance?
In most cases, revision surgery is considered an elective cosmetic procedure and therefore patients do not qualify for health insurance coverage (including coverage in the case of a complication). However, sometimes surgery is performed to restore the protection of the eye and vision and may be covered by insurance. Please check with your individual policy and insurer for details.
Revision surgery is customized to your specific needs and goals. Schedule an appointment with one of our skilled doctors for an evaluation and to learn more.