also known as
Upper and/or Lower eyelid reduction
Eyelid reduction can be both a functional and cosmetic surgical procedure. It is intended to reshape the upper eyelid and/or lower eyelid by the removal or repositioning of excess tissue as well as by reinforcement of surrounding muscles and tendons.
Reduction of drooping skin and /or prominent fat pads via eyelid incisions which are placed in the upper lid crease and below the eyelashes of the lower lid. In selected cases the removal of the fat can be done from the inner side of the lower eye lid.
- - Drooping upper eyelids that impede vision
- - Turning out of lower eyelid
- - Reduction of "bags" under the eyes
- - Reduction of wrinkles or folds of the upper eyelid
You should always think very carefully about your options before proceeding to surgery. Undergoing surgery is YOUR CHOICE, make sure you are comfortable with the explanations you have received, that you understand what you have been told and that you have a full appreciation of what to expect post-operatively.
DDMS Process and Procedure
The procedures are performed through external incisions made along the natural skin lines of the eyelids, such as the creases of the upper lids and below the lashes of the lower lids, or from the inside surface of the lower eyelid
Prior to proceeding to surgery Professor David will arrange for you to have photographs.
If you choose to proceed to surgery you should, as always, aim to lead a healthy life. Avoid excess alcohol consumption, do not smoke, make sure you disclose your full medical history and do not take anti-coagulants (blood thinners) like aspirin. If you require aspirin for other medical conditions you should discuss this with Professor David .
You will have a number of post-operative appointments with Professor David, when stitches will be removed etc. It is important to attend your post-operative appointments so that your recovery can be fully assessed and monitored.
Q: Will there be scarring?
A: Yes in the creases of the lids and the crows feet.
Q: How long will the scarring be evident?
A: This varies from person to person.
Q: How long before I can start wearing make-up?
A: 7 - 10 days.
Q: Is there any risk that the surgery will affect my vision in a negative way?
Q: How long will I be in hospital?
A: You will have a day-stay.
Q: Will it hurt?
A: Pain is not common, but can occur, for which you can take mild pain relief
Advice for Carer's
Any surgery can be uncomfortable and we encourage carers to be supportive of patients in the post-operative period. Most importantly, the end result will not be evident until 3 months have passed, so making judgements on the outcome should really be reserved until then.
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