Eyelid surgery is usually performed to restore the normal anatomical location of the eyelid.
This is important so that the function of the eyelid can be optimised. It may involve tightening of the eyelid, turning the eyelid out or in, elevating or lowering the height of the eyelid, removing excess skin or applying a skin graft in situations where the skin is too short. Eyelid surgery is usually required to correct normal ageing changes in the skin tissue such as loss of elasticity and tone in eyelid supporting tissues.
Sometimes eyelid surgery is also required to remove a lump or a skin cancer. In this case, surgery is required to remove the lesion completely and then to reconstruct the eyelid to return it to the correct anatomical position and function.
All eyelid surgery is well tolerated as the face has a very good blood supply.
It is mostly performed as a day surgery operation in the hospital with the assistance of a team of doctors and nurses. Some eyelid procedures can also be performed in our well equipped treatment room in the clinic. If performed in hospital, it is usually under local anaesthetic with sedation. You will be aware that you are in the operating theatre but will feel very relaxed, comfortable, and sleepy.
Afterwards your eyelid may have a pad covering it, applying pressure. Please leave all pads intact until instructed otherwise.
You will need to have someone accompany you home after the operation as you will not be legally fit to drive. You will have an instruction booklet with you .
- It is normal to experience some pain overnight and for a day or two after the operation.
- Swelling is common and a normal part of the healing process. You may be asked to apply ice to the surgery area on the day of the operation.
As with all surgery, there are risks associated with eyelid surgery.
At every stage, everything is done to minimise the risks to you, but occasionally things can go wrong. These risks include:
- Infection: especially if you have existing inflammation.
- Bleeding: especially if you have been on aspirin, warfarin or other blood thinners. Dr. Kert will ask you to stop these well before your surgery if possible.
- Incomplete removal of tumour necessitating more surgery.
- Scarring: occurs following all surgery. Every attempt is made to minimise the scar so it is almost unnoticeable.
- Asymmetry in the lid height or function between the two eyes.
- Failure of the operation to achieve the desired result, for example, less watering, improved comfort etc.
If any of these undesired outcomes occur, you may need a second operation to enhance the outcome.
Please feel free to contact Dr. Kert at any time to discuss any further questions you may have.