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Old 01-13-2009, 01:29 PM   #1
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Upper Eyelid Surgery

I have eyelids that are droopy. One eyelid is worse than the other. I have been wearing contact lenses for over 20 years. I am looking into having surgery done to fix my upper lids as the cosmetic surgeon I saw, who specializes in the eye, says that I may qualify for it to be covered by insurance. The main reason I would have it done though would be for cosmetic reasons so I am posting this message here. I saw the surgeon over a month ago and he said that it would be 1 week of major recovery and then 1 month of some minor bruising and other symptoms. I would also not be able to wear my contacts for at least a month. I look terrible in glasses so this is a bummer to me. Anyway, I was hoping to hear about other people's stories regarding this type of surgery. The doctor/surgeon always makes it sound too easy. That's why I am posting here. Thanks for any info anyone can provide.

 
Old 01-14-2009, 05:02 AM   #2
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Re: Upper Eyelid Surgery - Ptosis

Have you looked at lots of before and after pictures of the specialist's work?

 
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Old 01-14-2009, 07:32 AM   #3
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Re: Upper Eyelid Surgery - Ptosis

I have looked at some of his before and after pictures. I wouldn't say LOTS of pictures. This surgeon was highly recommended to me by my optomitrist. My optomitrist said that he would send his own family members to this surgeon if they needed any eyelid surgery. Have you had this procedure done?

 
Old 01-14-2009, 06:17 PM   #4
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Re: Upper Eyelid Surgery

Hi I had mine done two years ago and no regrets. I had that tired look because of the fat sitting on my eyelids. My left eye was worse, typical I was told of car drivers. I didn't realize until she lifted up the lid that my vision was affected. My insurance did cover it.
I absolutely stayed home for a week. I looked like I had surgery. The stitches were quite obvious and my eyes were swollen. I had to use different eye drops that made my vision blurry. Honestly, I just sat on the couch for the first two days, eyes closed and listened to the tv. I went out after that with dark glasses on to cover the obvious. I can't remember the time frame before it didn't look like I had something done, maybe 3 weeks? I am really glad I did it.

 
Old 01-16-2009, 06:40 AM   #5
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Re: Upper Eyelid Surgery

Mel52,
Thanks for the reply. I did just get the okay that my insurance will cover this surgery as it is affecting my eyesight some. Were you put under for your surgery or were you awake for the whole thing? Did you stitches dissolve on their own? Do you wear contact lenses? If so, are you able to wear them again?
Thanks for your input!

 
Old 01-16-2009, 07:23 AM   #6
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Re: Upper Eyelid Surgery - Ptosis

No I haven't, and I'm not doubting the doctor's qualifications. But I've read of other people who have had surgery for ptosis and the results are not always as perfect as one would like. But the people I've seen on eye forums did not have two healthy eyelid muscles to work with, as you do. Most of them had congenital or accidently-acquired ptosis and had the type of operation that involved a "sling". I looked up the different types and the procedure you mentioned seems to have good results. I guess the tricky part, when doing both eyes, is to get identical results.
That's why I asked if you'd seen lots of photos.

 
Old 01-16-2009, 09:30 AM   #7
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Re: Upper Eyelid Surgery - Ptosis

I AM worried about the eyes not looking the same. I have worn contacts for almost 25 years. I think that my lids ended up with ptosis because of tugging and pulling on my eyelids to put my contacts in and take them out. So would you consider that accident-acquired ptosis? I also think that it is somewhat genetic as my mom and her sister have had eyelid surgery but later in life than me. My dad also needs it done but is procrastinating about it. I am in my late 30's. My right eyelid is missing a crease that my left eyelid has but both eyelids need the surgery as they are both low. I wish that I could find these forums that you talk about but I know that we are not supposed to share that info here.

Have you ever heard of anyone losing their eyesight from this surgery? How about anyone not being able to wear contacts after this surgery? I love my contacts and look terrible in glasses. I would hate to lose the ability to wear my contacts. (The doctor did say that I wouldn't be able to wear them for 1 month which I could handle.) Any other info you could provide is extremely appreciated.

 
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Re: Upper Eyelid Surgery - Ptosis

I'm certainly no expert on ptosis surgery and the forum I'm referring to no longer exists. It was a strabismus forum that had a real doctor answering questions. I don't believe its archives are available either.
I assumed from your original post that the condition was normal in your case; some people just have "heavier" eyelids.
I've never heard of anybody going blind from the surgery, but I have heard of people losing some sight in one eye from a drooping lid.

My comments aren't really what you're looking for anyway. You want posters who have had the operation. Did you do a search of this site?

 
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Re: Upper Eyelid Surgery

Congratulations. I definitely was put out. I think the stitches disolved. If not and they were removed, it was no big deal or I would have remembered.
I don't wear contacts. I had LASIK surgery and have dry eyes. I wear my glasses now more than ever because I am so farsighted and cant read without glasses. The eyelid surgery can also add to dry eyes. I carry eye drops with me especially with the windy days we have been having.

 
Old 01-21-2009, 01:27 PM   #10
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Re: Upper Eyelid Surgery - Ptosis

Hi, my six year old daughter had upper eyeelid surgery on her droopy eyelid last year, unfortunately it didn't work as the muscle was not strong enough to lift the eyelid in the end. She has went back for check ups and they have now recommended that she go for a bilateral brow suspension, which involves the eyelid muscle being attached to the eyebrow muscle so that it will be the eyebrow that opens the lid. Do any of you have any experience in this surgery? i have looked on the internet (which can be dangerous) but not really got any solid information. I have put her name down for the op as she has said to me that she wants her eyes to be the same as everybody else's so i feel that i should do something for her.

Any comments or experiences would be much appreciated!

 
Old 02-04-2009, 08:00 AM   #11
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Re: Upper Eyelid Surgery - Ptosis

I just had upper eyelid surgery two days ago - on just my left eyelid. It has been drooping ever since I had Bell's Palsy about ten years ago and has gotten worse. I dont know that I was givn the most accurate information regarding the surgery. I was told I should have no trouble going back to work the day following surgery!! I do medical trnscription and I could not see to work due to my blurry vision, which also was not mentioned to me. I called the office this morning asking if it was normal for me to be having blurry vision and the nurse said it was probably from the ointment. You would have thought they would have told me that ahead of time. Also my discharge paperwork says to not drive the day of surgery. Well, this is day three and I would not feel comfortable driving yet due to my blurry vision. I'm wondring if the recovry for this is going to be much more involved than what I was led to believe. I will say the surgery itself was painless and I have not had much pain since then - just some minor discomfort - aching around the eye and mild headache, which is relieved with Tylenol. When I came out of surgery, my eye was swelled up and was about 90% closed, but by that evening it had opened up quite a bit.

 
Old 02-07-2009, 10:15 PM   #12
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Re: Upper Eyelid Surgery

I opted for a minimally invasive technique in los angeles that helped treat the dark circles and hallows under my eyes as well as lifted my forehead, called a zonelift. The treatment involves microdroplet botox and deepfill restylane and it was minimal down time. I recommend trying minimal invasive techniques before hitting the knife. I look 10 years younger, no more tired look. - Lilly

 
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