There are several factors that may make you or your loved one develop a droopy eyelid condition known as ptosis. It may be caused by age, trauma, or even be present at birth, a condition known as congenital ptosis.
Botched cosmetic treatments like Botox injections whereby the Botox seeps into your upper eyelid, thereby paralyzing the muscle that keeps your upper eyelid held up may also cause ptosis. If drooping eyelids impact your vision or self-esteem, your doctor may suggest ptosis surgery in Singapore to improve your condition.
Cosmetically, ptosis surgery may also be ideal if you find the droopy eyelid condition impacting your self-esteem. In this case, it will improve your eyelid symmetry, contour, and height. This treatment may also make you look more awake and younger.
Can Ptosis Return after Surgery?
The ptosis surgery is done through an incision which will be made in a crease on your upper eyelid. From this incision, the doctor will tighten the muscle which keeps your upper eyelid in place; the elevator muscle.
This will ensure that your upper eyelid sits at the desired position to prevent it from drooping. Ptosis surgery doesn’t take too much time.
Ideally, you can expect to have this condition to be corrected within 30 to 60 minutes. You will also be able to go home a few hours after the treatment.
It would be best to visit the facility with a companion who will be driving you back home. If you accompany a child for the procedure, the doctor may advise that they stay at the facility until the anesthetic used to minimize discomfort wears off.
After your ptosis surgery in Singapore, you may need to be patient for up to around six weeks for the localized side effects of this treatment like bruising and swelling to improve. To notice the results you were hoping for after a ptosis surgery, you may need to wait for around 6 to 12 months.
In regards to how long the results from this treatment will last, it is important to understand that ptosis is generally a permanent solution for the drooping eyelid. However, there is no guarantee that your droopy eyelid condition won’t return.
Ptosis may return at any point in your life, making it slightly complicated to predict whether you will need repeat treatments in the future. Arguably, the results from this treatment depend on the individual patients.
Studies suggest that around 85 to 90 percent of patients who get this treatment are satisfied with the results after the initial surgery. This implies that approximately 15 to 20 percent of patients may need repeat procedures.
Repeat procedures are, in most cases, necessary when the eyelid positioning is wrong. It may also be ideal if the creases in your upper eyelid after ptosis surgery are not symmetrical and your lid curve is also irregular.
Do note that repeat procedures come with higher risks of complications. Therefore to avoid any need for another surgery, you should ensure that you choose a board-certified plastic surgeon ptosis surgery in Singapore.
You will also need to observe your doctor’s aftercare recommendations. Taking care of yourself after this treatment isn’t complicated.
Some of the activities you will need to avoid after ptosis surgery to reduce risks of complications include rubbing your eyes. You will also need to avoid rubbing your eyes even if they get wet.
In such cases, patting it dry with clean cotton pads is recommendable. Besides avoiding any rubbing motion on your eyes, your plastic surgeon will also want you to avoid any activity that may trigger irritation in your eyes after ptosis surgery in Singapore.
You will also need to avoid wetting your eyes with water. To achieve this, your best bet would be to keep off swimming for the first couple of weeks after the procedure.
It would also help if you avoid showering, as it would increase the risks of your eyes getting wet. After five days, you will need to gently wash your eyes and then pat dry to ensure that the wound remains clean.
There are a few foodstuffs that may also make your recovery complicated, so you will need to avoid them for some time. For instance, you will be advised to avoid alcohol consumption as it slows down the healing process. If you are an active smoker, too, the plastic surgeon will also only give you the green light to proceed with ptosis surgery in Singapore if you will be able to discontinue smoking for a couple of weeks before and after this treatment.
Is Ptosis Surgery Risky?
As a general rule of thumb, it is advisable that you only proceed with surgical procedures after understanding the benefits and the potential risks of the procedure. Opting for ptosis surgery in Singapore for cosmetic and medical purposes is encouraged if you are a good candidate because ptosis surgery isn’t risky generally.
Therefore, before this treatment, your doctor will look into your lifestyle and, most importantly, medical history to determine whether you are a good candidate. Even though ptosis surgery isn’t risky, it doesn’t imply that it comes with zero percent risks. Here is a quick roundup of the risks you may need to be aware of before consenting to ptosis surgery in Singapore.
- Overcorrection: Overcorrection may cause corneal exposure and even lead to dry eyes. There are treatments that may be administered to correct it. The type of treatment that will be recommended for you will depend on the severity of your condition.
- Undercorrection: In under-correction, the upper eyelid doesn’t get lifted as required. The treatment that will be recommended to correct this complication will depend on how fast it is discovered. You will need a follow-up after around six months.
- Corneal abrasion: This may be caused by an injury to your eye during this procedure or postoperatively when repairing incorrectly placed sutures. It can be managed by adjusting the sutures to prevent further injury or treatment with ophthalmic antibiotic drops or ointments.
- Infection: This is rare but may still occur. Infections are managed with oral antibiotics. Incision and drainage may be ideal if there is an abscess.
Chances of your drooping eyelid condition recurring or you requiring a repeat surgery after this operation if you work with a board-certified plastic surgeon are minimal. If you are considering ptosis surgery in Singapore, contact us now to schedule an appointment with a board-certified plastic surgeon.