I have had 3 but my surgeon bungled all of them. 2 were one week apart last year and he says they rather count as 1. I am considering one final attempt with another surgeon but am not sure if my eyelid can physically handle it. There is some lose skin and a crater deep scar that may need to be removed. Appreciate the advice.
How Many Ptosis Surgeries Can 1 Eyelid Safely Handle?
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In fairness, the second ptosis procedure in a week is considered and adjustment.
An adjustment is still a surgery. However, the surgeon takes advantage of the healing tissues to gently reopen the eyelid that has not fully healed. This is relatively common for ptosis surgery. Ptosis surgery is complicated by a number of factors. The big one is the reality that the eyelid must continue to function even as you are healing. This is not ideal but this is what we have to work with. Also how much excursion the eyelid has prior to surgery is very indicative of how successful ptosis surgery is likely to be. When there is ptosis from birth or early childhood and very little excursion, repair of ptosis is very difficult. This is where the experience of your ptosis surgeon is very important. The most experience ptosis surgeons will be ophthalmologists who are fellowship trained oculoplastic surgeons and pediatric ophthalmologists. You might consider seeing Dr. Raf Ghabrial in Sydney or Alan McNab in Melbourne for a second opinion.
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You can have surgery for ptosis repeated
You can have surgery for ptosis repeated. Obviously, each time it becomes more difficult and there’s more scar tissue. So, the less surgery, the better. But, if you really need to have the surgery, because the ptosis is either very cosmetically bothersome or blocking your vision, you can often have it repeated. There are multiple types of ptosis surgery to try, depending on the reason for the ptosis.
Eyelid ptosis repair
Eyelid ptosis can be a bit tricky and in some cases they need to be fine tuned. It really depends uponnumerous factors including levator excursion and how much ptosis you have. Go to an expert in your ocmmunity to seek help. Good luck.