Lower eyelids are droopy after Blepharoplasty. (photo)
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Lower eyelid retraction following lower blepharoplasty can occur for several reasons. Some of the causes resolve with time, including swelling and weakness of the orbicularis muscle. When I see someone in consultation 2 weeks out I recommend massaging the lower lid upwards 2-3 times a day. I usually recommend waiting for any additional surgery at least 6 months but you will likely know if surgical correction is necessary by 3 months.
Give it a few more weeks.
It can be frustrating waiting for the results of cosmetic surgery to really show, but 2 weeks after the procedure is too early to gauge your ultimate outcome. You may be disappointed now, but the appearance of your eyelids likely will change in the next week or 2 as the body continues to resolve the swelling you describe. If you remain dissatisfied after that point, you should wait at least 6 months before scheduling another procedure.
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Sometimes earlier repair is justified, but if you can wait at least three months that will allow the swelling to subside. Early intervention runs a risk of doing too much surgery. Gentle upward massage of the lateral lower lids might prevent further downward retraction. Your upper lids may be pushed down by heavy brow tissue, so you might consider a brow lift at some point. Allow plenty of time for healing - and if seek other opinions before additional surgery. Best wishes with your healing.
The lower eyelids are pulled down and the upper eyelids are droopy.
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