How would a Change in Tear Production Be Effected After Asian Eyelid Surgery?

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Asian blepharoplasty double eyelid surgery and tear production changes

Asian blepharoplasty double eyelid surgery and tear production changes doesnt usually affect the tear production. If you were to remove too much skin it could affect how you close your eyes and if you are unable to close your eyes when sleeping this could lead to a dry eye syndrome. If you have other conditions such as sjorgren's syndrome that attacks your glands like the ones that make tears in your eyes, you will be more susceptible after removing skin and muscle from your upper eyelid.

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Eye Dryness after Eyelid Surgery

There isn't usually a disruption in the tear production following eyelid surgery.  The dryness that sometimes can occur is the result of overly aggressive eyelid skin removal or by aggressive removal of the upper eyelid muscle.  This is generally rare with Asian eyelid surgery as the purpose is to create an upper eyelid crease with minimal removal of skin.

Kimberly Lee, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Tear production after Asian eyelid surgery

If I can rephrase your question, can Asian eyelid surgery cause dry eyes is a frequently asked. In the usual upper eyelid surgery, a fair amount of skin can be removed in order to reduce the skin redundancy in older patients. Excess skin removal CAN cause dry eyes. However, in Asian eyelid surgery, the goal is to create a crease and therefore, not much skin is removed. As a result, dry eyes is not associated with the usual Asian eyelid operation.

Charles S. Lee, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Tear Production and Asian Eyelid Surgery

Virtually any form of Blepharoplasty technique, Lasik surgery, or cataract surgery will lead to a temporary decrease in production of tears.  In Blepharoplasty, this is believed to be related to dysfunction of the minor lacrimal glands in the conjunctiva coupled with temporary weakness of the orbicularis oculi muscle.  This generally resolves in a matter of weeks.

Stephen Prendiville, MD
Fort Myers Facial Plastic Surgeon
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