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My ptosis repair surgery failed...I think. =(

Re: My ptosis repair surgery failed...I think. =(

Postby raji_83 » Sat Aug 28, 2010 9:17 am

hi friend, im having same problem, actually i had surgery one week ago, and now my eye is looking very puffi and swollen. before surgery my eye was little better than this...im also very scared but its just one week since surgery, and they say it will take 2-3 weeks to get eye open completly...
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Re: My ptosis repair surgery failed...I think. =(

Postby Handelite » Tue Oct 19, 2010 9:56 am

I just had ptosis repair surgery about a week ago and I am still experiencing swelling and pain. The swelling is actually getting worse and my face is unsightly. I wear sunglasses all the time now to conceal it. I am hoping this is just temporary and won't end up looking weird. I called the doctor who did the surgery and they told me this was normal, but when I look in the mirror, I don't see how this condition could heal properly. I'm only 28 and don't want to be disfigured for life. Does anyone know if revision surgery is successful? Thanks
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Re: My ptosis repair surgery failed...I think. =(

Postby Angelaanee » Mon Oct 25, 2010 11:57 am

Good for you, dear, you have only a ptosis... I have an ectropium on my left eye, owing to a bastard operation in Hungary. Ptosis can be healed without any revision - be patient a little bit.
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Re: My ptosis repair surgery failed...I think. =(

Postby dentistment2 » Wed Oct 27, 2010 6:27 pm

If at 2 months the eyelid is still blocking a significant part of your pupil and you are still having difficulty opening your eye, this is likely not scar tissue or swelling. Most likely still have moderate ptosis. should do revision but make sure you do it right this time...anyways, my PS wants to revise my eye again because he says for sure will still block a significant portion of the pupil even at 6 months...so he wants to do it at 6-7 weeks. i can tell its not working though by the 3rdweek becauseon the eye with the ptosis its much harder to open than the other eye which is only slightly ptotic. i would know if my ptosis was repaired because i would be much more comfortable to open that eye. a surgeon told me think of ptosis like this, the levator muscle is a ROPE and the ptotic lid is a PIANO, if you have a thick rope it holdsthe piano, but if its too long, that doesnt matter, you will have ptosis. cut that long rope and no more ptosis. if the rope is short (indicating a 'weak' levator muscle) you have to cut more.

i asked my ps and he said you don't really "feel" scar tissue in your eyelid, if there is significant amount of scar tissue you WILL be able to see it outside the eyelid, like your skin will be irregular or there will be multiple folds, but in general that only applies to cosmetic...and the swelling is insigifnicant after the 3rd week..so very likely if you still have difficulty opening your eye at this point...there may be still a residual ptosis. according to my PS at least.

and i just read this study online where they measured the rate of ptosis healing. by the end of the 6th week, the final result of the ptosis repair on over 100 patients they tested was expressed. at the 6th (final week), most eyelids dropped about 0.5mm. after that there was almost no more change (in the 0.x mm's)..so 7 weeks should be safe to say where your eyelid will be. i mean if its still 2mm under where you want it to be its obviously not going to go up by that much in a year...anything around 1mm close to where you want it to be is the surgeon's standard of error...so higher than that and your ptosis surgery failed and you will most likely need to get another one
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Re: My ptosis repair surgery failed...I think. =(

Postby SamsonAtHeal » Mon Nov 15, 2010 8:00 pm

I would really really caution about getting overly excited or depressed over how something looks up until two -three months later. I had eyelid retraction surgery, which I'm not happy with the results of. But I went through HUGE emotional ups and downs as eyes literally changed week by week. At first eye looked too low. Then just right. Then non operated eye started exhibiting ptosis. So it causes an emotional mess to watch it day to day. At least for me it did. I am still in the process, and not quite sure how to move forward NOT to look at the mirror anymore. But I don't think I have any choice but to stop cause its definitely not helping and causing depression.

And I went to get three different opinions on it, and each doc said I need to wait 6 months. So as hard as it is have to stop focusing on it I guess. But I get you point, I'm 33 and this feels so permanent. And just hope it isn't

Revision might be an option. But docs won't really consider while things are still volatile with healing.

Sorry for your problems with this. I truly, truly feel for you, and I am right there.

Handelite wrote:I just had ptosis repair surgery about a week ago and I am still experiencing swelling and pain. The swelling is actually getting worse and my face is unsightly. I wear sunglasses all the time now to conceal it. I am hoping this is just temporary and won't end up looking weird. I called the doctor who did the surgery and they told me this was normal, but when I look in the mirror, I don't see how this condition could heal properly. I'm only 28 and don't want to be disfigured for life. Does anyone know if revision surgery is successful? Thanks
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Re: My ptosis repair surgery failed...I think. =(

Postby justhoping » Fri Apr 15, 2011 12:03 pm

I recently had ptosis repair surgery on my right eye and I think it failed. It has now been 3 weeks since my surgery and it looks to me as if not that much has changed. The day of the surgery the eye looked pretty even with the other one but now that the stitches have come out, it doesn't look like all that much has changed. I thought it had to do with swelling and needed more time to heal so I made an appointment with my plastic surgeon to make sure. I was pretty sure he would tell me to give it more time but instead he said the surgery should be revised. I could not believe this was actually happening. I asked him if there was any chance that more healing could occur and the eye would be more even with the left one, but he said "that would be a miracle". Needless to say, this has made me pretty depressed. I still feel tingling in the lid and slight discomfort every once in a while. In the morning when I wake up I notice the eye is even smaller than it is later in the day. Why is this happening? Shouldn't the surgery have corrected this? I know he tightened the muscle, did he tighten the wrong one? He said the revision should be done no more than 4 - 6 weeks after the surgery. That would mean that I have to schedule another surgery to be done in the next 2 - 3 weeks. What if the revision doesn't correct it and make it worse? Should I go to a differnet surgeon? Or is there a chance that it can improve on its own without a second surgery? Has anyone had a similar experience?
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Postby solisoli » Mon Apr 18, 2011 4:54 am

I wish I'd read this board before:( I had very small ptosis on my left eye, and I did ptosis repair surgery last week in UK. I have little bruised on my lid now but the problem is my lid is now over my pupil:((I m not sure if it will come down later or not . I had a pretty face before, even though I had ptosis everybody would say how beautiful i was but now when I look at the mirrior , I see an ugly face with two eyes one normal and one too open:(((((( I'm scared if it remains the same.
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Re: ptosis - swelling?

Postby Catgetsdown » Fri Jul 08, 2011 1:22 pm

solisoli wrote:I wish I'd read this board before:( I had very small ptosis on my left eye, and I did ptosis repair surgery last week in UK. I have little bruised on my lid now but the problem is my lid is now over my pupil:((I m not sure if it will come down later or not . I had a pretty face before, even though I had ptosis everybody would say how beautiful i was but now when I look at the mirrior , I see an ugly face with two eyes one normal and one too open:(((((( I'm scared if it remains the same.



I just had ptosis repair yesterday and one eye is much more swollen than the other. Did that happen to anyone else? When does the swelling go down? It's hard to know if the surgery worked because one eye can barely see through the swelling. I hope I don't have to have it done again - it took 2 hrs! Did you get oral antibiotics or just eye drops? Stitches out in a week - I hope it looks better by then...????
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Re: My ptosis repair surgery failed...I think. =(

Postby bemybaby » Tue Jul 12, 2011 2:44 am

Hi guys. What was the outcomes of your surgeries in the long run? Did you get a good result in the end?
Solosoli, my eye looks just like yours, but this morning I thought it looked a bit better, maybe it'll be allright in the end...
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Re: My ptosis repair surgery failed...I think. =(

Postby Eisej » Fri Sep 02, 2011 4:00 am

10 days post surgery and I am so aggravated. Went to 3 PS before making the decision and I definitely chose the wrong PS. I have one eye wide with that perpetual "surprised" look and the eye that drooped is still drooping. Not as much but at the end of the day yesterday it was closed .... which was my original issue.
The lid is still covering my pupil which was not the expectation. Guess I have to wait another 10 days or so for all the swelling to subside. Not happy!
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Re: My ptosis repair surgery failed...I think. =(

Postby ptosis » Sun Sep 04, 2011 8:31 pm

Hi. I had my first surgery about 3 months ago, and the doc says I need another, he gives it a 50/50 chance of getting any better. Anybody go through more then one after all. I'm really not sure what to do. I only had the surgery on my left eye.Now Im so embarassed, they look so different.
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Re: My ptosis repair surgery failed...I think. =(

Postby anet54 » Sun Sep 11, 2011 9:30 pm

I have gone through the same thing as the initial poster. I had eyelid retraction surgery on my right eye (after Graves Disease made my eye bulge out). I went from a wide open (horrible) look to almost complete ptosis, in which my eyelid covered my pupil and I was basically blind in my right eye. Surgeon told me same thing: it'll pop back up; it'll take about 3 months, blah, blah, blah. That's BS. I could tell in the first 48 hours that I was having a major problem and that my eyelid wasn't going to work. I WISH I'D NEVER HAD IT DONE. I looked horrible, I felt awful, I couldn't see, small children would point at me or say things like "your eye looks really creepy" (I'm not making this up). I was this way for 9 months. The PS never took responsibility for the problem and I finally ended up going to a different surgeon this past week for the revision surgery. ANd although my eyelid is now lifted above my pupil and I can see for the first time in 9 months, I'm noticing that it isn't symmetrical with my left eye. I just had the ptosis surgery repair 3 days ago, so am still bruised and swollen, but I have a horrible feeling the lid isn't going to raise up to match my left lid and I'll be left with a lazy eye look. Even worse: I had so much scar tissue from the first retraction surgery that the revision was incredibly painful to endure. In case anyone out there doesn't know this, you will be awake for the surgery because your surgeon will need your cooperation when it comes to opening/closing your eye(s) to see where the lid is in relation to your iris/pupil. So during the surgery I was barely able to stand the pain, and as he was performing the surgery he told me that there was a huge amt of scar tissue to get through before he could reach the muscle. I dont' think I could stand to go through this again... I'm going to call the office and express my concerns but I have a feeling that I'll be stuck with a lazy eye because if the field of vision isn't affected insurance isn't going to pay for the revision of the revision! My advice to everyone out there: get several opinions. Even more important: go the BEST PS you can find, even if it means traveling out of state. I wish I'd taken that advice. I don't think I'd be in this mess now.
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Re: My ptosis repair surgery failed...I think. =(

Postby mishu205 » Fri Dec 09, 2011 5:52 pm

I wish I'd read this board before:( I had very small ptosis on my left eye, and I did ptosis repair surgery last week in UK. I have little bruised on my lid now but the problem is my lid is now over my pupil:((I m not sure if it will come down later or not . I had a pretty face before, even though I had ptosis everybody would say how beautiful i was but now when I look at the mirrior , I see an ugly face with two eyes one normal and one too open:(((((( I'm scared if it remains the same.

Its been two days that i have hade my ptosis corrected on my left eye in UK..now it looks sweling. but now i noticed that my write eye is drooped. i think my surgery was succesfull as i can loomk up and down and can see better than before.but the eye looks bigger than other one. i was wondering that do i have to go for another surgery for my wright eye because it looks droopy now. or it looks that way because of the sweling. and now i m unable ro close my eye 100% after the surgery. is there any advice for me.
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Re: My ptosis repair surgery failed...I think. =(

Postby Myatsy » Fri Feb 10, 2012 7:47 am

My 2nd daughter was borned with ptosis of the right eye. She had surgery twice, and still has ptosis:=[
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Re: My ptosis repair surgery failed...I think. =(

Postby Nash2012 » Sun Apr 15, 2012 5:34 pm

I'm so glad I found this board, and am hoping some previous posters still visit it. I had a bleph a month ago to correct cong ptosis. I had a prior surgery at age 5 but over many years (now 33) it had started to weaken and droop lower and lower again. I've always been bothered by it, so I decided to have the surgery. It's been a month now, and like the initial post on this board, I don't really see a difference from before however my ps acts like it's a million times better - I fail to see these miraculous results and am extremely dissapointed. I've gone back to the ps once a week since the surgery for him to look at it to see if it's ok or needs a revision. Each week I get the "this is looking so great - don't think it's settled yet - come back next week." If you look at my before and after picture side by side they are identical, lid covers the same amount of my eye. I also feel like my periph vision is more limited than before the surgery bc the lid is tighter feeling - anyone experience that? I'm guessing a revision will take place - which apparently takes place in my ps's office - wide awake - which honestly freaks me out!! Has anyone had that?? Was it as awful as I'm thinking it is??
Also, at a month later, I'm having bad headaches and a little twitching in the lid - anyone else experience this?

Appreciate anyone sharing their experience with this!
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