Eyelid Reconstruction

Your eyelids play a vital role in protecting your eyes from the sun and outside irritants. At The Medical Eye Center, Dr. Slentz specializes in eyelid reconstruction to restore the adequate function of your eyelid. 

What is Eyelid Reconstruction?

During eyelid reconstruction surgery, Dr. Slentz will reconstruct your eyelid to enable it to better protect the eye. In order to adequately complete functions, the eyelid needs to be able to cover the surface of your eye completely.

By covering the entire surface of your eye, the eyelid is able to keep the cornea moisturized and healthy. Eyelid reconstruction surgery also aims to provide mechanical support to the eyelid.

Mechanical support will help the eyelid close and open properly to support the healthy functioning of the eyelid. Beyond these functional benefits, eyelid reconstruction surgery can also provide improvement in the cosmetic appearance of the eyelid.

If eyelid reconstruction surgery is necessary to repair the eyelid from tumor removal or trauma, your eye surgeon may also be able to improve its appearance. In some cases, eyelid reconstruction surgery may be required to improve your visual field.

There are many reasons why the eyelid reconstruction procedure is beneficial. Dr. Slentz is a well-trained board-certified surgeon who has tremendous experience and has produced countless excellent surgical outcomes.

What Happens During Eyelid Reconstruction Surgery?

Eyelid reconstruction surgery is an outpatient procedure, meaning it does not require a hospital stay, and you get to go home the same day. First, your eye surgeon will numb the area with an anesthetic. 

Next, your eye surgeon will start to reconstruct your eyelid depending on your specific needs. Dr. Slentz will reconstruct your eyelid to make sure that it is functional and aesthetically pleasing. 

There are many different methods and techniques eye surgeons use to reconstruct eyelids. The specific technique your oculofacial surgeon will use will depend on your individual case and the goal for the outcome of the surgery. 

Depending on the size, thickness, and location of the reconstruction area, your eye surgeon may need to use a graft to aid in the procedure. Dr. Slentz is experienced and skilled in eyelid reconstruction, so you can trust you are in good hands. 

After the procedure, you may notice some bruising, swelling, or redness around the surgical area in the coming days after the procedure.

These symptoms are a normal part of the healing process, and these symptoms will subside in a few days to weeks. Dr. Slentz will provide you with a list of detailed instructions to follow to aid in your recovery.

He may ask you to refrain from certain activities for a few days to weeks after the procedure to reduce possible complications. You may also be required to use over-the-counter or medicated eye drops or ointment to help your eyelids heal. 

You will likely need to return to the office for follow-up visits. At these follow-up visits, Dr. Slentz will evaluate the outcome of the procedure and ensure that your eyelids are healing properly.  Do you want to learn more about how eyelid reconstruction can improve the look and function of your eyelid? Schedule an appointment at The Medical Eye Center in Manchester, Nashua, and Bedford, NH, today!

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