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Swollen Eyelid

The eyelids perform various protective functions for the eye. The eyelid is a highly complicated part of the body with as many as eight layers together in the few millimeters of its thickness. Any problem in even one layer can cause the eyelid to feel and appear abnormally. Any irritation in the eyelids may affect vision but is definitely difficult to leave unattended. A swollen eyelid may be caused due to a variety of reasons. It may be a natural condition due to excess fat in the region that the skin is unable to support or could be a symptom of an underlying infection. It is wise that you consult with a specialist regarding either case. Honolulu, Hawaii is a popular year long destination for holiday makers and for those considering plastic or cosmetic surgery. It is the proud home to many top grade surgeons such as Dr. Michael Pasquale, who is one of the few surgeons to have completed his entire residency in plastic surgery and also has to his credit a 2-year training certificate in cosmetic surgery from NYU Downtown, Manhattan. At our clinic clients are provided complete information about their condition and the course of action that may be taken.

Swollen eyelid may be experienced in many conditions such as the following: • When the swelling is localized and more of a bump it may be a symptom of chalazion. • With age prolapsed orbital fat may also result in swollen eyelid. • Blepharitis is a condition found mainly in people over the age of 50 and causes chronic swelling of the eyelids. While the exact cause of blepharitis is not certain it is related to the unbalanced oil secretion in the eyelids. • A sty is basically an abscess in the eyelid oil gland and also results in swollen eyelids. Usually a sty last between 1-3 days and persistent swollen eyelids would indicate a more serious infection.

Eyelid surgery may be suggested in cases where the swollen eyelid is due to excess fat in the area. Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure performed by a plastic or cosmetic surgeon in which excess fat, skin and muscle from the eyelids is removed. It is available at our clinic at Honolulu, Hawaii; where we ensure that clients understand the procedure and have realistic expectations of it. They are also informed about any potential risk of complications. The eyelid surgery is performed under anesthesia and takes about 1-3 hours. The surgeon makes incisions in the natural crease of the upper eyelid and just below the eyelashes in the lower eyelid. Once the excess fat, skin and muscle are removed fine stitches are placed to close the incisions. After healing the scars from the surgery are barely visible; especially when the surgery is done by an experienced and talented cosmetic or plastic surgeon. Recovery from eyelid surgery is easier and more comfortable in the scenic and comfortable environs of Honolulu, Hawaii. In about 10 days one can go back to one’s normal routine but strenuous exercise and activity need to be avoided until advised by the surgeon. It is important that you select an experienced and competent surgeon for the eyelid surgery as the complications related to it are like any other medical surgery.