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Can people sleep with their eyes open if botched plastic surgery?

10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree

In brief: No

Eyes will dry out without eyes closing.

In brief: No

Eyes will dry out without eyes closing.
Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
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Dr. Adam Schaffner
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Sleeping after bleph

If too much skin is removed from upper eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), one may have difficulty closing his/her eyes.
This is extremely rare. If this does occur, it is critical to protect the eyes with ointment to prevent a corneal abrasion. Sometimes, it is necessary to perform a skin graft to enable the eyelids to close again.

In brief: Sleeping after bleph

If too much skin is removed from upper eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), one may have difficulty closing his/her eyes.
This is extremely rare. If this does occur, it is critical to protect the eyes with ointment to prevent a corneal abrasion. Sometimes, it is necessary to perform a skin graft to enable the eyelids to close again.
Dr. Adam Schaffner
Dr. Adam Schaffner
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Dr. BHARAT Shah
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

If too much skin is removed from the upper eyelids, or a brow lift is done with excessive elevation, a patient may develop difficulty closing the eyes.
This condition, called lagopthalmos, is important to treat because it can lead to corneal dryness and eye complications. The eye must be protected form drying out, often with theuse of artificial teardrops or eye lubricant.

In brief: Yes

If too much skin is removed from the upper eyelids, or a brow lift is done with excessive elevation, a patient may develop difficulty closing the eyes.
This condition, called lagopthalmos, is important to treat because it can lead to corneal dryness and eye complications. The eye must be protected form drying out, often with theuse of artificial teardrops or eye lubricant.
Dr. BHARAT Shah
Dr. BHARAT Shah
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Dr. Frederick Coville
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

If too much upper eyelid skin is removed during a blepharoplasty, you could be left with the inability to close your eyelids completely.
Fortunately this is a rare complication and one that should not happen if you choose an experienced, well-trained plastic surgeon. The cure for this problem may involve placing skin grafts in the upper eyelids to restore lost skin.

In brief: Yes

If too much upper eyelid skin is removed during a blepharoplasty, you could be left with the inability to close your eyelids completely.
Fortunately this is a rare complication and one that should not happen if you choose an experienced, well-trained plastic surgeon. The cure for this problem may involve placing skin grafts in the upper eyelids to restore lost skin.
Dr. Frederick Coville
Dr. Frederick Coville
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