What are the possible complications of eyelid implants in patients with Bell palsy (idiopathic facial paralysis) (IFP)?

Updated: Jun 14, 2019
  • Author: Danette C Taylor, DO, MS, FACN; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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The implants are inert and composed of 99.99% pure gold or platinum. Sizes range from 0.6–1.8 g. The weight allows the upper eyelid to close with gravity when the levator palpebrae are relaxed. Therefore, patients must sleep with their head slightly elevated.

The implants are easily removed if nerve function returns. Complications include migration of the implant, inflammation, allergic reaction, and extrusion.


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