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Eyelid Surgery Risks and Side Effects

by Trudi Schrieber

Eyelid Surgery Risks and Side Effects

No surgery is entirely without risk, and eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, has risks as well. Eyelid surgery involves the removal of skin and muscle from the upper and/or lower lids, typically used to reduce sagginess and widen the eye. Serious problems associated with blepharoplasty are quite unusual. In fact, eyelid surgery typically poses fewer risks than more invasive cosmetic procedures, but, as with any surgery, there are some risks to be aware of and discuss with your plastic surgeon.

Risks of Blepharoplasty Surgery

Individuals undergoing blepharoplasty should bear in mind that any type of surgery carries a risk of infection, bleeding, excessive bruising, and negative reactions to anesthesia. Some potential complications associated with eyelid surgery itself include wound separation, suture cysts, insufficient or excessive skin removal, insufficient or excessive muscle removal, external scarring, and damaged vision. These risks are extremely rare and are usually the result of an inexperienced surgeon performing the procedure. Other more minor blepharoplasty side effects include blurred or double vision for the first few days following surgery, temporary swelling, asymmetry of the eyelids, corneal irritation, droopy eyelids, changes in tearing (either too much or too little), and trouble sleeping due to difficulty closing the eyes. These particular eyelid surgery side effects are generally temporary and go away within a few days to a week, as the healing process progresses.

Pre-Existing Conditions

Certain pre-existing conditions can increase the possible risks of eyelid surgery. These include, but are not limited to: diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, glaucoma, and a detached retina. It is extremely important that you tell your physician about all pre-existing conditions, medications, and allergies when you discuss your candidacy for eyelid surgery.

The Key to Preventing Eyelid Surgery Risks

The greatest choice you can make to protect you health and ensure your safety when undergoing eyelid surgery is your choice of plastic surgeon. It is important to select a board-certified cosmetic surgeon whose expertise will ensure the best results. He or she will discuss with you your medical history to first help you determine whether you are a candidate. Then, your physician will help you understand the procedure, the results, and the possible risks. Plastic Surgery Portal connects you with the best board-certified plastic surgeons who have experience performing eyelid surgery. To get started on the right foot, let us schedule your personal consultation with one of our physicians today.

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