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Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) Risks

Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) 

Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) RisksEyelid lift surgery is a relatively minor plastic surgery when performed by an expert surgeon. The procedure can be performed in an outpatient setting as well. It’s vital for patients to follow all pre- and post-operative care instructions provided by the surgeon dedicatedly for predictable and safe results.

Eyes are fragile and delicate body parts. You should be well-informed before seeking an eyelid surgery. Your surgeon will inform you about all possible complications and risks associated with the eyelid procedure during the pre-operative consultation.

In this intricate plastic surgery procedure, the choice of your surgeon is the single most important determinant of a safe and successful outcome. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Matthias Solomon provides eyelid surgery to patients in Dallas, Frisco, Sherman, Texas, and surrounding communities.

Possible Complications

It is possible that you may experience complications during or after the eyelid lift surgery, though the occurrence is very rare. Complications can be in the form of retinal detachment, ectropion, and hematoma. It is important that you be absolutely clear about these risks.

Retinal detachment refers to an extremely exceptional situation in which the retina detaches from the eye’s outer layers. Holes or tears in the retina may cause this condition. You may require additional surgery for correcting this.

Hematoma refers to the collection of excess fluid under the skin in the incision area. Risk of hematoma development is usually higher when the blepharoplasty procedure is performed with other procedures, such as facelift and brow lift. Your surgeon may need to place a small drain pipe underneath the skin at the incision area for removing excess fluid and decreasing the risk of hematoma.

Ectropion refers to the drooping effect causing inversion in the lower eyelids. You would require a revision surgery in this case.

Minor Risks and Complications

These are a few other complications that are minor in nature but prevalent:

  • Infection
  • Poor anesthesia reaction
  • Excessive tearing
  • Appearance of whiteheads after removal of sutures
  • Unwanted scarring
  • Dry eyes
  • Problem closing eyes while sleeping
  • Burning eye sensation
  • Double or blurred vision

These complications generally resolve on their own in most patients. However, some have to undergo treatment if the problem causes discomfort or otherwise persists.

Typical Side Effects

  1. Pain, Irritation, and Discomfort

Patients may experience soreness or slight irritation in the places where incisions were made during the initial post-operative period. You may also feel pain or tightness in the eyelids as the anesthesia effects subside. Your surgeon may offer pain medications for the early days following your eyelid lift cosmetic surgery.

  1. Inflammation

Patients can expect some form of inflammation in the week immediately following the blepharoplasty procedure. You can use ice therapy for cold compresses for the first 2 – 3 days for managing the swelling. In addition, patients should keep their head in a raised position.

  1. Scarring

Minimal scarring is common in eyelid lift patients in most cases. However, surgeons try and minimize scarring by making the incisions on the inside of the lower eyelid. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Matthias Solomon receives patients from Dallas, Frisco, Sherman, Texas, and nearby areas for eyelid surgery.

Schedule a Consultation with Texas Plastic Surgeon Dr.  Solomon

For more information on Plastic Surgery and Non-Surgical Medical Spa Procedures and Treatments in Offices in Dallas, Frisco, Sherman, Texas and surrounding areas please contact the offices of Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Matthias Solomon by clicking here or calling 214-983-0213.

Serving patients in Dallas, Frisco, Sherman, Highland park, University Park, Preston Hollow, McKinney, Prosper, Allen, Southlake, Denton, Irving, Flower mound, Little Elm, Fort Worth, Texas and surrounding areas.

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