Eyelid Surgery Risks and Safety

Eyelid Surgery Risks and SafetyBlepharoplasty, commonly known as eyelid surgery, is a safe and proven cosmetic procedure with relatively low risk.

But patients should note that eyes are the most delicate external organ, and any procedure involving the eyes should ideally be performed by an eye care specialist. Patients should also follow the surgeon’s care instructions diligently to minimize the risk of post-operative complications.   

Dr. Jennifer Hui is an oculoplastic surgeon with advanced expertise in cosmetic eye care procedures. Dr. Hui will discuss the potential risks with the patient during the initial consultation for eyelid surgery, and help them make an informed decision.

She provides eyelid surgery to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, and surrounding communities and cities in this part of the country across the landscape.


Severe Complications

As long as eyelid cosmetic surgery is performed by an authoritative surgeon specializing in eye care procedures, the risk of severe complications is minimal. In any case, the patient should know about the rare complications, which include ectropian, hematoma and retinal detachment. Ectropian is a droopy effect that can invert the lower eyelid.

Hematoma involves fluid accumulation under the skin in the incision sites. The risk increases when upper and lower eyelid procedures are performed along with other facial surgeries. Temporary drainage tubes may be placed below the skin to minimize this risk.

Retinal detachment may occur in extremely rare cases. In this situation, the retina may separate from the outer layers of the eye due to holes or tears in the retina. Revision surgeries may have to be performed to correct these severe complications.


Other Risks

Eyelid surgery may lead to some other less severe complications, which include:

  • Infection
  • Excessive tearing
  • Poor reaction to anesthesia
  • Dry eyes
  • Stinging sensation in the eyes
  • Conspicuous scarring
  • Visible whiteheads
  • Inability to keep the eyes closed during sleep
  • Blurry or double vision

These conditions are likely to dissipate without treatment in a few days. But in exceptional situations, a complication may get prolonged or become permanent. Successful and astute eye surgeon Dr. Hui receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, and nearby areas for eyelid surgery.


Minor Side Effects

Post-surgical Discomfort

Soreness, irritation and mild pain in the incision sites may be experienced in the first few days. The surgeon will prescribe mild pain medications to keep the patient comfortable during the early recovery phase. If the pain becomes severe or persists beyond the first week, the patient should contact the surgeon.


Redness and Swelling

Redness and minor swelling may occur around the incision areas following eyelid surgery. The surgeon may recommend the patient to apply cold compresses or ice therapy for the first two or three days to reduce swelling.


Unfavorable Scarring

The patient should know that some degree of scarring is unavoidable in any surgery, including eyelid surgery. But a skilled surgeon will be able to camouflage the scars by placing the incisions in discreet locations. Scars will gradually become less obvious over time in most cases.

For more information about cosmetic surgery and nonsurgical eye treatments and procedures performed by Oculoplastic Eye Surgeon Dr. Jennifer Hui for patients in and around Palm Springs, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Palm Desert, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, California and surrounding areas call 760.610.2677 or click here to contact us.

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