Eyelid Surgery Risks and Safety

Eyelid Surgery Risks and Safety | Houston Plastic Surgery | TexasEyes are a delicate organ of the body, and any surgical procedure around the eyes should ideally be performed by an experienced and fully trained surgeon. This will minimize the risks in eyelid lift cosmetic surgery, which is essentially a relatively minor procedure.
The patient should be ready to follow the pre- and post-operative care instructions correctly to reduce the risk of complications.
During the pre-op consultation, the surgeon will educate the patient about various aspects of eyelid surgery and also apprise them of the potential risks. The patient will be required to sign consent forms confirming that they have understood the risks involved. The Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery (ACPS), led by board certified plastic surgeons, provides eyelid lift surgery to patients in Houston, Texas, TX, and surrounding communities.

Major Complications

Some of the major complications that may occur during or after eyelid plastic surgery include ectropian, hematoma and retinal detachment. Although these complications are rare, it is important for a patient to be aware of them. Ectropian is a drooping effect that causes the lower eyelid to become inverted. A revision procedure can be performed to reverse this condition.
Hematoma refers to the accumulation of fluid in the incision area below the skin. This risk can be higher when eyelid surgery is performed along with brow lift, facelift or another facial surgery. The surgeon can place temporary drainage tubes underneath the skin in the incision areas to drain excess fluid and minimize the risk.
In a rare case, if the retina gets separated from the outer layers of the eye, a retinal detachment may occur. Holes or tears in the retina can cause this condition. Corrective surgery may be performed to treat retinal detachment.

Minor Complications

A few patients may experience one or more of the following minor complications after eyelid surgery:

  • Bacterial infection
  • Excessive tearing
  • Adverse reaction to anesthesia
  • Dry eyes
  • Burning of the eyes
  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Formation of whiteheads after suture removal
  • Difficulty in keeping the eyes closed while sleeping
  • Blurred or double vision

These complications typically resolve within a few days, but in case of infection, it is important to seek immediate medical attention. If the patient feels persistent discomfort, they may seek treatment for other concerns as well. Experienced cosmetic surgeons at the ACPS receive patients from Houston, Texas, TX, and nearby areas for eyelid lift.

Side Effects

Pain, Irritation or Discomfort
Some degree of post-surgical soreness and irritation in the incision areas may occur. The eyelids will usually feel tight and painful as the anesthesia effect wears off.
 Mild swelling in the incision areas can occur for the first three to five days. This can be addressed with ice therapy or cold compresses. The patient should keep the head in an elevated position for the first few days.
 Visible scarring will be minimal when the eyelid surgery is performed by an expert. The scars may look more conspicuous initially, but will fade over time.
For more information about The Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery (ACPS) physicians and the cosmetic surgery treatments and procedures they perform please click here or call us at 713.799.9999. We have offices in and around Houston, Texas.