Dr. Howard Bellin recommends that all patients fully understand belpharoplasty before considering the procedure. Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery procedure to remove excess fat, skin or muscle from the upper or lower eyelids. It is commonly chosen by people to reduce baggy eyes or drooping eyelid (ptosis).
Like any surgery, there are many risks and complications, most of which can be avoided by choosing an experienced surgeon that follows standard procedures. Eyelid surgery is relatively safe and a less invasive procedure compared to tummy tucks or face lifts. Most people that undergo eyelid surgery are satisfied with their results.
Post Eyelid Surgery Complications
Patients should be aware that they may experience a few side-effects from an eyelid procedure. Common symptoms include tearing, itchiness, burning, dryness, sensitivity and blurred vision. This can occur over several days and can be alleviated by lubricating the eyes with eye drops.
Another occurrence that may happen are suture cysts, in which tiny white cysts may develop, most go away without treatment, however if it does not, the removal of them is simple and fast.
A few patients may also have difficulty closing their eyes when asleep. Another condition, in rare cases, is ectropion, where the lower eyelid turns outwards and may require additional surgery. Next, like all surgery procedures, there is a risk of infection or reaction to anesthesia. Finally, you should have realistic expectations of the procedure and be fully prepared for the procedure. Ensure that your surgeon explains the details to you.