Eyelid surgery is a sensitive procedure because it involves the eyes, but the risk of complications is minimized when the surgery is performed by a qualified and noteworthy cosmetic surgeon. The procedure is relatively less invasive, and can be performed using only local anesthesia and mild sedation. The patient should adhere to the pre- and post-surgical care instructions in order to ensure safe and easy recovery.
Dr. Paul McCluskey is an experienced plastic surgeon providing a wide range of surgical and non-surgical procedures. Dr. McCluskey will inform the patient about the potential risks and complications, and help them to make a well-considered decision. Patients in Atlanta, GA and surrounding communities have an opportunity to receive eyelid surgery from him.
Some of the severe complications that could potentially occur during or after the eyelid surgery procedure include hematoma, ectropian, and retinal detachment. However, the rate of occurrence of these complications is extremely low. Ectropian refers to a drooping tendency that causes the lower eyelid to become inverted. A revision surgery may be necessary to correct this condition.
The collection of excessive blood and fluid beneath the skin in the incision areas is known as hematoma. This risk may increase when the eyelid procedure is performed together with other facial surgeries such as brow lift or facelift. The cosmetic surgeon will place small drainage tubes below the skin for a few days to drain out excess fluid and minimize the risk of hematoma.
In very rare cases, the retina may get separated from the outer layers of the eyes, causing a retinal detachment. Tears or holes in the retina may lead to this occurrence. Retinal detachment will require additional surgery to restore the original condition.
Minor Post-Op Complications
Some patients may experience one or more of the following minor complications after the eyelid surgery:
- Excessive tearing
- Poor reaction to anesthesia
- Dry eyes
- Burning of the eyes
- Visible scarring
- Formation of whiteheads after suture removal
- Difficulty in keeping the eyes closed while sleeping
- Blurred or double vision
Most of these post-surgical effects will typically subside within a few days, but if the patient experiences significant discomfort, they may undergo additional treatment. Only in rare situations such complications will be irreversible. Dedicated plastic surgeon Dr. McCluskey receives patients from Atlanta, GA and nearby areas for blepharoplasty.
Pain, Irritation and Discomfort
Mild irritation and soreness in the incision areas may occur during the initial post-operative phase. The eyelids will feel tight and painful in the beginning as the effect of anesthesia wears off. The surgeon may prescribe pain meds in the first week.
Some degree of swelling is expected in the first week. Ice therapy or cold compresses can be used in the first two or three days to minimize swelling. The patient should also keep the head at an elevated level in the first few days.
Scarring is minimal in most cases of eyelid surgery. If the incisions are placed within the lower eyelid, the scars will be completely invisible from outside.