American Society of Plastic Surgeons
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Eyelid Surgery

Blepharoplasty

Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the eyelids.

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What are the risks of eyelid surgery?

The decision to have plastic surgery is extremely personal and you will have to weigh the potential benefits in achieving your goals with the risks and potential complications of eyelid surgery. Only you can make that decision for yourself.

You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure and any risks and potential complications.

Possible eyelid surgery risks include:

  • Anesthesia risks
  • Bleeding from the incision lines
  • Changes in skin sensation or numbness of the eyelashes
  • Difficulty closing your eyes
  • Dryness to the eyes
  • Ectropion, an outward rolling of the lower eyelid
  • Infection
  • Lid lag, a pulling down of the lower eyelid, may occur and is often temporary
  • Pain, which may persist
  • Possible need for revision surgery
  • Sensitivity to sun or other bright light
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Temporary or even permanent change in vision, and very rare chance of blindness
  • Unfavorable scarring

These risks and others will be fully discussed prior to your consent. It is important that you address all your questions directly with your plastic surgeon.



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