Eyelid Surgery Side Effects By Oren Zvi Lerman, M.D. on October 09, 2017

Close-up of woman’s eye with long eyelashesIf you have tired-looking eyes or excess skin around the eyelids, blepharoplasty is an exceptional way to achieve a more youthful appearance and improve obstructed vision. Dr. Oren Z. Lerman performs this minimally invasive procedure at his Manhattan, NY practice. Most patients heal relatively quickly from this procedure. However, it is beneficial to understand the complete process before undergoing surgery. Read on to learn more about eyelid surgery side effects.

Typical Side Effects after Blepharoplasty

Every surgical procedure comes with certain side effects. Following blepharoplasty, the side effects are typically short-lived and manageable. Listed below are the most common things patients experience post-operatively, and how to best handle them:

  • Discomfort: It is normal to experience some degree of pain following your blepharoplasty. The extent of discomfort typically depends on a few factors, such as the extent of your surgery, and the experience of the surgeon performing it. Prescription medication may be given to help alleviate discomfort.
  • Swelling: Puffiness and swelling is typical following blepharoplasty. Over-the-counter pain tablets, such as ibuprofen or naproxen can help reduce swelling and diminish pain. Cold compresses can also be applied gently, in 20-minute increments.
  • Scarring: Some degree of scarring is to be expected following eyelid surgery. A skilled surgeon, such as Dr. Lerman, will take extra care to keep scarring to a minimum. Typically, scarring will fade over time, but aloe vera or vitamin E may be helpful in reducing the appearance of scars.

Further Side Effects and Complications

Any surgical procedure carries a risk of bleeding, bruising, infection, and reactions to anesthesia. However, the majority of patients have a fairly quick recovery with limited complications.

It is possible to experience less common - but normal - side effects of eyelid surgery. These side effects are usually temporary, and fade away over the course of the first week:

  • Blurred or double vision
  • Dry eyes
  • Corneal irritation
  • Droopy eyelids
  • Asymmetrical eyelids
  • Excessive tearing
  • Difficulty closing the eyes

In rare cases, patients can experience more severe complications. Generally, these serious complications are the result of an inexperienced surgeon. These include:

  • Excessive removal of skin or muscle
  • Suture cysts
  • Wound separation
  • Damaged vision

Genetic Considerations

Before undergoing blepharoplasty, it is important to review your medical history with your doctor. Because some patients are more genetically prone to certain health issues, it is crucial to discuss these factors prior to scheduling your surgery. Some genetic conditions that could have a negative impact on your healing following eyelid surgery include:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Glaucoma
  • History of a detached retina

Preventing Complications and Unwanted Side Effects

The best way to make sure you have a successful surgery is to choose your plastic surgeon wisely. When undergoing any type of procedure, you want to choose a healthcare provider that is skilled, experienced, and respected.

Patient compliance is equally important. It is crucial that you follow your pre- and post-operative instructions as closely as possible. If questions arise during your recovery, it is best to call your doctor right away. By following the guidelines for post-treatment care, you will give yourself the best chance for a successful recovery and an optimal outcome.

Learn More about Blepharoplasty

If you would like to learn more about eyelid surgery, such as blepharoplasty, schedule a consultation with Dr. Lerman. Our team is always available to address any concerns, as well. You can call our office at (212) 434-6980 or contact us online anytime.

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Dr. Oren Lerman

Oren Z. Lerman, MD

Dr. Oren Lerman performs a variety of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures with a specialty in reconstructive breast surgery. In fact, he is the director of breast reconstruction at Lenox Hill Hospital's Institute for Comprehensive Breast Care as well as the Microvascular and Cosmetic Breast Fellowship. In addition to the hospital, Dr. Lerman is affiliated with:

  • The New York Regional Society of Plastic Surgeons (Past President)
  • The American Board of Plastic Surgery (Diplomate)
  • The American College of Surgeons (Fellow)
  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • The American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery

You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Lerman by filling out our online form or calling (212) 434-6980.

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