What is Blepharoplasty?
This information is to assist you with understanding the surgery, its risks, its benefits, and alternatives. This is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin or muscle from the eyelids. Fatty tissue may also be removed if it contributes to fullness of the eyelid. The goal is to improve the appearance of the lids. The surgery is tailored to the patient due to the different factors that affect the eyelid.
Options include no surgical treatment, other surgical treatment including brow lift, correction of eyelid droopiness (ptosis), and non-surgical treatments including laser resurfacing, chemical peels, and other treatments such as use of botulinum toxin (such as Botox).
Risks of Eyelid Surgery
Blindness: This is a very rarely seen outcome and maybe related to bleeding around the eye.
Dry eye: This is due to decrease tear production. It can be permanent, but that is quite rare. If you suffer from dry eyes before surgery, you should give serious consideration to having the surgery.
Lower eyelid downward pull: This is called ectropion. It may require non-surgical or surgical procedures for improvement.
Exposed cornea: This happens if there is difficulty closing the eyes after surgery. It may require non-surgical or surgical procedures for improvement.
Loss of Hair from Eyelash: This is mostly seen in the lower eyelid and can be short-term or permanent.