Don’t Get Eyelid Surgery without Reading This!

Even with the positive benefits, every surgery also has its set of risks and complications. And knowing the pros and cons of the procedure, will allow you to be better prepared about it. But you can be assured that complications are rare for surgeons who are particularly trained and well experienced.

If you notice any of post eyelid surgery complications listed here, you should immediately contact your cosmetic surgeon so that immediate treatment will be given.

Swelling and numbness last after eyelid surgery

Swelling is normal in any surgery because this is the natural reaction of the body to trauma. But swelling naturally subsides after a couple days, so if you observe that the swelling is not subsiding, and the pain is increasing in intensity, immediately inform your surgeon about this. If the area is also showing signs of redness and is warm to touch, this can be a possible sign of infection.

On the other hand, only a few patients experience eyelid numbness. This can be a temporary case, but you can have to check this out by your surgeon to rule out any permanent damage.

Infection after eyelid surgery

The signs of infection have been discussed above, and there is always a big possibility that it can happen. Some factors that can lead to this are poor surgical techniques by the doctor, or improper post-operative wound care. This is why you must complete course of antibiotic treatment that would be prescribed to you by your surgeon as protocol. This prevents any developing infection.

Tightness and double vision

A tight sensation might also be felt on the area within the first few days after surgery. This can be brought by the swelling as interstitial fluid gather on the site of injury. Don’t worry because this will just disappear after a few days. Applying cold compress immediately after surgery can provide significant improvement.

Because the lids are of course in very close proximity to the eyes, there will be a tendency that you might experience a blurry and double vision. This reaction will just be short-lived and will correct itself after a few days.

Uneven healing and possible scar formation

There will be instances where one eyelid heals faster than the other. Do not worry about this; you just have to make sure that you protect it from any infection, which can further prolong its healing time.

Scarring, like the uneven healing post eyelid surgery risk, would not be that much of a problem with eyelid surgery. The incisions will be very fine and so are the sutures used. To prevent scars from darkening, you can apply lightening ointments over it. Avoid picking on scabs that are not yet ready to fall off.

Milia and Ectropion

Most patients who have undergone blepharoplasty observe small white bumps along the incision line. This white spots are called milia. You can approach your doctor about this so that proper assessment will be conducted.  This eyelid surgery risk is different from blocked eyelid glands or what is called a syringoma and thus, need different treatments.

Another rare and serious complication in eyelid surgery is ectropion. This is defined as the downward pulling of the lower eyelids. The severity of ectropion is graded from mild to frank with significant version of the lower lid. Sadly these results can be permanent but it can be treated by corrective surgery.

Eyelid Closure Problems

You can also experience some difficulty in closing your eyelids immediately after surgery; this is brought by the swelling or the tightening. Most of the time this will be temporary but there are rare cases where it can be permanent which would always require corrective surgery.

If you want to prevent serious problems after your surgery always ensure that you adequately prepare for it. Prepare your body to be in the most excellent condition to bounce back after surgery and you should also ensure that you choose only the best surgeon to perform the service. Eyelid surgery in Australia can be rather costly but this does not mean that you have to compromise safe results for a cheaper service.

Seek Professional Advice

While it is great to have better knowledge and understanding about double eyelid surgery procedure, no amount of research is substantial than getting a professional advice from your doctor. A consultation with your doctor will allow for a proper assessment of your condition. This is also a great opportunity for you to raise some concerns, hesitations and your expectations in getting a cosmetic surgery. Plus, your doctor will be able to explain to you how best you can achieve the eyelid surgery results that you are longing for.

To contact Dr Andrew Kim, please send your concern here: or call (02)9280 3632 – SYDNEY; 1300 155 110 – MELBOUR