What are the Risks of Eyelid Surgery?

What are the Risks of Eyelid Surgery? | Houston, TexasWhile complications are rare in eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) cosmetic surgery, this procedure does have some inherent risks like any other surgical procedure.

This surgery involves the complex and delicate eye area. Therefore, it is vital to select a highly qualified and experienced plastic surgeon for safe and desirable results.


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At the time of the pre-op consultation, the surgeon will explain the potential risks associated with the procedure to the patient enabling them to make a well-informed choice. On their part, the patient should follow the pre and post-op guidelines provided by the surgeon to minimize the eyelid surgery risks.

Accomplished board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak provides eyelid surgery to patients in Houston, Texas, and other neighborhoods and towns in this region of the country.


Potential Complications

Only in rare cases do serious complications from blepharoplasty arise. The three main complications associated with this surgery are ectropian, retinal detachment, and hematoma. Ectropian refers to a drooping effect that occurs due to the inversion of the lower eyelid. In such cases, the patient may have to undergo revision surgery.  

A hematoma is the collection of fluid beneath the skin in the incision sites. This risk increases when both the lower as well as upper blepharoplasty procedures are performed simultaneously, or along with surgeries such as facelift or forehead lift.

In order to minimize this risk, the surgeon may place drain tubes beneath the skin in the incision areas temporarily.

Retinal detachment occurs only in very rare cases. This leads to the separation of the retina from the outer eye layers. Holes or tears in the retina can lead to this condition. The patient will need additional surgery to correct retinal detachment.


Less Serious Concerns

Certain less serious risks of blepharoplasty plastic surgery include:

  • Excessive tearing
  • Infection
  • Blurry or double vision
  • Emergence of whiteheads
  • Stinging or burning sensation in the eyes
  • Adverse response to anesthesia
  • Dry eyes
  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Difficulty in closing the eyes during sleep

These conditions usually resolve without any treatment in some days. However, in some cases, a complication may not resolve for an extended period or even become permanent.


Minor Side Effects

Discomfort, Pain, or Irritation

Blepharoplasty is a comparatively less invasive surgery. Regardless, the patient will experience some level of post-operative irritation and discomfort in the incision sites. In addition, the eyelids may feel painful and tight after the anesthesia wears off. The surgeon will prescribe pain medications to ensure that the patient remains at ease.



Slight inflammation in the incision sites can occur in the initial three to five days. Using ice therapy or cold compresses will help resolve this swelling. The patient should keep their head in an upright position as far as possible during the initial few days to minimize inflammation.



In the hands of an experienced surgeon, the patient will have minimal noticeable scarring from blepharoplasty. While the scars may be more visible initially, they will fade with time and become barely discernable.

Judicious female cosmetic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak receives patients from Houston, Texas, and nearby areas in the glorious state of Texas for eyelid surgery.
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