Eyelid Bump from Broken Blepharoplasty Stitches?

I found a small, round, protruding bump on my upper eyelid medial to the nose. Is it because I rubbed my eyes too vigorously (due to allergies) that the eyelid surgery stitches broke? Or is it a skin reaction? If so, how do treat it?

Doctor Answers 8

Have the bump checked out

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There are numerous reasons why the bump may have formed, but whatever the reason your surgeon should definitely check it out. They’ll be able to resolve the issue.

You didn't likely harm anything. See your surgeon.

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It is unlikely that your rubbing caused a bump that you describe, if you did not notice any actual disruption of the skin incision right after surgery.

The more likely causes are treatable by your surgeon (cysts, milia, scar lumps, suture reactions, etc.)  Give him or her a call!

Sutton Graham II, MD
Greenville Plastic Surgeon

Could be a few things

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If the bump is in the incision line than you could either be feeling the knot of a stitch or you may be getting a stitch abscess. Not a big deal but something your surgeon needs to deal with. If it's in the skin just medial to the corner of the eye you may have a blockage of the lacrimal system. This would need to be dealt with by an Ophthalmologist who specializes in the lacrimal system. It could also be a sty or other gland infection. Tough to tell without a picture.

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Bump on upper eyelid after blepharoplasty

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You could have developed a suture cyst which appears like a whitehead at times. If you broke the sutures you would see a separation of the two edges of the skin that were put together.

It would help if you can give a time frame as to how long ago your blepharoplasty was done.


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Blepharoplasty bumps

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Bumps along your suture line can be alot of things. It can be milia( retained skin products), a suture, a reaction to suture, the scar, a cyst, etc..  The best thing to do is see your doctor to be evaluated and treated properly.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Bump in Eyelid incision: A host of possibilities.

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This happens quite commonly and will likely resolve.

It may be an epidermal inclusion cyst. Occasionally this may need to be lanced to evacuate the contents.

Alternatively, it may be an area of fibrosis that resulted from the wound opening. This sometimes responds to massage or steroid injections.

Another possibility is a suture granuloma which will likely resolve if its own accord once the suture is absorbed.

There are numerous other possibilites and your surgeon is the best resource to discuss this with.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Not broken stitches

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Sometimes small cysts may develop after blepharoplasty surgery. Although they may be caused by the presence of stitches, they have nothing to do with stitches breaking. Most of the time, they can be easily removed under local anesthesia. See your operating surgeon for follow up. Good luck!

Medial upper eyelid bump after blepharoplasty can be fat left behind or excess skin

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A picture of the bump would help. It the bump is red it may be a reaction to the stitch-if your stitches have opened up see your doctor right away.

If you are 6 weeks to 3 months out from your blepharoplasty and see a fullness or lump next to your nose after upper blepharoplasty, this could be excess skin or fat that was left behind. If this is trhe case see your doctor, it may be able to be corrected.

See before and after photos of laser blepharolasty and brow lift.

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