Chemosis on Right Eye Causing Asymmetrical Eyes Will Get Better? (photo)

I had lower eyelid transconjuctival blepharoplasty only 11 days ago & got chemosis on my right eye. Its coming along well (esp, considering how gnarly it was) but I'm worrying because it looks small, "pushed up" & I get cock-eyed when I turn my eye harshly. I pull down on my face and make the right eye the same size as my other eye & can see that the flesh underneath is still not quite where it should be. Will this go down eventually? I'm worried that it is "scarring into place" as it were...

Doctor Answers 11

One weird looking eye

all the comments are spot on. in addition your gaze is slightly off, not uncommon and should be fine. i have to say that is the whitest chemosis i have ever seen. is it just reflected light? normally it looks like clear jelly. good luck

Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 review

Chemosis after blepharoplasty.

Chemosis after blepharoplasty, especially after transconjunctival approach is not uncommon. You should get steroid eyedrops from your surgeon. It will go away but can be stubborn.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

Chemosis after blepharoplasty

Chemosis is not uncommon. It will go away though sometimes it can be stubborn and last for a few weeks. Steroid eye drops and moist warm light compression usually helps.

Ronald Schuster, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 81 reviews

Chemosis after blepharoplasty

Chemosis is troublesome and can be disturbing to some patients. It is not uncommon.   It will usually resolve, but it can take some time.  You are still very early in your post operative course.  Please do keep your surgeon informed as to what is going on.

Jeffrey J. Roth, MD, FACS
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Recovery after blepharoplasty

In the first month after blepharoplasty surgery, I wouldn’t be concerned about how it looks. There is a lot of chemosis or swelling that can be treated by sleeping with your head elevated, topical drops, massage, or patching of the eye. With these conservative treatments, it should get better slowly over time. After 3 months, you will be able to tell if there is any asymmetry with your results that might need to be corrected. Vitamin K cream and IPL treatments can also be helpful for the bruising.

Joseph A. Eviatar, MD, FACS
New York Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 66 reviews

Chemosis is common

Chemosis or conjunctival swelling after lower eyelid surgery is common. it will of course cause your lids to look asymmetric. This will resolve once the chemosis settles. A topical anti inflammatory drop will help to speed the recovery

Thomas Buonassisi, MD
Vancouver Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 108 reviews

Chemosis after blepharoplasty

Chemosis is not uncommon after any type of eyelid procedure especially transconjunctival lower lid blepharoplasty.  I have found that steroid eye drops work well...sometimes even taping the lower eyelid upwards can be helpful too.  Resting the eyes as much as possible is helpful too, as the eye heals best in the "closed" position.  Use plenty of natural tears as well.  You have to be patients.  Your chemosis is mild from some that I have seen and I have seen it take as much as 4-6 weeks to resolve completely. 

James F. Boynton, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

Chemosis on Right Eye Causing Asymmetrical Eyes Will Get Better?

Thanks for the posted photo very detailed. By definition the Chemosis cause swelling and distortion due to swelling. This will reduce over a few weeks. 

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 174 reviews

I recommend that you see your surgeon.

Unfortunately if your surgeon is not also a board certified ophthalmologist who is fellowship trained in oculoplastic surgery then they lack the training, skill, experience, and even proper equipment to examine the chemosis.  Chemosis is a medical term that means swelling of the white of the eye.  Just as your eyelids are swollen, the conjunctiva is swollen.  Healing time will resolve this provided you are not having trouble closing the eye.  The best treatment is vigorous lubrication with ophthalmic drops and ointment rather than steroid or antibiotic drops.  If these simple measures don't work there are other options but at this point you should be managed by an oculoplastic surgeon or an ophthalmologist.  Please start with your surgeon and see what they recommend.  This will resolve but proper management helps it resolve sooner.

Kenneth D. Steinsapir, MD
Beverly Hills Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Chemosis is bothersome but temporary after a blepharoplasty

Chemosis or swelling of the conjunctiva of the eye is a bothersome but not dangerous complication of a blepharoplasty.  It is temporary although it may last up to 6 weeks.  It should not have any effect on your ultimate outcome from the surgery.  Steroid drops, Blephamide ophthalmic drops is one type, or warm compress can be used to speed the recovery.  Very rarely, a minor procedure can be done in stubborn cases.


I hope this helps!

Jonathan Kulbersh, MD
Charlotte Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 69 reviews

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.