Pimple Like Bump on Outside Corner of Eye Following a Lower Bleph

I had a lower Bleph 4 weeks ago. Immediatly after the sutures were removed I noticed a little pimple like bump on the outside corner of my eye, near or on the suture line. It has remained unchanged over the last few weeks. What is it? Will it go away? When? If not, what are the solutions. I see my doctor in another month, should I call sooner and report this? Thank you.

Doctor Answers 13

Post Bleph Incision Bump

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When in doubt, ask you surgeon. It most likely is a milia ( small, firm white bump) that is easily treated at your next visit.

Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
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Suture line bumps are common after blepharoplasty

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Depending on how inflamed the bump you are describing is, you may wait until your follow up visit, or you may wish to be seen sooner.

Milia, or tiny, painless, soft "whiteheads" along or beside the incision line, are common with blepharoplasty, and are treated painlessly at a routine follow up visit.

If the spot is more firm, tender, red, and growing, this could be a very localized suture line infection or retained suture, and should be addresses more quickly.

In either case, your final result is unlikely to be affected at all, and the problem is a temporary one.

Laxmeesh Mike Nayak, MD
Saint Louis Facial Plastic Surgeon
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White bumps after Eyelid surgery

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Dear Elizabeth JK,

These bumps are quite common.  They are called milia but simply put, they are oils that accumulate around the sutures.  These are easily addressed by your doctor.  A small needle is inserted into the bump and the oil is expressed.  Usually this is not painful, because the skin has reduced sensation for several weeks after surgery.  Also, this usually does not leave any mark; nor does it signify a problem with healing.

Best of luck,

Dr. Michelle Yagoda

Michelle R. Yagoda, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon

You are describing an inclusion cyst.

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You are concerned about this issue.  It is very easy to take care of.  Your two month follow up visit is a routine visit.  As you are having a (minor) issue, it is reasonable to call your surgeon and be seen for this.  It is simple to deal with the inclusion cyst.

Kenneth D. Steinsapir, MD
Beverly Hills Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Skin bump after blepharoplasty

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A bump of the skin around the suture line after blepharoplasty is most likely an epithelial cyst.  These cysts, called milia, can be treated simply in the office.  See your surgeon to have it evaluated.

P. Daniel Ward, MD
Salt Lake City Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Side effects after bleph

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Thanks for your question. You should see your doctor ASAP. It's hard to give you a completely accurate answer without seeing you, but milia and pimples are not uncommon with the use of lotions and ointments, which most surgeons have their patients use. It should resolve on its own over time, but if not, it can be unroofed with a needle or laser. Best of luck!


Benjamin Caughlin, MD
Chicago Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Milia Management

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It's not unusual for patients to note fine white bumps on the eyelids following blepharoplasty surgery. These lesions are known as milia. These are effectively whiteheads that result from blockage of the eyelid skin pores.

These lesions may resolve spontaneously, but in most cases require some type of treatment. This usually involves un-roofing the lesion. This usually results in total resolution of the problem.

If you're concerned about milia following your surgical procedure, it's appropriate to consult your surgeon. Your surgeon should be able to formulate a treatment plan that addresses your concerns.

Milia most likely

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Your condition is quite common and easily treated. Milia are oil bumps which can be removed with a needle. It is not a reflection on how the surgery was performed. Just make a follow up appointment with your surgeon. 

Pimple Like Bump after Bleph

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Hi Elizabeth.  Aftercare questions and concerns must always be directed to your surgeon.  I suspect you may have a milia.  This is easily addressed in the office.  

Anand G. Shah, MD
San Antonio Facial Plastic Surgeon

White bump after blepharoplasty

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What you are describing sounds like a milia, a small inclusion cyst, that can be easily removed at your next followup visit.

Angela Sturm, MD
Houston Facial Plastic Surgeon

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