What types of side effects for blepharoplasty? I consulted with a Dr that a friend (also a dr) recommended. Scheduled for Dec.
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Complications with blepharoplasty
Thanks for your question. Some photos would help with your assessment. It is possible to have complications withs any surgery but to have all the listed complications on the patient is unusual. Mild asymmetries can and do exist. I would make sure that you are comfortable with you plastic surgeon base on your feelings and judgement and not someone else's recommendations only. Recommendations help but your gut should tell you! Good Luck!
All the best,
Carlos Mata MD, MBA, FACS
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
What types of side effects for blepharoplasty?
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Blepharoplasty Side Effects/Risk
Thank you for your question.
Fortunately, significant complications from aesthetic eyelid surgery are infrequent. Every year, many thousands of people undergo eyelid surgery successfully, without experiencing any major problem.
The risks in most surgeries are similar. Some of the potential complications that may be discussed with you include hematoma (an accumulation of blood under the skin that may require removal), infection, and changes in sensation, scarring, allergic reactions, and damage to underlying structures. The need for revisions or unsatisfactory results may possibly necessitate additional procedures and may include medical risks. Following the surgery, there can be a feeling of dryness or irritation in the eye that requires treatment. There is a possibility of impaired eyelid function that sometimes may need to be corrected by additional surgery.
You can help minimize certain risks by following the advice and instructions you are provided both before and after your eyelid surgery. Best of luck!
Dhaval M. Patel
Double Board Certified
Upper blepharoplasty procedure for hooded eyelids
The primary goal of upper blepharoplasty procedure is to remove the excess skin that is creating the hooded look in addition to a small amount of fat creating the puffiness in the upper lids. Properly performing an upper blepharoplasty procedure should not create any dry eyes, scleral show or rounding of the corners of the eyes. Look for a surgeon who has extensive experience with the blepharoplasty procedure for best results.
Side Effects Blepharoplasty
Thank you for your question. An upper blepharoplasty will remove the excess skin "hooding" of the upper eyelid. There are risks with any surgical procedure, but for upper eyelids the risks are lower than when performing lower blepharoplasty. With upper eyelids, asymmetry and scaring are the main risks, but these are uncommon. The satisfaction rate with upper eyelids is extremely high. Lower eyelids is a different procedure with an additional set of risks. With lower eyelids the risks of scaring and asymmetry still exist, but as you stated, the risk of dry eyes and ectropion are small, but do happen with this procedure. The goal of upper or lower blepharoplasty is not to change the shape of the eye. You said your friend went to someone who closed out the lateral side of the eyelid, giving a round look. My suggestion would be to have another consultation from a board certified plastic surgeon who will show you before and after photos of their work as well as review the risks with you. If you have a friend who has had a poor result, I would suggest an additional consultation. If you do choose to go back to that surgeon, make sure they review all the risks with you and show you additional photos of their work. Good luck to you.
Please consider a second opinion to satisfy yourself that you have done your due diligence.
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