Upper Blepharoplasty Scar Healing Problem?

I had an upper blepharoplasty done 15 weeks ago. The scars are still bumpy, and on one lid, there's a prominent red bulge. I've been massaging and using Dermatix (30 days so far), as directed by my doctor, but it doesn't seem to be getting any better. Should I be concerned at this point? I did not have dissolvable sutures.

Doctor Answers 21

You have suture cyst

 Please ask your doctor to revise the scar and to remove the cyst. This not rare but will not go away by itself. If your doctor does not want to treat this ,find another surgeon.

New Orleans Plastic Surgeon
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Firm nodule in blepharoplasty scar

I would agree with the comments of others made here. It is not uncommon to have an inclusion cyst along the suture line. Occasionally, these get inflammed and other times they get infected. Treatment typically consists of evacuating the cyst.

Alternatively, it could be an inflammed nodule that would benefit from steroid injection.

Seek the advice of your surgeon and proceed with his/her recommendations.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Your surgeon needs to be more aggressive

The upper lid is the best scarring area of the body. Most patients look great even after a week. Although all scars can become reddened this usually occurs around the 4 week mark. I agree with the other surgeons that this red area is an inclusion cyst, small stitch reaction from a deeper stitch or if this has been enlarging rapidly could be a pyogenic granuloma (unlikely).

Some lesions will do well with a tiny amount of steroid. Or this scar may just need a minor revision to improve it. Either way have your surgeon address this more aggressively

While the scar is more reddened than usual, it should resolve with time

While the scar is more reddened than usual, it should resolve with time.

I have found it often responds nicely and heals quicker with treatment with a vascular laser, such as a 532 or 1064 laser that helps to lessen the redness and cause quicker scar resolution. A lot of physicians carry that type of laser in their practice.

Scott Trimas, MD
Jacksonville Facial Plastic Surgeon
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This is not normal healing

At 15 weeks after upper bleph your scar should be almost invisible.  You might have a cyst in the incision and you should go right back to your surgeon for an evaluation.  You will almost certainly need something done to this scar.  Good Luck!

Ask your doctor what he will do if it does not improve.

It is important to keep good communication with your surgeon and let him know how your healing is progressing. Massage is good, but if it doesn't seem to be improving, you will want to let him know. Time may be all you need. However, I recommend that you find out what your surgeon will do if the incision does not improve and what the time fram will be. It will help to put your mind at ease if you know what to expect.

Thomas T. Nguyen, MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Upper Bleph Scar, Consider Kenalog

Hi Nancy,

The only thing that I would add to the excellent comments of the other physicians is speaking to your surgeon about the possibility of a very dilute and very small quantity of a steroid injection (0.02-0.05 cc of Kenalog-10) directly into the scar tissue.

I hope that your scar resolves quickly.

Dr. P

Michael A. Persky, MD
Encino Facial Plastic Surgeon
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By 15 weeks, blepharoplasty scar should be quiet

Dear Nancy,

We don't have pictures but by this time frame, the bleph scar should be quiet even if the doctor had used absorbable stitches. Still, it is quite common to develop a small incision cyst along the bleph incision. This represents a small bit of surface skin that gets trapped below the skin surface. The skin element grows and gets walled off to form a small cyst. If you do have these, they typically do not go away on their own but require a small office procedure to remove.

This type of procedure is generally so minor that it does not qualify as a revisional procedure. There is typically very little down time. The red bulge is numbed and excised. When these cysts are quiet, the skin can be just cut open with a small needle and the cyst expressed. Contact you surgeon and ask for the nodule to be removed. Alternatively, an oculoplastic surgeon in your area can address this issue. Find such a specialist in you area by looking on the ASOPRS.org web site.

Kenneth D. Steinsapir, MD
Los Angeles Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Bleph Scar Bulge

Thanks for your question Nancy -

That bulge may be an absorbable suture that is disolving.  You should ask your surgeon if they used any dissolving suture (in addition to discussing your concerns about the healing).

At 15 weeks your incision should be faint, thin and not red.

I hope this helps.

Red bump 16 weeks after blepharoplasty is unusual

The most common cause of a red bump 16 weeks after upper blepharoplasty is a retained suture or suture abscess.

Sometimes, a small piece of suture is left behind in the skin after suture removal, and this can inflame the skin and leave a red bump. Probing and removing the suture will resolve this.

If the doctor used resorbable sutures under the skin, a small abscess can form around the suture and create a red bump.

Your doctor can sort this out.

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