The eyes are the most delicate part of the face. For this reason, any surgical procedure involving the eyes should be performed only by a highly skilled and judicious surgeon.
This minimizes the risks associated with revision eyelid lift cosmetic surgery. On their part, the patient should follow the surgeon’s pre and post-op guidelines in a committed manner to reduce the risk of complications.
At the time of the pre-operative consultation, the surgeon will inform the patient on various facets of revision blepharoplasty and also educate them on the potential risks. The patient will need to sign consent forms stating that they are fully aware of the risks involved in the procedure.
Oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Jennifer Hui provides revision eyelid surgery to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, and surrounding locations.
Hematoma, ectropion, and retinal detachment are some significant complications that may develop during or after revision eyelid cosmetic surgery.
These complications develop rarely, but it is vital for the patient to be aware of them. Ectropian refers to a drooping effect that leads to the lower lids becoming inverted. The patient will need a revision procedure to correct this condition.
Hematoma occurs when fluid collects in the incision site beneath the skin. The risk may be higher when revision blepharoplasty is undertaken along with the facelift, brow lift, or another facial procedure. The surgeon may place temporary drain tubes beneath the skin in the incision sites to drain excess fluid and minimize the risks.
Retinal detachment is a rarely occurring risk associated with revision eyelid surgery. This occurs when the retina detaches from the outer eye layers. Tears or holes in the retina lead to this condition. The patient will require corrective surgery to address retinal detachment.
Some patients may experience one or more of the below mentioned minor complications after revision eyelid surgery:
- Excessive tearing
- Bacterial infection
- Burning of the eyes
- Double or blurred vision
- Poor response to anesthesia
- Dry eyes
- Unfavorable scarring
- Development of whiteheads after suture removal
- Problems in keeping the eyes closed while sleeping
In general, these complications will usually resolve by themselves in a few days. However, in case the patient develops an infection, they should seek prompt medical care. In case the patient experiences persistent discomfort, they may also seek treatment for other concerns.
Pain, Irritation, or Discomfort
There may be some level of post-operative soreness and irritation in the incision sites. The lids will typically feel tight and painful as the effects of the anesthesia subside.
There may be mild inflammation in the incision areas for the initial three to five days. Ice therapy and cold compresses will help address this swelling. The patient should keep their head in a raised position for a few days post-surgery.
There will be minimal visible scarring when the revision eyelid surgery is undertaken by someone who knows this field very well. The scars may be more noticeable initially but will fade away over time.