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Blepharoplasty complications are the potential risks associated with eyelid surgery. The risk of blepharoplasty complications is relatively rare, though when they do occur they can be quite injurious. There are a number of different types of blepharoplasty complications. Patients may be dissatisfied with the results because of unrealistic expectations, poor surgical choices by an inept surgeon, under-correction, or asymmetry. There are also significant medical blepharoplasty complications associated with this procedure. Blepharoplasty complications may be related to the actual surgery or problems that develop during the recovery period.
Blepharoplasty complications related to patient dissatisfaction may be preventable before or correctable after surgery. To avoid aesthetic blepharoplasty complications, it is important for a patient to fully understand the procedure and what to expect as a result of their surgery. They should also ensure that their surgeon is well qualified and experienced in blepharoplasty techniques and knows how to avoid blepharoplasty complications. Even the best of surgeons, however, cannot prevent some blepharoplasty complications.
There are a few functional blepharoplasty complications related specifically to upper eyelid surgery. Ptosis, or the surgical creation of a droopy upper eyelid, is one of the possible blepharoplasty complications. This may be corrected through a revision blepharoplasty procedure. Lagophthalmos is the medical term used to describe the removal of excess skin which leads to excess scar tissue and the inability to fully close the eyes. These blepharoplasty complications may be corrected with medical intervention but can also lead to more serious blepharoplasty complications. One of the most serious blepharoplasty complications is the development of a retrobulbar hemorrhage which can lead to permanent blindness.
Blepharoplasty complications related to lower eyelid surgery can include surgical problems that lead to lower eyelid retraction or cicatricial ectropion, both of which lead to malpositioning of the eyelid in respect to the eyeball. Some of these blepharoplasty complications can be corrected while others are difficult to treat.
There are also a number of other possible blepharoplasty complications including: abnormal scarring, skin discoloration, anesthesia reactions, bleeding, blindness, blurry vision, corneal abrasion, blurred or double vision, cyst development, dry eye syndrome, slow healing, and other problems. These blepharoplasty complications are generally very rare, and these risks can be further mitigated by using a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon.
The blepharoplasty procedure is a relatively safe procedure that can provide many physical and aesthetic benefits which outweigh the risk of blepharoplasty complications.