What are the risks involved in upper eyelid surgery?

What are the most common risks when undergoing upper eyelid surgery? I'm worried about a loss of sensation, but there's probably other issues too, no?


M, 55, Connecticut

Tags:man age 45-54 upper eyelids risks

I had eyelid surgery last year and only experienced one of the side effects that my doctor told me about. The first two weeks after my surgery my eyes were very dry and itchy. My doctor didn’t want me using eye drops so soon after the surgery, so I just had to deal with it. I guess it’s better than some of the other risks that are involved. Apparently, you can come out with bad scars, discolored skin, or have trouble closing your eyes. There are extreme cases where people have problems with their vision, but I think that’s rare. Anytime you have surgery there’s a risk for infection or having to have another surgery, but overall, I think it’s a safe procedure.

Loss of sensation is something you definitely should be worried about, but, as with any surgery, there are definitely some risks associated with upper eyelid surgery. There is a risk of infection and excess bleeding. Your eyes will probably be dry and irritated for a little bit after the surgery as well. You may experience difficulty closing your eyes or other eyelid problems. In really rare cases, there may even be some injury to the actual eye muscles causing you to have some vision impairments or temporary loss of eyesight. There is the risk that there will be a noticeable scar on your upper eyelid afterward as well. Nothing in life is 100% safe though, so I hope that if you want the procedure you go through with it.

My plastic surgeon informed me about the risks involved in having blepharoplasty surgery. Some of these risks include:

  • Having dry eyes.
  • Having problems closing my eyes.
  • Infection.
  • Bleeding.
  • Having more prominent scars than I was expecting.
  • Having to have follow-up surgery.
  • Experiencing skin discoloration.
  • Blurry vision.