Eyelid Surgery Risks and Safety Information

Eyelid Surgery Risks and Safety InformationRisk of complications in eyelid lift cosmetic surgery is minimal, but like any other surgery, the risk does exist. The chances of complications will be influenced by the surgeon’s expertise as well as the individual response of the patient to the eyelid surgery. If the patient cooperates completely with the surgeon’s instructions, severe complications can almost always be avoided.

Dr. Bram Kaufman is a board certified plastic surgeon with extensive training in delicate surgical procedures such as eyelid lift. Dr. Kaufman enjoys an impeccable track record of success with such procedures. Patients in Beachwood, Pepper Pike, Cleveland, OH, and surrounding locations have an opportunity to receive cutting edge procedures from him.


Major Complications

Ectropian, hematoma and retinal detachment are three of the major complications that may occur as a result of eyelid lift cosmetic surgery in rare circumstances. Ectropian is a drooping effect that will cause an inverted lower eyelid. This condition can be corrected by performing a revision surgery.

Hematoma is another severe complication which involves collection of fluid beneath the skin. The risk of hematoma increases when eyelid surgery is performed in combination with facelift, brow lift or another facial cosmetic procedure. The surgeon can mitigate this risk by placing drainage tubes below the skin in incision areas, particularly when additional procedures are performed.

Retinal detachment occurs when the retina gets separated from the outer layers of the eye. This condition can be caused by tears or holes in the retina. A skillful surgeon will be able to correct this condition with additional surgery.


Additional Complications

The following complications may occur in a few cases following eyelid lift:

  • Infection
  • Excessive tearing
  • Poor reaction to anesthesia
  • Dry eyes
  • Burning of the eyes
  • Visible scarring
  • Formation of whiteheads after suture removal
  • Difficulty in keeping the eyes closed while sleeping
  • Blurred or double vision

All of these complications are treatable, and in most cases, will subside on their own in a few days. Only in rare circumstances a complication may become permanent. Leading plastic surgeon Dr. Kaufman receives patients from Beachwood, Pepper Pike, Cleveland, OH, and nearby areas for eyelid lift surgery.


Common Side Effects

Pain and Discomfort

While eyelid surgery is a less invasive procedure, some post-operative pain and discomfort is expected. Following the surgery, the eyelids will typically feel tight and sore while the effect of anesthesia wears off. The surgeon may prescribe pain meds to alleviate the pain.


Mild Swelling

Mild swelling may occur around the incision areas after eyelid lift surgery. Ice packs or cold compresses may be used to reduce swelling. The patient should keep the head in an elevated position as much as possible. Blurry vision may occur while the swelling persists.



A skilled surgeon will be able to keep the visible scarring to the minimum. However, some degree of scarring is unavoidable in case of eyelid surgery. When the procedure is performed by an expert, the scars will be discreet and will fade over time. Within a year, the scars would mostly become inconspicuous to the casual observer.

To learn more about cosmetic treatment and procedures or to schedule a consultation by Cleveland Ohio area plastic surgeon, Dr. Bram Kaufman, please contact us at 1-216-778-2245 or click here.

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