Is Eyelid Surgery Risky?

Today, eyelid cosmetic surgery is a very popular cosmetic procedure worldwide. Also known as blepharoplasty, eyelid surgery addresses eyelid concerns, enhancing and improving its look. But, just like other surgical interventions, concerns about the safety and potential risks of eyelid cosmetic surgery are common.

In this post, we will discuss the common eyelid surgery misconceptions and update you on the actual risks associated with the surgery. This understanding will help make the right decision.

Understanding Eyelid Surgery:

Eyelid cosmetic surgery is performed to treat various eyelid problems, both functional and aesthetics. A few common problems that this surgery addresses are drooping eyelids, under-eye bags, puffiness, and excess skin. It also improves the overall symmetry and youthfulness of the eyes, enhancing the appearance of the face. The procedure removes the excess skin, fat, and muscle from the eyelids.  The surgery is performed in three ways depending on the condition and your preference:

  • Upper eyelids
  • Lower Eyelids
  • Both upper and lower eyelids

Common Concerns and Myths

General Anesthesia: One myth suggests that eyelid surgery always requires general anesthesia, increasing the risks associated with the procedure. However, in most cases, local anesthesia with sedation is sufficient. Use of local anesthesia reduces the risks associated with general anesthesia.

Scarring: Another concern revolves around visible scarring. Skilled surgeons strategically place incisions along the natural creases of the eyelids, minimizing the visibility of scars. With proper post-operative care, scars tend to fade over time and become barely noticeable.

Vision Impairment: Many worry that eyelid cosmetic surgery may negatively affect their vision. However, when performed by a qualified surgeon, the procedure focuses on improving eyelid function and aesthetics, ensuring that vision remains unaltered or even improved.

Understanding the Risks

Bleeding and Hematoma: Excessive bleeding during or after the surgery can lead to hematoma formation, requiring prompt medical attention. This can be minimized by following the right surgical techniques and taking proper care after the surgery.

Infection: While infection is relatively rare, it is a potential risk with any surgical procedure. Following the surgeon’s instructions for wound care and taking prescribed antibiotics reduce the risk.

Dry Eyes: Temporary dryness and irritation may occur post-surgery. Eye drops and ointments are typically prescribed to alleviate these symptoms, and they usually resolve within a few weeks.

Ectropion or Entropion- Rarely, the eyelid position changes after the surgery. These changes happen in two ways: ectropion and entropion. Ectropion is an outward turning of the eyelid and Entropion is an inward turning of the eyelid. These complications get corrected with additional surgical intervention if necessary.


Eyelid surgery, like any surgical procedure, carries certain risks. But, if eyelid cosmetic surgery is performed by a qualified and experienced surgeon like Dr. John Martin, the risks are minimal, and the benefits often outweigh them.

Dr. John Martin is a recognized blepharoplasty surgeon, both nationally and internationally, for medical, as well as aesthetic procedures. He has got his certification from the American Board of Ophthalmology. Also, he is extensively trained in the use of surgical lasers. To book a complimentary consultation for cosmetic eyelid surgery in Miami, Coral Gables, or nearby areas, call (305) 444-5950 now.

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