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Blepharoplasty / Eyelid Surgery - Procedure and Risks
Dr. Stuart Kincaid - San Diego, Inland Empire, Temecula Plastic Surgeon
Eyelid Surgery Information provided by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Helping San Diego, Temecula and Inland Empire eyelid surgery patients has been a focus of Dr. Kincaid for years. Below is information pertaining to the blepharoplasty procedure and its risks and benefits.
What is done to improve the appearance of my lower eyelids?
For lower eyelid surgery, often an incision is hidden just below the lower lashes. Through this incision, excess skin, muscle and fat are removed, or fat may be redistributed to eliminate puffiness or bulges. Other adjustments to correct special problems such as muscle laxity may be performed. As in upper eyelid surgery, the incision is well camouflaged by natural creases.
In some cases you and Dr. Kincaid, a San Diego plastic surgery specialist, may decide that the best approach for removing excess fat is through an incision placed inside the lower eyelid. This technique requires no external incision, but it cannot be used to remove excess skin. A laser may sometimes be used in conjunction with this method to tighten the lower eyelid skin.
Fortunately, significant complications from aesthetic eyelid surgery are infrequent. Every year, many thousands of people undergo successful eyelid surgery, experience no major problems and are pleased with the results.
I understand that every surgical procedure has risks, but how will I learn more so that I can make an informed decision?
The subject of risks and potential complications of surgery is best discussed on a personal basis between you and your surgeon, or with a staff member in your surgeon's office.
Some of the potential complications that may be discussed with you include hematoma (an accumulation of blood under the skin that may require removal), infection and reactions to anesthesia. Following the surgery, there can be a feeling of dryness or irritation in the eye that requires treatment. There is a possibility of a temporary decrease in sensation of the eyelid skin or impaired eyelid function that sometimes may need to be corrected by additional surgery.
You can help minimize certain risks by following the advice and instructions of your plastic surgeon, both before and after your eyelid surgery.