Medically Reviewed April 2023, by Helena Antoniadou - Consultant Aesthetic Plastic Surgeon
If you are considering whether to undergo blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery, a detailed understanding of the relevant risks and potential complications is needed to make a well-informed decision. Getting older can take its toll on your appearance, particularly to the skin around the eyes which can become loose and wrinkled, start to sag, and make the eyes look tired, adding years to the face. This can negatively impact your self-esteem and even cause you to avoid social situations, if you are feeling like this then read on to find out how we can help.
Blepharoplasty, also known as eye bag removal or eyelid surgery, helps to restore youthfulness to the face and despite the name, this procedure helps to improve the appearance of the overall eye area.
During the consultation period with your surgeon, you will discuss your specific concerns and ideal outcomes. This period provides an opportunity for your surgeon to clarify your individual preferences to avoid any disappointment, and iron out any unrealistic expectations. This reduces the risk of appearing “overdone” or “overcorrected” which varies between individuals.
In the same way as any other surgical procedure, blepharoplasty is associated with some degree of risk and it is important that patients understand this before deciding to undergo treatment.
The surgical complications of eyelid surgery range from those that are minor to more severe, we will discuss a number of each in the next section of this article. To be clear, we understand that the perceived impact of any given complication will vary between clients, so your surgeon will discuss the likelihood of any complications in your personal circumstances.
Our surgeons complete extensive preoperative assessment processes, operate in the highest-quality clinical environments and have an unrivalled wealth of surgical training and experience, these are all factors that minimise the likelihood of surgical complications for the benefit of their patients. It is essential that when considering aesthetic surgery you select a reputable and regulated provider with appropriate experience and expertise in the relevant procedure.
At The Harley Medical Group, you will have the opportunity to view a gallery of before and after images from previous clients who have agreed to share the results of eyelid surgery procedures performed by your chosen surgeon.
Given the site of surgery in blepharoplasty, there is a small risk of damage to the eye and subsequent visual disturbance. This is extremely rare, with a study in the Journal of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery finding that permanent vision loss occurred in 1 in 10,000 procedures2.
Interested in undergoing this procedure with us? Find out more about blepharoplasty at The Harley Medical Group.