Every surgeon wants to achieve excellent results in all their patients, every time. Additionally, every patient goes into the operating suite with the expectation that they will achieve a great result from the operation into which they invested time and money. Nevertheless, once in a while, things don’t go the way we wish. Plastic surgery is a very delicate field of medicine, and eyelid plastic surgery is arguably the most complex of all these operations. Eyelids are intricate and delicate anatomical structures that can be quite “unforgiving” when it comes to altering their function during surgery.
It is because of this fact that an entire sub-specialty has developed to handle this small area of the face. Oculoplastic surgeons are dedicated to improving the appearance of the periocular area (around the eyes) and treat complications of eyelid plastic surgery when they happen.
The first step in preventing complications is to choose a surgeon with experience.
Complications may arise in surgery due to factors that are out of the surgeon’s control. Some of these factors include unpredictable bleeding during the surgery or excessive scar tissue formation in the early postoperative period. However, the chances of a lousy complication significantly decrease if the surgeon performing the operations knows how to avoid them and has extensive experience in handling delicate eyelid tissues. Not only that, in case of an unwanted result, a prepared surgeon has the knowledge and skillset necessary to handle the complication and achieve a good result.
What can you do if eyelid plastic surgery goes wrong?
In case of a complication, the first thing to do is to stay calm. Most, if not all, eyelid plastic surgery complications can be treated with good results, and rarely do they cause irreversible damage. If the complication puts the eye in danger of an infection or excessive dryness, as when scar tissue forms on the lower eyelids or the patient cannot close the eye, the complication must be addressed quickly to prevent severe damage to the eye.
On the other hand, for example, in cases of a raised scar or an unnatural result that does not put the eye in danger, it may be best to wait 3 to 6 months to let the tissues heal before undergoing corrective surgery.
Eyelid surgery complications do happen, but treatment is available.
Complications after cosmetic eyelid operation can cause significant physical and psychological damage. Fortunately, eyelid plastic surgeons are trained to correct unwanted results, and they can help you recover normal eyelid function and appearance. Don’t hesitate to contact an oculoplastic surgeon near you to find the best solution for your situation.