Oculoplastic Surgery Complications

Oculoplastic surgery, related to the eye, can be cosmetic, corrective, or reconstructive. The word Oculoplastic may sound a little bit threatening but the procedure is very safe and although Oculoplastic surgery complications do occur, they are generally considered not serious.

Oculoplastic surgery primarily repairs problems with the structure around the eye or the tissue around the eye and not your actual eyeball.

This includes surgery on tear ducts, eyelids, and the orbit which is the body socket surrounding the eye. An ophthalmic plastic surgeon has many years of specialized training, which is one of the reasons that Oculoplastic surgery complications are so minimal. Your surgeon must also be board certified.


This is the most common Oculoplastic surgery procedure for cosmetic purposes. If you like simpler names, its actually an eyelift, which removes the extra skin around the upper eyelid and the fat in lower lid.

You can have either your upper or lower eyelid done, if thats all you need, and of course you can have both upper and lower done at the same time. Many, who have an eyelift done, also get an eyebrow lift done at the same time.

As we get older, our eyelids tend to get a little baggy because the skin becomes stretched and the fat pockets become much more noticeable. Occasionally it can also be caused by genetics. When your eyelids start to droop you begin to look older and you also look tired all the time.

Thankfully, the Oculoplastic surgery complications are so few that there is no reason not to get things nipped and tucked. It can instantly take years off your face and leave you looking and feeling great.

The Surgery

Because Oculoplastic surgery complications are so minimal, the surgery is generally done under a local anesthesia right in the cosmetic surgeons office. Your surgeon will make the incisions in the natural creases of your upper lid and then proceed to remove the excess fat and skin. Your surgeon will then close with tiny incisions so that there will be no noticeable scarring.

If you are also having your lower lid done, the surgery will be performed almost the same as your upper eyelid surgery. The incisions will be made on the inner or outer surface of your eyelid.

The excess fat is removed and then it is sutured up with tiny incisions that are hardly visible. Oculoplastic surgery complications are also rare on the bottom eyelid.

What Are The Complications?

Swelling and bruising is very common and usually disappears within just a few days. Eyelid marginal positional abnormalities can be frustrating for both you and your surgeon and although generally not a serious complication occasionally, they may require you to have another surgery.

Other Oculoplastic surgery complications include lateral tissue sag, marginal ectropion, corneal injury, orbital hemorrhage, conjunctival scarring, and postoperative ptosis. All of these are mild complications compared to many other plastic surgery procedures so if you need or want Oculoplastic surgery there is no need to be afraid.

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