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The Risk of Having Complications in Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery

Life is full of uncertainties and there really is no way to ensure that things always go as you may plan them. Surgery of any kind carries risk of complications and cosmetic eyelid surgery is no different. However one can definitely reduce the risk of complications in cosmetic eyelid surgery by selecting an experienced and competent surgeon and having the surgery done in a regulated country like Dr. Pasquale’s plastic surgery clinic in Honolulu, Hawaii. In matters dealing with health issues one should not try to cut costs and put the quality of surgery in doubt.

Dr. Pasquale’s clinic in Honolulu, Hawaii is one of the top choices for people who wish to have cosmetic eyelid surgery done. In fact every year thousands of people visit Hawaii not just for its beautiful location but also for the excellent medical and surgical care it offers. Dr. Michael Pasquale is one of the few surgeons to have completed his residency in plastic surgery and also completed a 2-year training certification in cosmetic surgery from NYU Downtown where he worked under the best plastic and cosmetic eyelid surgeons in New York. At his clinic at Honolulu, Hawaii, clients are made aware of all aspects of the surgery including risk of complications in cosmetic eyelid surgery. It is crucial that every case be studied and the course of action for the surgery be decided accordingly.

To understand the risk of complications in cosmetic eyelid surgery it is important to first understand the surgery procedure itself. Cosmetic eyelid surgery is performed under anesthesia and takes about 1-2 hours. The procedure involves making incisions in the natural crease of the upper eyelid and just below the eyelashes in the lower eyelid. Excess fat, skin and muscle are removed and thereafter the incisions closed with very fine sutures. Due to the sensitive nature of the cosmetic eyelid surgery some temporary side effects may be expected and shouldn’t be thought of as complications.

These include the following side effects:

  • Bruising and swelling of the eyes.
  • Soreness in the region.
  • Sticky, dry and itchy eyes for the initial days after the surgery.
  • Watery eyes.
  • Sensitivity to light.
  • Double or blurred vision for about 3-4 days after surgery.
  • Tiny whiteheads around the stitches, which may need to be removed by the surgeon.
  • Scars may remain for a while until they fade and become virtually invisible.

Some uncommon complications that the patient should be aware of include:

  • Complications due any side effects of the anesthesia.
  • Excessive bleeding during the procedure
  • Infection
  • A blood pool or hematoma may develop in rare cases under the skin of the eye. This would require another surgery to drain the excess blood.
  • Damage to muscles around the eye or to the eyeball.
  • Red and raised scarring is unusual and may be due to genetic causes.
  • If too much fat is removed the eyes may look sunken.
  • Double vision or loss of vision may be caused due to injury to the eye muscles or the eyeball.

More Common Risks

  • The eyes may not appear symmetrical or one eyelid appears higher or lower, if too obvious this may need correction later to the cosmetic eyelid procedure.
  • Swelling after cosmetic eyelid surgery which may last longer than expected.

It is essential that you select a surgeon who is proficient and experienced and is also open to discussion about the details of the surgery. Risk of complications in cosmetic eyelid surgery is rare, but it is always important that you are well informed before you have the surgery.

Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery in Hawaii can be a great experience with Dr. Pasquale and his staff . Their unique approach to patient care will be felt the minute you enter his office be it for cosmetic eyelid surgery or any of the many other procedures and services we offer. You will be assigned your own personal patient coordinator who will help you very step of the way. Here we have no short cuts with cosmetic eyelid surgery and we truly want our Hawaii clinic to be a pleasant comfortable and safe experience. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment to discuss cosmetic eyelid surgery.