Blepharoplasty, also called eye bag and eyelid surgery is an operation that removes excess skin and fat in the eye area to produce a more youthful appearance, and in cases where excess skin is severe, to improve vision. Country Hills Eye Center in Ogden, UT provides patients with comprehensive general eye care, as well as cosmetic services including blepharoplasty and facial rejuvenation. Here are our tips for preventing and managing complications of eyelid surgery.

Possible Risks of Eyelid Surgery

Depending on the patient’s case, these risks may be more or less of a concern. Your physician will help you weigh the benefits against possible risks so you can make an informed decision.

  • Dry eyes and irritation
  • Infection and bleeding
  • Injury to eye muscles
  • Problems with eyelids such as difficulty closing eyes
  • Scarring and skin discoloration
  • Temporarily blurred vision
  • Rarely, loss of vision
  • Need for follow-up surgery
  • Generalized surgery risks such as reaction to anesthesia

Preventing Complications

There are risks involved in every surgical procedure, and no way to rule out every possible adverse reaction, but patients and doctors can be diligent in their effort to achieve the best possible outcome.

To accurately assess your risk factors for blepharoplasty, and properly prevent them, provide your doctor with your full and accurate medical history.

It is very important to describe the results you expect from your surgery openly with your doctor so that they can prepare you for a more realistic outcome, healing process, and long-term results.

These exams can help plan your treatment, visualize results, test tear production and susceptibility to dry eye, and test the field of vision to support an insurance claim.

Warfarin, aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen sodium (Aleve), and some herbal supplements are associated with increased bleeding. Your doctor will tell you how long before your surgery you should stop taking them.

Smoking will reduce your ability to heal after surgery, making you more vulnerable to complications such as infection, bleeding, and visible scarring. Quit smoking several weeks before surgery.

Contact Your Eye Doctor Today!

If you feel that blepharoplasty may be the right option for you, contact Country Hills Eye Center and request an appointment. Our team will work with you to achieve the best possible results, offer advice, and secure insurance coverage for your procedure. Remember that a yearly eye exam is necessary for the prevention and treatment of diseases and vision problems. We provide patients with general eye carecosmetic services, pediatric ophthalmology, and much much more.