Eyelid Surgery Side Effects: Learn What to Expect By Kenneth Smart Jr. on March 26, 2014

Dallas Eyelid Surgery Side EffectsEyelid surgery is a proven method to restore a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance and, compared to other plastic surgeries, the procedure is relatively simple. Most side effects are temporary and the risk of permanent complications is small when the surgery is performed by a skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon.

Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is a popular surgical procedure that removes excess fat and skin around the eyes to reduce sagging, wrinkles, or puffiness. It can be performed on the upper or lower eyelid or both eyelids. The procedure returns definition to the eyelids, restoring a long-lasting, youthful appearance to your eyes.

As with any surgery, there are side effects, but most people recover quickly with no complications. Dr. Ken Smart, serving the greater Dallas region, is a board-certified plastic surgeon who can explain eyelid surgery side effects as well as determine if eyelid surgery will give you the youthful results you desire. He is known for his precise techniques that create aesthetic, stunning results.

Eyelid Surgery Side Effects

Most side effects after eyelid surgery are temporary and usually subside within a couple weeks. They include:  

  • Swelling and Bruising. The area around the eye often responds to surgery with swelling and bruising. Most noticeable swelling goes down in two weeks. However, depending on the person, it may take up to three months for all swelling to disappear. Bruising usually fades within two weeks of surgery. Cold compresses or an ice pack can reduce symptoms. Keeping the head elevated as much as possible is also helpful in reducing swelling. Strenuous activity, which increases blood flow to the eyes, should be avoided.
  • Soreness. Your eyelids may feel sore for a few days after surgery.The discomfort can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medicine but, if needed, prescription medicines can be prescribed.
  • Itchy, Irritated Eyes. You will be provided ointment to deal with itchy eyes, a common response to surgery. 
  • Scarring. Initially your scars will be noticeable, but with time, they should fade to thin white lines, which are typically hidden in a crease.

Temporary vision problems are also associated with eyelid surgery, including light sensitivity, blurry vision, and poor night vision.

Less common side effects are also possible, and include:

  • Eyelid numbness
  • Difficulty closing eyes
  • Excessive tearing
  • Insufficient tearing


The risk of complications with eyelid surgery is low when performed by an experienced and board-certified surgeon, but the risk still exists. Serious complications, which are very rare, include nerve damage, permanent blindness, and double vision.

Before undergoing any surgery, you should discuss side effects and risks with your doctor and review any personal risk factors that may increase the chance of complications. Systemic diseases, such as heart disease, uncontrolled diabetes, and liver disease, can hamper recovery.

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The eyelids are one of the first areas of the face to show signs of aging. Drooping eyelids and bags under the eyes quickly make a face look older. If you would like to refresh your looks with a long-lasting treatment, eyelid surgery may offer the solution you need.

We suggest scheduling a personal consultation to assess your needs and determine the right treatment. Please call today.

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Dr. Ken Smart and his dedicated team want every patient who visits their office to look and feel their best. Dr. Smart is a renowned plastic surgeon who is affiliated with various trusted organizations, including the: 

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • Texas Medical Association

To discuss your concerns with Dr. Smart and learn more about our personalized approach to care, request your cosmetic consultation online or call us at (972) 334-0400.

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