We think it is essential that you are well informed. Therefore, we describe for you the most common side effects and rare complications in some depth.
However, we can put your mind at rest: only very rarely do problems occur and just about all patients are highly satisfied with the operation results.
- Assymmetry of the eyelids
Even after an exceptionally carefully completed operation, it can happen that there is a difference in height between the folds of the skin left and right. If this is still present and causing concern a few months later, a further strip of skin is removed
Scars are the result not only of the operation technique, but also of the reaction of your skin to the operation. If wounds on your body generally heal nicely, you have more chance of a well-healed scar than someone on whom scars are always clearly visible. If you stop smoking, this will help to achieve successful healing. You must also avoid exposure to bright sunlight for the first few months after the operation. Apart from that, we do all we can to make the scar as invisible as possible. However, you do need to be patient with scars; it will be one year before you can make a final assessment.
- Swelling of the eyelid and numbness
During the operation, the surgeon will cut the lymphatic vessels and nerves. This can lead to swelling and numbness of the eyelids. This conditions will improve in the course of a few months.
Small cysts may sometimes develop at the point where the stitch needle penetrates the skin. These usually disappear of their own accord.
- Differences in colour between the skin and under the scar
The colour of the skin in the upper eyelid runs downwards and somewhat from light to dark. This difference is sometimes visible once the excess skin is removed.
- A sandy sensation and irritation of the eyes due to dehydration
The first few months after the operation, it is possible that the eyes may not shut properly. This can cause a certain dehydration of the cornea to cause a sandy sensation. This should be treated with artificial tears.
Seeing that excess skin is caused by the ageing process, it is possible that the excess skin may return several years after the operation. The fact is that the operation cannot nullify the ageing process, which continues on its way.
- A bulging eye due to subsequent bleeding
Only very rarely after an eyelid operation can bleeding occur in the eye socket. However, this is an extremely serious complication. If the bleeding causes the eye to bulge, you must return to the surgery immediately. The fact is that such bleeding can put pressure on the optic nerve and cause blindness. Thankfully, this complication is very rare – none of our patients who did have this rare complication have ever lost the sight of one eye.