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What are the risks of Asian eyelid surgery?

by Dr. Daniel Lin


What are the risks of Asian eyelid surgery? | Pasadena | ChinoWhile Asian eyelid lift cosmetic surgery is an intricate procedure involving the delicate eye area, the risk of complications is dramatically reduced in the hands of a highly trained and experienced plastic surgeon. This procedure usually involves the use of only local anesthesia and mild sedation.

For a safe and relaxed recovery, the patient should follow the surgeon’s pre and post-op guidelines in a committed manner.


Building a Relationship

At the time of the pre-operative consultation, the surgeon will apprise the patient on the potential risks to enable them to make an enlightened decision.

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Lin provides Asian eyelid surgery to patients in West Covina, Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley, Chino, Rowland Heights, Baldwin Park, Whittier, Brea, Arcadia, Pasadena, Diamond Bar and surrounding areas in California.


Serious Complications

While serious complications such as ectropion, hematoma, and retinal detachment may possibly occur during or after Asian eyelid surgery, the incidence of such complications is quite low.

Ectropian involves a drooping tendency that causes the lower eyelid to become inverted, necessitating revision surgery to rectify this condition.

The accumulation of excess blood and fluid under the skin in the incision areas is known as a hematoma. This risk may increase if the Asian eyelid surgery is undertaken along with other surgical procedures such as a brow lift or facelift.

To prevent hematoma development, the surgeon will place tiny drainage tubes under the skin for a few days to drain out excess fluid.

Rarely, the patient may experience retinal detachment which occurs when the retina gets detached from the outer eye layers. This condition may occur due to tears or holes in the retina. Additional surgery will be necessary to address this condition.


Minor Post-Op Complications

  • Infection

  • Blurred or double vision

  • Whiteheads formation post-suture removal

  • Poor response to anesthesia

  • Problems in keeping the eyes shut during sleep

  • Burning sensation in the eyes

  • Visible scarring

  • Excessive tearing

Most of these post-op side-effects will resolve in a few days. But the patient may require further treatment if they experience significant discomfort. Only in rare cases will the complications be irreversible.



Pain, Discomfort, and Irritation

The patient may experience slight irritation and soreness in the incision areas during the initial recovery period. There may be pain or tightness in the lids initially as the anesthesia effect wears off. The surgeon may prescribe pain drugs for the initial week after the cosmetic surgery.


Some level of inflammation in the initial week following the surgery is expected. The patient can use cold compresses or ice therapy in the initial two to three days to reduce the inflammation. In addition, the patient should keep their head in an elevated position for the first few days after their eyelid surgery.


There is minimal scarring in most cases of Asian eyelid surgery. The scars will not be noticeable from the outside if the surgeon places the incisions within the lid.


Goal Setting before Surgery

The surgeon will try to understand the patient’s reasons for seeking Asian eyelid surgery at the outset. They would like to have a complete comprehension of the aesthetic needs and objectives of the patient to be able to develop an individualized surgical plan to meet those goals in a safe and efficient manner.

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Lin receives patients from West Covina, Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley, Chino, Rowland Heights, Baldwin Park, Whittier, Brea, Arcadia, Pasadena, Diamond Bar, and nearby areas in California for Asian blepharoplasty.

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