Complications in the hands of a trained and experienced oculoplastic surgeon are very rare. However, risks include:
- Infection. This may be heralded by swelling and redness around the wound. Should this happen, you must contact me.
- Asymmetry. Tightening of the lower eyelid on one side can give a ‘pulled up’ look to the operated eyelid but this settles as the tissues relax over time.
- Scarring. Initially, the incisions will appear red. However, the skin around the eyelids typically heals very well, such that after several weeks most wounds are almost invisible.
- Thickening of a skin graft (ectropion surgery only). This very unusual and, if it does occur, tends to settle after a few months.