The Common Side Effects of Eyelid Surgery By dsherris on February 19, 2014

Buffalo Eyelid Surgery Side EffectsThe eyes are considered by many to be the most attention-grabbing facial feature. One likely reason for this is that the eyes often convey a person’s emotions and show others how he or she feels. Unfortunately, many of the signs of aging are concentrated on the eye area and puffy, saggy eyes can make it appear as though a person is constantly tired or worn down. In order to correct this condition and restore a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance for patients, Dr. David Sherris offers eyelid surgery at his facial plastic surgery center. Before performing this procedure, Dr. Sherris educates Buffalo patients on eyelid surgery side effects so that they can be properly prepared for recovery.

For patients choosing to undergo eyelid surgery, there are several techniques for Dr. Sherris to consider. Dr. Sherris will choose a technique that is best-suited to the unique needs of each patient. Because eyelid surgery techniques vary, no patient will experience the same recovery. While the extent and duration of side effects may be slightly different for each patient, there are some common side effects of eyelid surgery that are likely to be experienced regardless of which type of eyelid surgery is performed. Below are some of the most common side effects experienced by patients following eyelid surgery:

  • Bruising and swelling: As with any cosmetic procedure, the most common side effect of eyelid surgery is bruising and swelling. Applying eye pads soaked in ice water to the area can help ease swelling and decrease the discomfort associated with bruising and swelling.
  • Dry eyes: Another common result of eyelid surgery and the swelling that it causes is dry eyes. If the eyes feel dry or scratchy, artificial tears can be used to moisten the eyes.
  • Scars: Any surgery will result in scars. Because the eyelid area is so small the scars remaining after surgery are very difficult to see. Dr. Sherris will hide the incision in the natural creases of the eyes or the inside of the eyelid so that the remaining scars are easily concealed.

Aside from scarring, the side effects of eyelid surgery will be temporary and will gradually dissipate over time. Most patients feel ready to return to work within a week after surgery and the majority of visible side effects should be gone within two weeks after the procedure.


Dr. Sherris is a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon with many successful cosmetic procedures under his belt. While the risk of complications is rare, patients should be aware of unusual side effects of eyelid surgery so they know when to seek medical attention. The following may be signs of a surgical complication and should be reported to Dr. Sherris as soon as possible:

  • Bleeding
  • Signs of infection
  • Burning sensation in the eye
  • Double vision or loss of vision
  • Inability to close the eyes

Schedule an Appointment

If your appearance is being negatively affected by heavy, sagging eyelids or puffy bags beneath the eyes, schedule an appointment with Dr. David Sherris to discuss eyelid surgery. With minimal alterations, Dr. Sherris can replace a tired, worn down appearance with one that is alert and refreshed.

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Dr. David A. Sherris

The Clinic of Facial Plastic Surgery

Dr. David A. Sherris is highly qualified to perform your surgery, with distinguishing achievements such as: 

  • Double board-certification in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, as well as otolaryngology
  • Regular invitations to travel around the world to teach other surgeons 
  • Annually voted as one of the "Best Doctors of America"
  • Thousands of patients around the globe, including other doctors

To schedule your consultation with Dr. Sherris and discuss your options for plastic surgery, contact our practice in Buffalo, NY, online or call us at (716) 884-5102.

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