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Blepharoplasty is eyelid surgery.

Cosmetic blepharoplasty

"Fat protrusion or pseudoherniation in the lower eyelids is a common finding that worsens with age."[1]

Reconstructive blepharoplasty

Eyelid retraction: Grave's disease

Corneal abrasion: facial nerve paralysis

Gold weight insertion

Known complications of blepharoplasty

Surgical complications



Hemorrhage, blindness

"The incidence of orbital hemorrhage associated with cosmetic eyelid surgery is 0.055% (1:2,000), and orbital hemorrhage with permanent visual loss is 0.0045% (1:10,000). Development of orbital hemorrhage is most common within the first 24 hours after surgery, especially within the first 0 to 3 hours, but can occur as late as several days after surgery."[2]


  1. reference for quote: Mohadjer Y. Holds JB. Cosmetic lower eyelid blepharoplasty with fat repositioning via intra-SOOF dissection: surgical technique and initial outcomes. [Journal Article. Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't] Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. 22(6):409-13, 2006 Nov-Dec. UI: 17117091
  2. reference for quote:Hass AN, Penne RB, Stefanyszyn MA, Flanagan JC. Incidence of postblepharoplasty orbital hemorrhage and associated visual loss. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg 2004;20:426–32