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How to manage your eyelid bags: home remedies and surgery – Spire Healthcare

How to manage your eyelid bags: home remedies and surgery – Spire Healthcare


Every surgery comes with risks. For upper eyelid surgery, there is the risk of the eyelid not closing properly due to damage of nerves in the area or the removal of too much skin and muscle.

For lower eyelid surgery, the main risk is ectropion where the eyelid turns outwards, exposing the pink eyelid margin. This is usually due to the removal of too much skin and muscle, and can lead to dry eyes.

However, it is common to have some of the eyelid margin showing soon after lower eyelid surgery but this usually resolves over four to six weeks with gentle eyelid massage. Keeping the eye well lubricated during this time, using lubricating eye drops, will help prevent dry eyes.

For both upper and lower eyelid surgery, a common side effect is swelling and black eyes, both of which will get better after about two weeks.

For eyelid surgery that involves the removal of eyelid fat, there is an increased risk of bleeding. In rare cases, this can cause bleeding at the back of the eye, which pushes the eye forward and causes blindness. Eyelid fat removal can also make the eyes look sunken once the swelling settles down.

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How to manage your eyelid bags: home remedies and surgery - Spire Healthcare

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