Will I Have Noticeable Scarring after Eyelid Surgery?

Scarring after plastic surgery — particularly a facial procedure such as blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) — is a very common concern. Anytime the skin is cut into, it leaves a scar. But how noticeable the scar is can differ vastly.

By using meticulous surgical techniques and delivering quality post-operative care, Dr. Charles S. Lee of Enhance® Medical Center can prevent large, prominent scars and instead leave scars that are virtually imperceptible. Unless someone is looking very closely at the eyelids after surgery, scarring should not be noticeable.

How Dr. Lee Minimizes Scarring

One of the factors influencing the severity of scarring after surgery is where the surgical incisions are created. The incisions for eyelid surgery are normally made in the natural creases and transitions of the eyelid skin, which means that the resulting scarring is very discreet.

Dr. Lee typically creates the incisions for upper eyelid surgery in the natural crease of the lid. With lower eyelid surgery, he can place the incisions just below the lower lashline. Or, Dr. Lee can avoid making external incisions altogether by working through incisions made within the lower eyelid. This is known as the transconjunctival approach, and it prevents any external scarring.

The suture material and closure technique also factor into how noticeable a scar is after surgery. Removing too much redundant eyelid skin may put excessive tension on the incision and negatively affect healing (resulting in more visible scars).

Finally, the quality of post-operative care can also influence how incisions heal and scars fade. Dr. Lee provides detailed aftercare instructions to help patients’ eyelids heal as optimally as possible. He monitors recovery very closely to identify any early potential complications. In addition, Dr. Lee may provide recommendations for products to use on healing scars to help them fade quickly.

As long as the operation is performed by an experienced, skilled surgeon and post-op instructions are followed carefully, noticeable scarring should not be a problem.

Learn More about Eyelid Surgery

For more information about eyelid surgery or other facial plastic surgery procedures, Dr. Lee invites you to contact Enhance® Medical Center today. You can reach us by calling (310) 271-5954 or by sending us an email.