When it comes to eyelid surgery, one of the main concerns patients have is whether or not the surgery will leave behind noticeable scars. And while it is true that any surgery will result in some level of scarring, the good news is that with modern techniques and skilled surgeons, the scars from eyelid surgery are usually very well hidden.
In most cases, the incisions for eyelid surgery are made along the natural lines and creases of the eyelids, which helps to camouflage any resulting scars. Using dissolvable stitches further helps to minimise the appearance of scars. Patients may also opt for laser skin resurfacing after surgery to reduce the appearance of scars further.
Of course, it is important to remember that each patient heals differently, and there is always a risk of visible scarring with any type of surgery.
What Can Be Done to Reduce Scarring and Improve the End Result?
While there is no guarantee that any surgical procedure will be completely scar-free, there are ways to help minimise the appearance of scars and improve the final result.
Choose a skilled surgeon
Finding a skilled and experienced surgeon who understands the importance of proper technique and has a good track record is crucial for this type of surgery. The method in which the procedure is carried out significantly impacts how your scar heals and your final result appears.
Working with an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr Jack Zoumaras increases your chances of minimising the visibility of scars. To avoid visible scarring, Dr Zoumaras employ unique incision placement techniques. He makes the incisions for upper and lower eyelid surgery in the natural folds and creases of the eyelids so that any scars are well concealed within those creases.
Follow all the post-operative instructions carefully
To promote healing and minimise the risk of infection, you must follow the after-care instructions given by your surgeon.
The way the scar fades and looks depends on how well you follow your post-operative instructions and how well the area heals. Dr Zoumaras will provide detailed instructions for caring for the healing incisions and keeping them clean to avoid infection and other complications.
Consider using silicone gel sheets or other topical treatments
Using topical products such as cream or gel sheets within a few weeks after the surgery may help reduce the appearance of scars. The good news is the skin around the eyelid area heals faster than other parts of the face.
The bottom line of scarring from eyelid surgery is that you should not be concerned about other people noticing your scars. It is unlikely that anyone will be able to see the scar unless they are looking for it from a very close distance.
Please schedule a consultation with Dr Jack Zoumaras to learn more about eyelid surgery and how you can achieve the best possible results today.
Disclaimer: At Artiste Plastic Surgery, our Plastic Surgeons led by Dr Jack Zoumaras have been trained to the highest possible degree. All surgery has risks and it is always advised to get a second opinion. Risks are very real and we cannot guarantee any result. Results are illustrated as a guide only. All risks are managed and any need for revision surgery or complications (1-5%) can be managed by our specialist plastic surgeons.
Any statements on how you will feel is based on Level V Evidence:
Level V: How you will feel after plastic surgery varies between individuals, depending on psychological and physical factors. Our internal research is based on how patients in our practice feel after surgery.
The blogs are not a substitute for a medical consultation and do not form as part of the doctor to patient relationship.