In any surgery, the risk of bleeding, swelling and infection is possible. The type of anesthesia used—whether it is general, local, or local with sedation—also pose certain risks. It is important for patients to understand the risks that are specific to ptosis surgery. These include the following:
(1) Under-correction of ptosis, wherein the eyelid still looks droopy after surgery.
(2) Overcorrection of ptosis, wherein the eyelid is too open.
(3) Poor cosmetic appearance, scarring, and complications due to infection and swelling.
It is crucial for a patient to talk with their surgeon about the possible risks of surgery in order to decide on a procedure suitable for them.