Risks of Having Canthoplasty

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As with any surgery, there are risks involved with the operation. Canthoplasty is relatively simple and usually only takes a couple of hours but you are still cutting into your body and there are always potential risks.

Like other operations, there is the risk of infection. With today’s technological advancements in hygiene, this risk is extremely rare but you are creating an opening in your skin, which bacteria can exploit. You will need to take antibiotics if this happens and your recovery time will be extended. There is also the risk of a reaction to the anesthetic given. This can range in severity and symptoms usually include general sickness and tremors but this is usually temporary and will not affect you for longer than two hours after your surgery.

In order to perform Canthoplasty, an incision must be made and this can lead to scarring. Most surgeons are very talented at concealing the scar within the crease of the eyelids so this risk is usually very rare. However, there is a chance that you will be able to see a scar. There is also a risk of a hematoma, which is where a blood clot builds up behind the eye. This is a very dangerous risk and you will notice it because there will be a stabbing pain behind your eye. It will need to be removed as soon as possible, which means you will need another surgery.

There is a chance that the muscle underneath the eye will not work correctly. This is a very rare occurrence but there is always a risk of this because the surgeon is cutting and removing part of the tendon. You may also experience a change to your vision whereby your vision becomes blurred or you experience double vision. This should be temporary but if it does not subside, you may need more surgery and you need to tell your doctor if this occurs.

Risk of incorrect surgery

There is a risk that the surgery will not give the results you are expecting. Sometimes, the surgery is not performed correctly and the junction where you upper and lower eyelid meet, may become deformed. This can occur straight after surgery or it can happen several years later. Sometimes the wrong technique is used on the patient and it causes a vertical retraction. You may need another surgery to correct the problem and this can sometimes be very difficult, especially if you have cut away some of the tendon during the procedure.

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