Five Biggest Mistakes Surgeons Make with Eyelid Surgery

5 Eyelid Rejuvenation Surgery Mistakes Made by Plastic Surgeons

Are people constantly asking you if you are tired? Do you have sagging or droopy eyelids? Do you notice that your eyes don’t look as fresh as they once did after a great night’s sleep? Then you might have considered undergoing eyelid lift surgery. In this article, we are going to discuss five most common mistakes surgeons make with eyelid surgery.

Dr Mark Gittos is an eyelid lift expert and Plastic Surgeon in New Zealand committed to delivering the best results possible to his patients from all over and outside the country.

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You may be a candidate for an eyelid rejuvenation or an eyelid lift procedure (Blepharoplasty). Eyelid lift surgery is highly effective when done correctly. But before you get an eyelid surgery, learn more about the potential pitfalls – the common mistakes some Surgeons can make during Blepharoplasty / Eyelid Rejuvenation.

When you look in the mirror, do you sometimes hold up your eyelids with your fingers? Do you pull the upper facial skin back with your hands – trying to imagine how your eyelids might look if they were surgically lifted or corrected?

You might be ready to look into surgery, but here’s what you need to know before choosing a Surgeon.

The first thing to know is that Eyelid Surgery, whilst very popular amongst women and men who want to look younger or rejuvenate the aspect of their eyes, is NOT a simple procedure.  It is complex, and because it is so close to the eye area, it is associated with certain risks and complications if the wrong procedure is performed OR if it’s NOT performed by the right Specialist Plastic Surgeon 

TOP 5 Mistakes Surgeons Make During Blepharoplasty / Eyelid Rejuvenation

Mistake 1 – You can’t fully close your eyes after recovering from surgery

Perhaps the most concerning risks of a Blepharoplasty procedure is losing the normal function of your eyelids when the surgeon takes too much skin away or creates incisions in the wrong place. We have seen this as a major complication of cheap overseas surgery.

When too much skin is removed during a blepharoplasty, you may have difficulty completely closing your eyes. Sadly, this is really hard to repair as once the skin is removed you can’t add it back. Nowhere else on your body is the skin as thin and delicate as your eyelid. So it is always better for your surgeon to be overly conservative the first time – and occasionally go back and remove a bit more in a second or revision surgery.

Mistake 2 – Too much fat has been removed

One of the most common mistakes of blepharoplasty is for your surgeon to remove too much fat. This is sometimes called “hallowing”.

This takes the appearance of your eyelids from youthful and fresh to taught and frankly startled!  It’s not what most people want to look like after surgery, and an Experienced Plastic Surgeon with extensive experience often knows how to avoid this – but a less experienced, or less skilled surgeon, can easily get it wrong.

Make sure to ask to see before and after SURGERY images of your surgeon’s eyelid lift surgery patients’ results. What to ask your surgeon for: a conservative, natural-looking result that is long-lasting.

Mistake 3 – Your eyes look asymmetrical or uneven

You finally take the leap and get eyelid surgery to remove your eye bags. But the results don’t match your expectations! Having mismatched or asymmetrical eyelids after blepharoplasty is a common mistake that can occur with Eye Lid surgery.

It can occur due to the tissues having been over excised – or simply due to natural changes in the way each eye responded to surgery or the healing process.

This is something that can be corrected with revision surgery after complete recovery.  Some of this can be avoided but there is some unknown in how the two sides of the face will heal (and we all know that the two sides of a face are anything but perfectly symmetrical).

Mistake 4 – Your lower lid is in the wrong place

Lower lid surgery is extremely delicate and tiny distances make all the difference. Mal-positioning of the lower lid is a big mistake that can give your eyes the appearance of being different sizes, or even make it look as if you have a squint.

Again, revision or secondary surgery can fix this once recovery is over and the tissues have healed.

Mistake 5 – Your eyes are VERY bruised after surgery

Everyone reacts differently to surgery and some patients are known to bruise more readily than others. However, a top Plastic Surgeon can sometimes minimise the post-op bruising due to having a finessed, highly skilled approach.

Whereas an overly-aggressive eyelid lift procedure can result in more extensive bruising around the eyelid and eye area. Most bruising does heal on its own, but there might be a long-lasting difference in the appearance to the eye region OR a longer healing period.

You definitely want to choose a Surgeon with surgical finesse, precision skills and extensive experience. Selecting an experienced, certified and qualified Eyelid Surgeon, such as Dr Mark Gittos will significantly lessen your chances of having this happen.

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How to Avoid Unsatisfactory Surgical Results After Eyelid Rejuvenation

This is something that can be avoided by selecting an experienced Surgeon that has an outstanding track record and a very precise, precision skilled approach to eyelid surgery.

This means careful measuring and marking of the eyelid skin to be excised, and an acute understanding of the laxity of the skin as well as your unique facial anatomy, BEFORE taking anything off!

Eyelid Surgery Is a Complex Procedure

Eyelid lift surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a facial surgery that can dramatically rejuvenate your entire appearance. Eyelid surgery tends to involve ‘tiny’ precise incisions and careful readjusting of the skin and fat tissues around the eyes, with sagging skin removed surgically through excision processes. The eyelid skin is the thinnest skin on your body. If it is removed or damaged, it can’t be replaced with a normal skin graft.

Blepharoplasty is a popular surgery option if you have:

  • Eyelids that droop or sag
  • Persistent eye bags that don’t improve with getting a great nights’ rest
  • Eyelid appearance concerns that cannot be remedied with make-up
  • Fat deposits either on or surrounding, your eyelids
  • Eyes that look puffy no matter how much water you drink or how much sleep you get
  • Eye area wrinkles or too much skin on your lower eyelids
  • Vision impairment caused by too much skin around the eyes (ptotic upper eyelids)
  • A desire to look fresher and more “lively” around the eye area

However, it is an extremely delicate and complex procedure, so it has potential pitfalls you’ll want to know about beforehand.

Always Choose a Qualified and Experienced Specialist Plastic Surgeon for Your Surgery

It can help to choose a clinic with experienced Eyelid and Facial Rejuvenation Surgeons for the best Blepharoplasty Surgery outcomes.

Dr Mark Gittos is amongst the most respected and highly experienced Plastic Surgeons in New Zealand.

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*Disclaimer: Individual results can vary significantly from patient to patient. The information we provide is of a general nature. To find out what to expect for your preferred procedures, arrange to see one of our Specialist Plastic Surgeons for a full-history and surgical consultation. Read more about surgical outcome variability on our Disclaimer page.

About Dr Mark Gittos FRACS (Plast) – New Zealand Plastic Surgeon 

Practice locations in Herne Bay Auckland, Northland and Bay of Plenty – Kerikeri, Whangarei, New Plymouth & Tauranga

Dr Mark Gittos is a leading Specialist Plastic Surgeon and operates a practice in Herne Bay, Auckland and in the UK. The practice focuses on both surgical and non-surgical procedures, each designed to help restore, improve or change a physical characteristic or problem. The first step in every case is to talk through your personal requirements and explore all the options, before deciding on the most effective solution.

Dr Mark Gittos offers high quality, natural-looking cosmetic surgery results and is highly experienced in BreastBody and Face Surgery having performed over 4000 Surgeries in the last 26 years.  With worldwide expertise Dr Gittos is an expert in breast, face and body surgery for men & women. 

Naturally, before any treatment is begun, we will explain clearly the advantages and risk factors; so that you have the information you need to make an informed decision that is best for you. Visit the practice to find out more.


Please NOTE: Dr Gittos only performs surgery on non-smoker patients with a BMI less than 30. To check your BMI please visit the NZ Heart Foundation website. For help giving up smoking before surgery visit the Smoke Free website

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