The possibility of a botched eyelid surgery is always a possibility, as is the case with most types of cosmetic procedures, but as long as you take the time to carefully research the procedure and choose a trustworthy surgeon, you should be able to negate most of the inherent risks that come with a cosmetic surgery like this. There are a lot of ways to prevent any harmful side effects that might occur from an eyelid surgery.
The first step to preventing bad eyelid surgery is to
make sure your surgeon is accredited and certified by the appropriate
organizations. The American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
is one of the authorities on facial cosmetic surgeries, and most legitimate
plastic surgeons should have a certification from this national board.
You should feel free to question your surgeon about every aspect of his prior experience, including any past clients he has worked with, his history of education, and his incidence of botched eyelid surgery procedures. Remember that there is always a risk of side effects or complications from an invasive surgery, and nobody is perfect. If your surgeon readily admits to having a few botched procedures in the past you might be able to trust him more than any surgeon that claims to have a 100% record.
After making sure your plastic surgeon is up to par, the task of preparation lies mostly with you. You'll get a small packet of information about your surgical procedure several weeks in advance, so be sure to read through it carefully to ascertain the preparation procedures that you'll have to do on your own. This might involve simply things like avoiding certain foods before the surgery, avoiding cigarettes, or avoiding over the counter painkillers that thin the blood and increase bleeding from cuts.
During the procedure itself, there's not much you can do other than lie there and hope your surgeon knows what he's doing. Most of the time, a botched eyelid surgery actually happens because the recovery time is not long enough, not because of anything that went wrong with the surgery itself. Your recovery period is possibly the most important phase of the entire procedure, and if you really want to protect your eyesight you should follow all of the instructions given to you by your surgeon.
Most recoveries from eyelid surgeries take anywhere between a week to ten days, although if you don't get enough rest at the beginning it could extend up to two weeks. After the surgery you'll be given a prescription for antibiotics to fight off the chance of infection and you might be given a prescription for pain relievers as well. Be sure to continue taking these medications until the very end, even if it feels like your eyelids have completely healed up. The most common cause of a botched eyelid surgery is when the patient stops taking his or her antibiotic medication too early and a subsequent infection forms on the incisions of the eyelids.