Facial plast Surg 2013; 29(01): 064-070
DOI: 10.1055/s-0033-1333838
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Complications in Periorbital Surgery

Adam M. Terella1, Tom D. Wang2, Michael M. Kim2
  • 1Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, University of Colorado, Denver, Aurora, Colorado
  • 2Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon
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Publication Date:
20 February 2013 (online)


Comprehensive rejuvenation of the periorbital region commonly involves management of the brow, as well as the upper and lower eyelids. Browlifting, upper and lower blepharoplasty, fat transfer, and neuromodulators are frequently utilized with excellent results. However, surgery in this region can be fraught with potential complications ranging from a poor cosmetic outcome to orbital hematoma and vision loss. Although avoidance of complications is preferred, it is incumbent on the surgeon to have a detailed understanding of the pathophysiology, prevention, and management of these complications. The authors examine the more common complications of periorbital surgery.