Eyelid Surgery: Let’s Talk Expectations
- Posted on: Jun 30 2018
At Ophthalmic Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Inc. in St. Louis, we prioritize individual treatment through which each patient’s functional and cosmetic concerns receives our full attention. Eyelid surgery is often regarded as a technique aimed at rejuvenating the face. However, there are practical and restorative reasons for eyelid surgery as well. In our practice, we can perform eyelid surgery to repair an injury or correct symptoms of a condition such as thyroid eye disease. Whatever the reason for eyelid surgery, our patients can expect to receive support from our friendly team all the way through their process.
If there is an eyelid procedure in your future, one of your prominent questions may be about recovery. It is natural for patients to want to know what to expect after surgery. Here, we break it down into manageable details.
Preparing for Surgery
It is necessary to begin thinking about recovery even before surgery starts. Early preparation can make a dramatic impact on stress levels after surgery. We suggest:
- Have several meals pre-made and ready to heat or serve.
- Prepare a comfortable area at home that feels safe and inviting.
- Fill prescriptions before the day of surgery.
- Obtain artificial tears from your doctor, or purchase those that we recommend.
- Purchase a few ice packs and place in the freezer before surgery.
Day 1 and 2 after Eyelid or Eye Surgery
The first couple of days after eyelid or eye surgery don’t feel nearly as stressful when you know what to expect. During the initial 48 hours, expect varying degrees of:
- Most patients who undergo surgery do not experience intolerable pain. In fact, patients can manage much of the discomfort that occurs after eyelid surgery with over-the-counter acetaminophen. Avoid ibuprofen and aspirin.
- Immediately after an eye or eyelid procedure, the eyes may water quite a bit, and photosensitivity may occur. Patients can experience slight double-vision for a few hours after surgery.
- Swelling and bruising may appear to worsen over the few days following surgery. This usually peaks around day three or four. After that time, these side effects diminish markedly over the course of about a week.
Managing an Optimal Recovery
Consistent and adequate self-care supports healing. It is necessary to sleep with the head elevated for several days. Rest should be taken whenever needed. Electronic devices should be avoided at first and resumed gradually as eyelid lubrication normalizes. We provide thorough post-operative instructions with details on recommended self-care. If any questions arise, our team is happy to answer them as quickly as possible.
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