Side Effects after Eyelid Surgery
The eyes are one of a person’s most expressive facial features. With all of the attention that the eyes get, it is understandable that most people want to keep them looking as good as possible. Unfortunately, the skin around the eyes is extremely delicate, and this makes it especially vulnerable to the effects of aging and prolonged exposure to harsh environmental elements. Eyelid surgery addresses cosmetic blemishes around the eyes, including loose skin and heavy bags, to restore a more youthful and refreshed appearance. The results of eyelid surgery are impressive, but patients should be prepared for the recovery period that will follow treatment.
After eyelid surgery, patients can expect to experience side effects. Dr. Christopher R. Hove discusses the most common eyelid surgery side effects following treatment at his Paoli, PA facial plastic surgery practice.
Eyelid surgery is often described by Dr. Hove as the plastic surgery procedure that provides the “biggest return on your investment.” This is because the cost of eyelid surgery and the time that is required for recovery is minimal compared to its dramatic results. In most cases, surgical stitches are removed and patients are ready to return to work within just a week after treatment. Although recovery is fairly short, patients will experience side effects in the days immediately following their procedure.
Below are some of the most common side effects of eyelid surgery:
- Swelling: The area around the eyes will be pretty swollen during the first several days after eyelid surgery. In some cases, this swelling makes it difficult for a patient to close or open the eyes all the way. We strongly encourage patients to use ice packs around this area for at least the first few days of recovery, as this will help to minimize swelling.
- Bruising: Bruising is likely to be visible around the eyes and possibly extending to the cheeks and forehead. Bruises will begin to fade within about a week and, once stitches have been removed, make-up can be used to conceal the light bruising that may remain.
- Eye irritation: The eyes themselves may feel dry or irritated during recovery from eyelid surgery. Patients should use artificial tears to keep the eyes moist. It is important to avoid rubbing or scratching at the eyes, as this can irritate the skin around the eyes as it heals.
- Blurry vision: Some patients also experience blurry vision while they recover from eyelid surgery. This is a temporary side effect that should clear up within a couple of days. To avoid overtiring the eyes, patients should limit time spent in front of the computer or TV during recovery.
While it is normal for patients to experience these side effects, it is important for patients to carefully monitor their recovery. If these side effects do not dissipate on their own, or if any unusual side effects develop, they should be reported to Dr. Hove as soon as possible so that any surgical complications can be addressed.
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Eyelid surgery rejuvenates the delicate skin around the eyes to restore a more youthful and alert appearance. If you are bothered by loose, saggy skin around the upper or lower lids, it is time to find out if eyelid surgery is right for you. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Christopher R. Hove at your earliest convenience.