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What to Expect After an Eyelid Surgery

Are you thinking of getting an eyelid surgery?

If yes, then you should be aware of all the details surrounding the healing and recovery process. Most patients are often unsure of the usual expectations while recovering.

An eyelid surgery or known as eyelid reduction may appear like a simple procedure, but it is still a surgery. Your skin will be cut, and your tissues will be manipulated. Bruising and swelling may occur days after, and it can take quite a while before you can get back to your usual routine. For some patients, recovery can extend up to 6 months.

This article will give you information about the different components of the healing process.

1. Incision Healing and Scars

Incisions may take some time to heal. How long can it take? It can take at least 1 year to completely heal. Also, take note that scars heal to an almost non-noticeable level. They can have their worst appearance in about 6 weeks after the surgery, but afterwards, they will start to improve dramatically. Make sure to avoid sun exposure to speed up the healing process.

2. Eyelid Position

Swelling and bruising can affect the eyelid position, though this is usually resolved in around 6 weeks. Some patients, however, need 6 months to fully recover.

3. Bruising

Expect bruising after your eyelid surgery. Moreover, there may be some redness near the incision area, cheeks, neck and on the eyelid itself. It will gradually go away in around 2 weeks to 2 months.

4. Swelling

Just like bruising, swelling may occur in the face and eyelids immediately after the procedure. This is because the body is sending cells to heal the surgical area. After 1 to 2 days, the area will start to heal, and within 2 weeks, the swelling is usually completely gone.  On rare occasions, patients can swell for 6 months to a year.

5. Icing and Heal Position

What can you do to minimize swelling? Try these 2 things.

  • Put ice on the eyelids. This can minimize the fluid that is being drawn the area and can therefore can effectively reduce swelling.
  • Keep your head above the heart. This will allow the fluid to drain down way from the eyelids. Patients should sleep with their heads elevated for one week.

6. Steroids

Some plastic surgeons recommend steroid pills to their patients after surgery. Steroids can suppress the immune response and overall immune system to reduce further swelling.

Steroids can be effective. However, it can also increase the risk of infection. This is the reason why physicians don’t routinely prescribe this, only when needed.

7. Herbal Medicines

Herbal alternatives are also good options for patients who want to recover quickly. It is still important to discuss everything with your surgeon, though. Some herbal medicines will work well, others will actually make the bleeding worse.

This summary should be able to give you an idea of what to expect after your eyelid procedure. Most patients feel happy after getting their eyelids done, but dealing with healing and recovery require a lot of patient.