Eyelid Surgery is used to remove fat, excess skin and muscle from the upper and lower eyelids. The procedure is great for taking years off a person's appearance and in making one look less fatigued by eliminating bags from under the eyes.
The lower lid can also be tightened in the corner of the eye socket to correct laxity of the tone of the lower eyelid. Eyelid surgery is not used to correct the wrinkling of the corner of the eye, commonly known as ‘crows feet’ or dark areas in the lower eyelid.
Patients must refrain from ingesting medications or substances which could potentially cause surgical complications. A list of medications should be reviewed and discontinued at least two weeks prior to the procedure. Report any and all infections which arise prior to operation, however minor they might seem.
This is imperative to avoid infections during surgery.Antibiotics are prescribed prior to surgery to reduce the risk of surgical wound infection. You will also receive prescriptions for antibiotics and pain medication for after the surgery is completed.
Preoperative photos will be taken to show your progress. You will be asked to sign a surgical consent which enumerates the risks of the procedure in detail. These risks will be explained herein and also at the consultation.
You will need to arrange for an escort to drive you to and from your procedure. Patients cannot operate motor vehicles after surgery. You will need arrange the assistance of someone for at least 24 hours after surgery.
You will have lubricating ointment placed in your eyes, which may blur your vision temporarily. You will need to apply light weight ice cold compresses to your eyes for the first three days.
You should avoid using your eyes and try to get as much rest as possible during the first week after surgery Keep yourself propped up during sleep or sleep in a reclining chair. Blood pressure needs to be kept under control.
Avoid blinking your eyes, reading, watching television, or using a computer for the first week. Take this opportunity to catch up on your sleep and avoid any interruptions which may cause you stress.
Swelling and bruising usually lasts for ten to fourteen days, but makeup can be applied as a camouflage after the first week. Always use sunglasses, as you may be very sensitive to light for a while. Avoid contact lenses for a week or so. The eyes may fatigue easily for several weeks after surgery, due to any residual swelling in the tissues.
You should avoid strenuous activities such as bending, lifting, and sports for about six weeks. Healing is a gradual process and it usually takes six weeks to three months. Most people return to work in a week being able to maintain confidentiality by using concealing makeup.
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