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The Side Effects of Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery

Vishnu Rumalla Oct 29, 2015

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One kind of surgery that can achieve great anti-aging results is cosmetic upper or lower eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty). Let's take a moment to consider the side effects of the procedure so you have realistic expectations about the surgery experience.

Side Effects Are a Common Part of the Recovery Process

While some side effects may be inconvenient, keep in mind that side effects are a totally natural part of the healing process. The side effects are just a sign that your body is responding to the nature of the surgical procedure. The side effects are temporary, and after a few weeks of recovery, they should be resolved.

Below are some of the most common side effects that are experienced.

Soreness and Discomfort

Soreness, pain, and some discomfort around the eye area are all common given the nature of the surgery. Thankfully the soreness and discomfort is relatively manageable, and most pronounced in the first few days after surgery. Taking recommended pain relievers will help alleviate the pain.

Bruising and Swelling Around the Eyes

Both bruising and swelling are to be expected after any surgery since it's the body's natural response to incisions and changes to the tissues of the body. Bruising around the eyes will be most pronounced in the first week to two weeks after surgery. Swelling should be most noticeable in the first week, though it should mostly fade by the end of a month.

Irritation Around the Eye Area

Since incisions are made around the eyes, irritation is not uncommon. The irritation should be most pronounced in the first week or so, fading with time. Irritation can be reduced by using the recommended eye ointments, which will moisturize and soothe.

Dry and Itchy Eyes

Dryness and itchiness of the eyes is also a common issue in the first week or so after surgery. Avoid rubbing your eyes to prevent potential infection or harming the incision sites and sutures. Instead, use liquid tears to ease the itchiness and dryness.

Blurry Vision

Since the eyes are affect by the cosmetic eyelid surgery, patients can expect blurry vision for a few days after surgery. It's a good idea to rest your eyes in the first few days to help improve recovery time and prevent eyestrain.

Post-Surgical Scarring

Scarring after surgery is a given. Thankfully, the scarring is minor, fades with time, and is well hidden. For upper eyelid surgeries, the scar is concealed along the crease of the upper eyelid; for lower eyelid surgery, the scar is concealed below the eyelashes.

Wear Sunglasses When Outdoors

In order to protect your eyes from harsh light and to protect the healing skin from the effects of the sun, be sure to wear sunglasses when you are outdoors.

Attend All Follow-up Visits with Your Cosmetic Surgeon

After cosmetic eyelid surgery, you will have a few follow-up visits to help monitor your recovery and healing process. Be sure to attend all of these visits so that you can recovery as soon as possible while limiting the potential for complications.

Learn More About Facial Plastic Surgery

For more information about eyelid surgery and how it can help you look your absolute best, be sure to contact our cosmetic skin care and plastic surgery center today. Dr. Vishnu Rumalla will work closely with you to ensure that you look great and achieve all of your aesthetic goals.

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