What will happen on the day of the eyelid repair surgery?

Your doctor will briefly describe the steps of the intervention and the preoperative preparation before you undergo this surgery.

Eyelid repair is a relatively fast and straightforward procedure. You will be operated on an outpatient basis, and you will spend around two hours in the hospital. You will be administered local anesthesia not to feel any pain or discomfort. The recovery will be swift, and the progress rapidly visible.

The doctor removes the extra skin, fat, or weekend muscle in the upper or the lower eyelid through this surgery. The scars resulting from this procedure will be hidden so that you will benefit from an excellent aesthetic outcome.

Normal pain to expect after eyelid repair surgery

During the eyelid repair surgery, you will be placed under local or general anesthesia. The procedure is perfectly comfortable, so you will not feel any pain or distress.

After surgery, you may experience tight and sore eyelids with watery, dry, sticky, itchy, or sensitive to light eyes.

As part of the healing process, you may experience the following symptoms for a couple of days after the surgery:

  • blurry vision for a few days
  • bruising, puffiness, or fullness around the eyes
  • mild to moderate incisional pain or discomfort
  • headache

The symptoms will improve as soon as the sutures are removed in 3-6 days after the procedure. Usually, pain is controlled well with pain medications prescribed by your doctor. It is important to use ice compresses the first few days after surgery; this will help manage the pain and reduce the swelling.

Seek immediate medical care if:

  • the pain does not improve after taking medication
  • you experience increased swelling, dryness, redness, warmth, or bleeding
  • you have difficulty closing your eyes or other eyelid problems

The outcome of an eyelid repair procedure

The results of eyelid repair surgery appear gradually and are typically long-lasting. Most patients display a renewed appearance after one or two weeks, once bruising and swelling recede, but it can take a few months before the healing process is completed.

Eyelid repair surgery can correct certain conditions permanently, and good results are expected from this procedure. However, there is no 100% guarantee. In some situations, optimal results may not be possible with a single surgery, so another may be necessary.

During the healing period, it is crucial to protect the surgical incisions from:

  • excessive force
  • abrasion
  • motion

Follow the postoperative instructions from your skilled plastic surgeon, as they are essential for achieving the most effective results.


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