After Eye Lift Surgery
Most surgeons will cover the eyes with eyepads and cold packs for the first 24 hours. If you tend to get claustrophobic it is important to tell the surgeon before surgery so that your eyes are not completely covered afterwards.
These pads are best worn as much as possible over this period along with cold packs to reduce swelling and discomfort and soothe and cool the eyelid tissue.
The pads may be removed for short periods, for example to walk between rooms. Antibiotic ointment will be applied to the eyes and medication may also be given.
If you are not staying overnight after surgery it is important that you bring someone with you to drive you home as you will not be able to drive by yourself.
Complete rest is essential for a couple of days after surgery. Do not try to read or watch TV. Avoid any extra strain which may cause bleeding or excessive bruising. Do not lie flat as this can increase swelling. Instead keep yourself propped up in bed with three or four pillows. Once you are up you should try and avoid any heavy lifting or strenuous activity for the next two to three weeks.
Avoid eye makeup for about 10 days to avoid irritating the eyes.
Dark glasses may be needed for a week or so to hide any bruising. They will also protect your eyes from dust, glare and wind. Bruising of the eyelids is inevitable because the eyelid skin is thin delicate tissue. This usually settles completely in about a week to 10 days.
Follow up Care
Your surgeon will want to see you three or four days after surgery to remove sutures. Your eyes may feel irritated and even painful at this stage.
Eyelids normally heal very quickly after surgery and about 10 -14 days after surgery the eyes should look reasonable normal. It may however take about six weeks for them to settle completely and for the tightness and last of the swelling to disappear a the corner of the eyes.
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