Eyelid surgery recovery can vary from patient to patient. For the most complete information, a patient is advised to discuss the procedure in depth at a face-to-face meeting with his or her surgeon. However, for basic planning purposes, Dr. Daniel Greenwald, a Board-certified plastic surgeon who performs eyelid surgery at Bayshore Plastic Surgery in Tampa, Florida, can offer some general insight on what a prospective patient can expect during the eyelid surgery recovery process.
Before performing eyelid surgery at an accredited outpatient surgery center in Tampa, FL, Dr. Greenwald usually advises a patient that he or she should anticipate some level of residual redness, swelling, and bruising around the eyes, as well as some general discomfort during the first few days of the healing period. Irritation at the incision site(s) is also possible. These symptoms can usually be addressed sufficiently with pain relievers and cold compresses as needed. Ointments and lubricants can be prescribed for eye irritation and dryness. A temporary period of blurred vision and light sensitivity is possible following surgery. During the healing process, it’s very important to protect the eyes from sun exposure by wearing dark sunglasses when outdoors.
With all of that said, Dr. Greenwald provides each patient with specific instructions on:
- How to care for his or her eyes during eyelid surgery recovery
- Whether he or she will have bandages/dressings and, if so, when they can be removed
- Whether he or she will have stitches and, if so, when they will be removed
- Signs to be vigilant for (both at the surgical site as well as throughout the body)
- Medications that can facilitate healing and reduce the risk of infection
- When to schedule a follow-up appointment
- When to resume regular activities
Full recovery from eyelid surgery generally takes several weeks. During this time, it’s best to avoid or minimize activities that can overly tire or dry out the eyes, including working at a computer, watching television, reading, and wearing contact lenses.
If you have further questions about eyelid surgery, the recovery you can expect, or any other aspect of the procedure, contact Bayshore Plastic Surgery at 1-888-840-3199 to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Greenwald, who can provide all of the information you need to help you make educated decisions about cosmetic surgery.