Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is performed in an outpatient setting. The procedure itself usually takes under two hours, depending on the amount of tissue being removed. Immediately after your surgery, you will spend some time in a recovery room to be monitored for complications. Once you are cleared, you can leave later in the day to rest at home.
You may experience light sensitivity and excessive tearing just after your eyelid surgery. A lubricating ointment will be placed on your eyes to prevent dryness and protect them while they heal. This ointment may also cause you to experience blurry vision temporarily. Your incisions will be red at first, and your eyes will probably feel numb and puffy for several days after your procedure. Swelling and some bruising (similar to the appearance of "black eyes") can last a week or more. Use cold compresses to help reduce swelling while you are recovering.
Pain after eyelid surgery is usually minimal. You should avoid aspirin and ibuprofen, along with any herbal supplements, since these can increase bleeding and cause more bruising.
If you have further questions about eyelid surgery, please contact Marietta Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified Atlanta plastic surgeons. Call (770) 425-0118 for our Marietta GA office, or (678) 494-2380 for our Woodstock GA office.