During the procedureThe surgery for upper eyelids is performed under local anesthesia with only freezing of the skin. Lower eyelid surgery is more commonly performed under general anesthesia (you are asleep) but can be performed under local anesthesia depending on the specifics of the procedure.
Incisions are hidden within the natural skin creases. Any scarring typically fades and are not usually noticeable once completely healed.
After Your Surgery
Post procedureHere are some things to expect after your surgery:
• Bruising and swelling is normal for 7-14 days.
• Eye irritation is minimize with the use eye drops during the day and an ointment in the eyes at night for the first 2-3 days.
• Keeping your head elevated post-operatively will lessen the initial swelling, though bruising and swelling is common for 1-2 weeks. Some patients may experience persistent swelling that can take 1-3 months to resolve.
• Patients typically require 1-2 weeks of downtime and should avoid heavy exercise for 3-4 weeks.