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Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery: Side Effects and How Patients Can Minimize Them

By Hadi Rassael on July 29, 2014

Dr. Hadi Michael Rassael has been helping patients throughout the Washington DC metro area achieve excellent anti-aging results. Facial cosmetic surgery proves especially effective in wrinkle reduction and skin tightening, making patients look years and years younger through very subtle revisions.

Cosmetic eyelid surgery (also known as blepharoplasty and eyelift) is very effective in turning back the clock. We'd like to take a few moments right now to look at what the side effects of surgery are so that you have realistic expectations about the procedure.

Are side effects serious after eyelid surgery?

Thankfully no.

Many of the side effects of cosmetic eyelid surgery are mild and will fade as patients continue to heal. Keep in mind that side effects are a common part of healing and they are a sign of your body responding to the surgery. Side effects are different than complications.

Soreness, Pain, and Discomfort

Soreness, pain, and discomfort are all common side effects after any sort of surgery. This is most noticeable in the first days after surgery, though patients will notice a reduction in pain and discomfort as time goes by. Prescription or over-the-counter pain relievers can be used to address this side effect.

Swelling and Bruising

Both swelling and bruising are also common after cosmetic eyelid surgery. Much like discomfort, patients will notice the swelling and bruising to be most pronounced in the first days after surgery. Bruising will generally fade within a week or so, and the majority of swelling should subside in that timeframe as well.

Itchiness or Irritation Around the Eyes

Given the nature of the surgery, itchiness around the eyes is likely as patients heal, particularly around the incision sites. Special ointment will often be given to address itchiness and dryness of the eyelids. If the eyes themselves feel irritated, liquid tears or recommended eye drops can be used to alleviate this problem.

Poor and Blurry Vision

Blurry vision and poor vision tends to be the worst early on when a patient is first healing. This is common since the eyes may be watery or irritated, and patients may not be able to open their eyes all the way. It's important to continue resting with the head elevated, and to avoid any kinds of activities that may cause eyestrain (e.g., using the computer or a mobile device, watching TV, reading).

Scarring After Surgery

Some scarring after eyelid surgery is normal, but the scarring fades with time and good healing. Keep in mind that we will strive to keep scarring to the bare minimum, hiding the incisions in the natural fold of the eyelid or along the lower eyelashes. This means they they will be barely noticeable to the vast majority of people.

Stay In Contact with the Practice as You Recover

If you should notice serious side effects, they may be the sign of a complication. Be sure to address any pressing concerns to the practice so any urgent care needs can be taken care of right away.

Tips for Reducing Eyelid Surgery Side Effects

The best way for patients to reduce the severity of surgical side effects is to follow their pre-op and post-op instructions to the letter. Getting a lot of rest and refraining from strenuous physical activities are also key ways of reducing the severity and duration of side effects.

Schedule a Consultation for Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery

For more information about eyelid surgery and your many other options out there for advanced facial rejuvenation, be sure to contact our cosmetic surgery practice today. At Millennium Medical, we will carefully tailor your surgery to your needs so that you can look your absolute best.

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