Excess skin, muscle or fat in the upper eyelid causes heaviness, tiredness or obstruction of vision. If this is you, an upper eyelid blepharoplasty may help.
A small dressing is placed over the upper eyelid at the end of surgery and this can be removed at day 1. You may then shower and wet the wound. Be sure to only gently dab the wound dry. Bruising usually settles over 10 days and swelling takes a little longer. Bruising and swelling extend into the lower eyelids and this is normal. Stitches are removed at days 5 – 7. Most people will return to work between weeks 1 – 2.
Place clean ice packs on the eyelids for 10 minutes every hour for the first 48 hours and clean the wound gently with a clean damp cloth. Smear a small amount of antibiotic ointment along the wound 4 times a day for 1 week with a clean finger or cotton bud. Sunglasses help to cover bruising and swelling. The wound may feel irritated for a few weeks and the lashes may feel a little numb to touch, this resolves over a few weeks.
- Pain relief medications have side effects including nausea, dizziness, and constipation
- The final position of the eyelids and skin crease occurs once the swelling has completely subsided