Eyelid Surgery Recovery

Eyelid surgery can be one of the most gratifying and successful procedures a person will undergo in their lifetime. Blepharoplasty, eyelid bag removal, dark circle treatment, ptosis repair, and entropion/ectropion surgery are among the most common eyelid surgeries performed by an oculoplastic surgeon.

Most eyelid surgeries take under one hour to perform. They are typically done in an ambulatory surgery center under sedation. After a short recovery period in a post anesthesia care unit, eyelid surgery patients can go home and complete their post-op care at home.

Most patients will experience some soreness to the touch in the area that was operated. Bruising and swelling are also common. Applying ice to the treated parts of the body and resting with the head of the bed elevated will help the body to recover quickly after eyelid surgery. Using a topical antibiotic ointment will help to prevent infection after the procedure.

Most patients can return to light activity a few days after surgery and full activity within one to two weeks. Stitches are typically removed five to ten days after surgery. Depending on the type of surgery, sometimes dissolving stitches are used that do not need to be removed.

There are many different types of eyelid surgeries and each has its own specific guidelines and expectations for a quick recovery. Dryness is expected after eyelid surgeries. This usually resolves and the muscles around the eyes restore the natural blink. Using artificial tear eye drops during this recovery period helps to improve dry eye symptoms. Itchiness around the eyes is also common. This is usually the result of swelling around the eyes tickling the nerves that provide sensation. As the swelling subsides, so does the itchy sensation.

An oculoplastic surgeon is an eyelid expert who is best equipped to treat the delicate anatomy around the eyes. Oculoplastic surgeons are board certified eye doctors who have special extra training in plastic and reconstructive surgery of the eyelids, tear duct (lacrimal system), and orbit (eye socket).

The training to become an oculoplastic surgeon is vast and diverse. Four years of premedical education is following by four years of medical school. After a one year preliminary internship in medicine, surgery, or pediatrics, a three year residency in ophthalmology and general eye surgery is completed. Finally, a two year fellowship in Ophthalmic Plastic surgery completes the training of an oculoplastic surgeon.

North Shore Eye Care (SightMD) offers oculoplastic surgery consultations throughout Long Island to serve patients in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Complimentary cosmetic consultations are available for patients interested in learning more about aesthetic services.

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