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Eyelid surgery recovery

In most cases, the recovery from a eyelid lift procedure is rather quick. Usually, there is no need for eye patches or large bandages — a little ointment applied to the area will go a long way in promoting healing and preventing scarring. To reduce swelling and bruising, your surgeon may recommend that you apply an ice pack to the area for a few minutes a day during the immediate recovery period.

Any sutures will be removed after the first week. You may or may not have to take time off work as part of your recovery, depending on how much is done.

Eyelid surgery procedure steps

During an eyelid surgery through our San Antonio office, we will begin by placing the patient under anesthesia. This can involve local anesthesia for simple procedures or general anesthesia for more complicated ones. From there, small incisions are made in the natural folds of the eyes and surgical tools are used to remove excess fat and skin, especially from droopy eyelids. Once complete, sutures are used to close the incisions that will generally be removed in a week.

Eyelid surgery risks and safety information

As with any eye plastic surgery, there is always the risk of certain side effects. These may include:

  • bleeding
  • scarring
  • infection
  • double vision

By taking the proper post-operative precautions, however, you can greatly reduce your risk of any negative side effects.

Your eyelid surgery consultation

If you’re interested in an eyelid lift, you can find out more by scheduling a consultation with our plastic surgeon. During this consultation, you will be able to find out whether you’re a good candidate for the procedure, as well as determine whether an upper or lower eyelid surgery (or both) is best to achieve your desired results.

Preparing for eyelid surgery

There isn’t much you should need to do to prepare for your eyelid surgery, but your surgeon may advise you to avoid taking certain medications (such as aspirin or blood thinners) as well as to avoid wearing eye makeup during the procedure.

Questions to ask your plastic surgeon

Our highly experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Earl Ferguson, can answer any questions you may have about your eyelid procedure. He will provide you with post-procedure information to ensure that your recovery and healing goes as smoothly as possible.

The best way to decide if Eyelid Surgery is right for you is to call Dermatology Associates of San Antonio at
(210) 877-5005
or click the link below and schedule an appointment with our board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss all your options.

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