Once your procedure is completed, lubricating ointment and cold compresses may be applied, and in some cases your eyes may be loosely covered with gauze. Before being released, you and an accompanying family member, friend or caregiver will be given specific instructions that may include:
- How to care for the surgical site
- Medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection
- Specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in overall health
- When to follow-up with your plastic surgeon
Progress and healing
Initial healing may include some swelling, bruising, irritation or dry eye, and discomfort that can be controlled with medication, cold compresses and ointment. Irritation at the incision sites is also possible. These are all common conditions. Dr. Dees will instruct you to keep your head elevated at all times until initial swelling has subsided and to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from bright light, sun, and wind. Follow all instructions carefully. This is essential to the success of your outcome. A return to light, normal activity is possible as soon as you feel ready; usually within a few days of surgery. Healing of incisions may take 5 to 10 days at which time any sutures will be removed, if necessary. You will be ready to return to work and normal activity at this time and to resume wearing contact lenses. Cosmetics can camouflage any bruising or redness that remains. Healing will continue for several weeks as swelling continues to dissipate and incision lines improve. Diligent sun protection and consistent use of darkly tinted sunglasses is essential.
Results and outlook
Your final results will appear over time, generally within several weeks. It may take up to a year for incision lines to fully refine. While eyelid surgery can be expected to correct certain conditions permanently, you will continue to age naturally. Life-long sun protection, including the use of sunscreen and sunglasses, will help to maintain your results. The benefits of your surgery should reveal a smooth, firm contour of the upper and/or lower eyelids. What matters most is that the appearance of your eyes matches the way you feel inside; youthful, vital and alert.