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Eyelid Surgery Recovery
It is important to realize that the amount of time it takes for recovery varies greatly among individuals.
The first few days after surgery, you should rest quietly with your head elevated. We will instruct you to apply cold compresses to your eyelids. Remember, you must not take aspirin or certain anti-inflammatory medications. Initially, you may feel a "tight" sensation around the eyes and some mild discomfort that can be controlled with oral medication. During the first 48 hours following surgery, patients experience varying degrees of swelling and bruising. Some patients find that mild swelling persist for several weeks, while others may see swelling resolve in as little as one week. Bruising typically disappears within seven to ten days. Stitches are usually removed within 7-10 days of surgery.
Your vision may continue to be somewhat blurry for a few days or longer. Your eyes may be temporarily sensitive to light, and you may experience excess tearing or dryness. We recommend artificial tears to help relieve any burning or itching. You may want to wear dark sunglasses for a couple of weeks to protect your eyes from wind and sun irritation.
Straining, bending and lifting should be avoided during the postoperative period. In many instances, you will be able to resume most of your normal activities within ten days or less. Although you might feel like going back to work just a few days after surgery, your vision may still be slightly blurry which could make reading or other paperwork more difficult.
Fortunately, significant complications from aesthetic eyelid surgery are infrequent. Every year, many thousands of people undergo eyelid surgery successfully, without experiencing any major problem.
The subject of risks and potential complications of surgery is best discussed on a personal basis between you and Dr. Jaffe, or with a staff member in your surgeon's office. The risks in most surgeries are similar. Some of the potential complications that may be discussed with you include hematoma (an accumulation of blood under the skin that may require removal), infection, changes in sensation, scarring, allergic reactions, damage to underlying structures, need for revisions, unsatisfactory results possibly necessitating additional procedures and medical risks. Following the surgery, there can be a feeling of dryness or irritation in the eye that requires treatment. There is a possibility of impaired eyelid function that sometimes may need to be corrected by additional surgery.
You can help minimize certain risks by following the advice and instructions of Dr. Jaffe and his staff, both before and after your eyelid surgery. If you notice bleeding, excessive swelling, or decrease in vision post operatively contact our office. Back to Top
About "twilight anesthesia"
Conscious sedation, also known as "twilight" anesthesia, is a type of anesthesia, which is preferred by many patients for most of our surgical procedures. It is a very comfortable and gentle type of anesthesia which is far less invasive than the typical general anesthesia but at the same time highly effective. It is also of advantage for very nervous or anxious patients undergoing quite minor procedures. Typically patients sleep most of the way through their procedure and have no or very little recollection of it at all. A Board Certified anesthetist, who has many years of experience of this type of anesthesia, so that your surgeon can concentrate fully on your operation, looks you after throughout the procedure.
Shortly before moving to the operating room, an IV is placed into a vein in the back of your hand by the anesthesiologist and the anesthetic drugs are given through that. These are Midazolam (a short acting type of Valium) and Propofol, a drug that is also used for general anesthesia but for conscious sedation, much lower doses are used. With conscious sedation there is no breathing tube or breathing machine, just a gentle flow of oxygen given through a plastic tube within a soft sponge protector inserted into your nostrils. Once the sedation has been commenced a local anesthetic solution (a mixture of Marcaine and Lignocaine) is injected into the operative area to ensure a painless procedure. Typical side effects of general anesthesia including a sore throat and nausea are avoided. Waking up takes only a few minutes at the completion of the surgery and is usually free of any "grogginess." This type of anesthesia has been used safely and successfully for our surgical procedures for over 15 years. Back to Top
Will the Results of Eyelid Surgery Be Permanent?
An eyelift will not stop your eyes from aging. However, the procedure is usually very long lasting. Upper eyelid surgery can last anywhere from 15 to 20 years to an entire lifetime, while lower eyelid surgery rarely needs to be done more than once.
If your lids are once again sagging, the proper procedure is oftentimes a brow lift, not another eyelift. Back to Top
Does Insurance Cover Eyelid Surgery?
An insurance carrier may only agree to cover this surgery if the patient's eyelids are drooping to a level that impairs his or her vision. Vision tests are required before surgery to confirm the problem. Otherwise, the procedure is considered cosmetic and not medically necessary. Back to Top
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