In case of an upper eyelid surgery that takes about 1 1/2 hours and is done under anaesthesia, excess skin and fat are removed. The placement of the scar is in the so-called cut crease and it becomes almost invisible.
The scars on the eyelids are protected with tape and this should remain on until the stitches are taken out after about a week. To reduce the swelling, a cooling dressing is applied for a few hours after the operation. Prepare by have frozen peas ready at home and use these as a cooling dressing on the eyes twice daily for the first week.
You can shower the day after the surgery. Don’t lather the operated area.. Pat dry afterwards. Any tape that comes off should be replaced with a new one. If the eyes need to be dried more than normal because they’re watering, do it gently from the outside in.
The pain isn’t usually intense and can be dulled with Alvedon or similar. Your head should be held up for the first week. Feel free to put some extra pillows under your head for the night.
Swelling and bruising are at their worst for a few days after surgery. This decreases gradually over a week. However, a slight swelling may persist for a few weeks. Avoid unnecessary lifting and exercise for the first 14 days.
You can sunbathe from two weeks after the surgery but the scars must be protected against sun exposure for three months or until they have faded.
Contact lenses should be avoided the first two weeks after surgery, as well as makeup.
Eyelash extensions should be removed before surgery.
Occasionally you can get a superficial eye inflammation. The eyes become red and irritated. This is completely harmless but should be treated with antibiotic ointment. Contact us for advice.