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Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty)

Blepharoplasty - eyelid surgery - is a cosmetic operation that tightens the skin and muscles surrounding your eyes, giving you back your doe-like, youthful gaze.

Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) Side Effects

Complications include blurred or double vision, dry eyes, unfavorable scarring, bleeding, fluid accumulation, persistent swelling, blood clots, numbness, changes in skin sensation, and skin discoloration (which can possibly be corrected with lasers). It will be difficult to blink during the first seven to 10 days.

Who shouldn't use it: Blepharoplasty cannot be performed on patients with glaucoma, unilateral blindness, myasthenia gravis (a neuromuscular disorder), oractive thyroid disease. Dry eyes can be made worse after eyelid surgery. Big, bulging eyes can also prove to be problematic, as surgery can make protruding eyes appear hollowed out.

Drawbacks: Any surgery around the eye is serious business. If performed incorrectly, the eyelid will not close properly, affecting vision and causing dryness.

Recovery Time For Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

Double vision should disappear (if experienced to begin with) two or three days after surgery. Spend three to five days lounging at home while you recover. Stay out of the gym for at least two to three weeks.

Swelling and bruising last about a week, but you might want to wait a full 10 days before heading back to work. Your scars may still have a pinkish glow more than six months later, which can be hidden with makeup.

After care for eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty): Needless to say, you won't be able to drive yourself home after surgery. Arrange for a friend to take you from the surgical facility to your home. Many doctors recommend the use of a cold compress for the first 48 hours to help with swelling, bruising, and irritation. Keep the incision moist to facilitate the healing process.

Wear sunglasses when heading outdoors for three weeks after surgery, which can help protect your eyes from sun and wind. Contacts should be kept out (if you wear them) for one to two weeks. If your eyes become uncomfortably dry, you can use lubricants and eye drops to moisten them. Avoid alcohol, which also dries out your eyes.

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