As a patient ages, it is completely normal for their facial features to gradually change. The loss of skin elasticity and the collective effect of environmental elements over the years can result in loose, saggy skin and the development of lines, wrinkles, and deep creases. While these signs of aging can affect all areas of the face, many patients are concerned about how they can improve the eye area. Wrinkles and bags around the upper and lower eyelids can age a person, make them look tired or angry. In addition, overhanging upper lids can impact vision. Eyelid surgery tightens the skin around the upper or lower eyelids to give patients a more youthful and refreshed appearance. Of course, first the patient must recover from treatment, and during this time some side effects should be expected. Dr. Tracy McCall informs patients of potential eyelid surgery side effects following treatment at our Milwaukee, WI practice. By being aware of possible side effects, patients can be better prepared for their recovery.
Common Side Effects
Every patient is unique and, as such, recovery from eyelid surgery, or any other type of cosmetic surgery, will be a different experience for everyone. However, there are common side effects that generally develop as a result of the alterations made during eyelid surgery. Below is a brief description of some of those side effects and how long they may be expected to last:
- Bruising: The eye area is tender, so it is not surprising that the skin surrounding the eyes will be bruised after surgery. Bruises may be severe during the first week of recovery, but should begin to fade after that. Still, it may take up to four weeks for bruises to heal completely.
- Swelling: Swelling is a natural reaction to injury and is the most common side effect of any surgical procedure. Like bruising, swelling will be the worst during the initial week following surgery, but may last for up to four weeks. To reduce swelling, patients should keep the head elevated when resting and use icepacks frequently.
- Difficultly closing the eyes: While the eyes are swollen, especially during the first week of recovery, some patients have difficulty closing their eyes all the way. As a result, some patients also have difficulty sleeping during this time.
- Eye irritation: Because alterations are made so closely to the eyes, it is normal for the eyes to feel irritated after surgery. Patients may notice that their eyes feel dry or itchy, or that they tear up excessively. This typically does not last more than a week.
- Vision problems: Another possible side effect of eyelid surgery is a temporary disturbance of vision. Patients might experience blurry vision or double vision. This should subside within a week after surgery, and should be reported to Dr. McCall if it persists.
Fortunately, the side effects of eyelid surgery are often short-lived. Most patients feel and look well enough to return to their regular schedule (with make-up or sunglasses) within a week after surgery.
Schedule an Appointment
If you want to eliminate bags and wrinkles from the eye area and restore a more refreshed appearance, schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience to learn more about eyelid surgery. Dr. Tracy McCall would be happy to meet with you to discuss your concerns and offer an effective treatment plan. We look forward to hearing from you!