(Eyelid Surgery; Repair of Droopy Eyelids)
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Reasons for Procedure
- Drooping upper eyelids
- Excess skin of the lower eyelids
- Puffiness of the upper or lower eyelids
- Temporary blurred vision
- Temporary swelling and bruising of the eyelids
- Asymmetry in healing
- Difficulty closing eyes
- Dry eyes
- Red eye
- Decrease or loss of vision
- Reaction to anesthesia
- Distortion of upper or lower eyelid position
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Physical exam
- Vision tests
- Exam of the eyelid and supporting structures
- Follow a special diet.
- Take certain medicines.
- Arrange to have someone drive you home.
- Arrange for someone to help you at home.
- Anti-inflammatory drugs
- Blood thinners
Description of the Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
- You will receive instructions about limiting your activity. You may also be advised to avoid alcohol and certain medicines.
- Your doctor will likely suggest that you keep your head elevated for several days.
- You can use cold compresses to reduce swelling and bruising.
- Your doctor will show you how to clean your eyes and may suggest using ointment.
- Ask your doctor about when it is safe to shower or bathe.
- You will be able to read and watch television after the procedure.
- You will not be able to wear contact lenses or participate in difficult activity. Ask your doctor when you can resume your normal activities.
- Your stitches will likely be removed in 5-7 days.
- Since you may be sensitive to sunlight, wind, and other irritants, your doctor may recommend sunglasses and a special sunblock for your eyelids.
Call Your Doctor
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, bleeding, or discharge from the incision site
- Opening of any part of the incision
- Excessive pain or redness of the eye
- Any decrease or change in your vision
- Any other problem or concern
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery http://www.surgery.org/
US Food and Drug Administration http://www.fda.gov/
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons http://www.plasticsurgery.org/
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 09/2013 -
- Update Date: 09/30/2013 -