What will happen after my blepharoplasty / eyelid surgery ?

You will be taken from the theatre to a recovery room. Once there, the medical staff will regularly monitor your progress. This includes checking your heart rate and respiration.

As soon as you are well enough then you will be taken back to your room. As soon as get there a nurse will examine your surgical incisions as well as checking on your overall health.

If you have had a general anaesthetic then you will feel a bit ‘out of it’. This means feeling groggy, dizzy and slightly nauseous. This is a normal reaction to anaesthesia and will wear off in time. The main thing for you is to get plenty of rest.

Your eyes will feel bruised and sore and there is likely to be some swelling. You will be given painkillers to control any pain or discomfort. Your eyes will feel dry but lubricating ointment can help here.

Your eyes may feel tight and it can be difficult to close them but this is only temporary. You may also notice that your vision is a bit blurry but, again, this is temporary only and will correct itself after a few days.

This is why it is important that you have someone to help you out for those first few days after your surgery.

You may also be given another injection of Heparin to prevent deep vein thrombosis. And, will be encouraged to get up and move around as soon as you are able to.

Your surgeon will visit you to check on your progress. Once he or she is satisfied with your progress then you will be discharged. Before you leave you will be given advice about your post-surgery recovery and a date and time for your first follow up visit.

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