Further Information about Eyelid Surgery and Recovery
Patients undergoing Eyelid Surgery may go home the same day or may stay a night or 2 in hospital, depending on the extent of surgery. Surgery is performed under General Anaesthetic. No dressings are required and sutures will be removed after 7 days. You can usually return to work and social life in by 2 weeks. You can return to light exercise by 2 weeks but refrain from more strenuous activity for 6 weeks.
All surgery has risks – no matter who performs the surgery. When surgery is performed by a trained and experienced plastic surgeon there will be measures and precautions put in place to help lower the risk of complications occurring. If complications do occur and require further treatment or revisional surgery, then a qualified surgeon is trained to manage such complications. During the consultation, Dr Moss will carefully explain the possible risks of your surgery so that you can make an informed decision.
Different patients will heal differently, and have different pain thresholds and will therefore experience different recovery times for different activities The following possible complications – which apply to all surgeons worldwide – are listed to inform you, rather than to alarm you. A number of these risks are rare and have not occurred to date in Dr Moss’ practice. Further details on the level of any risk in your particular circumstances, including the possible impact of any comorbidities you may have, are provided in your consultation.
All patients are likely to experience some temporary discomfort/pain, numbness or altered sensation around the incisions or operated areas; bruising and swelling; skin discolouration; lumpiness, tightness, fatigue, low spirits; and nausea – typically from the anaesthetics or pain killers, which may require treatment.
General risks of surgery include wound infection; haematoma, abnormal scarring, bleeding from the incisions, allergies or reactions to anaesthetic agents, medications, sutures or topical treatments, delayed healing or separation of wound edges.
Specific Risks of Eyelid Surgery include change in colour of the skin; appearance of tiny veins in skin or an acne breakout; change in or loss of vision; itchiness, watering or dryness of the eye(s); incomplete eyelid closure; swelling of the conjunctiva.
The risks of Anaesthesia include tooth damage; heart attack; blood clot in the leg or lung, and stroke. These are uncommon but could be life-threatening.