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    Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) Recovery

    Eyelid Surgery Recovery

    blue eyesBlepharoplasty, commonly known as eyelid surgery, is a relatively less invasive procedure involving a minor recovery phase.

    But the patient will need to give sufficient rest to the eyes for a few days in order to achieve safe and desirable results. The patient should be prepared to diligently follow the post-surgical care instructions of the cosmetic surgeon in order to minimize recovery.

    At the time of initial consultation, the surgeon will explain about various aspects of recovery. The patients should feel free to ask questions about the estimated downtime and precautions required during the recovery period.

    Working individuals should preferably apply for leave from the workplace in advance in consultation with the surgeon. Experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Paul McCluskey provides eyelid surgery to patients in Atlanta, Buckhead, Georgia, and surrounding communities and suburbs in this part of the marvelous state of Georgia.

    Recovery Process

    In most cases, eyelid surgery will be performed as an outpatient procedure, but a few patients may need an overnight hospital stay if they have a complicated eye condition. The cosmetic surgeon will make the appropriate recommendation depending on the patient’s situation. Patients should expect to stay home for about a week following blepharoplasty.

    After a week, the patient can return to their normal routine or go back to work. However, full recovery after eyelid surgery can take a few weeks. Sutures will usually be removed at the end of first week. Redness and swelling in the incision sites will subside from the second week.

    Patient should avoid or minimize any activities that cause exertion to the eyes, such as reading, watching TV or working on the computer or mobile phone. In the initial recovery period, these activities can put strain and increase blood flow to the eyes, thereby delayed recovery. With adequate rest and precautions, the results of eyelid surgery will be established safely and quickly.

    Patients in Atlanta, Buckhead, Georgia and nearby areas have an opportunity to receive eyelid surgery and various other invasive and non-invasive cosmetic procedures from sagacious and splendid plastic surgeon Dr. McCluskey.

    Side Effects

    One of the temporary side effects of eyelid surgery is swelling and redness around the incision sites. The patient may feel soreness, dryness and itching, and in some cases, excessive tearing may also occur. The surgeon may prescribe mild pain meds and a topical cream to keep the patient comfortable during initial recovery.

    A few patients may experience blurred vision for a temporary period, while some others may feel sensitive to light. These side effects will dissipate in a few days, provided the patient follows the surgeon’s post-op care instructions diligently.


    In the first two days after the eyelid surgery, the patient should apply cold compresses over the incision sites to reduce soreness and swelling. If the patient has dry eyes, the surgeon may prescribe eye drops.

    Sun and wind exposure must be avoided as per the surgeon’s advice. The patient can gradually increase activities that put strain on the eyes. Full results of eyelid surgery will be established over several weeks or months as the swelling resolves completely.

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