Eyelid Surgery Recovery

Eyelid Surgery in Sydney – Recovery

What should you expect after eyelid surgery in Sydney?

Most eyelid surgery is performed as a day surgery procedure, so you should expect to be able to go home on the same day as your blepharoplasty in Sydney. However, there is no rush to go home if you don’t feel up to it; some patients prefer to stay in hospital overnight after their eyelid surgery. Dr Gavin Sandercoe will monitor you to ensure your safety during and after your eyelid surgery in Sydney.

Side effects that may occur after eyelid surgery in Sydney

In the first 24 hours, it is normal to expect the following symptoms:-

•    Drowsiness
•    Dry throat
•    Nausea (possibly)
•    Discomfort and stiffness

Pain management after eyelid surgery

The local anaesthetic helps with pain control for the first evening, but has usually worn off by the following morning. This is usually the time when patients feel the most soreness. Regularly taking paracetamol for the first few days after the operation is important in minimising your discomfort and need for stronger pain killers.

Artificial tears during the day and eye ointment at night is also a good method of improving your comfort after eyelid operations. Dr Gavin Sandercoe will give you the prescriptions you need to manage your pain after eyelid surgery in Sydney. You will also be given a prescription for an antibiotic to prevent an infection from developing in the incisions. If you are prone to feeling sick after operations, you will also be given a prescription for something to help with that.

Return to activity after eyelid surgery in Sydney

There is about a week of social down time after eyelid surgery, where you will not want to be having photographs taken at events. Most people can return to an office job within a few days, and are comfortable in the general public within a week. If eyelid surgery is combined with other procedures, the recovery may be a bit longer.

Gently walking is the only exercise you should plan on doing for the first few weeks, and it will take about four weeks before you will feel well enough to return to the gym or restart running. Your body will tell you (with pain) if you are trying too soon. When you feel pain, it’s important that you back off and wait a few days before trying that activity again, rather than “pushing through the pain.” Allowing time for your body to heal will result in the best outcome from your eyelid surgery in Sydney.

Follow up after eyelid surgery in Sydney

You will be asked to see Dr Gavin Sandercoe for several follow up appointments to ensure that your body is healing well from the procedure. This also allows your Specialist Plastic Surgeon in Sydney to treat any complications that occur. You will have appointments scheduled at one week, one month, three months (optional) and six months after your eyelid surgery in Sydney. Some procedures may require longer follow up. If there are any problems, we want to hear from you and sort it out as soon as possible!

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