What is the normal postoperative course?
This procedure can be done as a day case or it may involve a one night stay in hospital if it is done along with a face lift. Following the operation the lower eyelids will be bruised and swollen. The bruising and swelling normally settles within one to two weeks following surgery.
Most patients are discharged either the same day or the following morning from the hospital. An appointment is made for removal of sutures three to seven days following the operation. A review appointment is arranged with the surgeon a week after the operation.
Most patients are able to return to work within a fortnight of their operation. Patients are instructed with regard to application of moisturising cream and massage to help the swelling and the bruising to settle.
What are of the complications of this procedure?
Like any other operation lower blepharoplasty can have complications such as bleeding, haematoma (blood clot underneath the skin), infection, visible scar and asymmetry. Complications that are particular to lower eyelid surgery include ectropion (outward turning of the eyelid) and epiphora (watering of the eye). These are rare occurrences. A small percentage (less than 5 %) of patients may require a secondary revision procedure.