Many patients associate surgery with postoperative pain and discomfort. Especially when it comes to delicate areas, including the upper or lower eyelid, patients often express a heightened sense of uncertainty.
Dr. Chris Allen – Perth’s reputable plastic surgeon – and his team of experienced staff specialise in conducting cosmetic surgery procedures with precision using leading industry practices. Utilising advanced equipment and proven techniques, we remove excess skin and fat, to restore balance and rejuvenation to your eyes and face. Our techniques, practices and recommendations help to minimise postoperative discomfort following your upper or lower eyelid surgery.
If you’re considering eyelid surgery – also known as blepharoplasty – learn more about how to reduce pain and swelling following your procedure.
Understanding Your Recovery
Similar to almost all cosmetic surgery procedures, recovery generally involves some swelling and minor discomfort that can be managed with light pain medication. As most patients experience moderate swelling following a blepharoplasty, results are not immediately evident. Swelling generally clears by itself within one or two weeks.
When considering your recovery time, process and comfort, it’s important to note the differences between lower and upper eyelid surgery. Lower eyelid surgery is generally more invasive, resulting in a slightly longer healing time.
Who Undergoes Eyelid Surgery?
Eyelid surgery involves removing excess skin and fat from the eye area. Resulting in a more balanced, natural and youthful appearance, blepharoplasty aids in improving both vision and self-confidence. Ideal candidates for eyelid surgery include:
- Individuals with naturally occurring excess or loose skin around the eye
- Individuals with puffiness on the upper or lower eyelids
- Individuals with bags and dark circles under their eyes
Why Does Eyelid Surgery Cause Swelling?
Eyelid surgery, generally performed under general anaesthesia, involves the placement of incisions along the creases of the upper or lower eyelids. In response to these incisions, the body draws fluid to the area and initiates swelling. This aids in a smooth and quick recovery by protecting the affected area from damage. As your recovery progresses, fluids lessen and swelling minimises.
For patients preferring to avoid a general anaesthesia, some eyelid surgery can be safely performed under a local anaesthesia or a combination of local anaesthesia and sedation.
Minimise Pain and Swelling After Blepharoplasty
Following your eyelid surgery, proper postoperative care is essential in minimising pain and swelling. By allowing your body to rest and heal, you promote a faster recovery with minimal pain. Here’s how we recommend caring for your eyelids and entire body during recovery:
- Avoid strenuous activity and exercise
- Follow postoperative instructions from your surgical team
- Utilise pain medication to manage swelling and allow you to rest
- Eat healthy food and stay hydrated
- Keep your head elevated to reduce blood flow to the area around the eyes and minimise swelling
Choose a Reputable Plastic Surgeon for Best Results
If you’re considering upper or lower eyelid surgery, choose a plastic surgeon with a good reputation. An experienced and knowledgeable surgeon works with precision and expertise throughout your surgery to minimise pain, swelling and discomfort during your recovery.
Guided by over 30 years of experience in cosmetic surgery procedures, Dr. Chris Allen specialises in both upper or lower eyelid blepharoplasty for patients throughout Perth and WA. For personalised advice on eyelid surgery, contact us on (08) 9382 4811 to book an initial consultation.