How to Reduce Pain and Swelling After Eyelid Surgery

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.

Eliminate Post-Pregnancy Belly Fat Fast

Pregnancy is one of the most exciting and fulfilling times of a woman’s life. But, once they’ve welcomed their babies, many women find that their pre-pregnancy bodies are almost impossible to achieve. Even with proper diet and exercise, most women experience damage to the abdominal wall muscles and stretching of the skin around the stomach. This can result in sagging skin that doesn’t reflect the body’s frame.

Ideal for women with stubborn post-pregnancy pot belly, a tummy tuck with Dr. Chris Allen – also known as an abdominoplasty – helps you ditch the excess fat fast and return to your pre-pregnancy body with confidence.


Liposuction vs. Tummy Tucks

Liposuction removes only fatty deposits, while tummy tucks involve the removal of both excess skin and fat and tightens the stretched muscles. Tummy tucks are generally suggested as a post-pregnancy procedure to remove both excess fat and loose skin for the abdomen. For post-pregnancy women, tummy tucks are usually more effective in achieving a balanced body contour according to your frame.


What You Need to Know Before Surgery

When considering surgery, you need to set realistic expectations about what you want to achieve. Tummy tucks aid in removing excess skin and fat and tightens the muscles of the abdomen and cannot substitute diet and exercise when it comes to total body weight loss.

Before you decide on a tummy tuck, an initial consultation with an experienced plastic surgeon is required. Your surgeon will take a detailed medical history and perform a physical exam to determine if surgery is right for you. Before going ahead, you’re required to understand and accept that there are risks involved and that results vary from person to person.


Is the Procedure Safe?

Tummy tucks are relatively common and routine procedures performed by experienced and specialised plastic surgeons. While all surgical procedures carry risk, as outlined by your plastic surgeon in your initial consultation, complications are uncommon. The procedure is carried out under general anaesthesia with the aid of a specialist anaesthetist.


Is it Painful?

As tummy tucks are completed under general anaesthesia, you won’t feel a thing during your surgery. Once awake and in recovery, you may experience some discomfort and swelling. A normal part of recovery, pain and discomfort can be easily managed with pain medication and by following the postoperative instructions given to you by your surgeon.


Are There Any Downsides?

As with all surgeries, there are risks involved. Dr. Chris Allen goes through your medical history to discuss whether you’re a good candidate for surgery and how risks may impact you.

During the procedure, an incision is made below the bikini line. This results in a minor scar that is generally covered by clothing, undergarments and swimwear. While scarring is unnoticeable for many, it should be considered when making a decision.

After a tummy tuck, some pain, discomfort and swelling in recovery is normal and expected. This can be easily managed with painkillers if necessary.


Find Out More About Tummy Tucks and Body Contouring

Dr. Chris Allen and his team of body contouring experts repair abdominal wall tissues and remove loose skin to allow your body to accurately reflect your healthy weight range. As Perth’s experienced plastic surgeons, we work with you to set realistic expectations and results for your surgery. All tummy tuck cosmetic procedures are completed under a general anaesthetic for your comfort.

Find out more about how tummy tucks can help you minimise excess skin and stomach weight after pregnancy. Contact us on (08) 9382 4811 to book your initial consultation.