Eyelid surgery is an operation where excess skin, muscle and fat are removed around the eyes. We distinguish between upper eyelid surgery (for so-called heavy eyelids) and lower eyelid surgery (popularly called bags under the eyes).
Excess skin over the eyelid can obstruct the field of vision, but also make you look tired and tired. An eyelid operation is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures.
With increasing age, many people experience increased excess skin on the upper eyelid. This is partly due to the loss of elasticity in the skin, but also because the forehead and eyebrows droop, so that the distance from the eyebrows to the eyes becomes smaller. Together, this leads to an increased folding of the skin over the eyelids.
It is a good idea that you have read the information here on the website before the preliminary examination and that you write down the questions that arise while you are reading and bring these with you to the preliminary examination.
It is important that you are well prepared for the operation. Smoking is the main cause of complications such as infection and tissue death, and you must therefore stop smoking at least 4 weeks before the operation and must start again no earlier than 4 weeks after the operation. Different kinds of medicine can affect the operation and especially cause bleeding problems. You will therefore, in connection with the preliminary examination, talk to the specialist about how you should deal with the medication you may be taking.
You cannot use lenses for the first week after upper eyelid surgery, so it is a good idea to bring glasses for use after the surgery.
During the preliminary examination, you talk to the plastic surgeon about your wishes, and you will be examined so that it can be determined which treatment can be offered. You will then receive thorough information about the operation and the aftermath.
In general, listen to your body’s signals. If something is uncomfortable or hurts you should refrain from doing it. You can start going for short walks already the same day, but you have to wait 1 week for exercise in the form of running. You can only start more demanding sports activities after 4 weeks.
The day after the operation you can shower.
We recommend that you avoid direct sun on the scar for 3 months after the operation. This can be done by using a hat with a shade or sunscreen with at least factor 15 when you are in direct sunlight. Solarium is not recommended.
Bleeding after surgery is extremely rare. If this happens, you must first rest with your head elevated and apply frost/ice packs to your eyes for 10-15 minutes. This will usually stop the bleeding. If the bleeding does not stop, you must of course contact the hospital as soon as possible. It may be necessary to open the wound and stop the bleeding.
Infection is very rare, but can occur and will require treatment with antibiotics. If infection occurs, it is typically seen after a few days, and the signs are redness and swelling as well as increasing pain.
Eye inflammation can occur in the days after eyelid surgery. The symptoms are gritty sensation in the eyes, and this should be treated with antibiotic eye ointment or drops. If you suspect an eye infection, you must contact the hospital and your doctor as soon as possible.