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Does it hurt to have eyelid surgery?

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Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine
8 doctors agree

In brief: Little if any pain

But expect lots of swelling and bruising on the outside that can last a good week.

In brief: Little if any pain

But expect lots of swelling and bruising on the outside that can last a good week.
Dr. Marsha Davis
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Dr. Tal Dagan
Generally, eyelid surgery is not accompanied by pain. Lower eyelid surgery can result in slight burning under the eye. However, pain as a result of eyelid surgery is considered abnormal and should prompt you to call your surgeon.
Dr. Daniel Leeman
Facial Plastic Surgery
6 doctors agree

In brief: Eyelid surgery

Eyelid surgery is generally performed under IV sedation or general anesthesia.
The postoperative pain is easily controlled with narcotic pain medication, ice compresses and head elevation. The procedure has very high patient satisfaction.

In brief: Eyelid surgery

Eyelid surgery is generally performed under IV sedation or general anesthesia.
The postoperative pain is easily controlled with narcotic pain medication, ice compresses and head elevation. The procedure has very high patient satisfaction.
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Dr. Barry Cohen
Not much pain at all typically
Dr. Adam Hamawy
Surgery - Plastics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Not painful

Most people do not complain of much pain after eyelid surgery.
It usually looks worse than it feels. You can expect swelling and perhaps some bruising for few days. Blurry vision is also not unusual due to the swelling in the area.

In brief: Not painful

Most people do not complain of much pain after eyelid surgery.
It usually looks worse than it feels. You can expect swelling and perhaps some bruising for few days. Blurry vision is also not unusual due to the swelling in the area.
Dr. Adam Hamawy
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Tender not painful

Although that sounds trite.
Eyelid surgery does not generally have a painful recovery. Your eyes may be sore or dry. True pain is not common and if it occurs may be a sign of a problem such as retrobulbar hematoma which requires urgent care.

In brief: Tender not painful

Although that sounds trite.
Eyelid surgery does not generally have a painful recovery. Your eyes may be sore or dry. True pain is not common and if it occurs may be a sign of a problem such as retrobulbar hematoma which requires urgent care.
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
5 doctors agree

In brief: Minimal Discomfort

My patients typically experience mild discomfort for the first 1-2 days and can quickly transition off pain medication in that time frame.
There is moderate swelling and some bruising that can occur, but should be resolved by the 7-10th days. Sutures usually stay in for about 5 days and do not hurt when then come out. Severe pain is rare should prompt you to see your surgeon right away.

In brief: Minimal Discomfort

My patients typically experience mild discomfort for the first 1-2 days and can quickly transition off pain medication in that time frame.
There is moderate swelling and some bruising that can occur, but should be resolved by the 7-10th days. Sutures usually stay in for about 5 days and do not hurt when then come out. Severe pain is rare should prompt you to see your surgeon right away.
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
4 doctors agree

In brief: It should not

Blepharoplasty (eyelid rejuvenation) should be relatively painless.
Any serious pain could be a sign of problem. You should notify your surgeon immediately. However, please realize that problems after blepharoplasty are uncommon.

In brief: It should not

Blepharoplasty (eyelid rejuvenation) should be relatively painless.
Any serious pain could be a sign of problem. You should notify your surgeon immediately. However, please realize that problems after blepharoplasty are uncommon.
Dr. Mike Bowman
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Dr. Janet Turkle
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Not much!

Most patients take very little to no pain meds after an eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty).
While bruising may linger for a week or two, most can be back to light activities in two to three days. I refer to the downtime as more social than physical.

In brief: Not much!

Most patients take very little to no pain meds after an eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty).
While bruising may linger for a week or two, most can be back to light activities in two to three days. I refer to the downtime as more social than physical.
Dr. Janet Turkle
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Dr. Barry Cohen
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Eyelid surgery

Has limited pain associated with it.

In brief: Eyelid surgery

Has limited pain associated with it.
Dr. Barry Cohen
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Dr. Gustavo Diaz
Facial Plastic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Eyelid pain

Expect very little to almost no pain from eyelid surgery.
The most common complaint of patients is the swelling and bruising. downtime is 3-4 days. Hope this helps.

In brief: Eyelid pain

Expect very little to almost no pain from eyelid surgery.
The most common complaint of patients is the swelling and bruising. downtime is 3-4 days. Hope this helps.
Dr. Gustavo Diaz
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Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Pain would be of concern.

In brief: No

Pain would be of concern.
Dr. Todd Sisto
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Dr. Alan Mindlin
Ophthalmology

In brief: No but

In the hands of an expert this should not be problematic.

In brief: No but

In the hands of an expert this should not be problematic.
Dr. Alan Mindlin
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Dr. Joseph Mele
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: It shouldn't!

After eyelid surgery, the area around your eyes may feel sore.
The eyes can feel tired or dry in the days afer the procedure, but the pain should be minimal. On the other hand, if you have pain, especially severe or increasing pain associated with increasing swelling, contact your surgeon immediately, and let them see you. This can be a sign of internal blleding, and requires immediate treatment.

In brief: It shouldn't!

After eyelid surgery, the area around your eyes may feel sore.
The eyes can feel tired or dry in the days afer the procedure, but the pain should be minimal. On the other hand, if you have pain, especially severe or increasing pain associated with increasing swelling, contact your surgeon immediately, and let them see you. This can be a sign of internal blleding, and requires immediate treatment.
Dr. Joseph Mele
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Dr. Steven Harris
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: A little

Most of my patients would say, i think, that it hurts less than they expected.
The only surgical discomfort is the sting of the injections into the loose eyelid skin. There is no pain during the surgery. Afterwards, there is a little soreness, only. Overall, one of the least uncomfortable of the cosmetic surgeries i perform.

In brief: A little

Most of my patients would say, i think, that it hurts less than they expected.
The only surgical discomfort is the sting of the injections into the loose eyelid skin. There is no pain during the surgery. Afterwards, there is a little soreness, only. Overall, one of the least uncomfortable of the cosmetic surgeries i perform.
Dr. Steven Harris
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Dr. Darab Hormozi
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Not much pain

Eyelid surgery should not be painful during the surgery or during the recovery.
The surgery can be performed under strict local anesthesia with very fast and comfortable recovery.

In brief: Not much pain

Eyelid surgery should not be painful during the surgery or during the recovery.
The surgery can be performed under strict local anesthesia with very fast and comfortable recovery.
Dr. Darab Hormozi
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Dr. Alan Chen
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Not much pain

Blepharoplasty (eyelid) surgery using does not hurt much.
Mostly are done under general anesthesia. Recovery usually are not associated with severe pain. Swelling and bruising are more common, but not severe pain.

In brief: Not much pain

Blepharoplasty (eyelid) surgery using does not hurt much.
Mostly are done under general anesthesia. Recovery usually are not associated with severe pain. Swelling and bruising are more common, but not severe pain.
Dr. Alan Chen
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