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Why are my eyes swollen after blepharoplasty?

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Dr. Bauback Safa
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Expected

It is common (and expected) to have swelling after any surgery.
The swelling typically is as its maximum by 1-3 days post-operatively but some bruising may remain for up to 2-3 weeks post-operatively. It's also not uncommon to have some mild swelling for up to a month or two after more extensive surgery. In case of severe, sudden, or painful swelling, immediately contact your plastic surgeon.

In brief: Expected

It is common (and expected) to have swelling after any surgery.
The swelling typically is as its maximum by 1-3 days post-operatively but some bruising may remain for up to 2-3 weeks post-operatively. It's also not uncommon to have some mild swelling for up to a month or two after more extensive surgery. In case of severe, sudden, or painful swelling, immediately contact your plastic surgeon.
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Dr. Andres Sarraga
In addition bruising may also occur from 1 to 2 weeks
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Normal Inflammation

Your skin and soft tissues swell a bit after any surgical procedure or injury due to regional inflammation.
The inflammation is part of the healing response and a normal occurrence. Cool compresses can help during the first 1-2 days. If there is pain, rash, or itching involved you should make sure that it is not an allergic reaction to the stitches or anything that you may be putting on the area.

In brief: Normal Inflammation

Your skin and soft tissues swell a bit after any surgical procedure or injury due to regional inflammation.
The inflammation is part of the healing response and a normal occurrence. Cool compresses can help during the first 1-2 days. If there is pain, rash, or itching involved you should make sure that it is not an allergic reaction to the stitches or anything that you may be putting on the area.
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Dr. Steven Harris
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Normal post-op, but

Swelling for the first week is normal and this should subside to a near-normal appearance at about 2-3 weeks.
Tiny amounts of swelling may persist for three months, but only you and your doctor would notice this. Swelling beyond that point suggests a problem that should prompt a discussion with the doctor who did the surgery.

In brief: Normal post-op, but

Swelling for the first week is normal and this should subside to a near-normal appearance at about 2-3 weeks.
Tiny amounts of swelling may persist for three months, but only you and your doctor would notice this. Swelling beyond that point suggests a problem that should prompt a discussion with the doctor who did the surgery.
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Dr. Francisco Agullo
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Normal

Everything swells after surgery.
Your eyes are extra-sensitive to trauma and tend to swell more than other body parts.

In brief: Normal

Everything swells after surgery.
Your eyes are extra-sensitive to trauma and tend to swell more than other body parts.
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Dr. Robert Chang
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Surgery

Skin incision, inflammation, dissolving sutures can cause swelling.

In brief: Surgery

Skin incision, inflammation, dissolving sutures can cause swelling.
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Dr. Darab Hormozi
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Usually most of swelling on the 1st and 2d post operative days.
The usage of ice compresses right after surgery can reduce the bruising and swelling. Each patient is different as to amount of swelling after surgery. In general you should expect 5-7 for most swelling to dissipate. The extend of surgery is a big factor.

In brief: Yes

Usually most of swelling on the 1st and 2d post operative days.
The usage of ice compresses right after surgery can reduce the bruising and swelling. Each patient is different as to amount of swelling after surgery. In general you should expect 5-7 for most swelling to dissipate. The extend of surgery is a big factor.
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Dr. Darryl Blinski
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Swell/post op eyes

The body response to the trauma of a surgery is swelling.

In brief: Swell/post op eyes

The body response to the trauma of a surgery is swelling.
Dr. Darryl Blinski
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Dr. Suzanne Galli
Facial Plastic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Blepharoplasty

Swelling after surgery is normal, follow your surgeon's postop instructions to help minimize swelling,

In brief: Blepharoplasty

Swelling after surgery is normal, follow your surgeon's postop instructions to help minimize swelling,
Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Dr. Michael Kulick
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Blepharoplasty

This is NORAML !! Hopefully, you spoke with your surgeon before undergoing this procedure.
The swelling reduces with time. So stay calm. Talk with your surgeon about the healing process. If you want to see other patients that have had such a procedure and their healing process, look at this site - http://www.drkulick.com/face-procedures-san-francisco/eyelid-surgery/

In brief: Blepharoplasty

This is NORAML !! Hopefully, you spoke with your surgeon before undergoing this procedure.
The swelling reduces with time. So stay calm. Talk with your surgeon about the healing process. If you want to see other patients that have had such a procedure and their healing process, look at this site - http://www.drkulick.com/face-procedures-san-francisco/eyelid-surgery/
Dr. Michael Kulick
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Dr. Lara Devgan
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Inflammation

It is normal to have swelling or inflammation after surgery.
You can also expect some bruising. All of this is related to surgical dissection and generally resolves within 1-3 weeks.

In brief: Inflammation

It is normal to have swelling or inflammation after surgery.
You can also expect some bruising. All of this is related to surgical dissection and generally resolves within 1-3 weeks.
Dr. Lara Devgan
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Dr. David Sherris
Facial Plastic Surgery

In brief: Normal

After any surgery there is swelling.
If the membrane of the eye itself is swollen you may have dry eyes. See your surgeon for evaluation and treatment.

In brief: Normal

After any surgery there is swelling.
If the membrane of the eye itself is swollen you may have dry eyes. See your surgeon for evaluation and treatment.
Dr. David Sherris
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