QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
P: Is there an ideal age for eyelid surgery?
R: There is no ideal age, but the necessary condition! Aging is determined by an association between genetics, age and personal habits, but this is often one of the first areas of complaints for patients.
P: Are the scars visible? Where are they located?
A: As the skin of the eyelids is very thin, scars tend to be practically disguised in the furrows of the skin. Therefore, the scar maturation period (3 months) must be awaited. Due to their location, they are likely to be disguised with light makeup, from the first days.
P: What type of anesthesia?
R: Due to the extension of the surgery and the good quality of the anesthetics, it is possible to perform the surgery under local anesthesia with previous sedation.
P: Is the post-operative painful?
A: Usually not. The use of simple analgesics such as dipyrone is usually sufficient. The use of a cold compress also helps a lot…
P: Are the eyes very swollen? For how long?
A: Eye edema (swelling) varies from patient to patient. There are those who already on the 4th or 5th day present themselves with a very natural appearance. The first 3 days after surgery are those in which there is greater “swelling” of the eyelids. The use of sunglasses can be useful at this stage, as well as the use of cold compresses.
Q: What is the length of stay?
R: From 4. to 8 hours.
P: How long does the surgery last?
A: Usually around 90 to 120 minutes. Depending on the case, there are details that can extend this time. However, the surgical time should not be confused with the length of stay of the patient in the Surgical Center environment, as this stay also involves the period of anesthetic preparation and postoperative recovery. Your doctor will be able to tell you the total time.
P: What are the “purple or reddish spots” seen in certain cases?
R: Nothing more than the infiltration of blood into the underlying skin, and even into the ocular conjunctiva; they are due to the surgical trauma itself. This, however, does not constitute any future problem and is not considered a complication.
Q: When will I reach the final result?
A: After the 3rd month. However, right after the 8th day we will already have approximately 50% of the desired result, and in the subsequent 2 or 3 weeks this percentage tends to improve markedly.
P: Will the eyes be occluded after surgery?
R: Not necessarily. The placement of cold compresses for a few minutes, several times a day, may be recommended, an act controlled by the patient, as prophylaxis of accentuated edema.
Q: After all, is the result worth it?
A: Without a doubt the eye region is fundamental to the aesthetics of the whole face and will influence small things like makeup to bigger issues like vision. It is essential that the patient understands that the best results associated the removal of surgical skin with treatments to control muscle wrinkles such as botulinum toxin, and eyebrow repositioning with surgery, wires or hyaluronic acid. Thus complementing all the aesthetics of the area.
BEFORE AND AFTER GUIDELINES
days before surgery
In the 3 days before the surgery, try to have a healthy diet, avoid participating in hectic parties, go to bed early and drink plenty of fluids (prefer water). If you experience any symptoms such as fever, sore throat, cough… Let your doctor know immediately. If you have any doubts, try to resolve them with your surgeon as soon as possible.
on the day of surgery
On the day of surgery, plan not to be late in your hospital stay, whether you are at the hospital or clinic 1 hour before the scheduled time for surgery. Don’t forget about the 8-hour fasting period before surgery. Do not take or eat anything without the consent of the surgeon or anesthesiologist during this period.
If you use medication, take them the night before and/or bring them with you at the hospital.
Do not apply creams on the body, do not use nail polish or foundation on the nails of hands and feet. Bring personal items (brush, folder, slippers…). Do not bring jewelry. Don’t forget to pack loose clothing with an opening in the front.
Immediate postoperative period
You will remain in the recovery room for a few hours and then be taken to the internment room. During this period, it is important for the companion to be aware that you can still experience the effects of sedatives and anesthetics applied during surgery. You will have intervals of drowsiness, feel colder than the companion, sometimes shivering, talk and ask about the same subject over and over, nausea or vomiting may occur (rarely).
It is important that the companion does not take hasty actions, always call the nurse if you have any questions or if the patient has any symptoms that she wants to report. Do not change bed position without authorization.
You will usually remain in bed for a few hours until it is time to get up, which will be authorized by the surgeon through the nurses.
When you get up for the first time after surgery you may feel dizzy, lie down immediately if it is severe. While standing without dizziness, you should walk a few meters down the room or hallway. The surgeon or nurse will give you the prescription and make other recommendations if necessary.
The companion must always be beside the patient, if at any time you feel dizzy or faint, the companion had to sit or lay down the patient wherever she is, never hold the patient standing.
Sleep on your back, with your back and head elevated, making a bed ramp with pillows or blankets. Try to wear face towels wrapped around the sides of the head, so that it does not turn sideways while sleeping.
You will usually need to return 5-7 days after surgery to have the stitches removed. We will stay in touch during the post-operative period to monitor your recovery and assess the best date.
Do not tamper with the dressing in any way or try to dislodge it.
Just drop several drops of Lacrima Plus eye drops into your eyes several times a day.
Cover eyes with sterile gauze and moisten with cold saline.
Baths can, as long as they do not last for a long time, do not use very hot water and do not let shampoo or soap run into the eyes.
If you have a cold or flu, tell your doctor. Sneezing and coughing increase blood pressure and can cause bleeding.
In the immediate postoperative period there will be swelling. Your regression will start slowly after 4 days, getting a full result within 4 to 6 months.
The bruises also tend to fade slowly after a period of 2-3 weeks.
In the postoperative period, avoid physical exertion or excessive heat.