ONE DAY AFTER SURGERY
The next morning following your surgery, you will return to Dr Motykie’s office for your first post-operative visit. Upon arrival to the office you will be escorted to a private examination room where your lower eyes will be evaluated. After your examination, you will be allowed to return back to your home. All of your questions will be answered and you will be given instructions for the following week.
- Diet: Mostly patients start with a liquid diet the night after surgery. Usually by the next day most patients are back to a normal diet.
- Medications: Some swelling, bruising and discomfort are normal immediately following surgery and it is typically controlled with your prescription pain medication. Do not take any other pain medication including Tylenol, aspirin or ibuprofen in combination with your pain medications unless you are given permission by Dr Motykie. A combination of Arnica Montana and Bromelain are encouraged after surgery in order to promote your healing process.
- Bathing: Showering and bathing are permitted the very next day after surgery.
- Activity: Light activity is allowed and encouraged including moving about your house and going for walks outside in order to aid the circulation in your lower extremities. However, no heavy lifting or strenuous activity should be attempted during your first week of recovery. You can usually return to a desk-type job within 72 hours. Physical exercise generally can be resumed two weeks after surgery but aerobic and impact cardio exercise should be avoided for one to two weeks post-operatively. Weight lifting should be avoided for 2 weeks.
ONE WEEK AFTER SURGERY
The final results of your surgery will typically be obscured by swelling and bruising at one week after surgery. Your lower eyes will be bruised, swollen, and uncomfortable for a day or two, but the pain shouldn’t be severe. Any discomfort you do feel can be relieved with your prescribed medications but most patients say that lower eyelid surgery is almost “painless.” Some people can return to work after a few days and some after one week. Most patients can drive their vehicles within a few days after surgery, but plan on having someone drive you to your first few post-operative visits anyway. In regards to an exercise program, use common sense and use pain as your guide; if it hurts, simply don’t do it! The majority of patients are allowed to return to light, low impact cardiovascular exercise after the first week of recovery. Your progress will be closely followed during the first week or two, and you will be given a list of activities and environments that should be avoided in the weeks after surgery. The stitches are removed within three to five days, or self-absorbing stitches will dissolve on their own.
- Medications: Some continued swelling, bruising and discomfort are normal and they are typically controlled with your prescription pain medication. You should also be finishing your prescription antibiotics at this time. Arnica Montana and Bromelain may be continued for another week in order to promote your healing process.
- Bathing: You may bath and shower freely during the second week after surgery.
- Activity: Exercise of some sort is very important, even if it is just walking around your house. Having said this, rest is also important to the healing process and heavy lifting and strenuous activity are still restricted during the first month after surgery. You will be able to return to more strenuous exercise/heavy lifting at 3-4 weeks after surgery.
ONE MONTH AFTER SURGERY
Depending on the amount of physical exertion required to perform your expected duties, you should already be back into your normal rhythm at work. Exercise and workout routines should also be back to your normal level of activity. The majority of your swelling and bruising should be completely resolved at this time and you should be starting to enjoy the benefits of your surgery. Some dryness of the eyes may still be present but should be expected to resolve over the next several weeks.
LONG TERM RESULTS
Lower eyelid surgery, can effectively rejuvenate puffy, sagging or tired-looking eyes by removing excess fat, skin and/or muscle from the lower eyelids. All patients vary in their ability and speed to recovery after surgery but most commonly you can expect the final result from surgery to be evident at six months after surgery. Long term after the surgery, you should look younger and “more-rested” not strange or “over-done.” As you heal further your friends, family and colleagues will most likely stop asking you if you are tired and begin to ask you what your secret is to looking so rested and “healthy.” The final result should look very natural and simply make you appear more rested and youthful.
- Day Of Surgery
- Post Operative 1 day | 1 week | 1 Month | Long Term
- Alternative Procedures
- Revision Lower Eyelid Surgery
- Combined Procedures