- Your lower eyelids may sag
- Some pain is common with most operations, but you will be prescribed painkillers for a few days following your operation
- Minor swelling, bruising and tenderness, which should fade quickly, but may last up to a month. This can be eased with painkillers
- It is difficult to predict how your eyes will look after surgery. They may end up looking asymmetrical.
This is not a definitive list, and symptoms will vary with each patient undergoing eyelid surgery. R5 Aesthetics surgeons note that if you have glaucoma or dry eyes that don’t produce enough tears, there is a higher risk of complications following treatment. Please ask your consultant or eye specialist for more information.
Post-operative Recovery for the eye bag removal procedure Rest is recommended for the first few days following the operation. It is also preferable to sleep in a semi-reclining position. This prevents fluid from accumulating in the face, thus reducing the tendency to swelling. Secretions around the eyes can be cleaned with warm water.
The swelling and bruising vary from person to person. Generally, they will disappear within two weeks after eyelid surgery. R5 Aesthetics surgeons advise that there is usually less bruising and swelling if you avoid strenuous physical activity, bending your head down, stressful situations and the consumption of alcohol.
You should contact your surgeon if you are experiencing severe pain that is not relieved by your medication; excessive swelling of the eyelids; or a change in your vision. Your face may look and feel tender and bruised and it may take up to two weeks for this swelling to settle. You should be able to go home the same day or the day after the operation.
You’ll need to go back to have your stitches removed four to seven days after the operation. You should be able to return to work a week after the operation. For the first six weeks after the operation, do not lift anything heavy or do anything strenuous. Most people resume normal activities within two to three weeks.