Even though one may think that undergoing cosmetic eye surgery is the biggest challenge per se, this is not true. Namely the period of recovery may be quite exhausting and it will take some time for all the swelling to subside and only then the operated person will actually see the results he/she has been looking forward.
After Cosmetic Eye Surgery
The operated eyes are treated with an ointment and the eyes are covered with bandages. The eyes may also be covered with a special mask. By compressing the operated area, this mask reduces swelling and bruising.
After some time the analgesic effects of anesthetic drugs start to wear off. This is the onset of postoperative pain and discomfort which require further pain management. Severe pain should never be neglected and must be reported immediately. It usually occurs due to some postoperative complications.
After coming home patients are advised to keep their heads elevated while sitting and lying in bed. Gravitation will not allow excess of fluid to accumulate in the operated area. There is no reason to worry because bruising tends to be most intensive during the first week and then it gradually subsides.
The eyes must be kept clean. They may initially be 'gummy' due to secretions but one is given proper advice how to deal with this issues and manage to open the eyes without causing any damage. Most patients are prescribed certain eye drops which make the entire process much easier. Artificial tears keep the eyes moist and prevent dryness associated with itchiness and burning sensation.
Returning to Normal
In most cases surgeons remove stitches within 10 days after the surgery. This is something most patients are longing for because they may finally see some results of surgery even though recovery is still not over and there may be remnants of swelling and bruising.
Soon after stitches are removed one is allowed to start watching television and read books. Contact lenses should be avoided for additional period of time but instead one may use eyeglasses. Skin healing is individual.
As far as work is concerned, the majority of patients get back to work approximately 10 days after surgery. High-intensity sports and strenuous physical activities are forbidden for additional period of time and make-up may be used and is actually quite helpful for camouflaging remnants of bruises.
Finally, only after several months patients will have complete insight in the effects achieved by surgery. Scars are minimal and they eventually become the same color as the skin, which makes them practically invisible.