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Recovery after upper eyelid blepharoplasty surgery: Los Angeles - Plastic Surgery Clinic -Kare Plastic Surgery

An upper eyelid surgery is designed to remove excess skin and fat from the upper eyelid.  As a cosmetic surgery procedure, upper eyelid surgery is more commonly associated with genetically predisposed heaviness of the upper eyelids which leads to a hooding of the lateral aspect of the eyes.  The excess hooding is usually caused by fat and skin that literally drapes the eyelid.  In some patients the eyelid heaviness is so prominent that the eyelid skin actually rest on the eyelashes. 


Recovery after eyelid surgery is relatively quick and depends on the type of anesthesia performed as well as the amount of bruising and swelling that occurs after surgery.  The anesthesia types include local anesthetic, oral sedation, conscious sedation, and general anesthesia.  Quite obviously, patients who undergo local anesthetic procedures have a quicker recovery.  In terms of bruising and swelling there are steps that Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian will take in order to minimize bruising and swelling after surgery. 


This may include 48 to 72 hours of a Bruise-Pak which contains a standarized form of arnica.  In addition ice and cold compresses are used after surgery in order to minimize bruising and swelling.  If you are prone to bruising, you may consider discussing your options with Dr. Karamanoukian in order to avoid certain medications that may predispose to bruising.  The typical recovery after eyelid surgery is about three to five days with the patients returning to work within one week of the procedure.  Within one week, the sutures are removed and the patient has few obvious signs of having undergone a cosmetic procedure.


If you have questions about upper eyelid surgery and recovery involved with upper eyelid surgery, please call our Los Angeles plastic surgery office at 310-998-5533 and speak to our plastic surgery patient care coordinator who can facilitate your consultation for blepharoplasty.  Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian also performs facial cosmetic surgery including browlift, cheek-lift, facelift and neck-lift.  Eyelid surgery is an outstanding cosmetic surgery procedure and can also be performed for visual field obstruction.  If you have questions about the blepharoplasty procedure, please call our office to schedule your consultation.

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