I have pain on one side of my face recently after Lower Blepharoplasty 5 Wks. ago. The pain is a 3-4 at times and the area about 1/2 in. below my eye is raised and very tender. Two wks. after surgery the doctor removed the dissolvable stitches due to my having a reaction. At this time(for lack of medical terminology,he used a stitch which helped to support the outer eyelid. It is now three wks. since surgery and my eyelid is still red and my eye irritated. I was given steroid eye drops about 10 days ago. That helped for two days and then the burning started again.
How Can Pain be Relieved AFter Lower Blepharplasty?
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It is very hard to assess your problem as I do not know what work was done, the sutures used, and the specific approach. I would ask your surgeon to ask if there is any retained suture present. You may also need to see an opthamologist if you have not done so yet.
It’s difficult to comment about pain after surgery
It’s difficult to comment about pain after surgery. It may be that you had a reaction to the sutures. Sometimes if the area is red or irritated, a 5-FU injection or a steroid injection may be helpful. It sounds like the steroid drops are helpful. It may be that the eyes are very dry and a preservative-free lubricating drop every half hour to an hour could be helpful, if that is the reason for the burning. But if that does not resolve the burning, I would see an ophthalmologist. If your doctor is not an ophthalmologist, then have them look at the eye to make sure it is not irritated.
Blepharoplasty Is Not Normally Painful
Dear Silver1 in Glen Ellyn, IL:
Blepharoplasty is not normally painful. When there is pain after blepharoplasty, it often means something is wrong. Call your doctor and get seen.
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