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There is a Small Section of the Upper Lid That Isn't Completely Closed. Should I Worry?

It has been one week since my surgery and two days since the stitches were removed. On one upper lid, there is a small section that hasn't closed. Is this normal? I plan on calling my doctor tomorrow. Also, the bottom lids are sort of hard where the knots in the sutures were, is this an issue?

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See your surgeon, take proper post-op care

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Keep your follow up appointments and let your surgeon know about your concerns. It may be that the swelling and inflammation are what you are noticing. Over time, the swelling and inflammation should soften and disappear (this may take a couple weeks). In the meantime, proper post-operative care is important for a smooth recovery.


Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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See your surgeon

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Post op care is quite important and your surgeon would be displeased if you didn't contact him/her with these problems. If a wound is not healing properly, early intervention is key. Call your doctor today.

A.J. Amadi, MD
Seattle Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Care for upper eyelid incisions.

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It is always best to return to your plastic surgeon about any concerns.  Options, if there is an opening, is to let it close on its own or to re-suture the area with some fast absorbing sutures which would be gone in a few days.  This allows the edges of the tissue to re-adhere.  The hardness you feel on your bottom lids is entirely normal and will gradually fade with time.  Patience will pay off.

Jeffrey M. Darrow, MD
Boston Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 32 reviews

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Unfortunately surgery takes time to heal.  Swelling and inflammation after surgery leads to a number of issues that often soften and disappear with time.  It is normal to have these issues.  At a week things that are a problem may very well resolve after a few weeks.  Consider reposting your question with a photograph.  Contacting your surgeon for a follow up visit so he or she can evaluate what is going on is a good idea.

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