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Transcutaneous Lower Lid Blepharoplasty - Fluid Build Up and Looks Very Baggy. What To Do?

I had Upper/Lower Blepharoplasty, i think Transcutaneous, i've got scaring under bottom eyelashes. It's now 4 wks post op & to begin with i was overjoyed, now not so! My right eye 2 wks post op started to fill with fluid in the bottom lid & very puffy, i've been sleeping almost upright to try & drain the fluid. As the day goes on it goes down slighty but does not disappear, you can see there is fluid as i can move it around. Is this normaly & will it go down as it looks no different to pre op :o(

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Two weeks too early to judge.

Some patients heal in a week or two, but some take more time for the swelling to settle down. Give it a few more weeks. And of course ask your doctor. But occasionally swelling can last longer and you need to be patient. Sometimes a short course of prednisone pills can accelerate the healing. Ask your surgeon.


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Transcutaneous Lower Lid Blepharoplasty - Fluid Build Up and Looks Very Baggy. What To Do?

Best to be seen by your chosen surgeon to discuss the residual swelling in your lower lids. Or seek other in person opinions. This should resolve in a few weeks but ALWAYS best to be seen in person. 

Be patient!

It is normal to have swelling this soon after eyelid surgery. Be patient, and this should resolve. Gentle massage, elevation and cool compresses should help. Also, limit your salt intake. A sodium filled meal (Chinese food or pizza) will always worsen swelling.

J. Charles Finn, MD
Raleigh-Durham Facial Plastic Surgeon
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