Had upper & lower bleph along with ptosis repair. Very little bruising but seem to have an allergic rxn (sutures??). Started on po prednisone on 5/24 (procedure on 5/18) had sutures removed on 5/27 and started FML ointment & Pataday. Don't feel as if there is a major improvement. I know that this was not a predictable event, but I am very concerned now about the final product since the swelling maybe negating the surgical effects. Has anyone had this happen before?
Blephroplasty Recovery and Results
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Post blepharoplasty swelling should not negate positive results
Swelling is prolonged with ptosis repair during eyelid surgery
IMHO, the ptosis repair explains why you have prolonged swelling in the upper eyelids. Ptosis repair requires more extensive tissue undermining, of the upper eyelids, where the swelling is trapped against the pull of gravity. We advice ptosis repair patients that the upper eyelid swelling can be pronounced for 4-6 weeks. Hang in there, the eyelid skin heals remarkably well.
Swelling after surgery is variable. It tends to last longer if more procedures are performed. At this point (now a bit more than 2 weeks out) it is not that uncommon to still have swelling. Also the swelling may be worse in the AM and get better as the day goes on. The steroid drop and Pataday may help ocular allergy symptoms but have little effect on external swelling. The steroid should help and often times a second regimen will do the trick. I DO NOT feel, except in very rare cases that this will hinder your long term outcome. Try to be patient and best of luck
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The swelling that you have experienced following your blepharoplasty should not effect your final results. I advise my blepharoplasty patients that after surgery they will most likely experience some noticeable swelling that will subside within two to six weeks. Due to your apparent allergic reaction you may notice that your swelling persists and that you will indeed experience swelling longer than most. Patients should know some minor swelling can remain for as long as six months, and their lid contours may continue to change. Final results may not be seen until the six month mark. There are several exercises that you can do to assist with healing as well. I suggest discussing your concerns with your surgeon. Best of luck, Dr. Clevens
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