What is This Clear Jelly-like Mucous in my Eye After a Lower Bleph 7 Days Ago? Should I Be Concern? (photo)

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What you are describing is completely normal after blepharoplasty. Make sure you follow up with your plastic surgeon everything looks normal.

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Chemosis will go away

Do not worry, that is swelling of the lining of the eye (the conjunctiva) and it will go away soon. Sometimes steroid eyedrops can help it. There may also be some bleeding  there which could spread and make the white part of they eye look red for a while. That will go away too.

Jeffrey Schiller, MD
Edison Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Chemosis after lower blepharoplasty

What you are describing is called chemosis, which is swelling/fluid underneath the conjunctiva, which is the covering of the eyeball.  It is common after any eyelid but usually it is mild.  You should your surgeon or an ophthalmologist or oculoplastic surgeon.  There are things that you may need to do to improve the situation.  Rarely, the problem does not go away easily and other surgical manuevers may be necessary but don't worry about that at this time.

Mehryar (Ray) Taban, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Swelling after lower eyelid blepharoplasty

From that photo seven days after your lower eyelid surgery, it appears that you have a bit of swelling of the conjunctiva (the outer lining of the eye). We call this swelling "chemosis". It will usually resolve with a little bit of time, and sometimes some steroid drops to the eyes will help it to go down faster.

I would certainly recommend that you speak to your surgeon about it, but expect that there will be no longterm impact on the outcome of your blepharoplasty. 

Jamil Asaria, MD

FACE Cosmetic Surgery

Toronto, Canada

Jamil Asaria, MD
Toronto Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling will resolve

Tithe condition is called chemosis and in almost all cases resolves with time and lubrications such as artificial tears.   I would schedule a follow up with your surgeon over the next few weeks

Jeffrey Joseph, MD, FACS
Lafayette Facial Plastic Surgeon
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