Tired, heavy eyelids 10 days post op upper and lower bleph (Photo)

I had eyelids surgery 10 days ago and I am healing quickly and very nicely visually. I still have anesthesia light/heavy headed periods that come and go and my eyelids feel tired. I feel like it's work to keep my eyes opened sometimes, the lids feel heavy. Is this normal after surgery and is it from the surgery or the after effects of the anesthesia? How long does this generally last?

Doctor Answers 6

Heavy feeling in eyelids

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Yes this is relatively normal.  Edema (swelling) can increase the weight of the upper lids and make them seem heavy.  This will start to get better at 14 days.

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Eyelid and surgery

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At ten days the eyes are swollen and so they can feel heavy.  Give it time to improve.  Good luck with your results.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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This is probably not a problem

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Hi there!  10 days after surgery is not too far out, and it's not uncommon for the effects of anesthesia to stick around for several days, depending on what type of anesthesia you had.  Certain pain medications can also make you sleepy with that feeling of heavy eyelids even in the absence of surgery.  Though your swelling should have started to dissipate, you will certainly be more swollen now than you were prior to the operation and more than you will be in another 7 to 10 days.  Your symptoms should be improved in another several days and hopefully all but gone within a month.  I always advise contacting your surgeon to discuss your concerns with her/him as well.  Best wishes to you during your recovery process!.


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Tired Eyes after Blepharoplasty

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It is not unusual to feel like your eyes are heavy and tired at this point after your procedure.  There is still swelling and inflammation in the tissues around your eyes.  This can make the eyelids feel heavy.  The anesthesia should be out of your system by now.  However, if you are taking any medications (especially narcotic pain medications), this could give you a tired feeling.  At 10 days after surgery, you shouldn't really need that type of strong medication.  Check in with your surgeon to make sure that everything is healing as expected.  Good luck!

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Wayne Plastic Surgeon
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Heaviness in eyelids after bleph

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The heaviness and lethargy are both common postop--one from residual swelling and the other as a consequence of anesthesia and possibly pain meds. Give it time. You should feel much better within a couple of weeks. If you returned to work shortly after surgery, know that this can also contribute to the way you are feeling so try to pace yourself. 

Tired, heavy eyelids 10 days post op upper and lower bleph

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It is not unusual for patients to feel as though their eyelids are heavy.  At 10 days post surgery, there is still swelling in the surrounding areas.  If you are on any medications, they may be making you feel this way.  

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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