What happens when I have surgery?

Before your eye bag removal surgeryEye Bag Removal

  • You may be advised to undergo an eye test to check your vision and the general health of your eyes before surgery.
  • You should also purchase a gel pack for when you get home from the hospital to act as an 'ice pack' to reduce swelling and bruising.
  • Your Surgeon will advise you when you are to discontinue and/or resume activities like smoking, or taking aspirin or any other medication.
  • Ensure you have a pair of dark glasses for after surgery should you wish to hide bruising and swelling during recovery.


  • The Cosmetic Surgeon will visit you in your room and mark the eyes with a pen, in preparation for surgery
  • He will also obtain your final consent, and be happy to answer any last minute questions you may have.
  • You can expect to have ice packs over your eyes to keep bruising and swelling to a minimum.
  • Painkillers will be available as well as eye ointment.

Going Home after eye bag removal surgery

  • Your Cosmetic Surgeon will advise you how long to stay off work - usually between one and two weeks depending on the extent of the surgery.
  • You will need to rest and avoid bending down.
  • If eye ointment has been given to you, you will need to continue using this as recommended by your Cosmetic Surgeon.
  • Continue to use your 'ice pack' to relieve bruising and keep the scars dry and clean until stitches are removed.
  • A pair of dark glasses will help to hide the bruising and swelling during this recovery period.
  • You will need to rest with your head elevated on pillows or cushions for 4 nights after your surgery.
  • You must avoid rubbing or towelling your eyes.
  • It is very important that you attend the follow up post surgery appointment which has been made for you, to care for your wound and see your Cosmetic Surgeon post-operatively to make sure that you are healing well.
  • You will have your own personal Nurse Counsellor both before and after your procedure to support you and answer any questions you may have.


  • There will also be some bruising and swelling during the recovery period.
  • Stitches are normally removed 3 to 7 days after surgery.
  • Pink scarring along the inner margin of the lower lash.
  • Socket line to the upper lid which will normally fade quickly to leave faint white lines.
  • Most people return to work 7 days after their procedure.

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