What happens when I have surgery?

Before your eye bag removal surgery

You may be advised to undergo an eye test if you have any concerns about health issues in your eyes. 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.

If you are a smoker, or take aspirin or any other medication, your Cosmetic Surgeon will wish to discuss this with you at your consultation. Your Cosmetic Surgeon will advise you when you are to discontinue and/or resume these activities.

The day of your eye bag removal surgery

The Cosmetic Surgeon will visit you in your room and mark the eyes with a pen, in preparation for surgery. Your Cosmetic Surgeon will also obtain your final consent, and answer any last minute questions you may have. Immediately after your surgery you can expect to have ice packs over your eyes to keep bruising and swelling to a minimum. Painkillers will be available should you require them and eye ointment may be given to you.

Going Home after eye bag removal surgery

Your Cosmetic Surgeon will advise you in relation to 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.

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