Patients ask how long the recovery process will be after surgery. Immediately after surgery, the patient will experience some swelling but will not have issues with vision (sight) and thus can rest at home or at a hotel. The pain will be minimal and it can be resolved with Tylenol the day of double eyelid surgery or Asian eyelid surgery. The next day, the patient would typically not experience pain and thus will not require Tylenol. The patient should gently ice the eyes as much as possible after double eyelid surgery or Asian eyelid surgery. Ice will help decrease swelling and thus is recommended. The sutures can come out postoperative day five to seven days after double eyelid or Asian eyelid surgery.
Patients ask about diet and medications after double eyelid surgery or Asian eyelid surgery. Eating salty food will make the patient’s face swell and therefore will make the eyelid swell as well. In terms of medications, the patients should resume their normal medication before double eyelid surgery or Asian eyelid surgery.
In terms of swelling resolution after double eyelid surgery or Asian eyelid surgery, the key factor is how well the surgery was performed. Double eyelid surgery or Asian eyelid surgery performed cleanly without much trauma will heal faster than surgery performed with lots of trauma. Surgical trauma occurs when the tissue planes are ripped or violated. This disruption of tissue planes can occur if the plastic surgeon is not careful and meticulous.
Dr. Kenneth Kim, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Los Angeles, California specializes in double eyelid surgery and Asian eyelid surgery. Dr. Kenneth Kim’s unique technique of performing double eyelid surgery will be evident by not only natural appearance but by extremely rapid recovery process after double eyelid surgery and Asian eyelid surgery. In his office, Dr. Kim will show the patient the video of the recovery process for the patients to view and anticipate their surgery recovery process and swelling resolution.