Eyelid reconstruction is performed to correct defects in the eyelids. These usually appear after a traumatic injury, the removal of a tumor, or skin cancer. When a tumor is excised, some amount of eyelid tissue goes along with it, so reconstructive surgery is needed to restore the eyelid. The size and location of the defect will determine the recovery process for eyelid reconstruction.
Eyelid Reconstruction Surgery
Reconstruction of the eyelid is usually done with the use of tissue that has been transplanted from other parts of the eyelid or body. At the Center for Ophthalmology and Laser Surgery, Lighthouse Point, FL eyelid reconstruction is done on an outpatient basis, using advanced ophthalmic techniques.
Recovery after eyelid reconstruction
The complexity of the surgery performed normally determines the length of the recovery period, but this also varies among patients. Patients who undergo less intensive procedures can normally return to work after 3-4 days. However, patients that have more extensive reconstruction done may be off from work for up to 10 days.
During recovery patients can expect to experience mild swelling and bruising. In most cases, the swelling resolves within 2-4 days. Discomfort is usually kept at a minimum, because ice packs and topical antibiotic ointment are generally applied for up to 4 days after surgery. Patients are also advised to get a lot of rest, and keep their heads elevated as much as possible.
Contact the Center for Ophthalmology and Laser Surgery, to find out more about the recovery process for eyelid reconstruction surgery. Call 954-786-5353 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Michael Loeffler, or go to http://www.oculaser.com/schedule-an-appointment/. Dr. Loeffler is an oculoplastic surgeon, which means that in addition to his training in ophthalmology, he has also done advanced training in facial plastic surgery.