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Eyelid Surgery

What Is Recovery Like After Eyelid Surgery?

After eyelid surgery, you will have stitches in both lids that will remain for as long as a week. It is common to have swelling and, occasionally, bruising, but your eyelids should look normal within a week or two.

What Are the Possible Complications From Eyelid Surgery?

Complications and unwanted results from an eye lift are rare, but sometimes they do occur. They can include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Dry eyes
  • Abnormal coloring of the eyelids
  • Eyelid skin that folds in or out abnormally
  • Not being able to fully close your eyes
  • A pulled-down lower lid lash line
  • A possible loss of vision

If you have any of these complications, contact your doctor as soon as possible.

Does Insurance Cover Eyelid Surgery?

Health insurance companies typically don't cover cosmetic procedures. 

If you're getting eyelid surgery for a medical reason (for instance, because your eyelids are drooping so much that it affects your vision), and if a vision test confirms that, your insurance company may cover it. Check on that before you get the surgery so you know exactly what you will pay.

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