Frequently Asked Questions about Oculoplastic Surgery

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At all times, Dr. Howard’s qualifications, including his board certification, education, extensive training, research experience, and many contributions to the field of oculoplastic surgery are available to you. Please read more here.

As with all surgery, certain risks are involved. However, oculoplastic surgery risks and problems are fairly uncommon. Please do not hesitate to ask us about risks during your consultation. We will be happy to provide information about the possible risks associated with the surgical procedure you may be considering.

Great news, most oculoplastic surgery procedures are performed on an outpatient basis! You will not be allowed to drive yourself home, so please be sure to arrange to have someone drive you home. Please let us know in advance if transportation will be a problem.

In most cases, your eyes will not be patched following your surgery, and you will be able to take care of yourself without another person’s help. You will receive instructions on how to clean your eyelids after surgery, when you can return to a normal diet and activity level, and when you can resume wearing makeup.

At first, bruises may become larger as the blood spreads out under the skin. You may develop a “shiner” as gravity often pulls blood into your cheek. Then, as your body reabsorbs the blood, the color of the bruise may change progress from red to purple to green to yellow. Most bruising goes away within one to two weeks. Bruising may be more severe if you are elderly, have light skin, or if you take blood thinners or steroid medicines.

To alleviate this, make sure to keep your head elevated, and use cold during the first 48 hours after surgery.

Discomfort is common after any surgical procedure and should be expected. Many patients report relatively little pain after their procedure, but Dr. Howard will prescribe pain medication that you can take after surgery, as needed. Some patients may be able to switch from prescription medication to Tylenol after only a few days.

Most incisions begin to heal within a few weeks, especially incisions on the eyelids. However, incisions on the cheek and forehead may take longer to heal.

If Dr. Howard performed laser resurfacing at the same time as your eyelid surgery, it may take longer for you to heal. You will receive special instructions for skincare. We can talk with you more in-depth about this at your appointment.

There is usually very minimal scarring, if any.

Dr. Howard performs oculoplastic surgery at two facilities. Either East Cooper Regional Medical Center in Mt. Pleasant or The Physicians’ Eye Surgery Center of Charleston.

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