FAQS


COSMETIC EYE SURGERY FAQs

Will I still look like “me” after surgery?

A skilled cosmetic eye surgeon is able to enhance your appearance while maintaining your unique look.

Our patients often report receiving comments like: “You look great—did you do something with your hair?”… “Have you lost weight?”…or “Have you been on vacation?”

Is my surgeon qualified?

Please take a moment to review Dr. Howard’s qualifications, including his board certification, education, and extensive training, research experience, and many contributions to the field of oculoplastic surgery (“eye plastic surgery”).

Is eye plastic surgery safe?

As with all surgery, certain risks are involved.However, eye plastic 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.

Do I go home after surgery?

Many eye plastic surgery procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, but you will not be allowed to drive yourself 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 in 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.

What about bruising and swelling?

At first, bruises may become larger as the blood spreads out under the skin, and you may develop a “shiner,” as gravity often pulls blood into your cheek. Then, as your body re-absorbs 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.

You may experience more bruising if you are elderly, have light skin, or if you take blood thinners or steroid medicines.

Keeping the head elevated and using cold compresses helps to minimize bruising and swelling during the first 48 hours after surgery.

How much pain will I have after eye plastic 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 may need after surgery. Some patients may be able to switch from prescription medication to Tylenol after only a few days.

How long will it take to heal after surgery?

Most incisions begin to heal within a few weeks, especially incisions on the eyelids. 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 skin care.

Will I have a scar?

There is usually very little scarring.

Where will my surgery take place?

Dr. Howard performs eye plastic surgery at two facilities:

  • East Cooper Regional Medical Center in Mt. Pleasant
  • The Physicians’ Eye Surgery Center of Charleston