Recovery After Face and Eyelid Reconstruction

woman restingDr. Dustin Heringer will provide detailed care instructions on what to expect during your recovery after face and eyelid reconstruction at our Scottsdale, AZ, clinic. The overall recovery period from facial cancer removal at Arizona Ocular and Facial Plastic Surgery varies according to each patient’s condition, the extent of work done, and the size of the cancerous lesion or mole removed. By combining Dr. Heringer’s extensive experience in eyelid and facial skin cancer removal with the use of precise techniques, he can minimize the appearance of scars and help you achieve the best results. 

Potential Complications and Risks

As with any surgery, there is always a chance of complications occurring. However, when the surgery is performed by an experienced, board certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Heringer, your risks can be dramatically reduced. Complications to be aware of include:

  • Infection
  • Excessive bleeding 

  • Cosmetic deformities
  • Scarring 

Helping You Achieve a Smooth Recovery

Although face and eyelid surgery can be completed as an outpatient procedure, an overnight stay may be required depending on the complexity of the procedure. Dr. Heringer will monitor you carefully before and after surgery to determine the environment best suited for your recovery.

Following your post-surgical instructions carefully will help ensure you heal quickly and properly.​

Due to the nature of this procedure, you will need to have someone available to drive you home from the procedure and stay with you for the first week to help administer care. After the surgery, the wound area might be swollen and red. Swelling and bruising is more likely to occur around the eyes and lips, but will subside with time. In most cases, Dr. Heringer will remove sutures within the first week after surgery and monitor your healing progression throughout your follow-up appointments.

Most patients can expect to return to work within two weeks. Depending on the depth of the wound, it may take 12 to 18 months for the post-surgical scar to disappear. If necessary, a repeat procedure can be done to address scars resulting from a previous facial reconstruction surgery. 

Following your post-surgical instructions carefully will help ensure you heal quickly and properly. 

  • Administer medications and eye drops as prescribed
  • Apply cold compresses as directed
  • Keep head elevated while resting and sleeping
  • Avoid strenuous activities
  • For eyelid surgeries, avoid reading, watching TV, and wearing contacts
  • Avoid smoking during the entire healing process
  • Attend follow-up appointments as directed

Maintaining Your Results

Once swelling, redness, and bruising fades, you will begin to see your results. Wearing sunscreen with a high SPF daily, especially when exposed to the sun for a long period of time, can help you maintain your results. Undergoing skin rejuvenation treatments, such as laser skin resurfacing, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion, can also help reduce the appearance of scars. Dr. Heringer provides all of these treatments under one roof at Arizona Ocular and Facial Plastic Surgery.

Contact Us Today

The team at Arizona Ocular and Facial Plastic Surgery are committed to helping you achieve a smooth recovery following your facial and eyelid reconstruction. Contact our Scottsdale, AZ, practice today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Heringer.

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