Double eyelid surgery (ทำตาสองชั้น which is the term in Thai) is indicated if there is a disease of the eye area that leads to restrictions or quality of life and cannot be treated conventionally. The recommendation is preceded by extensive studies.
Discuss your complete medical history with the surgeon, including possible allergies (especially allergic reactions to medication or latex). You must tell him whether you are taking medication – the doctor may ask you to stop taking it beforehand. The treating surgeon will advise you of what you need to consider before the operation. If you smoke, you may have to stop it temporarily. Stop taking blood thinners like aspirin about 10 days to two weeks before medical eyelid surgery. Your doctor can advise you on this.
On the day of the operation, you should have the clinic pick you up because you may not drive a car, and you may not be able to find your way around even because of poor vision. Put on loose and comfortable clothes when you go to the medical eyelid surgery so that you can quickly slip into a surgical gown and also so that the anesthetist can easily put on an infusion.
You will be given a local injection of a sedative and anti-anxiety medication to help you relax. Alternatively, you will be sedated by the infusion, which will also lead to a state of twilight sleep.
Process And Aftercare
During medical eyelid surgery, the surgeon uses a CO2 laser, an electrocautery device with a needle, or a scalpel.
Even if every patient recovers differently, you should plan at least half a week of recovery time. Observe the following information for regeneration:
- Keep your head elevated, even while you sleep
- Put on cold envelopes
- Avoid aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs. The doctor will prescribe a remedy for pain
- Apply the antibiotic ointment recommended by the doctor to the operated tissue
- Expect swelling and bruising
- Avoid makeup for a week
- Avoid physical strain for the first few days after the operation
- Expect only to be able to see blurry parts at times and to be sensitive to light; protect your eyes with dark sunglasses
- Contact your surgeon immediately if you notice any decrease in vision, excessive new eye pain, or a sudden negative change in appearance after medical eyelid surgery