Avoiding or Minimizing Postoperative Swelling

  • John R. Burroughs
  • Richard L. Anderson


Potential causes of increased postoperative swelling include rough tissue handling, excessive cauterization, and lymphatic disruption. Other contributing factors are poor patient compliance with cool compresses, head elevation, and rest. Progressive postoperative periorbital and orbital inflammation is usually considered to be infectious or toxoallergic in etiology. Clinical onset, signs, symptoms, and response to empiric therapy often help distinguish the diagnosis.


Poor Patient Compliance Head Elevation Bipolar Cautery Orbital Inflammation Surgical Disruption 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • John R. Burroughs
    • 1
  • Richard L. Anderson
    • 2
  1. 1.Eye and Facial AppearancesColorado SpringsUSA
  2. 2.Center for Facial AppearancesSalt Lake CityUSA

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