Eyelids are unique parts of the body that can become droopy or wrinkled over time. As people age, the elasticity of their skin starts to weaken, causing unappealing baggage in the eyelids. And this isn’t just an aesthetic problem, but a medical one as well. Drooping eyelids can obstruct vision and cause visual impairments that require surgical intervention to correct. At the office of Dr. Brent, we offer advanced eyelid surgery to correct these droops and give your eyelids the look they deserve. We also want to make sure your eyelid recovery goes smoothly. Our goal is to take care of you from beginning to end.
Eyelid surgery is a simple process, and our patients are confident in the routine and the results. However, we want to address any and all questions our patients may have about eyelid surgery recovery. Follow this quick guide for tips and expectations after your blepharoplasty surgery.
Know What to Expect
Start making preparations before the day of your surgery so you don’t have to worry about anything on the big day. This includes setting yourself up for aftercare. Immediately after the surgery, you will not be able to travel on your own, so be sure to set up a ride to get you home safe.
Make sure you take a couple of days off of work as well so you can recover. Eyelid surgery recovery time is usually brief, but that rest is still needed.
Prepare something to use as a gentle cold compress to reduce the swelling you may feel on your eyelids. Dr. Brent can provide these and may prescribe other treatments as well.
Follow the Procedure
The better you’re able to follow all of the instructions your doctor gives you, the more quickly and successfully you will recover. You may want to take note of the following:
- Stay rested for around a week in order to get a full recovery.
- Don’t smoke or swim underwater for a few weeks.
- Make sure your head is slightly elevated above the rest of your body when you go to sleep.
- Use any prescription eye ointment as instructed.
- Use glasses instead of contacts if you must.
- Don’t engage in heavy lifting or physical exercises for a few weeks.
- Don’t rub your eyes, even if they are itchy or puffy.
- Always get in touch with Dr. Brent with any questions or concerns.
Knowledge is power. Dr. Brent’s blepharoplasty guide can get you well equipped for your surgery. Get this knowledge ahead of time to save you from worrying on the day of.
Side Effects to be Aware of
There are some temporary side effects to eyelid surgery that you should be aware of. You may feel bruised, puffy, and swollen; this is natural. It will take a couple of weeks for the swelling and bruising to go away completely. This is why it’s important to follow the care regimen to reduce swelling, applying any prescribed medication if you have to.
Very Well Health warns that the swelling may even increase after your surgery, but you should only expect it to increase for a day or two before it starts to go down. This may cause you to suffer from blurry vision, watery eyes, light sensitivity, puffiness, double vision, and some pain.
Overall, your eyes will feel very sensitive and uncomfortable. Continue taking the proper measures to care for your eyes, and within a few days you’ll start feeling better. Soon, you’ll be able to witness and enjoy the beautiful aesthetic effects of a successful blepharoplasty procedure.
Get Your Eyelid Consultation Today!
At the office of Dr. Brent, we care about each of your individual needs. An eyelid lift is a great way to reduce vision impairment and restore a more youthful look to your face. Our patients are our first priority, and we make your questions about eyelid surgery recovery our priority. If you have any more, please contact us online or give us a call at (310) 919-1060.
Dr. Brent Moelleken, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon practicing in Beverly Hills and Santa Barbara. Double board certified, he received his training at Harvard University, Yale University, UCSF and UCLA. Dr. Moelleken is one of three specialty-trained surgeons in the world to complete the year-long Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship at UCLA. He maintains the prestigious F.A.C.S. degree and is a member of the ASPS and ASAPS.