Eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty, can give your eyes a more youthful and refreshed look. But do you know what to expect after the procedure? Since the eyes are a delicate area, the recovery process can be a little daunting. We will take you through the recovery process in this post, so you can prepare yourself.
Remember, not everyone recovers the same after a cosmetic surgery procedure. Your plastic surgeon can give you a better idea of the recovery timeline based on what components are included in your blepharoplasty. If you combine eyelid surgery with a procedure such as a brow lift, your recovery may be longer.
You will need someone to drive you home as your vision may be blurry after the procedure. Once you get home, rest with your head elevated and avoid strenuous activities. At night, sleep on your back with your upper body elevated to avoid straining your incisions.
Expect your eyelids to feel sore and swollen. Eyes may also feel tight, scratchy, or watery, and you’ll likely be sensitive to light. You can relieve most of these symptoms by placing a cool pad over your eyes.
Week 1 After Surgery
You will still be experiencing puffiness and swelling around your eyes this first week. Your incisions are healing, so avoid straining them and keep applying cold compresses as directed. Continue to sleep with your head elevated to minimize swelling and help the healing process.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, it’s a good idea to protect your eyes with darkly-tinted sunglasses if you go outside. Your plastic surgeon will also recommend switching your contact lenses for eyeglasses to avoid irritation.
2 Weeks After Surgery
Most patients are ready to go back to work 1 to 2 weeks post-procedure. To protect your eyes, limit your screen time during these first few weeks to avoid straining your eyes. You should also avoid strenuous activities for the first few weeks but can engage in light movement.
You can apply makeup and resume wearing contact lenses after 2 weeks. Keep those sunglasses on outdoors to protect your eyes from the elements.
6 Weeks After Surgery
You have made good progress with your recovery, and you’re starting to see the final results! Don’t be discouraged if you still see some mild residual swelling. Your eyes should look more rejuvenated and refreshed, giving you a more youthful appearance.
A healthy, low-salt diet can help you maintain and make the most of your eyelid surgery results.
Men and women who come to us to rejuvenate their eyes love their blepharoplasty results, as you can see in these before and after photos. Getting good eyelid surgery results depends on your plastic surgeon’s skill and experience, as well as a productive recovery period.