If you didn’t know already, eyelid surgery (also known as blepharoplasty) is one of the most popular surgical procedures performed. If not cared for appropriately, our eyes and the skin around them can age dramatically and in little time. Eyelid surgery can lead to a more lengthy recovery because the area is so delicate. Fortunately, Elements Spa’s board-certified cosmetic plastic surgeon Dr. Adibfar and his reputation for delivering beautiful results alongside a detailed recovery plan, allows patients to recover more swiftly and reap the benefits of the results in little to no time at all. Here are some of our recovery tips for eyelid surgery.
Why Eyelid Surgery?
Patients experience aging eyes for many reasons, some of which can be related to genetics, general aging, lifestyle conditions, overall state of health, and more. Patients may opt for eyelid surgery for different reasons as well. Some may consult with Dr. Adibfar about their under-eye bags, heavy eyelids, droopy eyelids, excess skin, and more. As a result of these conditions, patients find that they portray a perpetually tired appearance even when they’re feeling energetic and therefore opt for surgery. Let’s take a closer look at blepharoplasty recovery.
Post-operation care for Eyelid Surgery
Initial recovery will involve some time aside from everyday duties and responsibilities. Patients initially experience blurry vision, watery eyes, some swelling and bruising, and numbness. These are all normal and to be expected. Blurry vision typically subsides after a few days while the bruising and swelling of the delicate area typically last longer. Patients are usually able to return to work and normal daily activities after 10 days.
Eyelid Surgery Recovery Tips
Alongside Dr. Adibfar’s strict recovery instructions, here are some added recovery tips for eyelid surgery for your reference. Our patients typically report that it helps them feel better and bounce back more quickly.
1. Sleep – While it may seem obvious, the first few days will require more sleep and rest so that the body can heal quickly. Sleeping with your head raised will limit swelling and listening to your body’s urge to sleep will aid in your recovery tremendously.
2. Ice Packs – Ice packs do a great job of making you feel more comfortable while reducing swelling and bruising. Initially, it is recommended that you apply them as often as possible after surgery and throughout the recovery.
3. Avoid Eye Strain – Allow your eyes to rest by avoiding stark exposure to the sun, lights, and screens. Wear sunglasses if you need and apply sunscreen around the area to further protect from the elements.
4. Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle – Avoid physically demanding activities such as exercise until you are fully recovered and cleared by your surgeon. It is also best to refrain from smoking or alcohol as it can risk infection, dehydrate the body, and disturb a smooth recovery.
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