Recovery after blepharoplasty takes 10 days on average. The final results emerge within 4 months after the surgery. Below is an overview of blepharoplasty recovery as well as tips on how to speed up the healing process.
Blepharoplasty is one of the top five cosmetic surgeries performed in almost every country. As we age, our eyelids can droop or little pads of fat can make our eyes look puffy and like we haven’t slept in days. If you are considering restoring a more youthful appearance with eyelid surgery, it is important for you to understand what the recovery process looks like. Setting your expectations for recovery can alleviate stress and make the process less overwhelming.
Overview of Eyelid Surgery
Upper eyelid surgery is done with the surgeon making an incision that allows for the removal of skin and fat. Tiny stitches are then used to bring the skin together and create a new eyelid crease.
Surgery done on the lower eyelids can be done with incisions directly below the lash line or on the inside of the eyelid (transconjunctival approach). This approach is done without visible incisions, making this technique perfect for patients who need fat removed or added. Blepharoplasty can also be combined with other techniques such as laser resurfacing of the eyelid skin to provide optimum results and reduce lines and wrinkles.
Further details on the procedure are at “Eyelid Surgery: 7 Steps to Rejuvenated Eyes”.
What Will I Feel Like Post-Op?
After surgery, one of the first things you will be aware of is your vision will be blurry. This is due to the thick antibiotic ointment that is applied to your eyes during surgery to protect your eye from getting dry or infected. Normally you will be prescribed some of this cream to use for about a week after the surgery. Most patients are also prescribed artificial tear drops to help keep the eyes hydrated after surgery. In addition, your eyelid may feel sore, tight, dry, sticky, itchy, watery, or sensitive to light. They can be swollen and bruised for several weeks after surgery but will continue to improve over the next few months. By the 4 month mark, your results should be completely revealed.
Most people are physically healed and ready to return to work in about 10 days to two weeks. This would depend on what kind of work you do and how physical it is. Emotionally, you may not feel ready, it depends on where you are in the healing process and how you feel about people knowing about your surgery. You may still be experiencing some bruising around your eyes and possibly swelling.
A Dozen Tips To Speed Your Recovery After Blepharoplasty
- Make sure to take enough time off for your recovery
- Prepare in advance as much as possible (pre-cook meals, pantry stocked up, prescriptions filled, assistance with the kids, etc)
- Use ice packs on your eyes. Applying ice is crucial during the first 3 days
- Keep your eyelids clean and avoid rubbing them
- Do not stress your eyes for the first week, avoid reading, computer usage, watching tv, etc (this is a tough one – perhaps listen to audiobooks or podcasts)
- Sleep sitting as upright as possible (propped up on pillows) to reduce swelling and excess fluid buildup.
- Refrain from any strenuous activity for at least the first two weeks
- Wear Sunglasses for at least a couple of weeks to help protect eyes from wind, dust, or sun. (Your eyes may be more sensitive to light)
- Walking at a gentle pace at least once a day will help blood circulation and will help you recover faster
- Get enough sleep, take naps, the eyes tire easily during the recovery period
- Do not wear contact lenses for about 2 weeks or until the surgeon clears it
- Do not wear eye makeup for 2 weeks or put anything (not prescribed) on your eyes.
As hard as it may be, take the time to relax and allow yourself to heal. Follow the after-care instructions given to you by the surgeon. You will be rewarded with the final results.
Will I Need a Follow Up Surgery?
The results of blepharoplasty last for many years, but the process of aging will not stop whether we like it or not, and more than one procedure may be necessary in order to reach the patient’s ideal result.
To discuss blepharoplasty surgery, and what it could do for your appearance, schedule a consultation today with Dr. Angelina Postoev.
Angelina Postoev, MD, FACS, a triple board-certified cosmetic surgeon, and Christopher Ibikunle, MD, FACS, offer eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) for men and women in Atlanta, Suwanee, Johns Creek, and the surrounding areas of Atlanta, Georgia.