Recovery After BlepharoplastyWednesday, June 21st, 2017, 4:31 pm
You’ve probably pondered the potential results of your Blepharoplasty, also known as Eyelid Surgery, but you may not have focused on the recovery process and healing time. At Rejuv Cosmetic Center, we’re here to help. Knowing what to expect during your Blepharoplasty recovery will enable you to prepare accordingly.
Once your Eyelid Lift or Asian Blepharoplasty is completed, your Blepharoplasty Surgeon will lubricate your eyes with an ointment and may apply a dressing. After this, you will be brought into the recovery room. You will probably experience temporary blurry vision during the time you are there. This is usually a result of the ointment your surgeon uses to protect your eyes during surgery. Don’t panic, it is only temporary.
When the Anesthesia wears off, your eyes may feel tight, hot and tender. If you are in pain, request a pain reliever.
The experience of coming out of Anesthesia is different for everyone. You may feel overly emotional. You may also shiver. If you feel cold, ask for a blanket. If your Blepharoplasty was performed with General Anesthesia, you may feel nauseous. There are medications that can help, so ask a nurse for one.
If you will not be staying overnight at the hospital or surgery center, you will need a designated driver—a friend or family member—to drive you home. You will be groggy and unable to see clearly for at least a day. Your sutures will be removed about 3 days after your Blepharoplasty.
Blepharoplasty Recovery: Activity Restrictions
Take it easy for the first 7 to 10 days after your Blepharoplasty. You will probably experience some mild discomfort during this time. Your prescribed pain medication should alleviate any pain. Your Blepharoplasty Surgeon will tell you what over-the-counter painkillers are appropriate. Namely, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen, Naproxen or Aspirin should not be used during your recovery because they increase risk of bleeding. If the pain becomes overwhelming, call your Blepharoplasty Surgeon or the on-call staff immediately.
Infection is a risk after any surgery, including Eyelid Surgery. An elevated temperature could indicate an infection. Take your temperature regularly during your Blepharoplasty recovery to monitor for signs of an infection. Be sure to take the full course of your antibiotics to help reduce your risk of infection.
Most people return to work within 10 days after their Blepharoplasty, but certain tasks such as reading may be challenging, due to blurred vision. You will probably be able to watch TV after a few days. Do not participate in strenuous activities for at least 3 weeks. Avoid contact sports until your Blepharoplasty Surgeon gives you the all-clear. You can usually resume using eye makeup within 1 to 2 weeks. Make-up can also be used to camouflage any bruising around your eyes during this time. Eyeglasses are OK immediately after the surgery, but you can’t wear your contact lenses for at least 2 weeks after Eyelid Surgery. Remember, your contacts may not feel comfortable for a while after your surgery.
Blepharoplasty Recovery: Sleeping
Sleeping after Blepharoplasty can be difficult. You should keep your head elevated, even while sleeping, for several days after your surgery to minimize swelling. Try using 2 or 3 medium-sized pillows or purchase an inclined foam wedge at your local surgical supply store or pharmacy. You may also be instructed to wear a special eye mask to protect your eyes while you sleep.
Blepharoplasty Recovery: Bruising and Swelling
Some bruising and swelling after Blepharoplasty is a given. Your eye area is extremely delicate and bruises and swells easily. The more complicated your Blepharoplasty, the more bruising and swelling you will likely experience. The amount of bruising varies from moderate to black or raccoon eyes, but will fade with time.
Your eyes may gradually appear more swollen in the days after your Blepharoplasty. As the days go by, the swelling will slowly dissipate. It can take up to 3 weeks for swelling to fully resolve, so be prepared to wait for your final results.
Holding cold compresses on your face and eyes can help keep swelling and bruising to a minimum. These are available at a pharmacy or online. Some surgeons may also recommend herbal remedies such as Arnica Montana or Bromelain to reduce post-surgical bruising and swelling.
Blepharoplasty Recovery: Eye Care
Follow your Blepharoplasty Surgeon’s preoperative instruction on how and when to clean your eyes and the area around them. If you experience excessive tearing or dryness after Blepharoplasty, your surgeon may recommend using eye drops or a wetting solution to help keep your eyes lubricated. These artificial tears may also help alleviate burning or itching. Your eyes may also be light sensitive, so consider sporting a pair of dark sunglasses to better protect them. Protect any incisions with a strong sun block. Ask your surgeon for advice on which sun block is safe.