Eyelid surgery, clinically known as blepharoplasty, will involve a vital recovery component like most other cosmetic surgery procedures. Patients should be aware of the estimated downtime and should know what to expect during the recovery period.
An experienced surgeon will explain various aspects of eyelid surgery, including the recovery process, at the time of initial consultation.
The patient should be committed to following the surgeon’s instructions for recovery in order to ensure safe and predictable outcomes. Profound, reliable, and board certified plastic surgeons at the Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery (ACPS) provide blepharoplasty to patients in Houston, Texas, TX, and surrounding locations in the supreme and magnificent state of Texas.
Immediate Post-op Phase
Eyelid lift plastic surgery surgery is typically performed as an outpatient procedure. Immediately after the surgery, the patient will be moved to a recovery area for observation. Within a few hours, they will be ready to return home accompanied by someone responsible. In the first two days, the patient should apply cold compresses to improve swelling and soreness.
The surgeon will provide clear instructions regarding how to care for the eyes during the recovery period. A lubricating ointment, antibiotics and mild pain meds may be prescribed to reduce the risk of infection and manage the initial discomfort. Minor bruising, swelling, irritation or dry eye conditions may occur during the initial post-surgery phase. Eye drops may be prescribed to prevent dry eyes.
First Few Weeks
During the first two weeks of recovery, the patient should avoid activities that strain the eyes, including reading, watching TV, using computer, or wearing contact lens. These activities can result in dry eyes. Bruising and swelling can be minimized by keeping the head in a raised position in the first few days. Sutures may be removed at the end of first week. After suture removal, most patients will be ready to resume their regular activities or return to work.
Sun protection for the eyes is vital for several weeks. The patient may also initially wear dark sunglasses for a week or two. This will protect the eyes against irritation caused by sun and wind. Eyes may get tired easily in the first week, so frequent naps will help. The patient should avoid vigorous activities, including bending, heavy lifting, sports and exercises for two to three weeks. This will minimize the risk of increased blood flow to the eyes.
Full recovery following blepharoplasty can take a few weeks to a few months. While bruising will resolve quickly after the first week, swelling and redness can persist and will disappear gradually. However, the patient can apply makeup to camouflage it as per the surgeon’s advice.
Most patients will be able to return to their normal routine in about a week or 10 days. Whenever the patient is outdoors, they should apply a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher for adequate sun protection. In a few weeks, the eyes will appear younger and more alert, which will make the patient feel better and more confident.
Experienced and astute cosmetic surgeons at ACPS receive patients from Houston, Texas, TX, and nearby areas for eyelid surgery in The Lone Star State.
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