Recovering from Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
- Posted on: Jan 15 2018
Every year blepharoplasty, the clinical term for eyelid surgery, is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in the world. It doesn’t take much to figure out why — it is remarkably effective in making the patient’s face look 10 years younger, although not in a showy, obvious way. Eyelid surgery is Dr. Chandler’s specialty at his practice.
But what happens after the procedure? What is recovery like after eyelid surgery? Let’s discuss it.
When you return home after your eyelid surgery, you can expect your incisions to be red and to have some swelling. Your eyes may tear some. We’ll provide ointment for your incisions and may recommend over the counter lubricating eye drops. All of this may make your vision blurry for a day or two; that’s a common temporary side effect after surgery. In addition to the ointment for your incisions and eye drops to keep your eyes from drying out, we suggest cool compresses to be applied regularly for 24 hours. This will help keep the swelling manageable. There isn’t excessive pain involved; over-the-counter analgesics usually can handle it fine.
For the first week after your surgery, you will need to avoid extreme exercise. If you keep your head elevated as much as possible for the first few days, swelling and bruising can be minimized. After about a week, Dr. Chandler will remove or clean up areas around your stitches.
Beyond the first week
After a week to 10 days, most people can return to their normal activities, but you’ll still have to be cognizant of your continuing recovery. You should avoid bending, lifting, sports. You don’t want to add pressure and increased blood flow to the area around your eyes.
Overall, recovery from eyelid surgery is not difficult. For many people, after about a week or so they consider themselves recovered. Swelling usually has subsided by this time, and the changes in the eyes are now visible. Also, patients who have this procedure enjoy the fact that eyelid surgery is something that other people don’t notice. Unlike cosmetic procedures such as facelifts or breast augmentation, people won’t know you’ve had eyelid surgery — they’ll just feel as if you look somehow younger and more refreshed. What’s not to like about that?
Are you interested in eyelid surgery with Dr. Chandler? Call our Moorestown office (609) 877-2800 or our Jenkintown office (215) 885-6830 to schedule a consultation.