Surgery Recovery: What To Expect After Your Blepharoplasty
LEARN MORE ABOUT BLEPHAROPLASTY PROCEDURES
Undergoing a cosmetic surgery procedure on the eyelids is referred to as blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery. The procedure itself and the recovery are relatively straightforward with minimal scarring and high patient satisfaction rates. However, like all cosmetic surgeries, planning and research go a long way to prepare you for optimal outcomes.
Here, we’ll help you to understand what’s involved in the process and healing after you choose to refresh the appearance of your eyes.
In The Days Following Blepharoplasty
If you’ve had a general anaesthetic, you may feel groggy or nauseous for a day or two. Local anaesthetic and IV sedation offer a quicker return to normal, but you’ll still need to have a friend or family member on hand to pick you up after your procedure. You can expect your eyes to be blurry and watery as the post-procedure swelling develops.
The delicate eye skin is prone to fluid retention so even though the surgery is not described as overly painful, the frustration of facial puffiness should be expected for 7-14 days. You’ll be advised to relax your eyes when at home, so listening to music or audiobooks can be a good way to pass the time. Your facial plastic surgeon will instruct you about applying topical medication to incisions and cold compresses if necessary.
Your surgeon will send you home with medication and advise you to keep your head somewhat elevated. This helps to reduce not only swelling but associated discomfort too.
If you wear contacts or makeup, you’ll need to refrain from doing so for a short period.
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