Top 10 Tips for Recovery after Blepharoplasty Surgery (Eyelid Lift)
If you’re having a Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), some of your biggest questions will relate to your recovery and healing period after your operation. Dr Patrick Briggs will give you specific advice relating to your customised procedure. These tips for healing and recovery may help you know what to prepare for, in general, in relation to your recovery from Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Lift Surgery).
First, what is Blepharoplasty? Eyelid surgery, also known as an eyelid lift or Blepharoplasty, is a surgical skin reduction procedure that reduces either upper or lower eyelid bagginess. The most common condition treated by eyelid surgery is when the eyelid skin obscures the lashes (the skin touches or hides the lashes) or when excess skin is present in the lower eyelid. The eyelid skin may even droop and sag over the upper iris, which often impacts vision and leads to a tired looking, sad expression even when you’re rested. Those needing lower lid reduction may have heavy bags under their eyes causing them to always look tired.
Upper or Lower Blepharoplasty surgery takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour to perform. If performed together the surgery time will liked be 1.5 hour. Like all cosmetic procedures, it is typically best performed by a highly-skilled Plastic Surgeon who is a Specialist. That’s because the eye skin area is very delicate and crucial to vision. Your eyelids, if not operated on precisely, may stop functioning and you could end up with dry eye – so don’t risk a cheap eyelid surgeon or you could be permanently impacted.
Eyelid Surgery reduces excess skin from the eyelids and can you a more refreshed, naturally ‘open-eyed’ expression. It is warranted where eyelid ptosis has led to sagging, drooping eyelids and an exhausted expression that you’d like to correct. If under-eye bags are a problem, ask about lower eyelid surgery to reduce this excess build-up of skin.
Eyelid surgery can be performed to enhance the appearance of your eyelids or to improve your vision. Perhaps you’ve given a lot of thought to how an upper eyelid lift could benefit you by reducing sagging eyelid skin above your eyes and are now focused on your healing and recovery process. If you are planning to undergo Blepharoplasty surgery, review the following preliminary recovery tips to help you know what to expect to achieve optimal results.
Remember, this is general information only and is NOT intended to be medical advice; nor does it replace the direct advice from your Surgeon. It’s just an overview of what you’ll need to consider when planning for Eyelid Lift Surgery.
BEFORE AND AFTER EYELID SURGERY
1. AVOID STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES AFTER YOU HAVE EYELID SURGERY.
- Take it easy for the first few weeks after your eyelid surgery.
- Don’t get your eyes or eyelid incision lines in the sun (sun exposure can detrimentally impact your scar formation)
- Do NOT over-strain your eyes – your eyes are apt to feel tired and the skin above or below the eyes may feel a bit ‘tight’ as they heal.
- It is best to avoid tiring activities including extensive reading; please give yourself adequate time to recover.
- Also, it is recommended to stay inside your house to avoid foreign objects from getting into your newly operated eyes.
2. SLEEP IN THE CORRECT POSITION AFTER BLEPHAROPLASTY – SLEEP IN AN ELEVATED POSITION AFTER EYELID SURGERY.
- Sleeping after eyelid surgery may be a bit challenging for some patients.
- This is because you need to keep your head elevated (about 2-3 pillows) for several days to minimise swelling.
- If you have an inclined foam wedge at home, you can adjust it to elevate your head while you sleep.
- Sometimes mattresses that have an elevation function can help, but usually, the right supportive pillows or foam wedges will suffice.
3. GENTLY APPLY A COLD COMPRESS TO YOUR FACE AND EYE AREA GENTLY AFTER EYELID SURGERY ADVISED BY YOUR SURGEON.
- These are only general suggestions, and your Surgeon may give you specific instructions you should follow.
- ALWAYS follow your Surgeon’s instructions and do not go against what they say – that’s because they know YOU and YOUR procedure far more in-depth than a general healing tips blog does.
- Using gently applied cold compresses may help minimise swelling and bruising but ask your Surgeon as you’ll need to be careful if you use this healing aid.
- The cooler temperature may, however, help ease discomfort by reducing the sensitivity of nerve endings as you heal.
- Make sure not to apply ice directly on your skin to avoid ‘ice burns’.
4. FOLLOW YOUR SURGEON’S INSTRUCTION ON HOW AND WHEN TO CLEAN YOUR EYELID SKIN.
- Your Surgeon may recommend using eye drops to keep your eyes lubricated or to help prevent burning or itching.
- They can also recommend a cream or solution for your surgical wounds to help prevent potential infection.
- AVOID the impulse to touch your incision lines or sutures (stitches).
5. LIMIT OR AVOID READING AND WATCHING TELEVISION IN THE FIRST FEW DAYS AFTER THE PROCEDURE.
- Using your eyes too much can lead to dryness, thus, prolonging the healing process.
- Instead, listen to music and relax.
6. WEAR DARK UV PROTECTIVE SUNGLASSES TO PROTECT YOUR EYES AND INCISION LINES WHEN OUTSIDE OR IN THE CAR.
- The skin around your eyes is very sensitive to sunlight, and even more so after an eyelid lift surgery.
- It is recommended to wear dark sunglasses and sunblock (SPF 30 or more) when you go out or even if sitting near a window.
- Ask your Surgeon when you CAN start to wear products on your eye area (it may be several days or longer) and ask Dr Briggs or his Dermal Therapist what products are gentlest and safest for after a procedure.
- DO remember that being in a car exposes you to a lot of sunlight (and watch out for reflections from water, if you happen to be sitting in the shade by a pool – it’s harder to avoid sun exposure than you might realise!)
7. INCREASE YOUR PROTEIN INTAKE AND GET GOOD NUTRITION AS YOU HEAL.
- Loading up on protein-rich foods such as meat, eggs, beans, and nuts can help accelerate surgery recovery processes – nutrition – and higher protein intake – DOES seem to count as you recover after eyelid surgery (or any other form of cosmetic surgery) according to preliminary research findings.
- This is because protein helps your body repair itself, especially during sleep.
8. AVOID TOUCHING THE SURGICAL WOUND AND DEFINITELY DON’T SCRATCH IT!
- Touching the wound especially with your bare hands can lead to infection.
- The sutures may start to itch a bit as they heal but definitely avoid scratching at your incision line – ask your surgeon for suggestions to minimise the itchiness as you heal.
9. AVOID BENDING DOWN – KEEP YOUR HEAD ELEVATED AFTER BLEPHAROPLASTY EYELID SURGERY DURING YOUR RECOVERY AND HEALING PHASES.
- Your surgeon will advise you to keep your head elevated as much as possible, primarily in order to prevent swelling.
- Ask for help and avoid bending down if possible.
- If you absolutely need to bend down to pick up an object, and no one is around to help, please bend at your knees instead, keeping your head elevated – never bend your head down.
10. CONSULT WITH YOUR SPECIALIST SURGEON IMMEDIATELY IF YOU EXPERIENCE ANY ABNORMALITIES OR CONCERNS DURING RECOVERY FROM YOUR BLEPHAROPLASTY EYELID LIFT SURGERY.
- Although unusual, sometimes complications may occur.
- Be sure you have read all the documents and know what to look for and never hesitate to contact your Surgeon with any healing concerns you have after surgery during your healing and recovery phrase.
- Contact your Surgeon and/or your medical care teams immediately if you experience fever, severe pain and swelling, excessive bleeding, pus draining from the incisions, and vision problems – be sure you have the right phone numbers for after-hours care and your GPs numbers on hand as well.
By adhering to your Surgeon’s specific postoperative instructions, which may vary and might include more activity restrictions or other suggestions for better healing outcomes, you can help minimise your risks of complications or unwanted outcomes.
If you are looking for a highly experienced blepharoplasty surgeon, schedule a no-obligation with us now to determine if you are an ideal candidate for the procedure – ask to see a Specialist Surgeon like Dr Patrick Briggs.
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Dr Patrick Briggs offers high quality, natural-looking plastic and cosmetic surgery results and is vastly experienced in Breast, Body and Face Surgery having performed over 4500 Surgeries in private practice. With world-wide expertise Dr Patrick Briggs is an expert in breast, face and body surgery for men and women.
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