Eyelid Surgery Recovery: What to Expect
By Fernando Garcia on August 16, 2018
Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a procedure that removes excess skin from the upper or lower lids. This procedure is highly effective at combating the signs of aging. However, it does require a recovery period.
Understanding what to expect during eyelid surgery recovery is vital to proper healing. At Tijuana Bariatrics in Tijuana, Mexico, we discuss what patients can expect during the healing period.
Preparing for Eyelid Surgery
Before surgery, patients will have a detailed examination and discussion with the surgeon. During this visit, he or she will inform you of all risks and benefits associated with eyelid surgery.
Preoperative instructions will be provided and should be followed carefully and thoroughly. We recommend that you pick up your pain medications in advance and stock up on aftercare items such as gel packs, artificial tears, and gauze. By being proactive, you will be able to go home and relax immediately after your procedure.
What to Expect during Eyelid Surgery Recovery
This surgery is typically an outpatient procedure; patients will be sent home after spending at least an hour in our recovery area.
Fortunately, most patients experience a short recovery period after eyelid surgery. Here are a few things to keep in mind during recovery:
- Bruising and swelling will occur, but should quickly diminish.
- The eyelid area will feel tight.
- You can return to normal activities after seven to 10 days.
- After two weeks, most of the bruising and swelling will be gone.
- Use cool compresses for the first 48 hours.
- Spend time walking each day.
- Redness around the incision area is common.
- Eyes may tear excessively.
- Dry eyes and incisions can be treated with ointment from the doctor.
- Eye drops will be necessary for the first few weeks.
- Keep your head elevated as much as possible during the day.
- Dark sunglasses are recommended when going outside.
- You will notice that your eyes tire easily.
- Avoid any activity that increases blood flow to the eyes, such as bending, lifting, sports, and crying.
Patients may experience a temporary blurring of vision and sensitivity to light. These side effects are normal, and should go away within a week or so.
A full recovery from eyelid surgery will take a few weeks. However, patients may be able to return to work and light activity about 10 days after surgery.
Contact Our Practice for More Information
If you are bothered by sagging eyelid skin, blepharoplasty could be the solution for you. To schedule a consultation at our practice, contact us online or call us at 800-308-3607.