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An eyelid surgery, also known as a blepharoplasty, can produce some pretty dramatic results.
Patients are excited about these results and want to show them off as soon as possible. Luckily, you can take a few easy steps you can take to aid in a speedy blepharoplasty recovery.
What Is an Eyelid Surgery?
A blepharoplasty procedure improves the appearance of the eyes. This surgery can remove or reposition drooping skin and extra fat around the upper lids, lower lids, or both.
What Are the Benefits of a Blepharoplasty?
Individuals often get this surgery to look younger and improve their peripheral vision (as sagging skin can obscure your range of vision). A blepharoplasty can make you look younger, more alert, and more awake.
Patients who undergo an eyelid surgery often report feeling more confident in their appearance.
How Can I Speed Up My Blepharoplasty Recovery?
Follow these tips to make your recovery easier, faster, and safer:
1. Use Cold Compresses
A cold compress on the eyes can help reduce swelling post-surgery and help minimize any discomfort as you heal. However, note that this procedure uses numbing medicine. You may continue to feel numb post-surgery, so don’t use a freezing compress on your bare skin. The numbing cream may prevent you from realizing how cold the compress is, resulting in frostbite.
2. Use Anti-bruising or Anti-inflammatory Medications
Ask your plastic surgeon if they recommend any anti-bruising or low-dose anti-inflammatory medication. These medications can help give your body assistance during the recovery process.
3. Avoid Makeup and Other Skin Care Products
You may want to get back to your regular skin care routine or wear makeup to see friends and family, but we caution against this. While you are recovering, it is best to leave your face clean and free of products. The ingredients in your makeup and skin care products may irritate your incisions, causing infections or a delayed recovery time. Give your skin and body the space to heal.
4. Use Eye Drops
It is typical after eyelid surgery to experience some temporary vision problems. This can include blurry vision, eye dryness, eye irritation, or the sensation that there’s something in your eyes. Use eye drops (approved by your doctor) to soothe your eyes during this time. Do not wear contacts until your doctor has said you are okay to do so.
Additionally, don’t rush out for an eye exam. Your vision will go back to what it was before; you just need to give it a bit of time.
5. Wear Sunglasses
To protect your eyes and skin during the healing process, always wear sunglasses when you are outside.