Recovery and aftercare post blepharoplasty
With age, wrinkles known as crow’s feet can develop at the sides of the eyes, even extending to the lower lid region. Age-related eyelid changes can easily result in a tired, sad, or deflated look—not what most people are going for. The frustration that eyelid aging can cause makes blepharoplasty one of the most commonly sought after procedures at SpaMedica in Toronto. Also referred to as cosmetic eyelid surgery, a blepharoplasty removes or tightens sagging skin around the eyes, resulting in a smoother and more youthful overall appearance. And if you have vision issues related to the sagging of your eyelids, blepharoplasty surgery can correct that as well. But for optimal results, it’s important to understand what to expect and how to best care for yourself post-surgery!
Blepharoplasty: recovery and aftercare
After your blepharoplasty procedure, during which excess fat and skin are expertly removed from your eyelid area, any initial discomfort can be easily controlled with oral medication. Hypersensitivity to light may last a week or 2, as can bruising, but the latter is generally very easy to camouflage with makeup after 7 days. Swelling disappears over several weeks. All your sutures are typically removed within 4-6 days, and eye makeup can be used shortly after that.
It’s important to keep in mind that most discomfort will occur in the first few days, improving each day that follows. Expect temporary swelling and tightness of the eyelids, bruising, dryness, burning, and itching of the eyes. You may have gummy eyes for about a week.
A few aftercare tips to follow for best blepharoplasty results:
- Plan for someone to drive you home post-op and help you out at home for a day or 2.
- Use cold saline compresses for the first 24 hours to reduce swelling and bruising and for general comfort.
- Safely read or watch television after 2-3 days.
- Make sure you walk around, stay hydrated, and consider adding raw fruit to your diet in order to avoid constipation caused by a combination of immobility and pain meds.
- Take pain medication as prescribed. Don’t take aspirin unless discussed.
- Don’t drink any alcohol, drive a car, or make important life decisions when taking your pain medication!
- Keep your incisions clean with soap and water and watch daily for signs of infection.
- Don’t smoke, as this can cause significant issues in your healing process.
- Sleep with your head elevated at a 45-degree angle for a few days post-op to keep swelling at a minimum.
- Start walking and moving around as soon as possible to reduce swelling, lower your risk of blood clots and pneumonia, and avoid constipation of course!
- Avoid any activities that raise your blood pressure, such as bending, lifting, and intensive sports.
- Limit activities to just 3-5 days a week, and avoid anything strenuous for 2-3 weeks.
- Return to work after 10-14 days.
- Wait at least 2 weeks before wearing contact lenses.
- Avoid exposing your scars to the sun for at least a year, and always use a strong sunblock of SPF 30 or higher if exposure is unavoidable. Ask us about special sunblock, particularly for eyelids.
People who undergo cosmetic blepharoplasty surgery can easily appear many years younger—not to mention more awake and alert! Contact us at SpaMedica in Toronto today to schedule a consultation!