Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a surgical procedure during which a plastic surgeon will remove or reposition unnecessary skin or excess fat that has collected in the eyelids. This results in a more youthful, alert appearance.
Like all procedures, eyelid surgery involves a period of recovery following the procedure. Knowing what to expect after the surgery and how to care for yourself can promote healing and ensure optimum results.
What to Expect After Eyelid Surgery
During your pre-surgery consultation, your plastic surgeon will determine whether or not the eyelid surgery should be performed on an outpatient basis or with an overnight stay in the hospital.
Initially, after the surgery you may experience the following temporary symptoms:
- Redness around the treated area
- Excessive tearing
- Sensitivity to light
Your plastic surgeon may lubricate your eyes with an ointment and apply a dressing. This may cause temporary blurring of vision.
Eyelid Surgery After Care
After the surgery, your eyelids will typically feel tight and any soreness can be treated with painkillers.
For the first two days you will need:
- Lubricant: To treat your incisions.
- Eye drops: To keep your eyes from drying out
- Cold compresses: These can be placed on the eyes to reduce any swelling.
In the first week after the eyelid surgery, you should ensure to keep away from any activities that may dry out your eyes. This includes:
- Watching TV
- Computer use
- Contact lens wear
Make sure to keep your head elevated during the early days after the surgery as this will help alleviate any swelling.
Removing the stitches
Your plastic surgeon will remove the stitches between 2-7 days after your eyelid surgery. Patients may feel well enough to resume normal activities around day 10 of recovery.
For the first two weeks after your eyelid surgery, it is recommended that you wear dark glasses to protect your eyes from the sun and wind. You may find that your eyes tire quickly during the recovery period and extensive rest is recommended.
During this time any activities that increase blood flow to the eyes should be avoided including lifting, bending, physical activity, and even crying. Your plastic surgeon will be able to best advise you on when any type of exercise routine can be resumed.
While the eyelid surgery recovery period can seem long, especially in the early stages, after a few weeks patients begin to notice a drastic change in their appearance.
You will see:
- Fewer fine lines around the outer corners and lower lid of the eye
- No more ‘bags’ under your eyes
- Improved vision
- A refreshed, youthful appearance
To learn more about what to expect before, during and after eyelid surgery, contact our Kelowna Health Centre today at 250-868-9799 or toll-free at 877-505-8895.