Eyelid surgery also known as Blepharoplasty involves a recovery period like all other surgeries after the procedure. Before going in for surgery you should be fully aware of what to expect after the surgery. You should also know how long the recovery period will be and learn how to take care of yourself during that period.
What to expect immediately after the eyelid surgery
Eyelid surgery is typically done on an outpatient basis or on an overnight stay in a hospital. Swelling and redness are expected around the incision areas and sometimes the eyes tear excessively. Ointment is provided to deal with any sort of dryness that occurs in the eye area and this may cause the vision of the patient to be blurred temporarily. Sensitivity to light is also expected.
Care after Blepharoplasty
After the surgery the eyelids usually feel tight and sore, though the soreness may be treated by analgesics. To keep the incisions lubricated for the first couple of days after the eyelid surgery, ointment is typically used. Eye drops are used so as to prevent the eyes from drying out and to reduce the swelling, cold compresses are used.
Avoiding activities that may dry up the eyes is vital during the recovery period such as watching tv, reading, using a computer or wearing contacts. Elevating the head as much as possible helps in minimizing bruising and swelling.
The stitches are normally removed between two to seven days after the eyelid surgery procedure. Patients usually resume normal day to day activities after about ten days.
Dark glasses are recommended for the first few weeks after the eyelid surgery so as protect the eyes from irritation gotten from the harsh environment such as the sun and wind. Patients are advised to take naps frequently during the recovery period.
Activities which increase blood flow to the eyes such as lifting, bending, sporting and also crying should be avoided for the first four weeks after the eyelid surgery. The doctor will inform the patients when such activities should be resumed.
Length of the recovery period
Eyelid surgery recovery time takes several weeks. The stitches are removed within two to three days and lots of rest is needed in the first week. The swelling and redness which occurs after the procedure fades with time and any form of exertion that may increase blood flow to the eyes is to be avoided.
Patients may see the recovery period as being long and depressing especially if they take a look at their swollen and bruised faces. This should not dampen their spirit as within a few weeks they start to notice the change in their appearance. The eyes will start to look more alert and younger giving the patient an overall radiant look and a whole new confidence.
After seeing the results the patient will be glad they chose to undergo the eyelid surgery in the first place.
Always ask as many questions as possible during the consultation so as to know what to expect.
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