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Recovery Tips and Timeline: What to Expect After Eyelid Surgery

Posted May 16, 2024
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Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, significantly improves vision and refreshes the appearance of the eyes. However, a well-understood recovery process is key to achieving the best results. Find some important advice here on managing the healing phase after your eyelid surgery and easily navigating each step in the eyelid surgery healing timeline.

Immediate Post-Op Care

After the procedure at a reputable practice like Sultan Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, you’ll be taken to a recovery area where you’ll be closely monitored. It’s common to experience swelling, bruising, and minor discomfort during this period. Temporary blurred vision or light sensitivity may also occur. Ice packs will be applied to help minimize swelling, and pain medication may be provided to maintain your comfort.

Make sure you have someone to drive you home and assist you during the first night.

First 48 Hours

The initial two days post-surgery are vital for recovery. Here are some tips to help you in these critical first 48 hours of the eyelid surgery healing timeline:

  • Keep your head elevated to help reduce swelling effectively.
  • Apply cold compresses gently over your eyes for about 10 minutes every hour you are awake. This will help reduce swelling and bruising.
  • Avoid activities that might dry out your eyes, like watching TV or reading.
  • Stop wearing contact lenses during this time to prevent irritation.

First Week

During the first week after eyelid surgery, expect the swelling and bruising to be most visible within the initial few days before gradually beginning to subside. The appearance of bruising can range from light yellow to dark purple, and swelling may make your eyelids feel tight.

You should continue resting and keeping your head elevated even while sleeping. Avoid activities that increase blood pressure, such as bending over or lifting heavy objects. Refrain from smoking and consuming alcohol, as these can hinder the healing process.

Following Weeks

Most bruising should fade by the end of the second week, and swelling will gradually decrease, becoming less noticeable by the fourth week. At this stage, you can do the following:

  • You can slowly reintroduce more physical activities, but continue to avoid vigorous ones, such as running or aerobics.
  • Be gentle when washing your face, and avoid rubbing your eyes. After the first week, you may begin to wear makeup, but make sure to apply and remove it gently.
  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from UV rays and reduce irritation.
  • Attend all scheduled follow-up appointments with a trusted surgeon like Dr. Babar Sultan to support proper healing and discuss any concerns.
  • Stay hydrated to maintain skin health and promote the eyelid surgery recovery process.

Long-Term Care

Healing from eyelid surgery can take a few months, with scars possibly remaining pink for six months or longer. These scars typically fade into thin, barely visible lines concealed within the eyelids’ natural creases. Follow these tips for post-op care for blepharoplasty:

  • Apply silicone gel or scar cream to help scars heal smoothly and become less noticeable.
  • Continue your sun protection steps. Consistently wear broad-spectrum sunscreen and sunglasses outdoors to protect the delicate skin around your eyes and your surgical results.
  • Maintain a healthy diet rich in vitamins and minerals to promote skin health and overall recovery.
  • Avoid activities that strain your eyes, such as prolonged screen time without breaks.
  • Schedule annual visits with a reliable surgeon like Dr. Sultan to monitor the long-term outcomes of your surgery and address any concerns.

Set Up Your Consultation

If you are considering eyelid surgery while living in Baltimore or Towson, you should discuss your options with a trusted plastic surgeon like Dr. Babar Sultan. Dr. Sultan is double-board-certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery and otolaryngology. Together with our experienced and friendly staff, we can help you achieve your aesthetic goals and smooth recovery. Contact Sultan Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery today to book your appointment.

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