Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, can have many benefits for patients with a variety of complaints. As the eyelids age, the skin loses elasticity and can become saggy. As it sags, the upper eyelid can sometimes become an impediment to eyesight, as well as creating a tired or aged appearance. An upper eyelid procedure can remove the excess skin. Lower eyelid surgery can remove or redistribute fat that has moved over time, which can help with the appearance of bags under the eyes. However, patient satisfaction is often contingent on understanding the recovery process ahead of time to avoid surprises.
During your initial blepharoplasty recovery, keeping a low profile is recommended. A low degree of pain is normal, and typically it can be controlled either with prescription medication from your physician or sometimes with over the counter products. You may experience some blurred vision during the recovery process, so activities such as reading, driving, and watching TV may be difficult. For most people, return to normal activities such as work comes at around 2 weeks.
Generally, your stitches will be removed after about 5 days. It is important that you follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding care of the incisions to keep them clean and avoid infection, as well as so that they heal optimally and leave the least scar possible. Just because the stitches are gone does not mean the incisions are fully healed, and you should continue to care for them according to your surgeon’s instructions.
As with any surgical procedure, bruising and swelling are expected during recovery. The amount varies depending on a number of factors. You can keep your bruising and swelling to a minimum by keeping your head elevated after surgery, including when you are sleeping, and using compresses as directed by your surgeon. Bruising is usually mostly gone by the time you are ready to return to normal activity, and at that point you can usually use makeup to cover up any remaining bruising. Be sure to discuss any products you wish to use with your doctor to be sure they are safe.
If you are interested in discussing the benefits of a blepharoplasty, contact Oakland facial plastic surgeon Dr. Sheldon Kabaker at 800-914-4247 to schedule a consultation.