As humans, when we showcase our emotions, whether it’s anger, surprise, or joy, we do so through our eyes. Eyebrows have a big impact on the emotions we express through our facial expressions. Time, skin aging, and bone loss, all lead to gradual eyebrows descent causing them to fall lower on the forehead.
If you’ve ever noticed excess skin on your eyelids or bags under your eyes, this is most likely the cause of it. One way to address these concerns is with eyelid surgery, formally known as blepharoplasty.
We have an entire blog deep-diving into what eyelid surgery entails. On this blog, we focus on how to tackle the recovery process after having gone through the procedure.
The first few weeks after surgery
As with any procedure, the first couple weeks after eyelid surgery are key. Patients typically experience short recovery times, with bruising being noticeable the first 48 hours after the blepharoplasty. Most people return to their usual routines up to 10 days after surgery when most of the swelling has gone down.
A couple of things to keep in mind regarding these first few weeks of surgery:
- The incisions around your eyes will be starting turning a light pink/red color, this is completely normal.
- If your eyelids feel numb for a couple of days, this will diminish if you follow your surgeon’s recovery instructions.
- Try to keep all lights off during the first days back at home. The eye will be sensitive to light after the blepharoplasty procedure.
- Feeling puffy because of swelling around the eyes is also typical, don’t panic!
- Avoid over-exercising your eyes for at least a month post-surgery; reading, watching TV, or spending too much time on your phone can cause negative effects on the eye.
- If you wear makeup, avoid doing so for these two weeks, your surgeon will let you know when the area is properly healed.
Tips to follow post-surgery
Other than the information shared above regarding the initial time after surgery, there are other tips to follow for a smooth post-surgery recovery. Remember, your surgeon will provide a list of recommendations tailored to your individual surgery and medical history. These items are general.
- Sleep with your head elevated, with around 2-3 pillows stacked under your head. This will help with recovery and discomfort.
- Sleep is key! Try to get as much rest as possible for a quicker recovery.
- Restrain from rubbing or touching the eyelid.
- Avoid straining activities such as watching television or being on the phone.
- Driving is off-limits until cleared by your doctor.
- Be diligent about applying all recommended medication and eye drops prescribed by your surgeon.
- Don’t wear any prescription glasses until advised to do so.
- Not only is makeup not appropriate to apply, but any type of lotion or creams could also irritate the surgery area.
- Do not lift any heavy items or practice strenuous exercise.
- If you go outside in the sun, always have a pair of sunglasses and a hat on hand.
Keep an eye out for unusual side-effects
Just like it’s important to carefully follow all post-surgery instructions, it’s also important for patients to be aware of possible complications that may arise. If you experience any of these negative side-effects during recovery, contact your surgeon immediately:
- Chest pain or any difficulty breathing is not something you should be feeling.
- If you notice changes in your vision, contact your doctor.
- Bleeding in the treatment area is not normal.
- Experiencing high temperatures/fever for a long-time after the procedure is also unusual.
- If your recovery time is longer than the expected 2 weeks, your surgeon will probably have further recommendations for you to follow.
Schedule your Eyelid Surgery with Dr. Stallworth
If you’re interested in eyelid surgery this year, get started by scheduling a primary consultation. Dr. Stallworth will go through your surgery goals and examine your eye-area for possible outcomes! Call 210-997-3223 to get started.