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Recovery Guide: Eyelid Surgery

Posted January 07, 2020 in Eyelid Surgery

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When a patient undergoes blepharoplasty, commonly known as eyelid surgery, they may have their upper, lower, or both eyelids corrected. While the recovery may take a few weeks to resolve, the results can provide youthful, refreshed eyes that appear more alert. In some patients, repositioning of the eyebrow may be suggested as the heavy skin under the brows may be contributing to the heavy look.

Before and after blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) by Dr. Rick Rosen

Going into this procedure may seem scary if you aren’t sure what to expect. In this blog, we will explain the recovery process and provide advice to help you experience a more comfortable healing time.

Immediately After Your Eyelid Surgery in Norwalk

You will use frequent iced compresses to aid in healing and reduce swelling and bruising. You may feel discomfort and have blurry vision for the first few days, which can be relieved with very light pain medication and rest. It is normal for swelling and bruising to be present. Your discomfort and any bruising should reduce within a week.

Protect Your Eyes

It is a good idea to invest in some large, dark sunglasses to protect your eyes after surgery since they may be slightly more sensitive to bright sunlight. Also, it is a good idea to wear sunblock as the scars are maturing to prevent any increase in pigmentation from occurring.

Take It Easy

Patients are advised to rest during their recuperation. Avoid excessive reading, driving, watching television, or using a computer or electronic device. Straining your eyes before they are ready will slow your healing process and prolong the swelling period. If all goes well, you should be able to return to some light activities after five to seven days.

Reduce Swelling and Bruising

Use cold compresses to help minimize your symptoms and provide comfort. Most patients have their sutures removed in four days. For the first week, keep your head elevated at all times.

Use Your Prescriptions

You may need to apply prescription eye drops frequently, as well as an ointment. Maintain a regular schedule for using your prescriptions to ensure an ideal outcome.

How Can I Reduce My Healing Time?

To ensure a comfortable, safe recovery, you can reduce risks by taking time to allow your body to heal. Some tips to help you recover as soon as possible include:

  • Follow all of your post-operative care instructions, which are provided by your surgeon prior to going home.
  • Arrange for someone to drive you to and from the surgical facility.
  • Fill all of your medications before your surgery so they will be ready for you when you arrive home.
  • Have a loved one available to take care of you and your daily tasks for the first few days while you recuperate.
  • Do not strain yourself; get plenty of rest, stay hydrated, and do not overdo it. Most exercising will need to wait three to six weeks to resume.

Are Any Risks Involved With Eyelid Surgery?

As with any surgical procedure, there will be some risks involved. Complications are rare with eyelid surgery, but can include risks of:

  • Anesthesia complications or allergies
  • Bruising and swelling concerns
  • Changes in skin sensation
  • Dry skin
  • Infections
  • Sensitivity to bright lights

Dr. Rosen can discuss all the involved risks of your procedure during your consultation to ensure you are aware of any possibilities.

Woman before and after eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty).

“Straining your eyes before they are ready will slow your healing process tremendously.”

Have More Questions?

We encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rosen in Norwalk to discuss your goals, preferences, and concerns.

You can contact us online or call (203) 899-0000 to schedule your personal consultation.

Norwalk Office

91 East Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06851

Phone: 203.899.0000