Eyelid lift surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that enhances the appearance of your eyelids. The goal of this surgery is to reduce wrinkles and fine lines around your eyes and perk up “droopy” eyelids. Although it may take up to two or three months to fully heal from eyelid lift surgery, the incision marks will fade fairly quickly with proper care. It is important to note that the recovery time will largely depend on your preparation before and after your procedure. With proper planning, you should feel like your “old self” in no time at all. If you are interested in learning more about recovery process after eyelid lift surgery, you have come to the right place. This blog will tell you everything you need to know about recovering from eyelid lift surgery.
The information below can help prepare for the eyelid lift surgery recovery process:
The main purpose of eyelid lift surgery is to eliminate extra skin from your eyelids (upper and lower). It is also used to “perk up” droopy and/or saggy eyelids and diminish wrinkles from around your eyes.
It is important to know the various types of eyelid lifts before you schedule an appointment with a plastic surgeon. For instance, a traditional eyelid lift consists of making an incision and removing extra skin from your eyelids. In some cases, under-eye fat is also removed. Moreover, some eyelid lift procedures use laser beams to remove excess skin from your eyelids.
Approximately a week or two before your eyelid lift surgery, you will need to stop taking anti-inflammatory medications (i.e. Advil, Excedrin, Bayer and Aleve) because they can thin your blood and prevent it from clotting properly. You should also stop taking vitamin E because it can cause prolonged bleeding and/or hemorrhaging. Furthermore, you will need to stop smoking because nicotine can delay the healing process.
Following your eyelid lift surgery, you will need to have a cold rag, ice packs and/or a cold compress on hand to place on your tender and swollen face. You will also need several soft, comfortable pillows to rest your face on during the recovery period. It is important that you prop your head up on the pillows to reduce swelling.
You may also want to try gentle homeopathic remedies like arnica and bromelain for bruising and swelling, but make sure to consult with your surgeon before ingesting any herbal supplements. It is important that you follow all of your plastic surgeon’s instructions and seek emergency medical treatment if you experience excessive bleeding/hemorrhaging, breathing difficulties, progressive swelling and/or an infection at the surgery site.
***It is important to note that recovery time will depend on your body condition and the procedures performed, but generally it takes at least 8 to 12 weeks to fully heal from eyelid lift surgery. If you opt for laser eyelid lift surgery, you may experience a shorter recovery time, then if you opt for traditional eyelid lift surgery.
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