If you have drooping and sagging upper eyelids, extra skin on the upper lids that make it hard for you to see from the corners of your eyes, or extra skin and bags on the lower lids, go for blepharoplasty.
Also known as an eyelid lift, blepharoplasty is a surgery that repairs droopy skin and eyelids by removing extra fat, muscle, and skin from the area. If not removed, they give a baggy appearance as well as affect your vision. It means blepharoplasty is not just a cosmetic treatment for good looks but a health treatment as well for good vision.
If performed by an experienced plastic surgeon like John Martin, blepharoplasty gives good results. People find lots of changes in them. The only thing that they worry about is recovery after the procedure. They want to get rid of the after-effects as soon as possible and look normal.
What happens after blepharoplasty?
During the blepharoplasty procedure, the surgeon makes small incisions in the upper or lower eyelids. Due to incisions, the eyes feel sore and tight for a few days and they get sticky, dry, and itchy. Also, many people have blurry vision for two or three days.
For easier and faster recovery, the surgeon prescribes pain medication. Taking pain medication will make you comfortable during the recovery period. The surgeon even advises keeping the eyelids clean and avoiding rubbing them.
How long does it take to recover from blepharoplasty?
Generally, the eyes look normal and better than before after one to three months of the procedure. Rest, it depends on how much you follow the aftercare instructions. Any carelessness during the recovery period can extend your time to look normal.
Total recovery might take months but you can go out in the public and return to work after 10 to 14 days. The only thing is you should be comfortable speaking about your surgery to others. If you don’t want to inform others, you should extend your homestay.
Sometimes, slight bruises are seen even after two weeks. You shouldn’t worry about them as they will fade soon without any additional medical interference. In case of any problem in the recovery, you should consult your surgeon.
What’s the fastest way to recover from blepharoplasty?
For the fastest recovery from blepharoplasty, you should keep your head elevated as much as possible after the surgery for at least the next 2 to 3 days. Along with this, you should sleep in an upright position and avoid activities that cause dry eyes. You can also apply an ice pack to accelerate the recovery process.
How should you care for yourself at home after blepharoplasty?
- Rest if you feel fatigued because enough sleep gives energy to the body, which is important for healing
- Avoid wearing contact lenses for two weeks
- Don’t put on eye makeup for two weeks so that products don’t get into the incisions.
- Shower and wash your hair 24 hours after surgery, keeping water and shampoo out of the incisions and eyes.
- Don’t rub your eyes, do any things strenuous, and swim or use hot tubs for two week
- Wear sunglasses if the sun is bright for one year after the procedure.
If you follow aftercare instructions and take care of yourself, you will soon look normal after blepharoplasty.
For more information and queries on blepharoplasty, schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. John Martin, MD now.