Eyelid surgery is often performed as a way of rejuvenating the face. Some people turn to eyelid surgery after they have sustained trauma or injury. Their goal is to restore the appearance and the functionality of their eyelids. Regardless of the reason why a person wants eyelid surgery, the end goal should be improving the individual’s appearance, restoring functionality, and leaving a person feeling and looking better. To accomplish this goal, a person should know what to expect during eyelid surgery and what to expect during the recovery time.
Being prepared is essential to a successful eyelid surgery. Before going into surgery, it is recommended that you take the time to prepare a space in your home where you can comfortably rest and heal after the surgery. You should have needed supplies on hand, including artificial tears, medication, towels, ice packs, and gauze.
In the first 48 hours after your eyelid surgery, you may notice a mild discomfort. In the vast majority of cases, this mild discomfort can be addressed with over-the-counter medication. During those first two days, you should stay away from things like aspirin or ibuprofen. These medications can actually increase the risk of bleeding.
Over the course of the next week, you are going to notice that the bruising and the swelling around your eyes goes away. During the first couple of hours after surgery, you’re going to be very sensitive to light. Your eyes may tear up, and you may notice double vision. None of these should be a cause for concern as they are a normal part of the recovery process after eyelid surgery.
Each person is going to heal at their own pace after eyelid surgery. The best results are seen by individuals who take their self care post surgery seriously. A patient should constantly elevate their head while they are sleeping to improve circulation and minimizes swelling.
For the first couple of weeks after surgery, you will need to stay away from strenuous physical activity and swimming. Activities that require you to bend and lift should be avoided because the motion can quickly increase the blood pressure in your head, which in turn could negatively impact your recovery.
By knowing what to expect following eyelid surgery and by listening to our doctor’s recommendations, you put yourself in the best position for long-term positive results. Contact us today at Restore SD Plastic Surgery to book a consultation in San Diego.