Eyelid Surgery: What you should know about recovery and after-care

Eyelid Surgery: What you should know about recovery and after-care

The desire to undergo some aesthetic surgery is not a bad thing. There are two things that might go wrong: first is choosing not enough experienced surgeon and second is to completely unfamiliar with the recovery process. Unfortunately, we can’t help you with selecting the right surgeon, but we can prepare your expectations for the recovery time. Watching after yourself and knowing what might harm your surgery results is essential. That’s why we decided to devote this post to recovery time and aftercare following eyelid surgery.

What happens after the surgery?

Not all patients are similar, so we will not get too deep into medical characteristics because they won’t be true for everybody. For example, some patients need to stay at the hospital after the surgery while others are free to go as soon as they wake up. The difference comes from individual medical history and doctor’s estimation.

Eyelid surgery procedure before  after illustration

Blepharoplasty is invasive surgery so the surgeon makes incisions. Unfortunately, when human skin is cut then swelling and bruising appear. First few hours eyes might be too watery because they try to remove the irritation. After that, they will become very dry. This is the moment to ask your doctor for some ointment. The bad thing about ointment is that it will blur a patient’s vision. Imagine two eyes that are already bruised and swelled – the vision will be far from perfect if you add ointment.

How should I take care of my eyelids after the eyelid surgery?

People report that their eyelids are tighter. Incisions are actually open wounds so your surgeon might ask you to wear cold compresses. They will reduce swelling. In order to reduce bruising patient should sit not lie down – elevated head prevents too much blood flow in the eyelids. Everyday activities, like reading and watching TV should be avoided because they put additional pressure to eyes and dry them out. At least one month, patients should wear sunglasses. Sun, wind, water, steam can damage eyes so sunglasses are mandatory. Every single activity that might dry eyes out or provoke more blood into them has to be limited to a minimum. Surgeons usually prepare a special regiment for patients who need one.

How many sick days will I need?

It depends how fast patient’s body recovers. During the first week, the patient’s vision will be blurred, and he will have bruises and swelling. In addition, people in this phase gets easily tired so working is almost impossible. However, after 10 days, swelling and bruising start to vanish and the patient might get back to his daily routine. If his job requires serious eyes tension then he might wait one week more before going back. The most important thing that people have to remember is that the first week is very hard to notice the improvements, so they should wait until the second one.

The surgeon will remove the stitches in 5 days and bruising will disappear next week or two. Some patients report that they have troubles closing completely their eyes. If you experience this effect then you should get in touch with your surgeon and ask him to prescribe you some eye drops. They will help your eyes stay moisturized.

Blepharoplasty of the upper eyelid

Additional recommendations

  • Sleep as much as you need. Don’t try to wait till the night comes to rest. Sleep is a magical body tool for recovery so use it properly;
  • Elevate your head while sleeping – with few pillows;
  • Don’t drive the first week;
  • Your eyes will be too dry so forget about contact lenses for 2 weeks at least;
  • Lotions, makeup and creams are good to go if you don’t apply them on eye area;
  • Shampoo and body lotion shouldn’t be applied on the incisions so be careful in the shower;
  • Try not to exercise for two weeks;
  • Stop taking blood thinners or at least inform your doctor;
  • Don’t take antibiotics without your doctor’s knowledge;
  • If you your eyes are becoming dry, surgeons often advise patients to use normal saline eye drops to use whenever needed
  • Try to keep the eyes are clean;
  • If you are really disturbed by bruising, apply ice packs. You have to keep the eye area dry so don’t apply the ice directly.

Knowing how to take care of your incisions will give you the advantage of a faster recovery. Every surgery has a recovery time but it depends on the patient how long it will be. We repeat that every patient is different and has different medical history so things we have listed are valid for most of the people not for everyone, and this article is only informative.