Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a very effective treatment for addressing a number of cosmetic concerns around the eyes. This procedure can remove excess skin that makes the upper eyelid appear droopy, as well as excess fatty deposits that create a puffy look around the eyes. It is excellent for patients who often complain that their eyes don’t look fully open and that they look tired because of this. Lower eyelid surgery can remove fine lines and wrinkles and can correct bags under the eyes. As with any surgery, however, it’s a good idea to understand what will be involved in the recovery process before undergoing the procedure.
Immediately following the procedure, you will want to keep things pretty quiet. You will likely experience some pain or discomfort, which can be controlled either with prescription medication from your physician or sometimes with over the counter products. You may experience some blurred vision during the recovery process, so activities such as reading, driving, and watching TV may be difficult. For most people, a return to normal activities such as work comes at around 2 weeks.
Stitches are usually removed after about 5 days. It is important that you follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding care of the incisions to keep them clean and avoid infection, as well as so that they heal optimally and leave the least visible scar possible. Just because the stitches are gone does not mean the incisions are fully healed, and you should continue to care for them according to your instructions.
Some bruising and swelling may be experienced as well. The amount varies depending on a number of factors. You can keep your swelling to a minimum by keeping your head elevated after surgery, including when you are sleeping, and using compresses as directed by your surgeon. Bruising is largely due to the amount of bleeding that happens during the procedure, which is often not something that can directly be controlled. Bruising is usually mostly gone by the time you are ready to return to normal activity, and at that point you can usually use makeup to cover up any remaining bruising. Be sure to discuss any products you wish to use with your doctor to ensure that they are safe.
If you’re interested in discussing eyelid surgery, call Dr. Kulak at 703-481-0002 in Virginia or 301-222-2020 in Maryland for a consultation today.