Eyelid Surgery Recovery
Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), like all surgery, involves a period of recovery following the procedure. The degree of your eyelid surgery recovery will depend on numerous factors, including the extent of your surgery and whether you have other procedures performed at the same time. During your consultation in Denver, Dr. Serota will discuss a personalized plan based on your specific needs.
What to Expect after Eyelid Surgery
After surgery, patients can expect redness and swelling around the incision areas and the eyes may tear excessively. Any dryness that occurs in the eye area can be alleviated by ointment and drops that Dr. Serota can provide. Temporary blurred vision is a common side effect of eyelid surgery. Recovery may also include temporary sensitivity to light.
Care after Eyelid Surgery
After upper and lower blepharoplasty surgery, the eyelids typically feel tight; accompanying soreness may be treated with analgesics. For the first couple of days following the surgery, the incisions should be treated with ointment to keep them lubricated. Cold compresses can be placed on the eyes to reduce swelling as well.
In the first week after the procedure, patients should avoid any activities that may dry up the eyes, including reading, watching television, wearing contacts and using a computer. Swelling and bruising can be minimized by keeping the head elevated as much as possible during the first few days of recovery. Dr. Serota will remove the stitches between two and seven days after the eyelid surgery procedure. Patients may feel well enough to resume normal activities around the tenth day of recovery.
For the first couple of weeks following the surgery, dark sunglasses are recommended to protect the eyes from irritation caused by the sun and wind. Patients may notice that their eyes tire easily for the first several weeks of the recovery period; frequent resting of the eyes is recommended.
Throughout the first three to four weeks after surgery, any activities that increase blood flow to the eyes should be avoided, including bending, lifting, sporting activities and even crying. Dr. Serota will advise each patient when any type of exercise regimen can be resumed.
If you would like more information regarding eyelid surgery, please contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center at 303-367-9000 or serotamd.com to schedule a consultation.