Blepharoplasty beautifully restores the eye area. One important step between your eyelid surgery and youthful results—your recovery. As the eyes are a delicate area, it makes sense that you may have questions regarding healthy healing. To help propel you towards outstanding results, here, we list a few helpful healing tips.
Rest Your Eyes
It is imperative that you allow your eyes to rest. As your eyes will tire easily, you will want to limit activities that cause the eyes to strain. This includes watching television, staring at a computer or tablet screen, or reading. Make time for yourself—even simple tasks such as checking email or sending a quick text can place undue stress on the eyes. Instead, pass your recovery time by listening to audiobooks and podcasts.
You should also refrain from activities that require heavy physical exertion. While Dr. Robinson may recommend taking leisurely walks, any physically demanding exercise should be avoided for several weeks.
Your Eyes Will Need TLC
You can create a comfortable recovery by planning ahead and caring for your eyes. Make sure to have a few cold compresses on hand—using a compress not only lessens swelling, but can also aid in alleviating post-surgical soreness. Dr. Robinson also recommends “gently massaging the lower eyelid to prevent a scar contracture from forming”. In addition, some of our patients find that their eyes become increasingly dry and sometimes scratchy as they heal—alleviate this by moistening your eyes. You can ask Dr. Robinson for eye drop recommendations specific to your needs.
Keep Your Head Elevated
In the days and weeks following your surgery, do your best to keep your head elevated. This will minimize the fluid from collecting near around the eyes. Stay upright throughout the day—being extra careful when bending over lifting heavy objects. At night, place a few pillows under your head to ensure you are sleeping with your head up.
Eat a Low Salt Diet
Limiting your sodium intake will keep your body from retaining water. Staying hydrated will also help you avoid fluid retention. In addition to drinking plenty of water, snack on water-rich foods like cucumbers, celery, and berries such as blueberries and strawberries—all which are made-up of more than 90 percent water. High in vitamins and nutrients, whole foods will better help your body heal.
Protect Your Peepers
As you heal, it is highly recommended that you avoid direct sun exposure. UV rays cause the eyes to strain and can cause scars to appear more apparent. Even after healing, it is advised that you wear an eye cream with SPF and protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses. Protecting your eyes ensures long-lasting results.
Give Your Recovery Time
Understand that “it takes several weeks for swelling to resolve following a blepharoplasty”—and sometimes even longer. It is understandable that you are anxious to see the results—but often, the only solution is time. Dr. Robinson emphasizes that the best advice he can give: “I would recommend patience”.
We Are Here for You
During your consultation, Dr. Robinson will clearly explain side effects and how to best care for yourself after eyelid surgery. While all surgeries do have potential risks, when performed in a controlled surgical environment, complications are extremely rare in upper and lower blepharoplasty. If you do experience any discomfort, “have your surgeon evaluate the area to give you the proper diagnosis and treatment”. Although not common, there are “causes that may require surgical intervention to address the problem”.
At Indiana Plastic Surgery, we strive to make your surgery as seamless as possible—whether it be your initial consultation, the day of surgery, or unveiling the final results. We are excited to work with you! Schedule a consultation with Dr. Robinson to learn more about eyelid surgery or any of are other procedures.