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Sagging Eyelids No More: Here’s What to Expect after Blepharoplasty Recovery

What is Blepharoplasty?

First of all, what is blepharoplasty, anyway? In short, a blepharoplasty procedure is just a fancy way to say cosmetic eye surgery. For women with sagging eyelids, this surgery is fantastic for smoothing out wrinkles and fine lines around this sensitive area.

Here’s the breakdown: you can either get blepharoplasty on your upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. The difference is that treatment for your upper eyelids tightens up loose skin that could get in the way of your vision.

If you need to erase undereye bags, then we highly recommend that you look into getting blepharoplasty on your lower eyelids. Of course, having the surgery done on both eyelids is the best way to banish any signs of drooping!

For those who want to know how blepharoplasty goes down, allow us to explain. To do cosmetic surgery on your upper eyelids, a plastic surgeon has to make a small cut near the fold of your lid.

What happens next is that your doctor will take out any extra muscle, fat, or skin from your eyelid. After that, you’ll be stitched up again and ready to go. If you’re looking for a lower eyelid procedure, expect to have an incision made near the crease of your eye.

Once your plastic surgeon does this, they’ll work on removing excess fat from your lid. Finally, the incision will be closed up by your doctor. Plus, the best part is that it only takes a few hours to have this procedure done!

Eyelid Surgery Aftercare

Let’s talk about eyelid surgery aftercare. If you’re planning of caring for yourself at your house, you should definitely grab a nap whenever you feel too exhausted. That’s the #1 way to recover from your cosmetic eye surgery.

Our general rule of thumb is to sleep with a couple of pillows underneath your head at night. You should also talk to your doctor before you get behind the wheel. How do we know this?

Because most blepharoplasty patients have really tired eyes following their operation, it won’t hurt to cut down on your television, computer, and reading time afterward. Plus, you need to avoid wearing your contacts for a few weeks as well.

For women, it is best to avoid wearing any facial makeup.

What about taking a shower or washing your hair? Fortunately, you only have to wait about a day after your procedure to be able to do these things. Just make sure that you don’t get anything in your eye for the first week, including beauty products like:

  • Body soap
  • Water
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Hairspray
  • Shaving cream

Another word of advice is to avoid rubbing or pressing on your eyelid for a few days after your operation. You should also put your hair appointment and your gym membership on hold for several weeks as well.

Finally, your sunglasses are going to be your very best friend during this recovery process. Grab your favorite pair and prepare to rock them on vacation for the next year!

More Blepharoplasty Follow Up Tips

Do you want to learn more blepharoplasty follow up tips? Then you’ve come to the right place. If you’re already thinking about the medication that you’ll need to take after your procedure, then you’re one step ahead!

First things first: Your plastic surgeon will let you know when you need to start and stop your medicine routine. As if that’s not enough, they’ll also let you know when you should try any new prescriptions as well. For those on blood thinners, make sure to mention this fact to your doctor.

Why does this matter? Because your physician can tell you if you should take a break from your blood thinner meds too. If you have any questions, try to ask your doctor before you leave their office so that you’re both on the same page.

In addition, it pays to follow your medical practitioner’s advice about using antibiotic ointment and eye drops. Remember to keep your hands clean before your eye drop treatment. Just tilt back your head, open your eyelid, and drop it in!

Have you put in your eye drops yet? If so, then you need to let it sit for at least a minute. Then, make sure that you don’t touch your dropper to your eyelashes. Have no fear – As long as you follow your physician’s instructions, you should be good to go.

If you’re dealing with any bandaging on your eyelids, then you need to keep it on until your plastic surgeon gives you the green light. To avoid infection, try to keep this area as dry and clean as you possibly can. As for the whole ice pack situation, close your eye, gently place your ice pack onto it, and voilà: you’ll have better-looking eyelids in no time!

Why You Should Try Blepharoplasty

Are you asking yourself: Why should I try blepharoplasty? That’s an excellent question. The truth is, women have to go through a lot of different changes as they age.

Naturally, we have to deal with the aging process as best as we can. That being said, your looks shouldn’t have to take a blow just because you’re getting older. Want to turn back the hands of time?

Now, you can. With the help of a qualified plastic surgeon, you can get an eyelid lift on your upper or lower lids to give yourself the confidence boost that you deserve. Also, this type of operation is wonderful for those whose eyelids are getting in the way of their vision too.

Cut Down Your Blepharoplasty Recovery Time

Are you sick and tired of having drooping eyelids? Join the club. With our helpful guide, cutting down your blepharoplasty recovery time should be stress-free!

With so many women suffering from sagging eyelids as they age, it’s no wonder that blepharoplasty has become such a popular operation. Interested in getting cosmetic eyelid surgery? Give us a call to schedule a free consultation!

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