Quick Guide to Easy Recovery from Eyelid Surgery

eyelidEyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, was one of the surgical cosmetic procedures that soared in popularity last year. We are not surprised by such figures at all here at our Encino plastic surgery practice. In fact, we have also noticed that a growing number of queries during personal consultations have to do with eyelid surgery.

Questions pertaining to recovery from the procedure is often asked about by patients during consultations with Dr. Malamet. Will they be able to sleep comfortably? Will there be activity restrictions? We have outlined a quick guide to eyelid surgery recovery below!

  • Generally, we suggest that you take it easy during the first two weeks following eyelid surgery.  Pain and discomfort can be alleviated with pain medications except for NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) which will only increase your risk of bleeding. However, if the pain in the surgical site doesn’t seem to disappear, you might want to immediately get in touch with us.
  • You may be able to resume to your normal routine/activities after 10 days. However, activities that fully depend on your vision such as driving and reading may be challenging at first due to blurred vision. Thus, it may be best to avoid engaging in strenuous activities (such as contact sports or operating on heavy equipment) for the first 3 to 4 weeks following surgery.
  • You can use eye makeup to conceal bruising and swelling which are both typical following eyelid surgery. However, we recommend using eye makeup a week following surgery and to simply stay at home during the first 7 to 10 days post-procedure.
  • Eyeglasses can be worn right away post-surgery but contact lenses are a different story. You cannot wear them until the second or third week following the procedure.
  • A special eye mask may be worn while you’re sleeping. Since sleeping won’t be easy during the first few days following surgery, taking steps to make it easier will surely help. You might want to keep your head elevated while sleeping to reduce swelling.
  • As mentioned earlier, bruising and swelling are common post-eyelid surgery. Cold compresses will keep both to a minimum. Supplements such as bromelain may be also prescribed.
  • Lastly, look out for signs of possible complications following eyelid surgery such as dry eyes, excessive tearing, infection, vision loss, or very obvious scarring.

Do you still have unanswered questions about eyelid surgery? Call us at  818.380.3130 or fill out this contact form today to set up an appointment with us. Dr. Matthew Malamet serves patients from Encino, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, and surrounding areas. We look forward to your visit!


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