Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a common cosmetic surgery that can revitalize the eye area and rejuvenate your overall facial appearance. Although it is considered a safe procedure with few risks, there are some steps you can take before and after surgery to support healing and speed up your recovery.
Before Your Eyelid Surgery
If you are in good health, you can significantly reduce the possibility of complications during or after an eyelid surgery. A balanced diet can also help to ensure that your body recovers as quickly as possible. In addition, lifestyle adjustments, such as reducing late nights and controlling sleep deprivation can help strengthen the body’s reserves.
- Quit smoking. Smoking can inhibit the body’s ability to transport oxygen and nutrients, which can affect the body’s ability to heal. Surgery can be a great opportunity to quit for good. Mr Ross always advises his patients to have stopped smoking a number of weeks prior to surgery.
- Monitor blood pressure. Stable blood pressure will reduce the risks of bruising.
- Discontinue certain medications. Aspirin and some herbal supplements increase the possibility of bruising and swelling. Mr Ross will be very clear on what medications must be stopped prior to surgery.
After Your Eyelid Surgery
After a blepharoplasty, the average time for recovery is about 2 weeks. Depending on your profession, it may be necessary to take more than two weeks off before returning to work.
- Avoid certain medications. To help keep bruising and swelling under control, you should continue to avoid blood-thinning medications and herbal supplements for about 2 weeks after the procedure.
- Avoid exercise. It is highly recommended that you avoid vigorous exercise or strenuous activity in the first few weeks following your surgery. This will allow your body the rest it needs to ensure that you heal properly and achieve the best possible results.
- Cold compress. To help reduce swelling, apply a cold compress to the eyes for the first 3 days.
It is important to follow any post-operative instructions you are given by Mr Ross and his team. To learn more about your options for a blepharoplasty, book in for a consultation with Mr Ross.