What to Expect During Eyelid Surgery Recovery By on August 05, 2013

Minneapolis Eyelid Surgery RecoveryEyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a wonderful option in facial rejuvenation. Before patients decide to undergo this form of plastic surgery, it is important to understand just what eyelid surgery entails. In this blog post, we will focus on the recovery phase following eyelid surgery. To learn more about blepharoplasty, including risks and side effects, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gregory T. Mesna.

What to Expect During Eyelid Surgery Recovery

When compared to other plastic surgery treatments (like facelifts or tummy tucks), blepharoplasty recovery time is relatively quick. In general, most patients will reach a full recovery after several weeks. Resting during the recovery process is recommended, especially during the first two days to a week following treatment. During the initial recovery phase, it is important not to add pressure to the eyes and face by bending down or overly exerting oneself, as this can cause the incisions to reopen and increase the risk of complications. You can help your recovery process by getting plenty of rest, and by following all of your surgeon’s instructions. Here are some things to expect during recovery:

  • Pain: Most patients experience some level of pain following eyelid surgery. The discomfort should begin to lessen in the days following the procedure. Most surgeons will prescribe some form of pain medication to help alleviate discomfort.
  • Redness: Redness around the eye area immediately following surgery is common, however, redness that doesn't go away or develops days after surgery should be brought to your physician's attention immediately, as this may be a sign of infection.
  • Swelling: Swelling is quite common and is completely normal following eyelid surgery. However, like redness, swelling that doesn't go away or becomes worse may also be a sign of infection or other complication and should be brought to your physician's attention.
  • Bruising: Bruising around the eyes can be expected following blepharoplasty. Bruising will gradually fade during recovery.
  • Excessive tear production: As you recover from eyelid surgery, you may experience excessive tear production. Excessive tear production is generally temporary and for most patients, tear function goes back to normal within in a few days.
  • Eye dryness: Eye dryness is another possible issue some patients encounter during the recovery phase and, like excessive tearing, is typically temporary.
  • Temporary blurred vision: Some patients experience blurred vision immediately following blepharoplasty. For most, vision returns to normal within a few days following surgery.

Tips to Help with Recovery

After blepharoplasty it is vital to follow all of your surgeon's instructions to help reduce the risk of complications. You can also follow these helpful tips:

  • Treat incisions with doctor recommended ointment.
  • Use cold compresses to reduce swelling.
  • Use physician approved eye drop to keep eyes from drying out.
  • Avoid strenuous activities.
  • Avoid bending over.
  • Avoid reading, watching TV, or any activities that may strain the eyes.
  • Wear dark sunglasses when going outside to protect the eyes.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Stop smoking at least four weeks prior to surgery and throughout the recovery process.

Find Out If You're a Candidate

To see if eyelid surgery is right for you or to discuss other treatment options, schedule a consultation with Dr. Mesna today!

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Dr. Gregory T. Mesna

Mesna Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center

Gregory T. Mesna MD, FACS, is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of top-level experience. He performs a wide range of surgical and non-surgical procedures to enhance and rejuvenate the face, body, and breasts. He is proud to be affiliated with:

  • The American College of Surgeons (Fellow)
  • The American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • The Minnesota Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons

You can request a free consultation at our office in Minneapolis, MN, by contacting us online or calling (952) 927-4556.

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