Hi! I am Dr M Szalay and today I am going to talk about improving recovery post eyelid surgery.
Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, can be an excellent procedure to rejuvenate the upper part of the face.
Whether undergoing an upper eyelid lift or lower lid surgery, surgical eyelid correction can significantly improve an individual’s facial appearance whilst improving puffiness and sagging wrinkled skin around the eyes.
However, the surgery may take some time to show complete results. In the meantime, it is very helpful if the patient adheres to post-operative guidelines in order to avoid complications.
We have a few vital tips and considerations in order to experience an easier and faster recovery period and get the most out of an eyelid surgery.
Keep the head raised
Following a blepharoplasty, the patient is advised to keep the head elevated when resting or sleeping. Maintaining the head above the level of the rest of the body is necessary to help minimise swelling and will speed up the healing process. Two or three pillows can be used to support the head and keep it consistently elevated.
Apply cold compressions
Holding a cold compress on the affected eyelid area can help reduce swelling and bruising. Clean gauze pads soaked in ice can also be applied directly on the eyelid. Alternatively, you can fill a Ziploc bag with ice cubes and place it over a moist gauze pad on the operated area. This also aids in relieving the soreness experienced after the effect of anaesthesia tapers off.
Avoid strenuous activities
For at least one week following the surgery, the patient should steer clear of daily activities and tasks that can stress the eyes. Activities one should avoid include reading, watching TV, lifting heavy objects, putting on eye make-up, using contact lenses and sitting at a computer.
Stick to surgeon’s advice
Dry eyes and mild discomfort may be experienced sometimes after the surgery. Keeping such complications in mind, the surgeon may prescribe lubricating eye drops and ointment along with guidelines for proper eye care, which the patient should follow in order to hasten recovery.
In addition to the above post-operative care, it is advised to protect your eyes from dirt, dust and harmful sun rays. Use sunglasses every time you head out to shield your eyes from harmful environmental elements.
Following the aforementioned tips can reduce the chance of eye irritation post-surgery and help patients get back to their normal life more speedily.