Most people have at least one feature they’re self-conscious about. For many people, that feature is their eyes. More specifically, it’s the drooping lids above them and puffy bags below them that occur due to aging, genetics, skin damage, or a combination of all of the above. Eyelid surgery is an ideal way of restoring more youthful-looking eyes by excising, repositioning, or tightening the fat, muscle, and skin that cause the problem.
After you’ve had a blepharoplasty surgery, Philadelphia’s Timothy M. Greco, MD, PC, recommends following specific post-operative instructions to ensure your recovery is as quick and smooth as possible while avoiding complications.
For prolonged patient comfort, local anesthesia and conscious sedation may be applied before the eye enhancement surgery begins. Because of this, some patients may experience dryness or sensitivity to light immediately after surgery. The exact recovery timeline varies depending on the patient and the extent of the surgery.
In most cases, you can expect to be able to return to work and similar activities around 10 days to two weeks after a procedure. You’re advised to wait for at least 10 days before applying makeup. There is generally minimal discomfort involved in blepharoplasty recovery, but some bruising and swelling should be expected within the first week. You can apply cold compresses to reduce the swelling. Dr. Greco can prescribe pain medication to help with comfort.
Scars are generally easily concealed in the natural creases of the eyelids, and they heal well. That said, try to refrain from applying pressure to the treatment area and keep it clean throughout the healing process.
While it’s impossible to prevent facial aging or fully predict how it will impact any given individual, eyelid surgery yields natural-looking, long-lasting results. The effects of upper eyelid surgery generally last for around five to seven years, while lower eyelid surgery results often last significantly longer. Sometimes eyelid surgery patients may also try additional treatments or combined treatments involving BOTOX®, brow lifts, or facelifts to optimize results.
To best maintain results, protect the treated skin from harmful sun exposure by always wearing darkly tinted sunglasses and a suitable sunscreen when going outside.
Timothy M. Greco, MD, PC, in Philadelphia can help any patient decide whether blepharoplasty is the right fit. Learn more about the benefits, risks, and costs of eyelid surgery by calling double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Timothy Greco and staff at (610) 664-8830 or filling out a contact form to set up an appointment.