During a blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), Dr. Timothy Greco will get rid of unwanted tissue—including excess fat and loose skin—from around the eyes to correct the damaging effects of aging. This opens them up by removing any puffiness, making the eyes look younger, refreshed, and brighter. If you’ve decided that this surgery is the right choice for you, the staff at the office of Dr. Timothy M. Greco in the Philadelphia area advises that eyelid surgery will require you to take special care of your eyes as you recover from surgery.
Here are five important recovery tips from Dr. Timothy Greco and staff that anyone having eyelid surgery will benefit from knowing. Note that you will also get specific post-operative instructions to help prevent any complications.
During the first few days after blepharoplasty, it’s common to experience discomfort, which will gradually improve with time. Patients also frequently experience eyelid swelling, tightness, bruising, and itching. Blurred vision, excessive tearing, numb eyelids, and sensitivity to light are normal during the first few weeks. To help treat these side effects of eyelid surgery:
1. Use the prescribed eye drops or ointments—such as antibiotics, steroids, and artificial tears—to ward off infections and stop inflammation. You may also need to take pain medication to reduce any discomfort.
2. Prevent damage to your eyes from exposure to sunlight or wind during your ride home from surgery or anytime you go outside afterward by wearing dark-tinted sunglasses. Sunscreen is beneficial after the eyelid skin has healed from surgery.
3. Take time to rest and limit your activity. Don’t do any heavy lifting, bending, or physical exercise during the first two weeks. This can cause excess bruising and swelling and adversely affect the result of your surgery.
4. To help with post-procedure swelling and bruising, frequently ice the eye area throughout the day with cold compresses. This will provide soothing relief to the eyes and help with decreasing bruising and swelling.
5. Be careful about your sleep position. It is recommended to sleep with your head elevated on pillows and in a semi-upright position after surgery so that you keep your head higher than your heart to decrease swelling.
Planning your eyelid surgery and want more information about what to expect? Let us help make sure your procedure goes as smoothly as possible. Learn more about what’s involved in blepharoplasty recovery by calling the office of Timothy M. Greco, MD, FACS in the Philadelphia area at (610) 664-8830 or fill out a contact form to get started today.