How Long Does It Take to Recover from Eyelid Surgery?
You may have heard that the recovery from eyelid surgery is relatively easy and mild. That’s generally true, but you should still be fully informed about what to expect. At Dr. Bernard Shuster’s practice, we make sure you have all the information you need in order to decide if facial cosmetic surgery is right for you.
Blepharoplasty Recovery and Downtime
Here is a general outline of what to expect:
You will spend some time in the recovery room before you maybe driven home by a family member or friend.
You may temporarily experience blurred vision, itching, sensitivity to light, puffiness, and watery eyes.
The area will be swollen and bruised for one to two weeks.
Use a cold compress held gently against the area as much of the time as possible will greatly reduce bruising.
Dr. Shuster believes a low sodium diet is the most effective way to minimize swelling.
There will be mild discomfort during the first week.
Protect your eyes from sun exposure until everything has healed (big, dark sunglasses or staying out of the sun).
Don’t rub, scratch, or massage your eyes while they are healing.
Most people return to work after a week, or longer for more strenuous jobs.
Don’t wear contact lenses for at least two weeks.
Don’t bend over, lean over, or hang your head down for at least four weeks.
Take a break from strenuous activity and exercise that raises your heart rate for a few weeks.
You will begin seeing really good results within three weeks. These results will continue to improve over the course of three months. Although eyelid surgery cannot stop the aging process or the continued effect of gravity, your eyes will look more rejuvenated for the long-term. Practice sun protection and take care of your skin to maintain the results.
Your Blepharoplasty Plan
If you are interested in eyelid surgery, Dr. Bernard Shuster will determine your candidacy, help you consider any alternatives or combined approaches, and make sure you have answers to all of your questions. Your consultation in Hollywood, FL, with Dr. Shuster is a great opportunity to decide if this procedure is right for you and what is involved in planning for the recovery. Our office is centrally located to provide plastic surgery throughout Fort Lauderdale and Miami.