Blepharoplasty recovery tips primarily aim to control the amount of swelling and bruising, and ultimately promote shorter “social downtime,” as suggested by leading Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Tarick Smiley.
Blepharoplasty, or more commonly referred to as eyelid surgery or eyelid lift, removes the crepe-like skin above and/or below the eye. If needed, the procedure also eliminates the herniated fat that causes the “puffiness” or “shadowing.”
While the bruising and swelling are generally mild, “prudent” patients must give themselves a month or so of healing. This is particularly critical if they are going to attend a social function—e.g., wedding, graduation, and reunion.
However, it is safe to surmise that a good number of patients would look presentable in public (very minimal or barely detectable swelling and bruising) after two weeks. At this time, “camouflage” eye makeup can be used to further conceal the residual bruises.
In the first 7-10 days, most patients can expect mild discomfort that can be easily alleviated by over-the-counter painkillers. During this time when there is an increased risk of bleeding and poor healing, any medication categorized as blood thinners, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, aspirin, and aspirin-like products, are best avoided.
Extreme pain is very rare after blepharoplasty, and should it occur it is almost always a sign of healing problems, infection, or some type of complication that must be addressed immediately.
Controlling the amount of postop swelling and bruising is the key to enjoy quick “social recovery.” Head elevation, even when sleeping, for a few days after surgery can help the symptoms resolve quicker; this can be achieved by using large pillows or inclined foam wedge.
Furthermore, cold compress in the first 48 hours could help control swelling, although using it longer at a time (20 minutes longer) may lead to frostbite. To prevent this, a thin cloth should be placed between the ice pack and the skin, and apply this only 10-15 minutes at a time.
Some surgeons, meanwhile, advocate the use homeopathic remedies such as bromelain and arnica montana, although there is little scientific data proving their “purported” benefits.
Because blepharoplasty recovery tips may differ from surgeon to surgeon, a prudent patient should only stick to her doctor’s specific recommendations.