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What to Expect during Eyelid Surgery Recovery

By dustinheringer on January 31, 2016


Elegant older woman Eyelid surgery can have tremendous benefits for your appearance, helping you look years younger. Despite the dramatic results, the treatment does not involve significant discomfort or a significant recovery time. At Arizona Ocular and Facial Plastic Surgery, Drs. Dustin Heringer and William McCleish will use minimally invasive techniques to tighten drooping muscles and skin. With their careful methods, they can hide incisions and dramatically reduce post-surgical inflammation. Of course, you will still need to take proper care of your eyes after your procedure. Our doctors will provide guidance to promote faster healing and optimal cosmetic results. To learn more about the eyelid surgery recovery timeline, contact our Scottsdale, AZ practice today.

What Happens during Eyelid Surgery?

Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, will address sagging upper or lower eyelids. Drs. Heringer and McCleish can also use this procedure to eliminate under-eye bags, puffy lids, and a tired appearance. If your drooping lids hang down over your eyes, blepharoplasty can even improve your vision.

After you receive local or general anesthesia, your doctor will create a tiny incision. The exact location will depend on whether he is treating the upper or lower lid. He may place the incision just under your lower lash line, inside your lower lid, or along the upper lid crease. Through the incision, Dr. Heringer or Dr. McLeish will trim away excess skin and tighten the muscles. If needed, he can remove and redistribute pockets of fat cells. Finally, he will close up the incisions with small sutures.

Immediately after Your Surgery

Blepharoplasty is an outpatient procedure, so you will be able to return home immediately after your surgery. However, your vision may be a bit blurred, so you will need someone to transport you to and from the office. You may also have some mild inflammation, redness, light sensitivity, and tearing. In general, these symptoms will go away within a few days. Over-the-counter medications, compresses, and prescription eye drops can help to minimize discomfort.

Your Recovery Timeline

Full recovery from eyelid surgery will typically take several weeks. You will probably need to request about a week to ten days off from work. During this time, you should avoid activities that could dry your eyes, such as reading, watching TV, and using the computer. You should also sleep with your head elevated, and you should not wear contact lenses. Within a week, you will come back into the office. At this appointment, Dr. Heringer or Dr. McLeish will remove your stitches and check up on your progress.

After you return to work, you should continue to take it easy. In particular, you should avoid strenuous physical activity that will increase blood flow to your eyes. Your doctor will help you ease back into your normal exercise routine. Continue to use any ointments, as advised by your doctor. You should also wear sunglasses every time you go outside.

Eyelid Surgery Results

As your recovery advances, the results of your surgery will become more apparent. Your entire face will be rejuvenated, and you will look dramatically younger. Thanks to our doctors’ great skill, scarring will be virtually undetectable. In addition, although nothing can stop the effects of time and gravity, your eyelid surgery results could last for years.

Learn More about Blepharoplasty Recovery

To learn more about blepharoplasty and what you can expect during the recovery process, contact our office to schedule a consultation.

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