Eyelid Surgery: How to Recover Like a Pro

If you’ve never had plastic surgery, the prospect of a procedure like eyelid rejuvenation can be both exciting and intimidating. At this time of year, with the whole idea of “new year, new you” fresh in our minds, many people are considering how surgery can help them face the years ahead with more confidence and satisfaction. Although several nonsurgical techniques are popular today, there is still something to be said about surgical procedures. Blepharoplasty can achieve what nonsurgical treatments cannot, namely results that can last many years.

Blepharoplasty may be a surgical procedure, but recovery doesn’t have to be a pain. To recover like a pro, follow some simple suggestions:

Go In Prepared

Just like you would prepare for an important meeting or big event, you should prepare for blepharoplasty recovery. Arrange 2 weeks off work, as well as domestic duties. For this short time, let someone else take care of the emails, the childcare, the meal-prepping, and focus solely on the rest your body needs to heal successfully and as quickly as possible.

Expect Frustration

Yes, you may feel frustrated after a few days of recovery. This can happen because we aren’t used to waiting long for most things these days. When so much excitement surrounds seeing a refreshed appearance, the presence of swelling, bruising, and red incisions can be a real buzz-kill. Know that, after 3 or 4 days, surgical side effects will begin to resolve. However, also know that full resolution may take up to 14 days. Results are coming! Be patient.

Follow Instructions for Healing

Patients receive post-operative care instructions that outline the various ways they can promote prompt and adequate healing. Those who follow instructions diligently add ease to their recovery process. Instructions cover everything from medications to sleeping positions to the use of cold compresses to reduce swelling. Patients should also avoid sun exposure, screen time, and smoking.

Blepharoplasty can freshen up your entire face just by bringing the life back to your eyes. Learn more about this procedure in a consultation with Dr. Salzman in our Louisville office. Call 502-425-5200 to schedule your visit.

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