We may hear so much about lines and wrinkles and how to treat them that we forget about some of the more profound signs of aging. As the skin and delicate tissue around the eyes no longer receive the same support from new collagen and elastin, the eyelids can become loose and saggy. They can look puffy and heavy. These changes, even when subtle, can have a major impact on the emotional vibe of the face. A person may look angry when they are not. They may look tired. If you see these false characteristics when you look in the mirror, you may be wondering how you can improve them as easily as possible. We understand that surgery may not sound like an easy fix to aging eyes, but we know that it can be. Here, we discuss how to recover well from blepharoplasty surgery.
It Starts with Preparation
Anytime a person has surgery, they know they will have some downtime during which they should rest and recover. For blepharoplasty, the time frame is about 10 to 14 days. Knowing this, patients can prepare ahead of time by wrapping up important projects at work and by scheduling time off. Not just from the office but from work and other engagements. No plans to work remotely or answer emails or take calls. Just plans to be off. Other ways to prepare for blepharoplasty include having the house cleaned and making meals that can be heated and served without much hassle at all. It may also be necessary to arrange some helpers around the house for child and pet care. This aspect of recovery can be difficult for people who are used to doing it all. However, it is a must for an optimal recovery period.
It Continues with Self-Care
Everyone seems to have their own perception of what self-care means. After blepharoplasty, it has a very unique meaning, which is important to understand. If you’ve explored the idea of eyelid rejuvenation surgery, we expect that you know you need to rest after your procedure. Here’s what that looks like in real life. It looks like taking a hiatus from all screens. You may watch some television, but not much. It isn’t a time for binge-watching your favorite show or even for watching movies, at least not during the first week of recovery. It also means a break from scrolling social media for more than about five minutes, and it means avoiding activities in which your eyes are the primary source of intake. This includes reading. So what can you do while you recovery from blepharoplasty to prevent boredom? You can stay in touch with friends and family. You can listen to audiobooks, podcasts, and music. You can sit outside for short periods or take small walks, provided that you wear sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat. These activities might not only help you recover from surgery but may also revive your emotional wellness.
Blepharoplasty surgery is a minimally-invasive procedure that can reap huge rewards. Learn more. Contact us at 502-425-5200 to schedule a consultation at our Louisville office.