Blepharoplasty is a popular cosmetic procedure that is sought by more than 200,000 people each year. This procedure focuses on the upper or lower eyelids (or both) to reduce signs of aging such as puffiness, dark circles, and drooping. According to research, many men and women who undergo eyelid rejuvenation surgery feel much more satisfied with the general appearance of their face, even without correcting other signs of aging such as a soft jawline. When consulting about blepharoplasty, one of the most pressing questions patients have is what it’s like to recover from this surgery. We’re going to discuss that here.
All surgery comes with side effects. The most common include bruising and swelling. Most patients expect this and find that their eyelid rejuvenation does not cause substantial frustration. Swelling and bruising can be managed by sleeping on an extra pillow or two to keep the head elevated. Elevation discourages the accumulation of fluid in the surgical area. Cold compresses can also decrease the severity of swelling and bruising when used for short periods of time during the first two days post-op.
It comes as no surprise to blepharoplasty patients that they will face a bit of discomfort. What is surprising to many people is how mild their discomfort really is. We do not recommend waiting to see how tolerable discomfort is. Patients are encouraged to take prescription pain medication as directed for the first several days after surgery. Usually, pain and physical side effects dissipate so much within the first week after surgery that patients can resume most normal activities. Heavy lifting and strenuous workouts will need to wait for another few weeks.
The matter of scarring is discussed during the initial consultation when details of the procedure are covered. Incisions are often made on the inside of the eyelid, which eliminates external scars. The scarring that does occur with internal incisions is so subtle that it is neither seen nor felt. If incisions are made on the eyelid, they are positioned within the natural crease, where they are hidden while tissue heals. Like internal scars, those on the outside of the eyelid should not affect the natural look or feel of the eyes.
Learn more about blepharoplasty and how this procedure can give you the refreshed appearance you desire. Contact our Pottsville or Hazleton office for a consultation appointment.