Cosmetic eyelid surgery, which is also called blepharoplasty, is a common surgery that can help you look more rested and alert. If you want to look refreshed and combat signs of aging around the eyes, this type of surgery is something to consider. It is the third most popular cosmetic surgery and ideal for people with extra or loose skin in a number of areas around the eyes. If you have puffy eyes, bags, or dark circles under your eyes, or lower eyelid drooping, eyelid surgery could help these issues.
It is always good to go into any type of surgery knowing what to expect. You will be informed during your consultation on how you should prepare leading up to the surgery as well as what you can expect to look like after surgery. However, it is also good to know what side effects you may experience and what recovery is like, so you can go into the operation fully prepared. You may also want to arrange for help at home for a few days afterward while you recover.
After eyelid surgery is complete, you may experience some discomfort, which is easily controlled through medication that will be prescribed to you. You could also experience blurred vision immediately after surgery due to the ointment that is used to protect the eye. While inconvenient, this side effect is temporary.
Prior to surgery, you will be made aware of all risks and complications that could possible arise. You may be prescribed an antibiotic to reduce the risk of infection. You may also be advised to sleep with your head elevated to minimize swelling. There are also special eye masks available that can promote healing.
You will want to hold off on wearing your contact lenses for a few weeks after eyelid surgery, and you should not wear eye makeup for at least two weeks. You can wear regular glasses as long as they are not exposed to your eyelid area. You will likely be able to go back to work after two weeks, but activities that are more strenuous should be withheld for at least three weeks. You will want to protect the surgery area with sunglasses when you are outside.
Although eyelid surgery is a relatively minor procedure, it is still good to know what to expect and how to prepare in order to streamline the process and make your recovery as smooth as possible.
If you’re interested in eyelid surgery, Dr. Steven Warnock can help. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation. Our team will work with you to make sure you are informed and prepared for your treatment.