The moment your eyelid surgery has been completed, the healing process will begin.
Following your surgery, you will need to rest for about an hour before you are allowed to go home. A cold gel eye mask is usually placed over your eyes to alleviate any discomfort and swelling directly after your surgery.
Recovering at Home
You will need to give yourself at least 48 hours to recover from your eyelid surgery and a cold compress is recommended to accelerate your recovery. Taking the time to rest will also reduce any bruising and swelling.
To reduce the severity of any bruising and swelling that you might experience, your surgeon will use diathermy instruments to perform your procedure. These specialised instruments cauterise the blood vessels as they are cut, which results in less bruising after your surgery.
It’s important to follow your surgeon’s post-procedure instructions to ensure a smooth recovery.
Eyelid Surgery Recovery Tips
Here are a few additional tips that will aid your eyelid surgery approved by top Sydney blepharoplasty specialist, Dr Andre Safvat:
1. Don’t exert yourself. Gravity and fluid will affect your eyelids, which is why it’s important not to do anything strenuous for the first 2 weeks. Basically, anything that will increase the pressure in your head should be avoided. Pillows should be used to keep your head upright when you’re sleeping. The eyes or wounds should also not be rubbed until they are completely healed.
2. Protect your wounds when showering. If you would prefer to shower, you will need to make sure that your wounds do not get wet. Bathing is a better option until your eyelids have healed.
3. Protect your scars from the sun. Your eyelids should not be exposed to direct sunlight for at least 6 weeks after your procedure and tanning lamps should also be avoided. Always wear sunglasses before going outside for the first 6 weeks.
4. Don’t apply makeup to the wounds. Women will only be able to start wearing makeup again 2 weeks after their procedure.
5. Avoid alcohol & smoking. The more you can avoid cigarettes, the faster you will heal. It’s recommended that cigarettes be avoided for several weeks after the procedure and alcohol not be consumed for several days after your surgery.
6. Be cautious about driving too soon. Not only will you not be able to drive directly after your procedure but it’s not advisable to drive unaccompanied for the first 7 days either.
7. Aspirin and ibuprofen should be avoided. Patients should refrain from taking any medications or supplements that contain aspirin and ibuprofen for 7 – 10 days after their surgery. If there is any discomfort, paracetamol can be taken.
8. Wait before treating your scars. You will only be able to start using any scar treatment creams and oils 6 -8 weeks after your procedure. Just be sure to not get the product into the eye as it will lead to irritation and possible infection.