Eyelid Surgery Recovery Los Angeles
What Kind of Recovery Follows Eyelid & Facial Cosmetic Surgery?
Dos and Don’ts!
Eyelid Surgery is performed either under sedation or light general anesthesia. Most people don’t remember their experience in the operating room because of the amnesia effects of the sedatives.
After your surgery, you will spend some time in the Recovery Room of the surgical facility.
When you wake up, you will have a cold compress gauze dressing over your eyes. Don’t be alarmed if your eyes are covered and you can not see. There is always a nurse available to assist you. Just ask for anything you need!
Your vision will also be blurry for one to two days after surgery because of the medications that were placed on your eyes, as well as, eyelid swelling.
Don’t panic even if your eyes are closed shut the day after surgery. This might be caused by swelling and or bruising. As long as you have some vision, there is no cause for alarm.
Wear your dark sunglasses or keep your eyes covered on the way home to avoid bright sun irritation.
Recovery: Dos and Don’ts!
Blepharoplasty, Brow-lift, Mid-Face Lift
- After surgery, the best position for the first 2-3 days is to be lying semi-reclined. Elevation of the upper body and head reduces the swelling and aching of the eyes and face.
- The application of cold packs, wet compresses, or frozen peas over your eyes are of the most benefit, especially during the first two days.
- Take your pain medications routinely because any increase in pain can increase your blood pressure and cause more swelling, bruising, and prolonged healing.
- Routinely, use the lubricating eye drops to keep your eyes moist, and use other prescribed drops and medications as directed.
- entle outward massage and blinking can also help to rid you of the swelling.
- It is very common not to be able to completely close your eyes for weeks after double eyelid surgery. To protect your eyes during sleep cover them with a moist clean cloth and/or apply lubricating eye ointment (Lacrilube, Duolube).
- Although it is good to gently and sparingly apply some Vaseline on your eyelids to keep them moist, DO NOT use Neosporin or other antibiotic ointments or lotions because they can burn your eyes.
- If you just had eyelid surgery, you may get your face and the stitches wet in the shower the next day. Otherwise, if you have bandages around your face or head, don’t get them wet, but you may carefully wash your face.
- In cases of Brow Lift surgery, you might have drains which your assistant has to attend to regularly.
* I encourage you to be mobile and not to be sedentary in order to reduce the chance of forming blood clots in your legs.
- Some people develop back pain or muscle spasm as a result of sleeping propped up. If you experience this, put a heating pack on your back and have a family member massage your back.
- Take your nausea medications about one hour before taking your antibiotics and pain medication in order to lessen the extent of nausea.
- Do NOT take any aspirin-like products, diet pills, or vitamins until after approved by your doctor.
- It is good to stay well hydrated, but avoid drinking too much plain water because it can make you more nauseated.
- Avoid eating greasy or spicy foods for the first three days, and have antacids available if you get an upset stomach.
- Refrain from smoking for at least two weeks after surgery, because smoking can actually irritate the eyes and prolong your recovery.
- Do Not wear contact lenses for about two weeks or until your surgeon has approved them.
- Recovery varies for each patient, as will the timing for resuming exercise and normal physical activities. Although you will probably be able to return to work within a 3-7 days, your cosmetic surgeon will instruct you to avoid heavy physical exertion, including heavy lifting, frequent bending, reaching high over shoulder, and jogging for the first two weeks. Also, excessive reading or prolonged driving can tire your eyes during the first 6 weeks after surgery.
- While most of the swelling will go away during the first two months, there could be some residual swelling and inflammation for up to one year after surgery depending on the extent of surgery and the way your body heals.
- Try to wear sunglasses when driving or in sunny areas to protect your eyes from the bright sun irritation.
- You can have sex after one week, as long as you don’t overly exert yourself, and keep your incision clean for up to 3-4 weeks.
- You can not use a public pool, Jacuzzi, or go into the ocean for at least 4 weeks after surgery.
- Small whitehead-like cysts called Milia can develop on the eyelid skin or the incisions. These are harmless and can be easily removed if they persist.
- Eyelid surgery does not affect your permanent makeup. If you are planning to have permanent makeup after surgery you should wait for six weeks to avoid running or smudging of the permanent makeup.
- Your eyelid sutures will usually be removed in about 5-6 days after surgery. If you have sutures in your scalp from forehead lift, these will be removed in two weeks, while the drains will be removed in about 2-3 days.
- You can wear camouflage makeup and concealer after your sutures are removed, and as long as you don’t get them in your eyes.
- During your first week after your surgery if you have any urgent questions or concerns, please feel free to contact my office, at any time of the day or night.
Some Tips for Your Significant Others!
The support of your family and loved ones can be as important to your healing as following your physician’s medical directives. Their understanding of the pain, discomfort, and at times, the roller coaster of emotions, that you might experience can make all the difference in having an optimal outcome.
Here are some tips for your significant others that will be helpful to them in helping you:
- You should be available as a full time caregiver for at least 24 hours to help the patients with the tasks that are normally taken for granted, like being able to walk to the bathroom.
- You, or someone, should care for the patient’s children for a minimum of two days, and be sure that she has assistance in lifting young children for several days after your surgery.
- Help with pet care. Someone should walk them, feed them and clean up after them for at least several days.
- Prepare to help the patient address the swelling that she will experience, according to her physician’s instructions. This may include ice packs or cold compresses specifically designed for eyelid surgery.
- Know that he or she may experience mood swings, and feel like crying off and on – especially in the first couple of weeks. This is a normal aftermath of major surgery.
- Encourage him or her to drink lots of water – to address bloating and to keep her hydrated.
- Remind the patient to not fight the pain – to go with the flow, and take her medications as directed. It is not good to try and be a hero!
- Give lots of compliments. She may be fearful because it will take some time before her eyes and face appear as they should. She has a lot of healing to do!
- Prepare simple and easily digestible foods, such as scrambled eggs or Jello.
- Remind her to sleep on her back for the first week!
- Be there when she goes to have her bandages removed, to support her through any discomfort she may be feeling.
- As far as sex is concerned, let the patient take the initiative.
- Some patients feel scared that they might harm their face if it is touched or manipulated after surgery. Have them ask their doctor about this and get some reassurance.
- Some patients feel depressed or regretful about having undergone facial rejuvenating surgery. Sometimes they don’t know how to handle the attention or questions that a new and refreshed face will bring about. At the same time, significant others can develop uneasy feeling about the fact that you underwent such surgery. It is good to talk about your feelings and to even seek outside help if you can’t resolve some ambiguities.
Does Blepharoplasty Affect My Permanent Eyeliner?
No, Neither lower eyelid or upper eyelid Blepharoplasty incision is going to remove or alter your permanent eyeliner tattoo.
How soon after eyelid surgery can I have Permanent Eyeliner?
In general, I suggest that you wait until all the swelling and inflammation of the eyelids have subsided, which takes approximately 6-10 weeks. Otherwise, your eyeliner can run or smudge.
Will I Notice a Different Right Away?
Your eyelids and/or your face will look bruised, swollen, and even gruesome for about a week but this will pass. The incisions may look raised, somewhat red, and tender and itchy for several weeks after surgery as they heal. This can take up to six to twelve months. During the early phase of healing when your eyelids are swollen they might appear uneven and different. This is because eyes heal and recover at different rates which can take up to five to ten months to resolve. During this period you can also experience tightness of eyes and dryness which can be addressed with eye lubricants.
As with any surgery, you will need time to heal. This is particularly true of this delicate part of your face.
Although you would be presentable with some makeup at two to three weeks, in most cases, it takes five to ten months for the eyes to reach their final shape and form.
How Long Will the Improvement Last?
For most patients, the improvement is long-lasting, and needs to be performed only once. But depending on how you age or extraneous factors such as sun damage, massive weight loss, and smoking you might need to undergo touch-up procedures later.
Can Eyelid Surgery Make Me Look Worse?
In patients who have very low sagging brows, Blepharoplasty that is performed too aggressively may worsen, rather than improve, the appearance; unless the brows are also elevated (Brow Lift).
At the California Center for Plastic Surgery Dr. Younai will review your treatment options for Eyelid Surgery- Blepharoplasty, including pros and cons of each procedure, potential risks and complications, recovery course, pre and post operative instructions, and esthetic outcomes. There are also many before-and-after pictures and high resolution images of Facial Plastic and Eyelid Surgery available in our photo gallery.
Dr. Younai performs his surgeries at the state-of-the-art Regency Surgery Center which is certified by Medicare, AAAHC, and AAAASF.
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