Patients who have issues with the appearance of their eyes can count on the team at The Pittsburgh Center for Plastic Surgery. Based in Pittsburgh, we have routinely achieved excellent results with cosmetic eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), which can rejuvenate your entire face.
We'd like to use this opportunity to go over the recovery process involved following cosmetic eyelid surgery so you have realistic expectations about the surgical process.
Immediately after you have undergone cosmetic eyelid surgery, it's not uncommon for you to feel groggy and uncomfortable. This is generally due to the effects of general anesthetic. Patients should rest after surgery and not engage in any kinds of activities that would lead to eyestrain, such as reading, using the computer, watching television, and so on. When resting, it's ideal to do so with your body propped up by a few pillows rather than laying flat on your back.
Some common side effects that people experience after undergoing cosmetic eyelid surgery include:
As you are healing from cosmetic eyelid surgery, it's important that you avoid the following activities:
As you are recovering from surgery, it's ideal to wear sunglasses or a hat with a brim while outdoors to protect the skin of the eyelids from the damaging effects of the sun.
In the first few days of surgery, it's important for patients to get ample rest. Bruising and swelling are both common in the early days of recovery, and patients will notice these side effects start to diminish or begin to diminish by the end of the first week.
Eye irritation and dryness around the eyes is common after cosmetic eyelid surgery. Using recommended eye drops for the eyes themselves and specified medicated ointments for the skin around your eyes is ideal for addressing both of these issues.
The first of several follow-up visits with your cosmetic surgeon typically take place by the end of the first week. These follow-ups are scheduled to ensure that you are healing properly and experiencing as few complications as possible. It's imperative that you attend all of these follow-ups in the weeks ahead.
By the end of two weeks, patients should notice significant improvements in the overall appearance of their eye area. They should be able to return to work and return to some basic activities by this time.
Patients should consult their surgeons about when they can resume wearing eye makeup and wearing contact lenses. The rate and nature of your healing experience will determine the optimal time for this to occur.
In the months ahead, patients will resume normal activities that were prohibited after surgery. The incision sites will appear slightly discolored, but the scars will fade in the months ahead. Most people will not notice the scars since the incisions are well hidden.
Patients should continue to wear sunglasses and hats with brims in order to protect the eye are from sun damage.
If you would like to learn more about cosmetic eyelid surgery and how it can help you look years and years younger, be sure to contact our cosmetic skin care and plastic surgery center today. The team here at The Pittsburgh Center for Plastic Surgery will help you achieve all of your aesthetic goals.
“I honestly never thought of myself as a serious candidate for elective surgery ... but I’m already feeling and looking so much better.*” Jill's Story
Our state-of-the-art facility is equipped with the latest technology and amenities to ensure your comfort and privacy during your visit. We are located in the heart of Pittsburgh and serve patients from all over the world. When you are ready to take the next step, contact us to schedule your consultation with Dr. Davila or Dr. Hurwitz. We look forward to helping you achieve your goals of looking and feeling your best.