Blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) is a surgery to improve the appearance of eyelids, and may also involve removing excess skin
, fat and muscle for aesthetically modifying the eye region.
This surgery is aimed at reducing droopy upper lids, under eye bags, wrinkles and saggy eyebrows. During the surgery, your surgeon may also remove excess skin and muscle. These features are usually a natural part of aging, where your eyelids and the muscles that support them stretch and weaken with age.
The overall result of the procedure intends to make your eyes appear “younger” and give you an overall more alert and “well rested” appearance. It may also help with your vision in instances where severely saggy skin surrounding your eyes reduces your peripheral vision.
How Long Does It Take To Recover From Eyelid Surgery?
Once you undergo eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, you can expect to spend approximately seven to 14 days resting and recovering. Once you reach the two-week point, you can enjoy your new, youthful-looking eye
It typically takes approximately six months to post-op to be free of any visible redness, but know that every day that passes after your procedure is one day closer to you experiencing and enjoying some long-lasting and noticeable results.
The Recovery Process: What To Expect
It’s important to know what to expect post-procedure so that you can experience a quick, healthy recovery. After your procedure, you must spend the first four to five days resting and recovering before having the stitches removed. You’ll be able to apply makeup a few days after the procedure and, within 7 to 10 days, can resume your normal daily activities. After two weeks, you’ll be able to enjoy your results, and by six months, you will look completely healed.
How to Promote a Healthy Recovery
Before undergoing the procedure, we will provide you with aftercare directors that you must follow to promote a quick and healthy recovery. However, some of the choices you make during this recovery will influence your body’s ability to heal.
First, you must follow all of the directions provided by our surgeon. Doing so will ensure that you are taking every step possible to promote healing. Making the right lifestyle choices during your recovery can significantly impact your body’s ability to heal.
Planning for your procedure and your recovery is something that only you can do. We can’t do it for you, but we can tell you that it’s one of the best ways to ensure that you spend those first several days resting and healing.
Planning nutritious meals, finding someone who can help you with household duties or childcare immediately following your procedure, and tying up any loose ends before your scheduled procedure are all important. Planning ahead will make a significant difference in helping you feel relaxed during the recovery process.
Eat the Right Foods
There are some specific foods that you can add to your diet that will promote healing after surgery. These foods contain antioxidants and nutrients that will support your health and help your body repair and recover.
From fruits to healthy fats, it’s important that you add the right foods to promote healing so that you can feel your best throughout your recovery and get back to the things you love as quickly as possible. Some of the best foods to include in your post-surgery include:
- Healthy fats
- Lean proteins
- Leafy greens
- Whole grains
It’s completely normal for your body to become somewhat dehydrated after surgery. For that reason, it’s important that you hydrate so that you can recover as quickly as possible. You may even require more water than you would on a normal day during your recovery to help promote hydration and healing.