Eyelid Surgery Recovery
Eyelid surgery (Blepharoplasty) improves the appearance of your upper, lower, or both eyelids. It is a very popular procedure in Los Angeles because it can significantly rejuvenate your appearance and enhance your self-confidence, with little downtime or discomfort.
Why have eyelid surgery?
- You look tired or fatigued, even with adequate sleep.
- Your friends keep asking you if you are tired.
- You have heavy, drooping lids.
- You have under eye bags and puffiness that persist throughout the day.
- You have wrinkled, crepey eyelid skin
Eyelid surgery delivers immediate, long-lasting and noticeable results.
Types of eyelid surgery
Upper eyelid surgery removes excess skin and sometimes fat. This helps open and brighten the eyes and can improve your peripheral vision.
Lower eyelid surgery is focused on removing under-eye bags, which makes you look more well rested. If you have crepey, wrinkly under-eye skin, we often combine lower eyelid surgery with fractionated CO2 laser resurfacing to simultaneously smooth skin.
If your lower eyelid is loose, we can combine lower eyelid surgery with a Canthopexy, which helps tighten the lid itself. Canthopexy restores support and enhances the corners of the eyes for an aesthetically pleasing appearance.
Eyelid surgery recovery
Eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure. With dermatology office locations in Beverly Hills, Torrance and Encino, patients can find a clinic convenient located to them. Post-operative eyelid surgery care is essential to a good outcome. To achieve the best results, please follow the instructions provided by your Moy, Fincher, Chipps Facial Plastics & Dermatology surgeon. The dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons at Moy, Fincher, Chipps Facial Plastics & Dermatology are board-certified, have extensive experience and regularly featured in the media for their outstanding results. Recovery time from an Eyelid Surgery is relatively short, but everyone heals differently so healing time will depend on what you had done and how well you follow your surgeon’s instructions.
Immediately after eyelid surgery
Immediately after eyelid surgery you may have temporary tearing, light sensitivity, and blurred vision due to swelling and application of ointment to protect your eyes.
Cold compresses using ice-soaked cotton pads, or a bag of frozen peas will reduce swelling and should be used for the first 48-72 hours. Keeping your head elevated also helps reduce swelling, and rest is vital to a speedy recovery. Typically, any bruising can be camouflaged with makeup, and will fade over time.
Several days after eyelid surgery
Because we use dissolving stitches, there is no need to have sutures removed, which can be painful. As you are healing, your eyelids may feel tight and sore, but extra-strength Tylenol typically relieves any discomfort.
Ointment may be provided to lubricate the incisions or the skin if you have combined your eyelids surgery procedure with laser resurfacing.
You will be advised to restrict your activities for several days. Any activity that can raise blood pressure should be avoided to prevent additional swelling, discomfort, excess bruising or bleeding.
Personalized care for eyelid surgery
At Moy, Fincher, Chipps Facial Plastics & Dermatology, your cosmetic surgeon will provide you with specific instructions on how to care for your eyes, including medications to apply and take orally to help with healing and prevent infection.
It is imperative that you use sun protection after surgery and protective sunglasses if outdoors, until healing is complete. Incisions are well hidden in the natural eyelid creases, and because we combine eyelid surgery with laser resurfacing, incision scars are usually invisible.
Two weeks after eyelid surgery
A majority of patients are able to return to their normal activities in 7-10 days. At two weeks, most of the bruising and swelling has completely resolved. Downtime depends on each person’s activities. Generally low-level activities are fine. But, strenuous activity should be postponed for 3-4 weeks.
No matter your age, you can still suffer with puffy eyes, under eye bags, and dark circles. Aging can make you look tired, run down, sad and angry. When you desire to achieve or restore your appearance to a more youthful, refreshed look, cosmetic eyelid surgery is the solution for many patients.
Schedule an eyelid surgery consultation
We look forward to helping you learn more about and find the most appropriate eyelid surgery or rejuvenation procedure for you. Schedule an eyelid surgery consultation with the best dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons in Beverly Hills.