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Blepharoplasty, or more commonly known as eyelid surgery, requires at least 4 to 6 weeks of recovery. There are certain restrictions and expectations adjusted during the recovery period, and it is important to follow all directions from your surgeon and attend post-op check-ups to ensure that the healing process is going well. Here are some tips to heal faster after eyelid surgery.
Have ice packs and pillows ready at home. Once you’re settled in your home or recovery area, stock on ice packs to reduce swelling. Elevating your head reduces the swelling, and pillows can help you achieve the level of comfort and elevation that you need.
Use eye drops to ease dry eyes. Your surgeon will most likely prescribe eye drops for when your eyes become dry post-surgery. Have the drops next to you at all times as you recover and use mild, hypoallergenic baby soap to wash sutures.
Don’t wear contacts. Until your doctor gives you the go signal, don’t wear contact lens for at least 6 weeks post-operation.
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Avoid alcohol and smoking tobacco. Alcohol and tobacco delay the healing process. Taking medication not prescribed by your doctor is also a bad idea, as it could hinder or complicate the effects of the post-op medication you are taking.
Alton Ingram, MD is a reconstructive and plastic surgeon, focusing his practice on all cosmetic and reconstructive surgery except craniofacial. Currently based in Nashville, Tennessee, Dr. Alton Ingram is a member of the American Medical Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, and Tennessee Medical Association. For more articles like this, visit this page.