Blepharoplasty is the surgical tightening of the eyelids. As we age, the skin around our eyes gets stretched out and saggy due to the natural evolution of aging skin. During the eye surgery, a plastic surgeon will remove excess fat and skin in either/or both the upper and lower lids. Not only is this a cosmetic issue, but a functional one as well.
Excessive droopiness in the skin surrounding the eyes will often hamper a person’s vision. Before Blepharoplasty is performed, a vision screening examination will need to be done in order to evaluate the extent of restricted vision. Here are some common beauty and functional dilemmas that often arise post-surgery:
– Eyes don’t close all the way due to the tightened eyelids. This is common in the early weeks post-surgery. Within three weeks, this issue should resolve itself due to the receding of swelling and bruising in the area. During the daytime, it is a good idea to use an artificial tears solution which is available at your local drug store. At night, a lubricating ointment, also over-the-counter, may help in easing drying eyes.
– Bruising around the eye may be hidden with a cosmetic concealer three days post surgery. Other makeup may be applied to the eye area ten days post-surgery.
– Contact lens wearers will be able to wear their contact lens after one week. It will be necessary to revert back to traditional eye glasses for the first week of healing.
– The patient needs to be prepared for looking their worst two to three days after the procedure. This is perfectly normal. Over the course of two weeks, the bruising and swelling will almost be gone, but it will take months for it to be fully eradicated.
– Scars will be noticeable in the early weeks. They will appear elevated and red. Each week that goes by will find them smoother and fading.
– Full healing will be achieved within six to nine months.
– In the early days following Blepharoplasty, vision may be slightly impaired making reading difficult. This is due to the swelling and readjustment that the eye area is going through. It will clear up soon.
The best thing you can do for your healing eyes and body is to rest. Nap often, take warm baths, drink plenty of water and eat light, healthy meals. Give yourself all the TLC you can muster. Soon you’ll be feeling and looking great with your rested appearing eyes.