Recovery after a blepharoplasty
When Columbia, SC blepharoplasty at Palmetto Facial Plastics is complete, you can spend some time in our recovery room, where we will monitor you before sending you home the same day. You will also receive instructions on how to care for yourself during your recovery period, which are provided at your pre-operative visit as well as reviewed in detail on the day of the procedure.
After your surgery, you may experience some discomfort or temporary irritation of the eye. A cold compress during the first 72 hours will help to provide some relief. Most patients feel ready to return to work within a few days, though this greatly depends on the type of work you do, your comfort level professionally and/or socially, and the level of physical activity it involves.
1 to 2 days after surgery:
Often patients will return for a post-operative visit the day after surgery. This is an opportunity to check in, ensure you are doing well, review how to care for the incisions, and answer any questions. Starting the day after surgery, you are able to get the eyes and eyelids wet, just using caution to not submerge the incisions. Patients often will also continue to use ice through the first 48 hours and keep your head elevated on 1-2 pillows for one week to minimize swelling and bruising.
3 to 7 days after surgery:
Continue to clean the incisions as instructed. Any irritation is readily managed with rewetting eye drops which are provided as well as lubricating ointment to help minimize any discomfort.
A week after surgery:
Dr. Moses will remove your stitches, and you can resume your skincare routine.
2 weeks after surgery:
Assuming the healing process went as planned and you did not encounter any complications, you can begin using makeup again. Physical activity is often resumed fully at this point, but the final discretion remains on an individual basis.
4 to 6 weeks after surgery:
Although the results of your blepharoplasty will be noticeable early on, you can truly enjoy the final results 4 to 6 weeks after your surgery.