Recovery from blepharoplasty is different for each patient, but typically takes between 10-14 days. During this time, you will likely experience some mild discomfort and will want to take it easy. You will be prescribed pain medication to help alleviate any pain. Dr. Reistad will tell you what over-the-counter painkillers are appropriate if you choose to use them. It’s important that you avoid non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen, naproxen or aspirin during your recovery because they increase your risk of bleeding. If the pain is unbearable, contact us immediately.
Bruising and swelling after blepharoplasty is to be expected. Your eye area is extremely delicate and bruises and swells easily. The more complicated your blepharoplasty, the more bruising and swelling you will likely experience. The amount of bruising varies from moderate to black or even raccoon eyes, but it will fade with time. Your eyes may gradually appear more swollen in the days after your eyelid surgery. As the days go by, the swelling will slowly dissipate. It can take up to 3 weeks for swelling to fully resolve, so be prepared to wait for your final results. Using cold compresses on your face and eyes can help keep swelling and bruising to a minimum. Sometimes the eyelids retain some fluid just above the eyelashes for up to 5-6 weeks, but this varies greatly. This area can also be numb after surgery, which may last weeks to months.
Sleeping after blepharoplasty can be difficult. You should keep your head elevated, even while sleeping, for several days after your surgery to minimize swelling. You may also be instructed to wear a special eye mask to protect your eyes while you sleep.
During your recovery, certain tasks such as reading may be challenging due to blurred vision. You will likely be able to watch TV after a few days. Do not participate in strenuous activities for at least three weeks. You can usually resume using eye makeup within one or two weeks. Eyeglasses are okay immediately after the surgery, but you won’t be able to wear contact lenses for at least two weeks.
Most patients can return to work within 2 weeks of blepharoplasty. Some patients return within 1 week if their job is not strenuous and they can camouflage their bruising with makeup.
To learn more about blepharoplasty or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Reistad, contact Chet Reistad at 970-221-2222 or chetreistadmd.com today.