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Tips for Before and After Blepharoplasty

September 26, 2016

Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a common cosmetic surgery that can revitalize the eye area and rejuvenate your overall appearance. Although it is considered a safe procedure with few risks, there are some steps you can take before and after surgery to support healing and speed up your recovery.

Before Your Eyelid Surgery

If you are in good health, you can significantly reduce the possibility of complications during or after an eyelid surgery. A balanced diet can help ensure that your body recovers as quickly as possible. In addition, lifestyle adjustments you can make–such as reducing late nights and controlling sleep deprivation–that can help strengthen the body’s reserves.

  • Quit smoking. Smoking can inhibit the body’s ability to transport oxygen and nutrients, which can affect the body’s ability to heal. Surgery can be a great opportunity to quit for good. Learn more about the effects of smoking here. 
  • Monitor blood pressure. Stable blood pressure will reduce the risks of bruising.
  • Discontinue certain medications. Aspirin and some herbal supplements increase the possibility of bruising and swelling.

 

After Your Eyelid Surgery

After a blepharoplasty, the average time for recovery is about 2 weeks. Depending on your profession, it may be necessary to take more than two weeks off before returning to work.

  • Avoid certain medications. To help keep bruising and swelling under control, you should continue to avoid blood-thinning medications and herbal supplements for about 2 weeks after the procedure.
  • Avoid exercise. It is highly recommended that you avoid vigorous exercise or strenuous activity in the first week.
  • Cold compress. To help reduce swelling, apply a cold compress to the eyes for the first 3 days.

It is important to follow any post-operative instructions you are given.

If you live in the London metropolitan area and would like to know more about blepharoplasty, contact Dr. Julian De Silva to schedule a consultation.

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