Have you been contemplating eyelid surgery and want to know more about the recovery process? Choosing and undergoing blepharoplasty can shed years off of your facial appearance, but the recovery process is definitely something to consider before you schedule your surgery. Keep reading to learn more about recovery after eyelid surgery!
Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) refers to a procedure that improves the eyes’ appearance. In a blepharoplasty, incisions are made in the tissue around the eye to improve your appearance. Because it is an invasive procedure, there is a recovery period.
At the Langdon Center, we perform blepharoplasty of both the upper and lower eyelids. An upper eyelid blepharoplasty removes excess skin above the eye that, in some cases, can be so severe that it blocks the line of sight. A lower lid blepharoplasty removes excess fat, reducing the appearance of heavy “bags” under the eye.
Types of Eyelid Surgery Available
There are several types of eyelid surgery available at The Langdon Center, each targeting a different area or type of tissue around the eye.
Upper eyelid surgery is designed to improve the appearance of the area above the eye, whether the cause of the problem is aging or genetics. Sometimes people undergo this procedure to enhance their vision if the excess upper eyelid tissue is restricting their view. Surgery to remove excess, droopy skin gives the eye a more rounded and youthful appearance.
Lower eyelid surgery is different. The purpose here is to reduce the appearance of bagginess and puffiness. Lower eyelid wrinkles frequently improve, but even greater smoothing can be achieved with laser resurfacing. Combining upper and lower eyelid surgery can give your eyes a brighter, more open appearance and increase the appearance of the eye’s overall size. The ultimate goal is for the eye region to appear more youthful.
Most patients are publicly presentable after 7 days following eyelid surgery. At this stage, the swelling has mostly gone down, and the eyes will begin taking their new rejuvenated shape.
Following this, there is a further recovery period of several weeks for healing to complete. How long this takes depends primarily on your age and the healing ability of your body.
Dr. Langdon will give you clear instructions on how to care for your eyes, what medications to take, and how to reduce the risk of infection. You may experience some irritation or dryness of the eyes immediately following surgery. If so, you can use eye drops or prescribed medication.
Am I a Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?
If you are healthy and would like to alter the appearance of your eyelids, you could be a great candidate for eyelid surgery. The procedure can help eliminate drooping upper eyelids and lower lid bags long term.
“I was very pleased with my procedure. I had a blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) and a facelift. Very pleased with both procedures as mentioned earlier. Dr. Langdon and staff were there for before and after surgery and all so nice. They answer any question you might have. I am age 66 and so glad I dId this.”*
If you have further questions about blepharoplasty we encourage you to schedule a consultation at The Langdon Center in Guilford, CT. Call us at 203-453-8625 or fill out our convenient online contact form.