What Can I Expect After Eyelid Surgery?

Blepharoplasty is the medical term for what we know commonly as “eyelid surgery,” which is typically an elective surgery that men and women choose to have to improve the appearance of their eyelids. However, eyelid surgery in Denver is also performed to help improve people’s sight. If you have drooping eyelids, bags under your eyes, or an excess of skin and wrinkles, blepharoplasty may be recommended. At the Fante Eye & Face Centre, you can have eyelid surgery in Denver performed by a knowledgeable, experienced cosmetic surgeon who really cares about his patients.

If you are considering eyelid surgery, Dr. Robert G. Fante is a highly respected cosmetic surgeon who has been performing eyelid and other surgeries on people from Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, and other states for many years now. If you have already scheduled a surgery or are contemplating making an appointment at the Fante Eye & Face Centre, there are some things you want to learn about first. For instance, you may be wondering how long it will take you to recover, what recovery will be like and how long it will be before you can go back to work. These are all very important topics that Dr. Fante and his team will cover prior to scheduling your surgery date.

What to Expect After Eyelid Surgery

Once you get home after surgery, you may be a bit alarmed at the amount of swelling and bruising around your eyes, but don’t worry. This is completely normal, and over time, the swelling and bruising will be completely gone. Like any surgery, recovery time varies from patient to patient, and how well you follow post-op instructions definitely plays a role in how well the recovery process goes. Most patients can see well enough to return to work in a few days, and will find that the vast majority of the swelling and bruising are gone in approximately one-two weeks. Your incisions and bruising may still be visible, but most patients feel ready to return to work or social activities right around the one to two week mark.

Here are some tips to speed up your eyelid surgery recovery. Most importantly, follow our post-op instructions to the letter. You can treat your incisions with ointment, put cold compresses over your eyes, get plenty of rest and elevate your head throughout your recovery will help you heal faster. Also, for the first couple of weeks, avoid activities that will dry out your eyes; watching TV, reading, or using the computer for long periods of time all put strain on your eyes which is not conducive to the healing process.

During your recovery from eyelid surgery in Denver, you may wake up in the mornings and think the recovery is slower than you’d like, but don’t worry because mornings are the worst part of the day for eyelid surgery patients. You will improve as the day goes on and gravity takes over.

While the pain associated with eyelid surgery is fairly minimal, every patient is prescribed some sort of prescribed pain medication for a few days. Many people report that they didn’t need prescription pain pills and that acetaminophen (Tylenol) is enough. In any case, Dr. Fante will only prescribe the medications that he feels will work best for you. Finally, please avoid taking anything with aspirin as these drugs may thin your blood and cause bleeding.  For those who were on baby aspirin prior to their eyelid surgery, you can resume the baby aspirin two weeks after surgery.

If you’d like to learn more about eyelid surgery in Denver, please contact the experienced, compassionate and knowledgeable cosmetic surgery team at the Fante Eye & Face Centre today. We will get you scheduled for your initial consultation as soon as possible.

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