If you are planning to have eyelid surgery, you may have already discussed how to prepare for the procedure with your plastic surgeon. But have you prepared for your recovery? As any reputable plastic surgeon will tell you, the success of your eyelid surgery procedure is highly dependent on your post-operative care. To make sure your eyelid surgery results are both beautiful and long-lasting, Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. David Sayah shares the following recovery tips.
Prepare Your Home Ahead of Time
Make your recovery stress-free by prepping your recovery station prior to your surgery. Have plenty of plush pillows on hand for your bed or couch, as well as clean laundry. Go grocery shopping ahead of time and shop for any items you foresee yourself needing during your recovery, including water and easy-to-make foods. Make sure to have cold compresses on hand, as they help reduce swelling. While getting plenty of sleep is a top priority during eyelid surgery recovery, it’s also a good idea to stock up on some entertainment options (e.g., DVDs, magazines).
Use Prescription Medication as Directed
To enhance your comfort during recovery, your plastic surgeon will likely prescribe pain medication for you to take. It’s very important to take all medications as prescribed and avoid taking any over-the-counter medicine or painkillers without consulting your surgeon first. Certain medications increase the risk of bleeding and should be avoided during recovery.
Don’t Wear Eye Makeup Until Cleared by Your Surgeon
As your eyelids heal from surgery, it’s important to keep them clean to avoid infections. A big part of this is keeping your eye area makeup-free, at least for the first two weeks or so after surgery. Your plastic surgeon will provide a detailed list of how to clean your eye area, and will advise you as to when it’s safe to wear makeup again.
Get Plenty of Shut Eye
An important component of a successful recovery is getting plenty of rest, which includes sleep. Remember to keep your head elevated, even as you sleep. This will help reduce swelling and lead to faster healing. If necessary, ask a loved one to help you care for any young children or pets so you can concentrate on relaxing.
Attend All Your Follow-Up Consultations
While the majority of patients are able to return to work a week following eyelid surgery, each patient’s healing process is unique. Your follow-up appointments are the perfect time to tell your surgeon about any pain or discomfort you are feeling. Ultimately, your plastic surgeon will make the call as to when it is safe for you to return to your normal routine. Depending on your personal healing progress, your surgeon may recommend additional recovery time.
Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Sayah
For more information about eyelid surgery, including the procedure itself, please contact Dr. Sayah today. You can reach his Beverly Hills plastic surgery practice by calling (310) 905-8405.