Despite how advanced plastic surgery techniques have become, you can still expect some downtime after your procedure. If you’ve undergone eyelid surgery, some recovery time can seem overwhelming as you wait for your new eye profile. However, it’s important to follow any instructions given by Dr. Azouz to ensure you stay healthy and risk-averse. Here are some tips to ensure your recovery goes smoothly.
Eyelid surgery can be a straightforward plastic surgery that isn’t as invasive as other options, but you can still expect some discomfort or pain as you recover. It’s important to follow instructions for any medications you’re prescribed, as these can reduce both pain and swelling. For additional effectiveness, you can use a cold compress at the treatment area. Dr. Azouz recommends the use of certain eyedrops to keep your eyes lubricated and reduce itchiness, so be sure to use these to manage any discomfort from incisions or dryness. Dr. Azouz will ensure you know which ones to look for in the preparation of your surgery date.
Protecting Your Eyes
As with any incision or surgical site, it’s important to protect it from harmful things. This is especially important after eyelid surgery since complications can be very dangerous to your eyes’ necessary functions. Your eyes may be very sensitive during this time, so wearing dark, protective sunglasses during this time can help to reduce stress on your eyesight. It can also prevent your incisions from being exposed to UV-rays, which can exaggerate scarring. If you opt to wear protective SPF, be sure to get a recommendation from Dr. Azouz on which products will be best. It’s also important to protect your incisions with any bandages or strips that are applied for your recovery. These can effectively prevent infection, so be sure to follow care instructions for your incisions.
What to Avoid
Even though recovery is temporary, it’s still highly important to avoid certain things until your incisions are healed. This includes certain skincare products and cosmetics that can aggravate your incisions or cause infection. It can be tempting to cover up any bruising if you choose to go into public, but you should be sure to check with Dr. Azouz before using any products near your eyes in order to ensure your recovery goes smoothly. You should also avoid wearing your contact lenses for a few weeks after surgery, as these can irritate your eyes further. Even though it can be uncomfortable, it’s also very important to avoid itching, scratching, or rubbing your eyes until you’re recovered.
Your recovery is only one step in your eyelid surgery process, and with effective aftercare, you can enjoy your excellent results without complication. To schedule your blepharoplasty consultation or ask questions about what to expect from your recovery, contact our office by calling or filling out our online form.