As you age, it’s normal to find that your skin loses elasticity – but “normal” doesn’t mean comfortable. It’s common for patients as young as 30 to notice the skin around their eyes drooping and sagging, but eyelid rejuvenation can help. If you’ve already gotten your surgery scheduled, it’s a good idea to look ahead to recovery – so here are our team’s eyelid rejuvenation recovery tips you can easily follow for the best results possible.
What Is Eyelid Rejuvenation?
Eyelid rejuvenation, or blepharoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that enhances the appearance of the skin surrounding the eyes, including the upper lid and lower lid. This surgical measure works by removing excess skin and fat around these areas.
Most patients seek eyelid rejuvenation surgery when they begin to notice signs of aging like drooping, sagging, or crepey skin around the eyes. This procedure can give you results that make you look more awake, less tired, and younger than you have in years.
However, eyelid rejuvenation isn’t always about cosmetics. Drooping lids can block your field of vision, making it more difficult to see and causing frustration for many patients. By getting eyelid rejuvenation surgery from the Plastic Surgery Group of Memphis, you’ll see better and feel better for years to come.
What Should I Know About the Recovery Process?
When you choose to get eyelid rejuvenation surgery, your recovery depends on the unique treatment plan assigned by your PSG surgeon. Generally, the initial recovery process takes between one and two weeks. You can expect to see your final results three to six months after your surgery.
During your recovery, you may notice bruising or swelling around the affected area. This is totally normal, and it will go away as you continue to heal, revealing the youthful results in no time. Following the correct recovery tips can help the healing process, so be sure to stick to the guidelines your PSG doctor recommends for you.
Recovery Tips for Eyelid Rejuvenation
Sticking to your recovery plan is the key to your eyelid rejuvenation success. We’ll take care of the procedure, and you’ll focus on healing so you can get the most out of your surgery. Here are a few tips for recovering from this procedure.
Request Off Work Ahead of Time
Taking the appropriate amount of time to rest after your procedure is key to a speedy recovery. You can expect to take off 5-10 working days during this time to fully heal from your surgery before heading back to work.
However, it’s important to remember that your recovery process will look different depending on the type of eyelid rejuvenation surgery you receive. For example, getting your upper and lower lids done may require closer to two weeks of healing away from work, while only getting your upper lids done means you’re back on the job in closer to one week.
Eat Healthy Foods & Drink Plenty of Water
In the days and weeks leading up to your scheduled surgery, it’s important to adequately take care of your body. Try to fit more vitamin C into your diet. This will give your body what it needs to produce more collagen to aid the recovery process. You can find healthy levels of vitamin C in foods like tomatoes, potatoes, oranges, strawberries, and other citrus fruits.
In addition to eating healthy foods, drinking fluids will also help your body recover from the stress of surgery. Water is essential to collagen production and will help your body make the amount needed to aid your recovery.
Extra tip: Try pineapple. Pineapple is good to eat preoperatively and postoperatively because it contains Bromelain, which decreases bruising and swelling.
Take Extra Precautions to Protect Your Eyes
Your recovery process requires special attention to protecting your eyes post-procedure. Wear a hat or sunglasses whenever possible during the first few weeks after your surgery to protect your eyes from wind and UV damage.
You will need to protect your eye with lubrication such as wetting drops and eye gels or ointments. While your eyes are swollen, your eyelids may not close completely and protecting your actual eyeball with lubrication will help.
To help decrease swelling, plan to use frozen eye masks to your eyes as much as you can for the first 72 hours after surgery. Taking arnica and bromelain supplements and eating pineapple will also speed your recovery by decreasing bruising and swelling faster.
Trust the Experts at PSG
The Plastic Surgery Group of Memphis is always here to provide excellent cosmetic care to patients in Memphis. From eyelid rejuvenation to Botox and everything in between, we have what it takes to help you feel more comfortable in your own skin. Schedule your next consultation appointment to get started today!