After a blepharoplasty, you will be required to rest and keep your head elevated as the initial swelling and bruising settle, and incisions heal. A period of eye “tightness”, photosensitivity, dryness, or tearing are not uncommon, especially if these were present before your procedure, and ointment or drops are used to aid recovery.
If significant forehead and brow descent are present, a brow lift may be required in combination with eyelid surgery. To compliment a blepharoplasty and address pigmentation, fine wrinkles and lines around the eyes, anti-wrinkle injections, fillers, laser resurfacing or peels may be required.
Recovery from blepharoplasty eyelid surgery depends on the type of procedure performed and extend of the change required. Typically, you may return to work and drive after 7-14 days, resume gentle exercise after 3-4 weeks, and resume your usual lifestyle after 6 weeks. Ideal candidates for blepharoplasty eyelid surgery are fit, do not smoke, are not taking blood-thinning medication and have realistic expectations. They should not have high blood pressure, thyroid problems, diabetes, allergies or eye conditions like “dry eye”, as these may increase the risks associated with eyelid procedures.
Following your eyelid surgery, it is important to maintain the results you have achieved. This maintenance will include living a healthy lifestyle and not smoking, as well as regular skin care and sun protection with a high-SPF. For optimal results, peels, regular muscle-relaxing injections and fillers may be recommended.